Don't be afraid of (taking pictures in) the dark!
by Staff
When the lights are down, are your camera skills up to the task? Test your knowledge of low light photography with our quiz.

True or false: Today's cameras don't need to capture much light to take a good low-light photo.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following challenges in digital photography is associated with using a high ISO?

  • a flattened image
  • motion trails
  • noise

Which of these is an inexpensive way to diffuse the light from a camera flash?

  • Cover the flash with a tissue.
  • Point the flash upward toward the ceiling.
  • both of the above

In which situation should you find a light source for your photos other than the camera flash?

  • when freezing a car riding by at night
  • when photographing celebrities on a red carpet runway
  • when capturing intimate moments during a wedding ceremony

True or false: Even in digital photography, colors will turn out different based on the lighting source.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following lens f-stop values works best for low-light photography?

  • f/2.0
  • f/6
  • f/11

Which of the following is sacrified when using a lens with a high aperture?

  • the amount of light captured
  • a sense of detail and dimension
  • depth of field

True or false: Manual white balance for cameras requires you to teach the camera what color is white.

  • true
  • false

What advantage does a monopod have over a tripod?

  • camera stability for each single shot
  • freedom of movement for the camera between shots
  • consistent position for the camera between shots

What's the primary job of digital stabilization in cameras?

  • to prevent motion trails in low-speed photography
  • to improve shots when the photographer is shifting or walking
  • to steady the shot against shaky hands

True or false: In film cameras, choose the lowest ISO number possible for taking low-light photos.

  • true
  • false

If you decide to use presets for adjusting colors in low light, what's the typical way these presets are labeled?

  • based on the desired ISO and aperture
  • based on the subject's proximity
  • based on the lighting source

What's one reason you might not want to adjust the white balance for a photo?

  • artistic effect
  • capturing true colors
  • keeping the subject in focus

When taking low-light photographs with a high aperture, which of the following scenarios presents the greatest challenge?

  • a single subject at a fixed distance from the camera
  • multiple objects at varying distances from the camera
  • both of the above

How do photographers correct noise in digital photos?

  • balancing the need for a higer ISO with the need to reduce noise
  • post-processing photos with special software designed to reduce noise
  • both of the above

If you're planning to do a lot of low-light photography, which of the following purchases should you consider?

  • a bright flash
  • a monopod
  • a lens with wide aperture options

Which of the following is an inexpensive way to avoid using a flash and still get great low-light photos?

  • Mount the camera on a tripod and take the photo from a remote control.
  • Move or adjust existing lighting sources like lamps.
  • Wait until you have brighter conditions.

True or false: Burst mode is a great way to get steady shots in low light.

  • true
  • false

True or false: You can never capture too much light when it comes to low-light photography.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following is a correct list of camera and lense settings for low-light digital photography?

  • high ISO and high aperture (low f-stop)
  • low ISO and low aperture (high f-stop)
  • high ISO and low aperture (high f-stop)