A&P Got a tripod today, need advice on night shots

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  1. QWIKSNK

    QWIKSNK New Member

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    I went out and took some pics tonight, I didn't quite get the depth of field i was looking for, I think i just need to use a larger f-stop, and longer exposure.

    Any other good tips for shooting at night?

    Here is the only pic I really liked from tonight

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  2. set the camera in f/8 in av mode and it should automatically set the exposure, but also lower your iso to 100
     
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    Thanks

    I was using Av mode, that pic was with f/5.6, iso 400. I looked back at some of my other shots, I had a few shots with a f/9 with iso 200, and those have almost what i was looking for, but those were the ones with crappy composition.

    I think I'll give it another try tomorrow night
     
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    For night shots like this i usually shoot iso100, f8.0 - 11, in bulb mode.

    I shoot RAW, and try to make the image as bright as i can w/ out blowing out highlight detail, even if it's drastically brighter than the scene really is. Then bring the exposure back down in the raw converter. This keeps detail up and noise down.
     
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    why not just step up 1-2 stops instead of shooting in blub?
     
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    as you probably know this picture is horrendous

    yeah, lower your iso please
     
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    lower iso
    learn how to crop.
     
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    Well yeah, you could do that i guess depending on how bright/dark it is though. If you need to go longer than 30 sec then bulb is the only way.
     
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    why is everyone saying to lower the iso? I don't see much noise there
     
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    Are you actually holding down the shutter, or using the IR remote? With the IR remote, I think you can do up to 30min exposures. When I was doing a lot of night shots I used the IR remote and a stopwatch, it worked pretty well.
     
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    Some things for long exposure night time photography...

    Make sure you have a stable tripod
    Dont do it if its being blown around by the wind
    Make sure the surface isnt shaky. Some places shake as cars drive by
    Try get to a remote shutter release
    Use mirror lock-up

    If you dont have a remote shutter release, and youre not doing a bulb, you can avoid camera shake by selecting the shutter speed, enabling MLU, and also enabling the timer. This way you can hit the shutter button to start it, MLU goes up, and when the picture is taken, you have no camera shake through you touching it or from the reflex mirror.
     
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    I use a cable release w/ a lock. Much more reliable than an IR remote. And yeah, I've done some very long exposures. Don't think I've gotten to 30 minutes long ever, but at least around 16 minutes
     
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    This is a good tip. I've done this many times in the past also.
     

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