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Nighttime Video Shooting with a DSLR Camera: Video 101

The following lesson was created by Vimeo for its Vimeo Video School [1]. It’s used here with permission. Look for a new lesson each week.

One of the major perks of using a DSLR is the ability to shoot in low light. This is possible because the sensor on your DSLR is a lot larger and sensitive than sensors on most camcorders. And it uses magic.

When you go out to shoot at dusk, twilight, or in a dark bar with friends, there are a few key things you should know that will help your videos look as stellar as possible.

Now for some inspiration! Check out what our buddy, Vincent Laforet [3], was able to do just using ambient light and a Canon 1D Mark IV.

Ready for more? Learn how to set the pace while editing [4] or view more lessons at the Vimeo Video School [1].