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Hey guys, my friend has recently got into night hiking and has dragged me along so I can take pictures. Well, at first I was hesitant on such a thing because I don't particularly like the forest in the pitch black...heh, but I rounded up the tripod and went with him.

I didn't have a lot of patience to do hour long exposures or however long it would have taken to get a decent picture without the use of external light but there were only a few that actually turned out decent by using the lights we had. One was an orange led/flashlight and the other was a led headband light.

Here are the pics, un-photoshopped in anyway as my photoshop rig is currently torn apart on my floor.


Playing.


Did bulb on these...got some camera shake -.-

Favorite of the bunch I got tonight.

All of these were taken in an are of the woods that had no moonlight or anything, when the lights were off you couldn't see a foot in front of you. Anyway what are your guys thoughts on these and what kind of lights would you recommend for this type of photography? Cheers.
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Those pictures are good for very low light most of the time DSLRs in low light produce rather grainy pictures. As for your light it depends on whether or not you are shooting in color. For BW photography IR lights would work well. For color photos I have seen this really cool RGB LED array system. It runs on 12 volts so you could use 2 lantern batteries or a 12v pack but it allowed you to control each channel independently so you could produce any color of light you want. Plus its large surface area would help prevent hot spotting. I found something similar that is used for party lighting but has the same basic idea: http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/S...GoogleBaseFeed
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Thanks for the input

That light is expensive! o.O I've come to terms with the fact that photography is an expensive habit but I'm just looking for something cheap that I can haul around hiking haha I'll keep an eye out though for similar lights like you talked about.
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when u say "light" are you talking about flashguns or a flashlight?
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More of flash lights really. Not like actual camera accessories, unless they're cheap. This is just kind of a fun hobby, I'm not looking to sink a good chuck of change into it.
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I'm not looking to sink a good chuck of change into it.
You picked the wrong hobby, then.
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Lol no I know Photography is really expensive and I've spent plenty of money getting a DSLR, along with a film camera this year.

I just meant that this is just a for fun project, I'm not taking it 100% serious. I just was wondering if anyone had any like "homemade" methods for helping with pitch black situations.
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get a LED flashlight and just light paint.
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Quote:
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I just was wondering if anyone had any like "homemade" methods for helping with pitch black situations.
You'll need multiple lights to avoid hard shadows -- you can experiment with halogen work lights from Wal-Mart if you bring a generator or something. get creative, there's no set standards or ways of doing anything.
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