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Old 19-03-2012, 14:35   #1 (permalink)
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Night photography tips and tricks

Hi,

I have recently taken up photography as a serious hobby and have been taking my photos during daylight hours or with a flash.

I am off to Las Vegas next month and wanted to experiment with taking photos at night. I want to take some photos in Vegas itself and also wanted to take some pictures in the desert, I hope to get some star trails. I have a Canon 5D MKII and have a range of lenses so I think I have the right equipment.

What type of lenses do you think will be best for Vegas all lit up and what do you think would be best for star trails in the desert?

Also, can anyone recomend any tried and tested settings that I should be using. I had a little practise on star trails this weekend and they didn't come out at all well!

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I love to be the first one on a thread,,,, All I can think of is a good wide angle for your lights and night shooting. I have been surprised that the settings don't change all that much with night shooting for day shooting except the speed, sometimes slower...I would say the north star has something to do with a spinning light trail for the long exposure...full battery and all. Have a good and pretty person to talk to while the camera is doing it's thing.. I love las vegas and have been their for up teen times. but all I used was a video and some adlibbing to bust up the kidds..Welcome to pixalo,,there will be someone here to help you understand everything I just said. have fun...you'll do fine.
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Re: Night photography tips and tricks

Welcome to Pixalo Toasty

Difficult to advise on settings as they will vary shot to shot. Over exposure is the usual trap, so I'd suggest using manual settings and bracketing as the way to go.

As Boofers said, you won't need to use very long exposures. Light trails will need longer exposures and stopping down will aviod the flare that over exposure will bring.

Good to practise first.
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Re: Night photography tips and tricks

For Las Vegas night shots, I would strongly recommend multiple exposures for HDR processing or at the very least to allow you to choose the best exposure later. It is difficult to suggest settings in advance but you will still need a reasonable aperture say f8 and mainly wide angle lenses. Probably the speed will vary from 1/4 sec to 1/50 sec but Las Vegas is well lit. The best night pictures are taken at dusk so there is a little colour in the sky. The idea is to end up with a dark blue sky rather than a Black sky. Use a tripod and keep to a fairly low ISO. However, with strong lighting, IS lens and with the ISO turned up a little, it is possible to take such HDR sets hand held but a tripod is still the best option.

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