Low Light Photography

Have you ever considered shooting in low light? 


The medium can be daunting at first. Yes, there is a learning curve and it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Once you start practicing in low light condition, the results can be amazing. Once you’ve trained your eye, you’ll be able to work within those small pockets of light to achieve wonderous results. Practice is your best friend with it comes to shooting in low light conditions. 


There are so many reasons so consider shooting in low light conditions on your next project.

Emotion and Human connection


Low light lends itself so well to capturing emotion and human connection. There is a certain intimacy and rawness that is emphasised with low light. Low light images often contain beautiful deep shadows, rich tones, incredible depth which all work together to emphasize the emotion and human connection within the image. 



Shooting in low light creates mood. 


Moody images are often full of shadows, rich tones with beautiful depth which all work together to create a powerful image.


Consider using side lighting to your advantage and even under expose slightly to push the moodiness even further. Don’t be afraid to up your ISO when shooting indoors. 


Shooting in lower light will naturally add some grain to the final result. You can choose to reduce the grain in post or alternatively, chose to embrace the grain. 


Grain can look amazing in black and white images. If grain is your thing, adding some additional grain in post processing is an option as well to push the moody look even further. There is a rawness to images that contain some grain and the end result and can even work to emphasis to connection between my subjects.


More Options while gaining valuable skills


Learning to work in low light will dramatically open up your shooting availability. This holds especially true if you live in the northern regions where it begins getting dark in the late afternoon. When it seems pointless to even take out your camera; take a second look to seek out those little pockets of light. One ray breaking in through the curtains can produce the most beautiful and subtle effect.


Study light in a familiar environment like your home and shoot as much as possible while comparing your results. Try shooting the same image throughout the day (still life is perfect for this exercise) seeing how the light changes and, as such, how the light changes the outcome of your image. 


Learning to “see” light and then capture it in a beautiful way is a vital skill. Practicing over and over again until you start  to “see” light is essential when working towards low light images. Working within varied light conditions will undoubtably helped develop proficiency as a photographer quite rapidly.

Low light also lends itself beautifully to different photography genres like family, childhood, still life, food photogrhay flat lays.  

creative freedom


Shooting in low light conditions can help unlock creative freedom. Lower light can be used to convey mood and add levels of depth to your work, emphasize emotion and human connection.


If you are struggling to find your voice as a photographer or haven’t bee utilizing light in your images to the extent you wish, consider low light! 

Thanks for reading! 

Hollie Jeakins is a child and family photographer. She services Hamilton, ON and the surrounding areas and is available for travel.

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