A&P Night shooting with DSLR...

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by IceMurder, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. IceMurder

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    I got a Canon Rebel XTi tonight and im having trouble taking night pictures, like im talking completely dark outside and trying to take pictures of the stars. Im in the M mode and i have the shutter speed set to 15" and the aperture set to F4.0 and the exposure indicator goes to -2.0 and blinks and will not let me take the picture. This is my first dslr but i never had a problem using these exact settings on my Sony p&s digicam...what am i doing wrong?


    Im also having a problem with using a top mount flash, i have an old Speedlite200E and when its on the camera the red beam lights up when i focus but the flash doesnt fire when i take the picture...anyone know what could cause this?
     
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  2. Jonny Chimpo

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    Your camera came with a manual, right?

    Might have a clue in it.
     
  3. IceMurder

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    Not seeing anything in the manual...i went all through it

    i just know alot of ppl here have xti's so i figured someone would know :o
     
  4. Jonny Chimpo

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    How about starting in a program mode first and work your way up to M as you figure out how the camera works. Diving into M mode night shooting mere hours into your first SLR purchase might not be the best way to start.
     
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    15 seconds probably isnt long enough either crank up the ISO or get a remote shutter release so you can hold the shutter open longer than 30 seconds
     
  6. Hypnos_VI

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    your old speedlight is probably E-TTL, the xti is E-TTL II. therefore it wont work.
     
  7. IceMurder

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    yea i just found a site that listed the compatible models and the one i have wont work, i really didnt wanna have to buy another flash :wtc:
     
  8. kristin

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    I've noticed with my XTi that when it can't focus on something, the exposure bar blinks and it won't take the picture... Since you're trying to shoot the stars, that's more than likely the issue. Put it in manual focus, focus on something far away, and try again.. Though 15 seconds is going to see hardly anything.
     
  9. IceMurder

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    but thats the problem, i cant see anything to focus on :o

    and i was just gunna start with 15 and work my way up
     
  10. anthem404

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    If look through the lens before hand and manually focus it to know which direction is far focus and which is close, you could put it the farthest to the "far focus" side and try that. Should work as 20ft - infinity...
     
  11. IceMurder

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    thanks a lot, ill try that tonight, i gave up last night :o
     
  12. jared_IRL

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    Yeah, the whole not taking a picture thing is due to focus, not shutter speed or focal length.

    You'll want to set the camera on manual focus and set it to infinity, then take the shot.
     
  13. tenplanescrashing

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    shooting the stars isn't exactly something that's going to come out bright and visible.
     
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    But he should try. Part of learning. I tried taking pictures of a river in the mountains, hoping for the cool movement look but ended up with a white picture. Didn't think about looking at it on the camera and my shutter was open way too long. Next time I won't have the problem though :dunno:
     
  15. IceMurder

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    i've taken dozens of nighttime star pictures with my p&s cameras set to manual mode...i've never had problems and they've always shown up just fine :hsugh:...i would hope an $800 camera could do the same thing my $300 p&s does...
     
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    you mean, you weren't given the pro photographer gene when you bought your SLR? whoa...i'd take it back then.
     
  17. IceMurder

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    :wtc:


    maybe i picked the wrong one :mamoru:
     
  18. IceMurder

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    i tried again tonight at 1230, it was completely black outside other than a little moonlight, and set the zoom like jared suggested and heres how they came out

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  19. jared_IRL

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    Nice. well exposed and properly focused. Can't beat that.

    Now that you have the technique down, it's time to find some crazy cloud cover or shooting stars or insane landscapes...

    I like the first one a lot better than the 2nd. The sky is MUCH more interesting than the large black foreground.
     
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    I must have had a different idea of what you meant by shooting the stars. I thought you were going to do a zoomed in shot of them, not a landscape type shot. my bad. our stars around here suck so I don't shoot them...
     
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    your camera wont fire if it cant auto focus.
    set your camera to manual focus. Put it on infinity. Shoot.
     
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    manual infinity BAM
     
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    i like that first pic...
     

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