A&P Lights too bright

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  1. v-feezy11

    v-feezy11 OT Supporter

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    Hi everyone. Thanks for the people help me with purchasing the 40d and all the accessories with it. I'm still learning and its so much fun.

    I took this photo the 2nd night I had the camera. I don't know what i'm doing wrong. Is there a way to make the lights not so bright?

    Also, please critique and criticize the photo!

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    ISO 100
    17mm
    f/5.6
    15.0 sec
     
  2. Hyperite

    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    less shutter
     
  3. Ballast

    Ballast Cold Heartless Bastard

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    What mode were you shooting in?

    Looks like the light meter set the exposure for 15 seconds and that's what's causing the lights to be "bright". I'm guessing you were using evaluative metering when you shot this? The light meter wants to make the entire scene into 18% grey. The rest of the frame is dark, so it's exposing for 15 seconds so you can see the detail in the plants, etc. The way to get the lights less bright would be to expose for less time at the same aperture, but that will cause the entire scene to be darker.

    If you want the scene to be that bright without the lights being so bright, you'll either have to mess around with it in photoshop, or you'd want to try an HDR with multiple exposures.
     
  4. v-feezy11

    v-feezy11 OT Supporter

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    but if i did anything less, it would have been too dark.
     
  5. tenplanescrashing

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    MOAR HDR!

    actually, HDR would work for you in this case but only as a second layer with the lights exposed for.
     
  6. tenxia

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    Just shoot in Aperture priority and let the shutter speed take care of itself... 15 secs is way way too long, it's getting too much light in.

    were u shooting manual mode?
     
  7. tenxia

    tenxia OT Supporter

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    What effect are you trying to achieve? Just a regular shot of the place?
     
  8. v-feezy11

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    Too be honest, I'm not very sure. I like how everything else turned out except the bright lightbulbs.
     
  9. Ballast

    Ballast Cold Heartless Bastard

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    Then you want HDR.
     
  10. v-feezy11

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    I guess i failed this time. :wtc:
     
  11. maxlt1

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    ND filter should fix that
     
  12. TomDlgns

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    15 seconds does seem kind of long. maybe try 10 seconds?

    i know you said it would come out darker, but it would be nice to compare 10 seconds and 15.
     
  13. Jcolman

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    It's a simple fix. Shoot the shot when the brightness of the lights and the brightness of the sky are almost equal.
     
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    Make the aperature smaller :dunno:
     
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    that will only serve to darken the entire picture. The trick is to balance the two light sources (natural and man-made) and shoot when they are close to equal in brightness.
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    Well yeah, but if he lowers the aperature it won't let such a large ball of light in where those street lights are, which will make them appear darker.

    I have the picture in my head but suck at explaining it :rofl:
     
  17. IntheWorks

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    yeah, it will have to be a longer exposure, but the lights will appear more "star" like than big blobs.
     
  18. TomDlgns

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    and that would look cool.
     
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    but that wouldn't give him a dark sky, right (i am assuming it would be a little bit earlier in the day...)?

    unless he did some photo shopping after the fact...
     
  20. Jcolman

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    It's a simple matter of waiting until you have the sky where you want it then snap the shot. But you're right in that you want to underexpose the sky a bit.
     
  21. Jcolman

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    True it will darken the lights but shooting at a smaller aperture will also darken everything else in the shot resulting in too much underexposure.
     
  22. shoot 3 exposures and combine them
     
  23. tenxia

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    People here keep telling him to do HDR. But what if he doesn't want the HDR look? huh?
     
  24. tenxia

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    V-feezy, do this.

    Go back there. same time you took that shot.

    Take a few shots. Play with dif shut speeds, dif apertures. Come back and report your findings and post pics.

    I think it's stupid we keep analyzing one pic when he could just go back and learn himself and teach us what he finds.
     
  25. Jcolman

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    You or the OP is not going to learn much by simply "playing" with different shutter and aperture combinations. If you don't learn how to expose for the different lighting conditions your shots will always be a crap shoot.
     

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