Could i have done this better ?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eugene, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. Eugene

    Eugene Guest

    This is my first night shot. I am completely new to photography. I would
    appreciate your comments on what settings you would have used to get this
    picture. Camera used was a Canon EOS 400D lens Sigma 18-200 DC

    Thanks
    Eugene
     
    Eugene, Jan 16, 2007
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    Eugene Guest

    Eugene, Jan 16, 2007
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    Mardon Guest

    He must have used a tripod. You can't hold an 8 sec exposure that still
    without one. I agree with Jim Kramer's comments. Shoot a higher ISO to
    make the exposure shorter, use a remote release or timer for the shutter,
    plus mirror lockup and perhaps a heavier tripod, depending on what was used
    for this shot. I agree that the shot is a bit overexposed for my taste. I
    think a darker sky with only a silhouette of the buildings in front would
    be better.

    Keep at it. Practice makes perfect! :)
     
    Mardon, Jan 16, 2007
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    Cgiorgio Guest

    To avoid the blown highlights you could shoot in RAW which preserves a
    higher colour resolution, underexpose by -1.5 to 2 EV and then use the gamma
    curve tool to "develop" the picture in your raw conversion or image editor
    program.
     
    Cgiorgio, Jan 16, 2007
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  5. Eugene

    Eugene Guest

    1) Make sure the towers are vertical.
    2) Make the camera as stable as possible - Heavier tripod, timer or
    remote release, mirror lock up; the squiggles in the lights are
    probably from you pushing the shutter release.
    3) You will find ISO 400 is as good as ISO 100 for noise and Higher
    ISO's are not that bad.
    4) F/8 to F/11 would (without the motion blur) give a sharper image.

    Personally, and this is my opinion and not about technique, I think
    that the image is over-exposed; the sky is not dark enough for my taste.

    Keep shooting and play with the camera settings, best way to "learn" is to
    "do."

    Thanks for all your comments. A tripod or sorts was used one of those cheapo
    Hama mini ones. I had just come from a party and that was the view from the
    hotel window, Carrying a full sized tripod around wasn't a option. Are there
    any half way decent mini ones that will fit into a camera bag ? The light
    blur was most definitely caused by me pushing the shutter button., I will
    have to invest in one of those canon ir remote thingies. I'll experiment
    with the setting you sugest.

    Thank again
    Eugene
     
    Eugene, Jan 16, 2007
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Note the degree of camera movement reflected by the paths trailing from
    the brighter lights.

    If he used a tripod then he did something to move the camera a consierable
    amount while the shutter was open.
     
    J. Clarke, Jan 16, 2007
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    ray Guest

    Look at your timer settings - my Kodak P850 has two - one is two seconds -
    for just such occassions. If you shoot in 'raw' format you'll have a
    little more latitude to fradiddle the image in the computer - IMHO - it's
    too dark - there is almost no detail on the buildings - if you could bring
    out a little detail there without overexposing the sky I'd like it better.
     
    ray, Jan 16, 2007
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  8. Eugene

    ray Guest

    I've been looking for some info on what to do with the histogram - do you
    have any good references?
     
    ray, Jan 16, 2007
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    Bill Funk Guest

    Probably Eugene used the shutter release button.
    I find the self-timer to be a great solution for this.
    --
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    give away the award for Best
    Motion Picture Drama. He's no
    newcomer to the winner's circle
    himself. The Consumer Electronics
    Show in Las Vegas once voted him
    most lifelike over Al Gore.
     
    Bill Funk, Jan 16, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    Yes.
    Tripod, cable-release, mirror lock-up, and smaller aperture.

    The tripod/mirror lock-up/cable-release will eliminate nearly al motion
    blur, and and smaller aperture (f8 or 11 for example) will get you a sharper
    image on nearly any lens.
     
    Mark², Jan 17, 2007
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