View Full Version : Night Photography Problem

12-17-2003, 02:38 AM
The Ottawa station is a very well lit station. It's actually very very bright, as can be seen in this photo by Mike Britt:


However, I have already ventured twice to the station already, froze my butt off, and all the shots turned out like crap.

I'm surprised this shot got even accepted:


But, as you can see, the difference is clear.

Now, I will be taking a train at departing from Ottawa at 5 in the morning next week. It's going to be dark, and I want to take some pictures. However, I don't want them to turn out like crap again. Could someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong, and what I can do to make the photo look brighter. (I have already tried all the different limited flash settings my camera has, and I also tried with no flash).

Thanks in advance,

S.C. Vermillion
12-17-2003, 03:13 AM
Lower ISO settings (Film Speed), adjustable shutter speeds and a good tripod. If I remember correct you use a Digital camera. You will have to adjust the ISO and Shutter speed manually. My sugestion is to stay at a ISO of 100 and leave the shutter open for as long as you can. Just remember to use a tripod.

P.S. Don't use a flash when using a timed shutter shot.

I am going downtown tomorrow night to get a night shot of NS with downtown decorated and lit up. Hopefully the rain and snow will hold up.

12-17-2003, 11:33 AM
You may not want to use a flash. The flash will reflect off any reflective material. Also, lower the shutter speed if possible.

12-17-2003, 07:38 PM
I don't think it's possible to lower my shutter speed (Fuji Finepix i40).

I could buy a tripod...

And without flash, it was even darker. :x

12-18-2003, 02:31 AM

Unlesss you can slow the shutter speed you'll just be wasting your time. Also, like the others have said don't use you flash.

You'll need to be able to have the shutter open at least 20-30 seconds to get a decent night shot. Putting you camera in flash mode only confuses it. You'll have to set everything manually.

12-18-2003, 02:49 AM
Source: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/F40/F40A6.HTM

Light sensitivity on the F40i is fixed at an ISO 200 equivalency and aperture is fixed at f/2.8. Shutter speeds range from 1/1,000 to 1/4 second, limiting the camera's low-light shooting capabilities.

So I guess that defeats the purpose to try night photography again.

However, that same site also contains this phrase:
Exposure compensation, which is available in Manual exposure mode only, is adjustable from -1.5 to +1.5 exposure values (EV) in 0.3-step increments

What exactly is exposure compensation? Can it help me shoot in low light conditions (not at night, but like cloudy/dark days)? Should I use low (-1.5) or high (+1.5)?

And the last question:
The F40i's White Balance adjustment (available in Manual exposure mode only) is controlled within the Record menu. Options include: Auto, Outdoors (sunny), Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Incandescent.

What is white balance adjustment? When should I adjust it? And to what?

Thanks everyone in advance,

12-18-2003, 11:13 AM
Adjusting the white balance will give you a different range of tones of colors for different types of shots. I found a link with some good information about white balance: http://computertimes.asia1.com.sg/specials/story/0,5104,1575,00.html