LOW Light Photography SETTINGS with Canon EOS M50 Camera Basics


Low light can happen anytime during the
day. It doesn’t necessarily mean, it’s just at night. All photographers must
deal with it here and there. And it doesn’t matter if you’re shooting with your
Canon EOS M50 or DSLR or you pull up your smartphone and you shoot in manual mode. We all need to learn the basics of shooting in low-light situations. This
video was really highly requested so let’s get to it. For the new faces, my
name is Zdenka Darula. I work as a photographer and I am a former model and a few other things, and you might want to subscribe to all other
videos. Let’s say…. I am a complete beginner. All I
have is Canon EOS M50 and the kit lens which came with it which is 15 – 45 mm lens f/3.5 – 6.3 IS STM. And I don’t have any external flash. I
don’t have any studio lights. I’m completely beginner. That’s all I
really have and I want to know what is the best settings in low light
situations for photography. Now, I’ll be straight up with you. There is no best
settings for low light situation, just because every single low light situation
is different. So every single low light situation requires different setting. But
in today’s tutorial I’m gonna try to lead you to find your own best settings
in that particular low light situation and just like in all my other tutorials
I’m gonna try to be very simple and very easy on you so everybody can understand…. yeah, I said everybody. Step number one. You will forget the
automatic mode and you will turn the dial to the M which is manual mode,
because you will be able to bring more light on your camera sensor by adjusting
three things. ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. Have you ever heard of the
Exposure Triangle? That’s what it is. And also, you will save all your
photos not in JPEG but in RAW format, so change that. Simply because JPEG is
compressed and RAW will save more details in the shadow areas and also if
we are off with your white balance then you can always change it in the
post-production. The first thing we are going to look at is the f-stop. And here it can get confusing. I remember when I was starting out I always had a
problems with that, so just try to remember the lower the number is the
more light you will get into your camera. The higher the number is, the less light
you will get into the camera, because the lower the number, your lens is open all
the way up. You will get more light into the lens. The higher the number, the more
closed the lens will get and you will get less light. It’s always the opposite.
I know, It’s just, sometimes it can get confusing. It’s always the
opposite, so what you want to do is start with the f-number the lowest you
can possibly get and in this case is f 3.5. You have to keep in mind though that
the lower the F number the more blur you will get to your background. The more
blur you will get in the photos. Its depth of field. So if I’m taking photo of
a flashlight or a cup or a lamp or something like that, it will be sharp and
the background will be blurry and that’s okay, but if I am in a wedding for
example and I’m shooting group of people, then if I’m keeping it 3.5 the first
person will be sharp but then people next to them will be blurry, so
myself when I’m shooting at the wedding and I’m shooting my DSLR with different
lenses I usually crank it up to 5.6 or even higher to make sure
that the people in the group are all sharp. If you are shooting hand held and you
don’t have any tripod, a general rule of thumb is that you are not going to go
any slower than 1/60th a second to avoid blurry shots. Now I tried it with my
DSLR. I pushed it lower and lower and lower and yeah, it’s pretty much the true for me, for my hands. My shaky hands. So 1/60th a second and up is
probably the safe. This applies only to non moving objects. If I am taking photo
of a couple walking in or dancing. I need to make sure that the shutter speed is
fast so I crank it up all the way up. They say that if you are shooting on
DSLR you should match your focal length with your shutter speed, so if you are
shooting on 50mm lens you have 50 millimetres there you should use
your shutter speed 1/50th. I don’t know I tried it and I still feel a little bit
safer to go with the 1/60th. Let’s move on to the Canon EOS M50 and 15 – 45 mm lens. I tried it. I tested it. I took a whole bunch of photos.
I tried to go slower and slower and slower and here is the number which
worked for me and my shaky or steady hands. Maybe you should try that and start and
see if you can go with that speed or if you need to go faster, you can even try
to go a little bit slower. Keep your ISO as low as you possibly can.
Only increase it, if you already max up your shutter speed and aperture, because
the more ISO, the higher ISO number is the more light you will get into the
camera, but the higher ISO will get the more noise and grain it will get into
the photos. But don’t be scared of grain. You can have a little bit grain in the
photos, sometimes it adds something special and it is always better to have
a little bit grain in the photos then having blurry photos. Plus if you use
Lightroom and Photoshop you can get that grain much lower. I tried to play with
the Canon EOS M50 and the kit lens and I tested different ISO numbers.
Here is the number I feel comfortable personally to go with. When I uploaded
it on a computer and played with it in the Lightroom and Photoshop and edited
it a little bit, I think, it looks pretty decent. What is very interesting. I went
to Facebook Canon M50 group and I asked other owners of that camera
what ISO they would feel comfortable with to go up to. You know what’s the
maximum ISO. Everybody gave me a different answer. So it really depends on
your personal taste, what you like. Take few test shots, upload it on your
computer, zoom in and see how you like it, if
that’s something you can go with. I know that tripods and monopods can be
sometimes annoying and they are in a way. We all want to shoot free and such, but if
you’re taking photo of a non-moving object, you can pretty much shoot in any
exposure length when it comes to tripod. For example, if you are taking photos at
night, sometimes the exposure can be over 30 seconds long, so you need to have a
tripod. Also to avoid the camera shake you know as you are pressing the button,
it is the best if you use timer or you can connect your camera to your
smartphone via Wi-Fi. It would be a good idea to learn how to read histogram because when you shoot in very low light your LCD screen can get very
bright. Brighter than usually and that way if you are reading your histogram
and you know adjust your exposure, you will avoid clipping highlights and
shadows. If you have problems focusing, then try
the manual focus. Zoom in, focus, zoom out. Take the photo or even shine a light on
your objects, half press your shutter, turn off the lights and take the photo.
What I would tell you personally that don’t stress out over the settings. As
long as your clients enjoy the photos, like the photos, and as long as you
upload the photos to stock and they get accepted and sold, you got it. When I shoot weddings my main focus, focus is to have the
emotion into the photos, the real story in the photos or just make the photo
very interesting. If I’m a little bit off with settings, who cares? You know next
time I’ll get it right. If there’s someone who’s telling you that they are
the best in the settings they’re probably full of it. Wwe all make some
mistakes. We all might make a little bit different photos which it actually don’t
work sometimes. The main is to have fun with photography, be very creative and it
will eventually come to you. It will eventually be automatic. Just keep in
mind that the story is the main thing you should really concentrate on when it
comes to photography. Well, that’s all when it comes to low-light basic
settings for photography. Please give me thumbs up if you liked today’s video and
subscribe to all future videos. Don’t forget to hit the bell notification button
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video comment section below. Let me know how you’re dealing with low light
situations, if you have any extra tips they will be greatly appreciated. We all
learn from the comments sections below as well, so don’t be shy to comment. Also
let me know I would love to hear from you what everything you would like to
learn when it comes to M50. Is there anything important right now you’re
looking for? I’ll make video about it so it will be
very helpful if you can comment that as well and I’ll see you in the next one. Have fun shooting….. Cau… Ahoj…. What you didn’t see when I was filming… I
had my lunch, drank all the coffee checked all emails… but the video is
finished I’m fed, I feel good. See you next time.

100 Replies to “LOW Light Photography SETTINGS with Canon EOS M50 Camera Basics”

  1. Thank you very much for watching. How do you like shooting in low light???? :):):):):) what other things would you like to learn about M50?

  2. I love the part when you say ''I am a formal model and other things'' hahaa………Jokes apart, your videos are very helpful

  3. Very great video:) I have testet the 15-45mm lense for video only(not photo) and i came to the same number, i think i nailed it 1600 to be 100% safe(with shutter speed at 1/50), but not sure if its the same for photos:) Another thing to mention is that every lense has a different iso so if you change a lense or buy a new one, you need to test that iso to see where the limit is. Thanks for a great video! :))

  4. I find I lose too much feather detail photographing birds at ISO 800 and up, even 400 is meh using a Tamron 18-400mm f6.3. I know I should be using a faster lens but am hesitant to invest that much into Canon….even if I weren't broke right now 😂 Shooting landscapes, using a flash or any other time I can leave the ISO near 100, I love this little camera.
    For general video, I don't worry much about ISO up to 1600.

    In all fairness to the camera, I believe I might be pushing it way beyond it is designed uses.
    If you haven't made one yet, a tutorial on reducing noise in images would be fantastic.

  5. I had the Canon M50 but it was not advanced enough for where I am at in my photography right now. It was a fantastic little camera and I took some great shots but I needed more control over exposure and I didn’t think it could be my main camera. I don’t do video at all so… yeah. I noticed that most advanced photographers use this as a second body. I don’t WANT to have to fix things in post. I also worry about where Canon is going with the M line. If they come out with am M camera that is more like the Sony a6xxx line or Fuji xt20 but not as expensive, I might give in! Great video. Thanks!!

  6. I also have another question. I’m going to turn one of my rooms into a small studio. Is that black background material made out paper, canvas or some type of fabric? Thanks!!

  7. Loved the video. I was looking forward to it. Have you done a video on how to compose a picture yet? I mean from portrait photography to landscape photography to just stock pictures for sale… What's your approach to composition and framing those great shots of yours?
    Thanks again!

  8. There is something called 360 degree shutter. – with digital cameras it means the number of frames and the shutter speed is the same e.g. 25fps and 1/25 shutter speed. This allows most light to come into the camera in low light, but it works well only with slow moving objects otherwise it will produce motion blur. Still can be very useful in dark places because it allows an extra stop!

  9. Another great video thank you, I have a question for you I took some photos at a wedding and the background lighting seem to be very red when I took the photos, couldn’t find the right settings…. thank you Chris UK

  10. Great instructions and so simple basic zdenka. Very interested in learning basics of video editing to produce something like your videos with my content. What ever software u r using. This is my next step to start my very first youtube video. This is the company I work for if u r interested in the context of my question www.australianeffect.com.au Děkuji for your time and effort helping me and others

  11. Thank you for the good video and tips. I have a question which is, what is your background in black, is it a large black card, curtain, wall or did you make it in post. It looks very good all in black. Thank you.

  12. Hey, have been watching your channel, really good tips, I’m starting off filmmaking as a hobby and use an m50. Look forward to watching all your videos

  13. I just got my M50. I love it so far. I want to film dancing at a night club. But its often pretty dark. can you do a Low light setting for Filming? thanks

  14. I just unboxed my new Canon M50 in white & did a unboxing also! I haven’t even used it & i love i already🤣😂😍♥️ Hope you can check my video out also.

  15. Just when I think I'm a Canon M50 expert, you come along and show me some new tricks on a camera I thought I knew everything there was to know about it. Great video. I've watched it a few times, learning a little more each time. Many thanks.

  16. This is the BEST description often Exposure Triangle I have ever seen. Very clear. This was a very useful video on many levels, thank you.

  17. Hello Zdenka …..two questions. 1. Exposure compensation 2. AE – lock

    Will you cover these in an updated lowlight vlog?

    Thank you for your time on photography : )

  18. Zdenka, this was a great video. I'm totally out of my comfort zone when AUTO isn't firmly in place, but your video gives me a bit of confidence to play around. Now here's the funny part: as you may know, I mostly do drone videos, and about a year ago I published my "tips for epic drone videos"…and guess what my number one and two were: emotion and story! So, did I resonate with your comments towards the end of this! Here's a link to that video…hope you enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZMXy0Xdu5A

  19. hey Zdenka. I notice your black material back drop. is it on a roller for easy removal ? I am quite limited for space and I really like this idea, id like to know more about what you use for your studio. ….(nice video idea) 🙂

  20. Hello Zdenka. Thanks for devoting some of your time to make instructional videos about the Canon EOS M50. I purchased an M50 a few months ago and definitely need specific info about this camera and its settings for both stills and video shooting. The M50 is my first digital and mirror less camera and I'm having fun with it. I'm looking forward to your future videos. 🙂

  21. Hi Zdenka, very informative videos you got there. I read somewhere that Canon EOS M50 is not that good in low light, will you be able to provide an objective opinion? Thanks

  22. This is very hepful for newbies like me! Thanks for sharing.. you are such an inspiration to me. I will apply all your tips and will practice more!♥️

  23. Great Video I learn i lot from you that's why I subbed your channel. I also making in my channel a piano cover for Christian music. i hope you support each other. thanks and God bless…

  24. your method of teaching and breaking things down when it comes to the M50 is the best i"ve seen on the net. keep up the amazing work

  25. I have a problem with Night Photography. Is it okay if the ISO is already in the 25600 and my only concern will be on the shutter speed and aperture?

  26. I just got mine, initially contemplating getting between sony a6400 vs canon m50; I ended up with the Canon m50. I just feel that this can match me being a beginner.

    I really like your video since you broke it down and it was clear to a beginner like me. (And lucky me, i got the basic kit too. same lens that you just mentioned.)

  27. I am learning so much from your video's! You give me confidence to use my m50. I am taking a photo class at a local art center and the teacher doesn't know mirrorless cameras. I am learning more from you at this point. Thanks, your the best.

  28. The problem with the M50 is that it goes way up in ISO when you let your shutter or aperture decide. I try to use a fixed ISO but will avoid letting it come above 800 and for obvious reasons. Noise. When using fast lenses like 1.8 or 2.8, you'll be fine when shooting in conditions where the light isn't optimal. Once you decide you want to attach zoomlenses on your camera, which usually start at F4 or higher (unless you want to spend thousands of dollars and get a 2.8 or 3.5 400mm) and climb up to 6.3 (I'm using a Sigma 100-400), you need compensation for the higher F-stop and the M50 isn't the best camera for this. It simply doesn't do well with low light. Now for video, I haven't tried. I don't vlog with it.

  29. Hi zdenka great tutorial I have an m50 and shot some pics at night in tv mode with flash but I found the flash reflected off the faces I noticed you never mentioned anything about using the flash is it better to use flash in lowlight or nighttime shots? I understand everything you said regarding the exposure triangle I am really enjoying taking photos with my canon m50 telling a story. I use the canon 50mm f1.8 for the night shots as I do events taking pictures outside and dark lit rooms once again great tutorial you have made it much more clearer to me and confirmed which mode I should use and the best camera settings.

  30. Hi zdenka I used the built in flash and yes although the image quality in my opinion was ok the flash seemed a little overpowering without the flash it was to dark working in tv mode1/125 f1.8 I’ll try at 1/60 anything else I get camera shake

  31. Quick noob question:

    If I have a 15-45 3.5 IS STM — The 3.5 is the aperture??? the IS Is image stabilizer ??

    Is this right ??

  32. hello zdenka, I'm Cris a beginner..is it ok to use Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG to my eos M50…? just a beginner here at Prague… thank you 🙏

  33. So cute, I just become your fan. I am following you on twitter want to learn lots of techniques of Video and Photography. Thank you so much for sharing these valuable tips.

  34. Hello,
    Just brought m50 last week had a dslr 1300d for a year ,think it was a good move .i do have problems focusing useing the view finder .having watched a few of your videos, and learnt a lot . Great thank you

  35. Great tips on low light photography. The aperture values got me confused when I started film photography years back, right before digital took over. Later I realized it's F divided by the value, so: F/1.4, F/1.8, etc. I thought about pizza, if you divide it by a larger number, you get a smaller slice, hence less light. That helps me remember how it works. Then the depth of field got me confused as well. I then thought about a dough of bread. If you make it smaller, it gets longer, just like the DoF would get longer if you make the aperture smaller. 😉

  36. Hi! Does the regular canon adapter can fix the dual auto focus issue of M50 when shooting in 4k? do Ineed to buy the viltrox adapter? Is it advisable not to set Auto my ISO when shooting indoor video? because the result of my shoot is very grainy. thanks for your help.

  37. I had no idea what some of those settings were for as I'm a rookie. Most channels dont take the time to explain what may be simple to them but oblivious to others. Thank You. This was extremely helpful.

  38. Hello mam. I have owned EOS M50 and watched a lot of your dedicated related videos. You are really explaining the things with full of efforts and emotions. Thanks a lot.
    I kept following you for my learning purposes. Regards!

  39. Great tips but i do have one question about handheld shooting. What if im shooting handheld with a focal length of 18mm wide, would i still want to go with 1/60 shutter speed? because i feel if i follow the rule i would end up dropping it to low

  40. Always a pleasure to watch your videos Zdenka. I’m quite impressed with the quality of your productions. It is a pleasure to watch you as you are so candid with your delivery and also quite easy on the eyes as a bonus. It would be a real treat to get to see you in person. Perhaps you can arrange for some type of an event the next time you are in NYC. Thank your for the inspiration and informative videos📷

  41. I'm new to photography and just bought a M50. looking around youtube to learn more .. and found your tubes. Your video is like your personality.. jovial, practical and good insight to beginners like me. can't wait to see more… thanks Zdenka.

  42. Thank you for this video. You are a living proof that starting anything at any age doesnt really matter as long as you love doing it. Thank you so much

  43. Zdenka, what settings did You use shooting this. Because You are in black, background is black, and there is no noise and it looks very good. Can You show us behind the scenes set up. Tnx!!

  44. Thank you for your videos on this camera. Going to Vegas this weekend for New Years Eve/Day and cant wait to test drive this vehicle! Subscribing!

  45. Zdenka, I recently purchased a Canon M50 and love it. I am new to creating videos and have been watching many youtube video tutorials. I appreciate your teaching style and your emphasis on capturing the story and the settings will come. You're a good teacher. Thank you.

  46. This was very helpful, I'm going to try and do some night photos of the city where I am from at a distance and will try this method but I only have the Canon 400d with the 18-55 kit lens, would I still be able to get a decent picture with that lens.

  47. Zdenka I am just getting into to the image quality was photography. I have used pint and shoot cameras including the P900. I loved the zoom of the P900 but the image quality left a lot to be desired. I appreciate all of the information you have supplied me on the M50 I just purchased. I have subscribed to your channel and look forward to learning more from you. Thanks again. DJ

  48. I really enjoy your videos . I just upgraded from my Olympus E 510 to a Canon M50. I get it Friday and look forward to learning from you how to use it.

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