A&P How to take pics at night?

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  1. orie

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    I just got a 300D with kit lens and I am having trouble taking pics at night. I am not using a tripod or anything like that.

    What settings do you guys use?
     
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    manual
    adjust aperture and shutter speed accordingly
     
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    You probably should use a tripod. In low lighting conditions, you need a shutter speed slow enough to catch a good amount of light.
     
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    If it is 'well lit' (streetlights/city lights/etc), start out with a 3-5 second exposure at iso200-400 with a wide open aperture.

    From there, if there is less available light OR if you are using a smaller aperture (same effect), use a longer exposure or higher iso.

    To get good night shots, a tripod or some steady means of holding the camera is needed. Night shots are :cool: when they are crisp, not so much blurry.
     
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    I took these last night as an example for a guy who was learning too :hs:


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    Camera (canon s50) on full auto w/ flash
    f 2.8
    exposure 1/60

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    Program mode (manual) no flash
    f 6.3
    6 sec exposure

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    Program mode again, but this time I had the camera set the white balance because the yellow lights look like shit. no flash

    f 4.5
    3 sec exposure


    You NEED a tripod or some type of setup to do decent shots. You can pick them up for cheap at walmart or wherever :hsd:
     
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    The key to night photography is long exposure times. For this, a tripod is a must. Also, you obviously need light. A full moon will give you plenty of light but you'll be shooting exposure times of one to three minutes. For city shots, exposure times will be shorter. Some hints are: Shoot just after sunset when there is still some light in the sky. This will help define the skyline. If you want to shoot pics of your car at night, a removable flash is helpful. Direct flash from the camera position is rarely pretty and it's easy to overexpose the subject. You can also try "painting with light" which is a technique where you use a LED light or other flashlight to "paint" the surface of your subject with light while the shutter is open on your camera. This technique takes some experimenting to get right.
     
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    thanks for the replies. I am going to Vegas tomorrow for a week and I wanted to take a few night pictures. Obviously it will be pretty well lit but I still am concerned about the blurryness.
     
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    bump for some last minute advice :x:
     
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    Tripod + practice = success
     
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    :eek3:

    More information on this "painting" technique...
     
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    the painting technique works the same way a flash would (shine light on a subject as the shutter opens) but the strength of the light wouldn't be as high as a flash.
     
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