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Old 15-11-2010, 19:18   #1 (permalink)
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Long time no type I'm afraid , well back to a stable life for a while , and the learning curve that is photography. I'm off to New York soon and would like some pointers on taking Night shots . still have the EOS 450 with sigma 18-200mm . I have invested in a tripod and remote . all I need now is the skill . so a few pointers on how to start will be gratefully received .
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Old 15-11-2010, 20:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: City Night Photography

Hi Paul, night photograhy has become a one of my favourite kinds recently and I'd love to share a few tips.
Firstly, a tripod and remote shutter are great investments!
Your shutter release will allow you to achieve extra long exposures, therefore, minimise ISO. You don't need high sensitivity and reducing the ISO speed with prevent grainy pictures. Similarly, a small aperture can be used creating a long depth of field.
Auto focus is pointless, your camera will not be able to attain any focal points in the majority of night photos, therefore you will need to use manual focus. A good tip is to place a torch where you want to focus, either manual focus that point or you may be able to auto focus it, and then switch to manual focus before removing the torch.
SHOOT IN RAW! Capturing the perfect exposure at night is a difficult one, shooting in raw will give you more room to altar your photo and achieve better exposure post shutter.
I find that tungsten is best for night photography, however opinions differ.
My advice is to take these tips and get some practise in before your trip, find out what works for you.
Finally, warm clothes and gloves are essential! Your hands will get v cold and make it an unenjoyable experience without gloves!
Hope I've helped, have a great trip!
p.s using a shorter focal length with create a greater depth of field.
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Re: City Night Photography

I always take multiple exposures for city night shots. I usually use HDR processing but, even if you do not, it is quite difficult to determine the optimum exposure so bracketing is sensible anyway. I would probably use around ISO 200 and f8. Having established the exposure setting I want I would set in the camera in manual. I also use manual focus for such shots as well. I would normally fire the shutter using the timer or using a remote release. My main tip to you would be to try this in your local town/city centre first perhaps a couple of times so that, by the time you get to NY, you will be confident about taking such shots.

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Hi Bear, the 450 will do pretty good at iso400, I have a 400 and the wife a 500. We just took some pictures at night but I have to admit that I don't get out much when it's dark. I would try Tv mode and find out what shutter speed you can use to hold your camera steady, say 1/100 to 1/30 I can hold pretty still and get a sharp picture. So start out at 400 iso, the above and then move to manual and move your shutter to control compansation. I tried to keep f/7.1 aperture but alot of my pictures were around f/3.2 depending on the light. If you go to places in new york that have a lot of people you will do better to tune your camera for hand holding. Good luck as lights and the big city can be fantastic. My resent pictures are in photo's for fun under Garden City at night. Remember that slowing the shutter will help keep the dark sky looking like it does when you look at it. If you let the camera expose for you it will over expose the sky and it will be full of funny looking light.
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Re: City Night Photography

Ive had reasonable success on my frequent trips to London Tripod is a must remote is also required Manual F8 and RAW and manual focus. Plus watch out for some plank falling over your tripod
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Re: City Night Photography

If you have the time and space a tripod is fine - but - try setting up a tripod in Times Square and you'll be arrested for causing an obstruction or you'll be mugged and your gear nicked. If I'm in the city I just take the camera and if need be it can quickly go under my coat - I use a 24-105 with a 50mm in my pocket and go to as high ISO as is necessary.
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Re: City Night Photography

I must admit to not doing much of this type of photography,but an article I read recommended shooting just as the light fades,to give more perspective to the shot .
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Re: City Night Photography

While a tripod is best if you can use it, I have successfully done city night photography hand held particularly in brighter areas. It help enormously if you have an IS lens and you can use fairly high ISO settings with many cameras now.

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Re: City Night Photography

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thanks for the comments and sugestions , I hopefully wont get arrested . my cousin works for the Rockefeller centre. so hoping to set up to get a few night shots of the view , it is a good point though tripod is no small piece of kit and the city at night is busy so got a gorilla the rest will attempt hand held it will cut-down on the luggage also I'm staying out on long island, so lugging a tripod through Penn station and on the LIR is going to be ridiculous.
As always thanks for the advice . Off to practice in vilage no people and definatly wont get muged shame there is only the church with lights
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