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Old 06-21-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
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Lets talk about night shooting.

Ok guys so here is my gear...

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this is what i use to just go have fun with... my car is more my money pit then camera gear but i wanted to have fun with a camera too.

anyways me and a friend wanted to go take some pictures as the sun was setting but we ended up getting caught by the cops racing and didnt get to go take pics for a lil while... sooo it was getting dark by the time we got there. both of our cars are black. at the last location we went too it ended up being very dark with lights in the background. i was trying to be quick about it because needless to say we were not supposed to be with our cars there. anyways i couldnt get the focus right on the cars it was too hard to see... is there an easier way to do this? can i zoom in then focus then zoom back out? (i dont think i can focus will be screwed right?)


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You can try that.

I would use a light source ... a flash light in most cases ... Turn on the flash light, let the camera focus. Then remove the flash light and take the long exposure shot at night.

Or find a way to backup with the flash light, really light up the car ... and take a fairly long exposure ... not too long, but long enough.

Really the only way to do with real low-light, unless you get a camera and lens combo that can handle low-light focusing.

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Also focusing on dark things at night; the AF works on contrast so try to pick an area of the car that has high contrast like the seam between the hood and headlight. If you're aperture is high enough it'll be in focus regardless of where you focus. Or shine a flash light on it for a brief second to focus and then turn it off. That works too. :)
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But then you run into balancing Aperture and photo darkness if you raise/close the Aperture.

Sure the photos will be in focus, but they will be darker.

And then if you open the Aperture, you close in the DOF and with a kit lens that's pretty hard. Doing that and focusing on a contrasted part on the hood will then make the hood more in focus and in the bumper in less focus. The plane of focus will be in the middle of the car.

It's a tough setting battle and every camera is different on what it can handle.

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i think im gunna get one of those huge lights and shine it on the car. focus. then take shot. i know about long exposures and everything just trying to figure out how to shoot in dark. the car was a ways away so it was hard to focus.
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Another thing to add, back up and use the Telephoto end of your kit lens. You will get more focus on the cars and less on the background and your photos won't have a weird slight lens distortion in the corners.

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If you get one of those big lights ... make sure to back it far away from the car so that it doesn't over power the ambient light. Will make a full black background and an overly lit car. Plus it makes light spots on your car and you start to see imperfections on your rides. Like swirls and rock chips.

Backing up the light source will better spread the light and soften its power to better get a nice lit photo.

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If you bump up the aperture yes it'll make your exposure longer. I'm assuming you are using your tripod though so the exposure length doesn't matter. Up at f8 or f11 the whole car is going to be in focus regardless of where you focus.

Another thing to do is try light painting. I did that with my buddies mustang shoot. Got it to 30 sec exposure and then ran around the car popping off the flash at different places.
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lyon that is a great idea. could i do the same with a flashlight?

Also Ray i would definately turn off the big light before i took the shot. when i get home i will post up the pics so you guys can see what i mean.
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Yes you can do "light painting" with a flash light.

Look forward to seeing your shot you took and see what you came up with.

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