Help Your Camera See in the Dark

Blacksmith, Grant Kohrs Ranch
Deer Lodge, Montana

When you are hand-holding your camera and photographing a moving subject in a dark environment, it is hard to get a sharp photograph. Inside the blacksmith shop the only light came from the open door to the right and a window behind the blacksmith to the left. I wanted to use the existing light in the scene, not the camera flash. But I needed a shutter speed fast enough to stop the movement of the blacksmith and myself. 

To do so, I increased the ISO setting on my camera. Using a high ISO of 1600 enabled the camera to use a shutter speed of 1/25 second. Along with the image stabilizer active on the lens, this exposure time prevented blur from the subject and me.

Learn about more helpful settings for moving subjects in Getting to Know Your Digital Camera, which meets January 24, 2024, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here for information and registration.