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Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 1:54 am

Fellow contributors,
Question. In regards to night photography, what exposure settings should an Olympus C5050 be on to capture the twinkle of lit aircraft? Mainly the
anti-collision and winglet bulbs? I seem to be missing something.
Any advice much appreciated
Here's the topic.  Smile

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/691918/M/

Richard


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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 2:04 am

Any exposure longer than 1-2 seconds should do the job of capturing the beacons. Try longer exposures, adjusting your f-stop to expose properly. A tripod would be recommended so you can take advantage of lower-noise ISO's like 200 instead of having to go 1600.

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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:10 am

Question. In regards to night photography, what exposure settings should an Olympus C5050 be on to capture the twinkle of lit aircraft? Mainly the
anti-collision and winglet bulbs?
To follow up the post here is the photo.
Richard


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Thanks Mike I will try adjusting the f-stop more.
 
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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:19 am

Richard,

Not familar with the C5050 so can't really help but also a bit confused? You're asking how you to capture the beacons and wingtip lights but yet, you got them in your photo just fine? Longer exposure times with smaller apertures is usually my settings for night shots. To be safe, I'll usually bracket some shots as well.

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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:23 am

If you mean the "star" effect on the lights you need a small aperture. The effect comes from diffraction of the light as it passes through the aperture diaphragm in the lens. The number of "rays" depend on the number of blades in the aperture diaphragm. Usually compact digicams only go down to f/8 so you should try that for the best effect, if possible even smaller. There are also star filters that give a similar effect.

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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:27 am

Most of my pictures are around 4 seconds and with my old camera i would set the apature at F8.0 the highest the camera would go. The ISO should be at 100 for the best results... just play around with it.... i would say set the apature at F8.0 and play around with the shutter speed.

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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:29 am

Ah, thanks for clearing that up Staffan, wasn't sure what he meant.

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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 5:50 am

Sorry, yes thats exactly what my question was refering to.
"star" effect on the lights.
I see so many night photos that have that effect and want to make that a goal of mine.
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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 6:40 am

Here is little plug  Big grin
I took this picture at F/11 - 5 seconds exposure.


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RE: Best Exposure Settings - Night Photography

Tue Oct 19, 2004 7:03 am

".."star" effect on the lights..."

..an inexpensive star filter is the easiest way. They come in many different point densities. But, you can also take a woman's nylons and stretch them firmly over the lens and rubber banded to get the same effect in a clinch....

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