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Low-Light With Olympus C-720  
User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

I'm having a lot of problems shooting in low-light conditions with my Olympus C-720. What settings do you guys use to get good shots in overcast/dawn/dusk photos? Tried shooting a 747 at CMH in mist, overcast, and getting close to dusk, and they came out completely black.

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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

When I was using my C-700, I tried in vain many times to get that type of shot. It will work well for a stationary subject on the ramp with a tripod and going into manual mode. You will have to play with the settings to get a decent image. I never got an acceptable shot of a moving image in low light.

Good Luck...

Jeff


User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

I can get the shot ok on ISO400, but it's so grainy that I can't use it.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

I am having this problem as well. I can get "good" pictures of moving images (ie planes) in overcast conditions, but they are so grainy they come out worthless. Are there any filters or such that someone can recommend as well?

User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

Well, sucks to be you Mike.  Laugh out loud Tip: BUY A C-730UZ Big grin

Overcast day, through GLASS! :O You could say he was just sitting there while they un hooked the tow bar, but hey...


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Photo © Clovis Bouhier




Another one in very dark overcast, but I like the mountains and the background...

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=14570


-Clovis


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

It depends...

It depends what mode you are using the camera in. Say if you are using Shutter Priority, you may have the camera set at a shutter speed of 1/500. This means that in low light, there is no aperture number that will be able to expose the picture properly, and therefore the lens won't open for long enough or wide enough to let enough light in to take the picture properly.

My advice to you is use Program mode (if your camera has it, and if not auto mode), until you get an idea of what shutter speed/aperture to use in different light conditions. If you still find your photos to be dark you should be able to set some exposure compensation (normally +/- 1-3 steps) that should correct the problem.

Also, unless you have a very good camera, try and avoid high ISO settings on your camera as the higher you set it, the grainier the pictures come out. I know on older cameras (not aware of these newer models), anything higher than ISO 100 was totally unacceptable.

That should fix your problem!

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

Hey Frenchie, if I ever want advice from you, it will be the first time.  Big grin Just kidding. In your photo, the clouds appear to be at least 4 or 5 thousand feet. I have actually had mild luck in conditions like that. For the last couple of months though, I have had one shift at Buffalo where I didn't have a Broken layer under 1,500 feet for most of my shift. I did get some good photos that day, but of course they can't be found here, lol.

Dan, thanks for the help as well. I printed it out, so I can have it handy the next time I break out the camera.

MJC


User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Yeah, your right, all my cloudy days have been at like 5000ft overcast, and usually pretty light aswell.
Dan was absolutley right too. Never above ISO 100 and always a lower shutter setting. Its really easier to put it in auto mode and then, before taking the pic, press the shutter button half way a few times while tracking the object (plane) so that the camera can try to determine what the best settings are. At least, thats what works for me.
Take the shot after having let the camera focus once or twice, so that it can optimise all the settings to get a better picture...

-Clovis
 Smile

Whats MJC ?


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

Nobody knows the height of clouds like I do, lol. I actually learned several things about my camera this weekend while taking picture errrrr working at KBUF. Maybe I will figure it all out one day. In the meantime I still suck though.

And the 'J' in MJC is my middle initial. I figured that was a given.  Big grin


User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

lol

Guess who "CJB" is....  Laugh out loud

You should take a trip out somewhere else to take pics.
I may go to Zurich and Geneva this spring Big grin

-Clovis


User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

I never go over 200 ISO on my film camera. Heres my most recent attempt at a low light photo:


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Photo © Serge Walczak



Taken with Kodak Gold 200 at f/5.6 and 1/125 or 1/180/sec (can't remember). Took about 4 photos of the plane taxiing out and this one was the only one without motion blur. I was kinda distracted too when taking the pics because I heard them announce "taxiing to runway 11" on my scanner. I'm never too happy when a plane takes off from 11 since I get a rear perspective shot (they have to turn right). Unfortunately when the wind is calm- thats what GLA usually always does to allign with cruise heading better.

...Serge


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