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#SWPA showcase: capturing low light

3 months ago

John Loengard once said: 'If you want something to look interesting, don't light all of it.' If we take the great American photographer's advice, embracing low light is key to creating images full of mystery and intrigue. It's a technique we've often seen in the Sony World Photography Awards, and one that doesn't have to just include night photography. Using a single source when lighting a subject can create an exquisite, balanced portrait or using a dark cloudy day to your advantage can add atmosphere to your landscape shot. As the darker season is upon us, we've picked out some of the best low light photographs entered into the last Awards to inspire you to lower your ISO, reduce your shutter speed and use a wide aperture to create your own low light images. 

© Khanh Le Viet, Vietnam, Shortlist, Open competition, Architecture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Sonja Ivancsics, Austria, National Award Winner, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Sean Channal, Cambodia, National Award Winner, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Yasuhiro Takachi, Japan, Open competition, Street Photography, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Hanna Lisava, Germany, Shortlist, Alpha Female  2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Klaudia Chwastek, Poland, Shortlist, Open competition, Architecture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Tri Nguyen, Vietnam, Monthly Winner, Youth competition, 2022 Youth competition - Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Alessandro Accordini, Italy, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Yang Shu, China Mainland, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Maryia Sapego, Belarus, Shortlist, Open competition, Object, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Chihao Wang, Taiwan, National Award Winner, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Do you have low light images you think could win prizes? 

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