cyclonic
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Low Light Photography Tips

Mon Mar 07, 2005 4:24 pm

Hi all,

After doing a quick search i've been unable to find any topics regarding Low Light Photography so I thought i'd start a thread asking my fellow photographers for their tips on the subject.

What do you do to come up with a decent shot in low light conditions or dodgy weather? The only things I can think of are bumping up the ISO, and opening your aperture up to try and get in as much light as possible. I personally use a Canon 300D so I have some control there.

Again any tips or help for us lesser photographers would be very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

Leo
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Gary2880
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RE: Low Light Photography Tips

Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:16 pm

wait till its dark get a tripod and do a nightshot Big grin

tryed putting up the iso on the 300D to 400 before in low light and it didnt do very well, but it was very low light, do you mean just as the sun is setting or if its gone behind a cloud...
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RE: Low Light Photography Tips

Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:59 pm

Quoting Cyclonic (reply 0):
What do you do to come up with a decent shot in low light conditions or dodgy weather?


Leo,
The first thing I do is over-compensate, this will make the sensor let more light into the camera which will then make the shot brighter. I would then (if Im desperate) go above ISO200, but being very careful of the grain. If the weather get's any worse, I pack up my equipment and go home!

Quoting Gary2880 (reply 1):
tryed putting up the iso on the 300D to 400 before in low light and it didnt do very well, but it was very low light, do you mean just as the sun is setting or if its gone behind a cloud...


Leo,
The first thing I do is over-compensate, this will make the sensor let more light into the camera which will then make the shot brighter. I would then (if Im desperate) go above ISO200, but being very careful of the grain. If the weather get's any worse, I pack up my equipment and go home!

Gary,
This is where you'll start to need some sort of Image Stablisation, this way you can keep the ISO to an acceptable level, and still get a decent shutter speed.

It's either that, or you'll have to be good at panning!

Cheers,
Simon Nicholls
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RE: Low Light Photography Tips

Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:03 am

Just keep your camera at daylight settings, let the shutterspeed drop as it gets darker and start panning. Big grin

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RE: Low Light Photography Tips

Wed Mar 09, 2005 1:19 am

Ooop's, just spotted the mistake in my post above!
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cyclonic
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RE: Low Light Photography Tips

Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:16 am

Hi Simon, thanks for the advice, and yes I noticed the mistake! *laugh* I don't like to go over ISO 200, as you can pick up more grain, i've accidently gone to 800 once and it killed an entire afternoon's worth of shots!
Thanks for the help, much appreciated.

Eduard, i'm going to try panning too, I have a new tripod coming my way...might take it to some drag race meetings to try it out before moving onto planes. You've got some great pics there by the way!

I'll admit that this whole photography thing can be quite disheartening at times, as i've just had a batch of shots rejected and I nearly gave up on shooting right then and there... but i've decided to keep at it.
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