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Old 08-06-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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Can you learns me how to take night photos?

So I have become fairly good at taking quality pics in the day but cant do very well at night. So some tips are how to's would really apperciated.

I also want to know how you guys dont get glare from lights when taking night photos?

Heres some pics I took tonight to give referance of my non skills.










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tripod + long exposure settings = bomb night pics...
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many cameras, even point and click, have night or low light settings. and they use longer exposure times. This makes it almost impossible to get a non-blurry photo unless u use a tripod, or rest the camera on something solid. a trick i use is to use the shutter timer and rest the camera on something. that way im not touching it at all when the pic snaps, and u get crystal clear photos.

i took this one while camping recently, sat the camera on the roof of the car
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I'll tell you what is a bomb ass pic, higher f stop, and like a 10 second shutter over traffic. I miss my old pics so much, but DAMN were those some cool shots. With a warm tint, too...

Of course, digital ruins it, film is always the way to go.
But you kids don't remember those days...

(that was a joke, I'm 18.)

Ohh, yea dont do auto settings. Even cameras without manual focusing have adjustable exposure settings in some way. Try "night sky" or whatever it may be on your camera. What are you using anyways? What settings?
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I never use auto, Im learning how to set the camera for the condintions. I have a Cannon Power Shot A560.

Those pics were taking with a long shutter, but I didnt turn down the ISO.

I also use a tripod.
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I have a Kodak 850 with a bunch of settings preprogrammed, but for the nightpics it still looks like S**T. I should go back to the old days of film (way beyond 18 here LOL) but sold my camera to a GF of mine, I should have known better, now she's the one with the Leica and takes great pics LOL.
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BTW lense filters help alot in night pics. The star shaped glare filters are awesome.
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Thanks everybody! Got some good ones tonight. Heres one of them.

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First of, I set my camera on a timer (10 seconds if you can), then I put the camera on something solid like a tripod or something that doesn't move (i set mine on a little stool i had, and it worked fine).

I set my ISO to 100, set my shutter for 15 seconds (you don't need that long, but as you might be able to see, i used a little white LED light to backlight to try something for fun). But you can set it for 1 second or 5 seconds or really whatever you want. Then try a few different light balance setting ("cloudy" works best for me), and see what looks best to you.

If you're in extremely low light you can set you ISO to a larger number (anything more than 100; 200 or 500), and if you're in bright light, you can set it to a smaller number (80). I liked playing with a little white led light so i could see the bottom features of the car (suspension..ect), that the natural shadows make disappear. You could also do something similar with the interior of the car and make something kinda cool with an inward glow? I dunno, just throwing out ideas. Just mess around with settings till you find something that works for you. Try to reduce noise if possible with the settings and don't be afraid to take a ton of pictures. You might not have all good ones, but you'll probably have a few really good ones.

Ps; that picture is pretty bright, even though it was 10 at night. I'm kinda new to it, and that's the only one i have of my car. If you mess around you'll get way better.
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