Despite the looks of your favourite lifestyle blogger’s Instagram feed, we, unfortunately, do not live in a perfectly lit world. So if you’re experiencing a night you never want to forget, don’t let insufficient lighting keep you from getting the photographic evidence you need to back up your story over the next morning’s brunch. With your Instax in hand, use these five tips for getting the most out of your night time photo shoots.
1. Know Your Settings
A mistake many novice photographers make is never getting to know their equipment. The Instax camera series comes equipped with different modes to help you get the best shot possible, no matter the situation. The Instax mini90, for example, includes a party mode to capture your subject and the background in dimly lit areas. The brightness control allows you to increase the brightness in your photos or make them darker. This Instax camera also gives you the option to turn off your flash and use the bulb exposure mode to let in more ambient light.
2. Use a Long Exposure
While an amateur photographer will immediately reach for the flash when met with darkness, using the flash to capture images in a dark setting can often overcompensate, leaving your subjects washed out (and temporarily blinded). To spare your friends’ corneas and save the memory of your epic night, try using your Instax’s bulb exposure mode. This setting will keep the camera’s shutter open for up to 10 seconds, allowing as much ambient light in as possible, resulting in gorgeous, well-lit photos.
3. Keep it Stable
The downside to using Instax’s bulb exposure mode is that any fidgeting on the photographer’s end will result in a blurred image. To combat this issue, mount your camera on a tripod. If you’re headed out for a night on the town and a tripod simply won’t fit in your bag, there are ways to stabilize yourself without the extra luggage. For example, you can lean against a wall with your legs slightly spread to create a “human tripod.” Or, if there is a nearby table, kneel down and place your elbows on the table to stabilize your upper body and minimize shaking.
4. Use the Flash When Necessary
While you may be able to occasionally get around using the flash to capture a moment, if there isn’t adequate ambient light or you’re just not comfortable using the Instax’s bulb mode, the flash is your best bet. The automatic flash’s brightness adjustment function takes the guess work out of your night time photography by automatically adjusting and emitting the perfect amount of light for each subject.
5. Take Multiple Shots
Even the most seasoned professional photographers can have a hard time getting the shot they need in dimly lit areas. So what’s their secret? Keep shooting. Mess with the settings, move your subject around, experiment with the flash and, eventually, you’ll know how to spot a perfect opportunity for a nighttime shot. While you’re getting to know your Instax and all of its capabilities, you may have to go through a few shots before you get the right one. However, with practice, you’ll soon be able to overcome even the darkest of situations and come out the other end with a tangible snapshot of a night you’ll always remember.
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