mirrodie
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Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Wed Aug 13, 2003 1:20 pm

I searched this page but found no posts about it.

I may be taking some night shots overy soon.

I still shoot with my Canon Reberl 2K and have a 28-80 lens and a 80/200 lens.

I will have my tripod.

Can you please provie me with some tips for taking some night shots?

I appreciate any tips, criticism ,and faux pax.

Regards, Mirrodie
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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Wed Aug 13, 2003 1:43 pm

Mirrodie,

Most obvious....keep the camera very, very still. If you can, weigh down the tripod with something heavy, as it does not take much of a breeze to move the camera even on a tripod. I started by playing with exposure times around 10 seconds with mid range aperatures, and 100 iso. Try different settings using the same light, use a log to write down your settings so you can see the results when you get the film back. Make sure to tell the developer NOT to adjust the exposure, but to develop/print as they come out of the camera. Otherwise, they will try to correct any over/under exposures for you and you will never know if your settings were any good. Let us know how it goes.

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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:11 am

Thank you Jeff.

Would anyone else also please offer their expertise?

thanks?
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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:22 am

Mario,

May I direct you to this topic (amongst others in the forum)

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/7922

in which some of the issues are discussed, including input from myself when I was masquerading as "AndyEastMids"

I'm not sure about the over-exposure issues (the reciprocity failure thing) if you're using digital though - it probably doesn't apply.

Best,

Andy
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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:43 am

I would add to the above, also use a remote shutter relaease. I think the canon is an electrical type one. As regards exposure, not too long as the colour balance can be upset, i think it is the law of recoprosity or something!!
Would also suggst nothing wider than f4 nor smaller than f11 5.6 or 8 or what ever is nearst on your should be ok. take a complete roll of film and have a 'marker; at the front just in case the lab sends them back in reverse order. try 15 30 and 45 sec at both of those apertures and try out diffreing light levels..even in the dark. Once you get the hang of that you can go onto painting with flash
But the best advise is experiment
 
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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Fri Aug 15, 2003 3:25 am

If you can keep your camera steacy at all times, almost any type of shot is possible.

Even this magnificient piece.


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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Fri Aug 15, 2003 3:29 pm

I agree with the others......must keep the camera very still. I do not have a remote but I use the timed shutter. One year ago I tried a very difficult night shot in Seattle (non-aviation). Take a look:

http://www.pbase.com/image/7421220/original

13 seconds!

also see this one:
http://www.pbase.com/image/7419076

a whopping 15 seconds!

another 15 seconds, this time no tripod but I "macgyver'd" (I know, that's not really a word - you have to remember the tv show) a steady base:

http://www.pbase.com/image/7419067

Also, another example from just last week. On my site, click the "Louisville" shot. also with tripod:
http://www.bruceleibowitz.net/skylines.htm

Steady......is the key word with night shots. But it does take a certain amount of experimentation with exposures. My Louisville shot was 10 seconds at f13. I tried one at 15 seconds/f13 and it introduced more grain in the clouds also was a bit darker. I found that 10 seconds still gave me some definition in the clouds with whatever little sunlight remained.

bruce

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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:21 am

If your camera has an LCD display take a torch (flashlight to you Americans) with you to read it and check other camera settings.
 
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RE: Any Tips For Taking Night Shots?

Sat Aug 16, 2003 8:47 am

THank you all for lending your knowledge. I do have a tripod and remote shutter and I will let you know how it goes.

peace, Mirrodie
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