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What suggestions are there in terms of camera setting/techniques for fast shutter speeds during darker hours?
Assuming that a flash isn't practical for what you're doing, you have two major options: open the aperture or bump the ISO.
I take a lot of photos in the evening on either side of sunset at 150-300mm, and my settings will typically change like this over a couple hours:
Start at around 1/500, F7.1, ISO160.
1.) I'll reduce shutter speed first, down to around 1/250.
2.) Then open aperture till I get to the max (F4 on my lenses).
3.) Then reduce shutter speed again, till probably 1/100.
4.) Then start bumping ISO, till around ISO1600.
5.) Then reduce shutter speed more, and/or bump ISO. I usually call it a day around 1/20, F4, ISO2000.
I'm not great at panning, so I don't usually go below 1/20 or so, but as I get better at it, that will enable me to keep ISO down for longer.
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