RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3942 posts, RR: 19 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6872 times:
Okay, kinda off topic as it's not specifically aviation related but still photography so I'll ask in here rather than non-av.
I work at night and like to take pics. I've got a 5mp Olympus Camedia C-5000 zoom camera. What's the best settings for taking night shots with the camera in my hand? When there's just enough artificial light I find the shots are coming out bright enough, but blurry - presumably because of hand shake. When there's not enough light and I use the flash I find that the flash isn't bright enough to illuminate the subject 20-25ft in front of me and I just get bad flash reflections off, er, reflective things like vehicle license plates etc.
Here are a few random shots to illustrate what I mean :
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6841 times:
Quoting RobK (Thread starter): On the move shot, how do I get the road ahead to appear unblurry?
You can't. It would be difficult in daylight without a short exposure time. If you're going at 70mph, say, that's around 35m/s. In 1/30 sec you've travelled around 1m, in 1/250 sec around 15cm. If you're looking down onto the road it will be blurred close to the vehicle because of the distance travelled during the exposure and the longer the exposure, the further you go.
Best option would probably be to use the manual setting on the camera and experiment. Any bright lights will confuse the exposure meter so try and get the exposure when there aren't any lights in the viewfinder, or try and keep them at the edge.
Any exposure above around 1/8 to 1/4 sec will have to use a tripod or something else solid. With wide angle you may be able to get away with longer exposures handheld because any camera movement will be small compared to the field of view.
The white balance on the camera will probably have to be changed from the normal daylight setting to one of the others.
You should be able to use the fill in flash setting on the camera, so use manual exposure and still use the flash. The flash will brighten things that are close, and the long exposure will stop the background being so dark. Beware moving objects with this technique.... the flash will freeze them, at the start of the exposure.
The glowing and star patterns from the lights will be due to the different aperture used. With a small aperture (F8, F11 or F16) you'll get this sort of effect. If you look at the glow around the lights you'll see that when the aperture's wide open the glow shape is circular whereas in the other photo it's more like a hexagon.
Spencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1631 posts, RR: 18 Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6689 times:
Unsure of your camera's capabilities but, as others have said you'd be better off sorting out a reliable tripod first of all. Then don't be afraid of trying different exposure times, from say 10 seconds to 30 seconds and picking out the best one for the conditions you're shooting in. Cable release your shots or set the camera to self-timer so you won't have to touch the camera at all. Hope it helps you out.
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