A&P DSLR crew, night shooting?

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  1. dano

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    DSLR crew, night shooting? *now with pics*

    I've got some time to kill tonight and plan on going down on campus and getting some pictures of whatever looks good at the time.

    It's going to be night night time, like 7 or 8, so the only lighting will be the basic flash of my camera or street lights/lamps.

    The camera is a Rebel XTi. I've got a tripod I can use if the shot requires it.

    I'm still discovering what works best in low lighting situations with the kit lens. Yes, I know, I need something better but I just dropped a shit ton on this setup so it'll have to last for a while.

    Just throw out some tips for night photography. Daytime is a hell of a lot easier, I know that much. Any advice is appreciated. :wavey:
     
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    tips?

    If you are taking photos of landscape and other inanimate objects:
    • use the best tripod you can
    • CHECK THE HORIZON
    • low iso (100-200)
    • long shutter time (several seconds)
    • CHECK THE HORIZON (fuck im sick of everyone taking pelf shots)
    • i have found that just before it gets completely dark works best for most shots
    • CHECK THE HORIZON
     
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    I've heard checking the horizon is important. Should I? :mamoru:

    I've got a kickass idea for a picture but I think the 18-55 isn't going to be a good enough lens to capture it. There's a parking garage on campus that you can see all of downtown Detroit from on a clear night from the roof. If I can set the exposure time long enough, just maybe it'll get the city in there.
     
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    I have taken some reasonable night shots with the kit lens. The details arent the sharpest but it is a good starter.
     
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    How about a mile and a half out? :hsd:
     
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    stop asking about gay shit and just go take pictures.
     
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    They actually turned out quite well when I learned from trial/error with the aperature and shutter speed. I'll post some later.
     
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    Last night was not the night to go out lol. It was about 10 degrees with a 15 mph wind so it was very hard to get long exposure shots because it kept rocking the camera around on me.

    I tried to avoid pelf horizons. All pics below are pre-PP.

    Critique?


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    They look a bit out of focus, it could be motion blur from the wind.

    What tripod do you have?

    I use a chunky manfrotto and I still take the neck strap off for photos like this.
     
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    Last photo is pelfed to hell :mamoru:
     
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    Lots of blur from the wind. I kept trying to get a shot of the bridge to Canada but it was so windy on top of the parking garage that I finally gave up. I'll try another night.

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    Sunpak Platinum Plus 59", it's a real cheapy from Best Buy. Only costs me $13 after my friend's discount so I couldn't complain.
     
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    I noticed that after posting it here, but not when I was reviewing them. :wtc:

    That one was a bastard to take. I had a bunch that were pelfed beyond belief. The sidewalk is all fucked up where I was standing at which didn't help the case.
     
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    I like the one of the building (carpark?) with 4 lights along the top.. the colours look really nice on that :bigthumb:
     
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    your tripod is useless for night shots.

    maybe on a still night and using mirror lockup (see your cameras manual).
     
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    Thanks. :wiggle: That's the parking garage for the bigwig staff at the hospital I'm doing my clinical rotation in. I parked in the ambulance drive-up area to get that shot, luckily none came while I was there or I'd probably have been bitched at.
     
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    can someone please explain to me what "pelfing" is, and how to prevent it?
     
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    Where's the pelf gif? I know someone has it lol.
     

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