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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Any tips for night shoots?   Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:52 pm

Gonna try and take some night pics tonight. Now i've only got a point and shoot samsung but it has got a night setting. anybody got any advice.You've got til 9pm (8pm UK time) to give me the benefit of your experience!! Laughing Laughing

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Any tips for night shoots?   Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:05 pm

Hold the camera steady, preferably on a solid surface - also helps if you have some sort of delay timer on the shutter - eg press the button, 10 seconds later the pic is taken. Also, if you have control of the shutter speed, set it lower than normal. Downside of that is, whatever your shooting needs to be not moving so fast, if indeed at all!

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Any tips for night shoots?   Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:25 pm

Well Mike I could go on at length about this, but it does depend on what control you've got over the camera. Clive's advice is spot on to avoid camera shake.

*Do you have lighted buildings or lighted rolling stock in the shot, if so start shooting just after sunset at dusk, taking a pic every couple of minutes, don't wait til it's fully dark and at some point you'll get a nice balance between buildings/ loco's and sky and sky

*If it's got an automatic flash, make sure you override it! Otherwise your pics may look like daytime.

*Night settings are usually a way of getting more light into the picture and may not produce what you're after, try a few test shots at dusk with the night setting both on and off. I suspect you'll prefer off unless you're shooting water reflections or whatever!

*Another good trick with all garden rail photography is to position the camera as low as possible. If you're used to looking through a viewfider you might find it strange to hold the camera away from you and just roughly aim at the subject, it's a bit hit and miss but you will get some good shots

*Also, if you've got the memory capacity on your camera, just take loads of shots, despite what you might think professionals will on average shoot over 50 shots just to get one good one. Often people shoot hi-res which lowers the shot capacity, low-res pics are perfectly ok unless you're planning to print A3 or bigger. Most of us just want to publish on the web and CGT I guess.

Best of luck! Look forward to seeing the results!

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Any tips for night shoots?   Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:56 pm

Good advice above. Very Happy

Take the picture when all is still - except for smoke..........





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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Any tips for night shoots?   Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:35 am

Ain't it just Sod's Law? Just as dusk was approaching the heavens opened and down it came!! First rain for weeks so musnt complain.Will try again tonight. Thanks for all the tips

Mikey
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