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Old 03-19-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
Holloran Grade
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Talking Night shots.

A few things:

(1) You need to shoot RAW if you can.

That way you can adjust the white balance to get that yellow cast out of the image due to the sodium vapor lights in the yard.

WB adjusted to get rid of the yellow cast of the lights.

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(2) Next, you need a camera that allows you a manual shutter control option (on many labeled "bulb") and a remote shutter release cable.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details

With the manual shutter, you can change the shutter length at will because you hold the button down and time it.

5 second exposure.

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248 second exposure.

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5 minute exposure with a full moon

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10 minute exposure with no moon and city lights.

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(3) Use the ISO at 200 or less so that you don't get too much noise in the image.

Sometimes that happens anyway due to other factors.


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(4) And you need a good tripod that doesn't move - even slightly (inexpensive plastic mount ones do this).



The LED number board lights pose a problem in that they are so much brighter than anything else.

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You can either HDR, or take two exposures and cut the number boards out of the less exposed one and over lay them into the properly exposed picture.

I have done this before, but don't remember where.

(I have yet to either add the moon, move the position of the moon, or otherwise alter the moon in any of my shots - others have.)

Personally, I like night shots with no head lights.

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Or in a way that you can limit their affect.


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Sometimes you can get away with propping the camera against something (a fence, shooting through the wire) and adjusting the setting for a short exposure.

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