Shooting in low light is no easy task, and that applies to pro photographers as much as it does to amateurs. When professionals are on assignment, they have to come up with the goods, light or no light, delivering a coherent, high quality body of work to satisfy clients. When the light disappears, there's little difference between capturing poignant photojournalism for The New York Times, shooting outdoor scenes in a wintry Lapland or taking fashion shots in the relative comfort of the studio. In all cases, professional photographers have to be adept at overcoming whatever lighting obstacles they face.
So how do they do it? What advice can they offer those photographers who choose to take on the Redline Challenge, which invites photographers worldwide to push their creative and technical boundaries by exploring the relationship between light and darkness? We spoke to four Canon Ambassadors working in different photographic genres to ask about shooting under the toughest of lighting conditions: two internationally celebrated documentary photographers, Aline Deschamps, based in Lebanon, and Tasneem Alsultan, based in Saudi Arabia; Eliška Sky, an award-winning artistic and fashion photographer based in London, UK; and Valtteri Hirvonen, a wilderness photographer based in Finland. Each pro shared their tips for tackling "light in the dark", showing us how the challenge of shooting in low light can be overcome by photographers in any genre.
For even more tips and insights, don't miss the videos from Canon Ambassadors on the Redline Challenge YouTube playlist.