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Colour darkness Panasonic

Now I am no expert when it comes to photography, but I have certainly learnt a lot since I bought my first proper camera four years ago. Something I’ve always found challenging is photographing in low light and making colour stand out in dark scenes. Speaking to other bloggers and photo taking friends, I’ve found that this is actually a very common problem. Especially at this time of year when it feels like we have barely any sunlight somedays.

This is something I’ve been working on recently and I’ve found that you can get some amazing shots when you embrace low light settings, such a sunsets. I absolutely love how these otherwise dark photos are lit up by the bright orange glow of the sun…

Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learnt for capturing colour in low light settings…

1. Timing

Sunsets during winter can be pretty incredible but if you’re planning on capturing one, timing is key. Pay close attention to the time the sun usually sets and make sure you are ready with your camera set up with plenty of time to spare. Just a couple of minutes late and you could completely miss the perfect shot.

2. Camera settings

I am no expert who it comes to camera settings, I hold my hands up and admit that I still have a lot to learn. But what I do know is that the basics for low light shots are higher ISO, larger aperture and slower shutter speed.

3. Use a tripod

As I mentioned above, if you want to get the perfect shot in a dark setting then you need a slower shutter speed. But a slower shutter speed means more camera shake, so using a tripod is essential in preventing that.

4. Editing 

Of course getting a decent shot in the first place is most important, but once you have that you can really get the most out of a photo and intensify the colours through editing. I find that Adobe Lightroom is great for photo editing, I have the app on my phone which comes in really handy.

5. Using the right camera

If you have more than one camera, make sure you think about which camera will perform best in low light. If you are going to be taking a lot of low light photos or videos then a specialist camera might be a good option. There are lots out there but a particularly good one for video is the recently released Panasonic Lumix GH5S. You can see what it can do in this short video…

I hope this has been helpful. Please do leave me a comment and let me know if you have any other tips or tricks that I haven’t mentioned, I’d love to learn more.

Thank you for reading.

*This is a collaborative post*