A&P Slow Shutter low light pics...what am I doing wrong?

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  1. ssabripo

    ssabripo Banned

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    So I'm trying to get a picture to look something like this:

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    I set the 7D at ISO 100, F=20, and took it at 2 secs, 3secs, and 5secs, and I can't get it to come right like above.

    what gives? :dunno:

    halp OTAP :sadwavey:
     
  2. Bob Loblaw

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    that car has been lit with external lighting
    see the area on the ground around the car


    just a simple long exposure will make the whole photo evenly lit
     
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    good point, didn't notice that! :bowdown:

    so if I use a ISO 100, F 20+, and 5-10sec exposure, I should get an evenly lit up pic like that, no?
     
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    no.

    Taking a properly exposed night time photograph is only half the battle here.

    The photographer in the pic you posted combined the use of external light AND a long exposure to get the effect. You can't repeat it without both.

    He set his long exposure to allow the ambient light in the background to fill in, along with the red streaks from the passing car.

    Then, he added the external light to properly expose for the car, which would have been completely underexposed and dark if not for those lights.
     
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    The car actually doesn't look properly exposed, a bit way underexposed.
     
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    And he lit the inside of the car with a separate flash. or potentially the interior lights...
     
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    I believe it's a color change... doesn't look natural to me. Looks like it used to be silver and the original photographer photoshopped it to black.
     
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    I think that picture was taken near dusk (still some ambient light in the sky, but not much). 2 strobes outside of the car, 1 inside. Long shutter...~10 sec or so with a small aperture to not let in too much ambient light during that long exposure but still keep the car evenly lit from the strobe.

    (atleast that is how I would attempt to do it)
     
  11. Ty Webb

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    I think part of the problem is the black absorbs so much light, it's hard to properly expose it along with everything else unless you have some killer light showing off the lines of the car.
     
  12. Bob Loblaw

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    i think it's probably a few different exposures; 1 for the background, 1 for the car and 1 for the interior layered together
     
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    so did he set up the stobes to come in sometime during the middle of the shutter's 10sec timeframe, or what? :confused:
    wouldn't the trees and other things look wierd in that setup? how about the cars in the background passing by?
     
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    The strobes would fire first, and the shutter would stay open to let in the ambient light of the background.
     
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    I would achieve that look using a 'painting with light' technique.. Not to say thats exactly what he did (the exposure on the car is not that good, like others have said.. That and i would bet there was a good amount of post work on that picture, possibly HDR program work.

    This shot was setup at like 20 seconds, f/8 (dont remember exactly and dont have exif reader on this comp).. I manually strobed the car from like 20 different positions during the exposure:

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    I still say the car being black like it is does not help.
     
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    Technically, the strobes could fire anytime the shutter was open as ambient light is controlled by shutter speed and flash is controlled by aperture.
     

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