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Old 17-03-2012, 16:49   #1 (permalink)
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How to keep the grain low at night - HELP ME!

So I've had this problem plenty of times and I cant quite seem to suss it. I keep getting heavy grain when trying to do photographs at night and its a right pain

The Shutter Speed is at I think 25 Seconds, F8 and ISO-3200.

I can't get rid of the grain in the image. (p.s I notice it is out of focus but does that effect it)

PLEASE HELP ME!!! So I can go out and Attempt this again!

Thank you :P
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Old 17-03-2012, 17:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to keep the grain low at night - HELP ME!

Try using a tripod for the blur. Also set the timer for the shutter to go off in 10 seconds, allowing you time to get in postition.
Your ISO 3200 will give a very grainy effect - try lowering it.
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Re: How to keep the grain low at night - HELP ME!

Drop the ISO. That's the long and the short of it. Open your aperture to help with light gathering but if you're struggling to light the background, get someone off camera to play a wide angled torch beam around or light it with a flashgun.
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Re: How to keep the grain low at night - HELP ME!

Hi Rob, welcome to Pixalo. I'd agree with both Rob and clanny about dropping the iso but also try some static lighting, doesn't have to be fancy, a couple of table lamps perhaps. Also, assuming you have a decent but "noisy" image to start with, try noise reduction either in CS or standalone. I use Noiseware.
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Hi Rob, welcome and as the others have said, shoot manual, drop the ISO to 100/200 maybe f18 and about 20/30 seconds. That's what we were doing with our fire shoot.
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