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post #22621 of 29551
Went outside and took a few pictures of my house, neighbors, the lake in the back and Wawas after picking up some drinks.

Practiced Night Mode, Program mode, ISO Auto On and ISO 200 Auto Off. Some were taken in hand, some were taken rested on my car.

They're all really bad. Either grainy, blurry (this was the most common problem because of having to hold it) or the lighting was batty.

The pictures by the lake almost look like it was day time..but it was really dark out there, lol.

I like RAW now...You can edit the values in Photoshop when you put them in there. Change the temperature of the photo etc. Really nice feature. Gonna go with RAW over JPEG.


















Edited by Simca - 1/30/13 at 6:51pm
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post #22622 of 29551
Are you leaving it to try to auto-focus or are those manual shots? Those all look out of focus.
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post #22623 of 29551
Those are all on manual. Yes, they're very out of focus. Not sure why..I suppose because it's not on a tripod..idk..maybe I don't have a setting right,
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post #22624 of 29551
yeah about about to say they are all out of focus. bump up the iso a bit so the exposure time doesnt have to be so long. but considering you are saying its rested on something, exposure time shouldnt matter. try not to shake the camera when u press the button
 
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Maybe instead of auto ISO I should have just bumped ISO up manually slightly...I think the auto ISO shots put it to 1600...

I probably should have stopped car too, pretty sure there was some vibration.
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post #22626 of 29551
They just look out of focus. Motion blur doesn't really look like the problem here.

Shooting with manual focus at night on a DSLR takes a lot of practice. Even then the dim viewfinder and slow lenses makes it harder. It's easier with certain focus screens though.

I'd probably wouldn't shoot that low of an ISO with the kit lens.
    
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Do you think I need to adjust the zoom or do I simply need a better lens?
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You're only going to need to adjust the zoom depending on the perspective and framing you want for your photo. If you have to adjust the zoom to get the shot in focus, then you need to get some practice with the focus ring. tongue.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post

Maybe instead of auto ISO I should have just bumped ISO up manually slightly...I think the auto ISO shots put it to 1600...

I probably should have stopped car too, pretty sure there was some vibration.

Take your time with the shots...

First thing to do is compose what you want in the shot. Try to sure your horizon is level, unless you purposely don't want it to be.

Next is to simply make sure you set the focus on your subject. It is hard at night especially, however with a few tries you will learn to focus manually.

Once your comp and focus are set then worry about your settings. Expose is a triangle with ISO at one point, shutter on another, and aperture on the last. All = your proper exposure. There should be a meter in your view finder at the bottom and a line that will tell you if you are over or underexposing a shot based on your current settings. You will need to adjust your settings to get it lined up in the middle.

Start with your aperture, what aperture do you want for your shots? Usually I do f/8-f/11 for landscape at night.

Then set your iso and shutter.

Your ISO will probably have to be around 640-1600 depending on the light and your shutter from 10 seconds to 30 seconds based on those shots and being at a f/8-f/11 aperture.

Then take your pic!

Once you take a pic check and see what it looks like in your camera screen. if it is not bright enough or too dark adjust the iso or shutter to compensate. If it is out of focus adjust. Then take another pic and try again until you get what you want.

And yes, a non moving object would be best to use as a support for your camera during long exposure lol.
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I think my shutter speed was like 1/8 or something? I'll try again tomorrow.
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