11. A Night out with friends

It can be really difficult to capture atmosphere and ambience in photos. Here Karl explains how to get memorable images from a night out with friends with just a few simple tricks that you can try next time you’re on a night out.


  1. Towards the end while still in the bar you raise the ISO and switch off the flash; why not keep the flash on instead? In my opinion this would have also done the trick of capturing ambient light and lowering flash power at the same time, am I right or wrong? ☺

    1. Hi Giovanni, I think the problem was that there was no control to reduce the flash power so the flash would have become overexposed because of the raised ISO. I’ve not seen this one for a while so I’ll check when I get a chance.

  2. Hi Karl, I was actually assuming that there is no control for adjusting the flash power, but my point is: Under low light, low ISO condition the camera tends to compensate for that raising flash power, which leads to overexposure; under low light high ISO condition however the camera doesn’t need to compensate as much, i.e. needs less flash power, which should result in a nice mix of ambient and flash light. Would you confirm that or tell what’s wrong in my thoughts? ☺

    1. Hi Giovanni, in theory yes but how good will a compact camera be at deciding the correct amount of flash power, for example the camera I was using in this tutorial was an older one and not that intelligent. In setting the ISO higher then yes hopefully an intelligent camera system would reduce the flash power.


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