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Shooting during night or late evening. Techniques to play with darkness or compensate it.

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Which settings are good for Night Shoots? [on hold]

Some times I feel like if my eyes were a camera, I could capture exactly what I feel in my eyes, the awesomeness of the night view in streets under street light. But I can't. Because I am not a expert ...
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What tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?

A friend has been kind enough to lend me a DSLR for a few months. It's my first foray into DSLR photography, or indeed any kind of photography beyond simply aiming my Canon IXUS at something and ...
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How to get longer exposure times with intervalometer for Fujifilm HS25EXR

I'm trying to use an external intervalometer for my Fujifilm HS25EXR. It works and snaps pictures on the timer, but for some reason it won't overide the shutter speed. I'm trying to do some night sky ...
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Steel wool photography: how to obtain lots of sparks?

what's the secret to get lots of sparks from the steel wool in this type of photography? My steel wool usually stops sparking after 7-8 seconds. I think this one sparked for a longer time!
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How to photograph fireflies?

We have a lot of fireflies (lightning bugs) in our back yard right now. I would like to photograph them, but previous attempts have not turned out well. With different exposures, it ends up either ...
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What are some tips on night photography during rain?

What are some tips on doing night photography before / during / after rain? I'm looking for unique creative possibilities or a unique look in the resulting photos as compared to doing night ...
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Suggestions for night photography with city lights?

Pardon perhaps a beginners question. I'm starting to experiment with night photography, as I like to take city shots at night when i travel. I took a sample shot of the palace of fine arts as shown ...
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Canon 6D lensflare

My new camera Canon 6D show this lensflare (raw or jpeg) in all the photos with this lens (Canon 50mm 1.8) or with the Samyang 16mm 2.8 (which I returned for judging what was defective). The lensflare ...
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Focus in night photography

Another question related to the Olympus OMD EM5. I bought this camera to replace my Nikon D90 and I'm very satisfied with it. However, I find very hard to do the focus at night. With the Nikon D90, ...
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Do any phone cameras allow decent exposure of the night sky?

I've heard that phone cameras can't take good pictures of the night sky because the hardware doesn't allow the changing of exposure times. Are there any phones that do allow good exposure for decent ...
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Tips and resources for nightime shots with a mirrorless camera?

I have a mirrorless digital camera (Samsung NX1000, 20-50mm lens) with which I'm proficient in all manual settings. I'm on vacation in a month on an island in the Atlantic that is known for low ...
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How to get accurate focus at night? [duplicate]

I've tried focusing shots at night, but never get a perfect click. Are there any tips that might help?
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Night photo with Leica 25mm: blur at f/1.4 [duplicate]

I have an Olympus OMD EM5 and a Leica 25mm which takes wonderful pictures in daylight. I was trying to take night pictures with this setup and I had the following results (after several tries and ...
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Wide aperture in low-light results in muddy image on Powershot G16?

I have a Powershot G16 that I'd like to use as my standard camera for its light weight. It takes amazing photos in the day, but I'm having some problems with handheld at night. I'm still a photography ...
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What settings should I be using to shoot “Supermoon”?

This weekend is a "Supermoon" (the largest full moon of the year, in perigee, the closest to Earth). Would someone please advise how I could make the most out of my Canon PowerShot to photograph this ...
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Can you photograph the milky way with a full moon out?

Is it possible to photograph the milky way (or just any stars or stellar objects) when a full moon is out?
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How to best prepare, print, and display night photos?

How does one prepare night-time photographs (long exposures of starfields, moonlight, city lights, etc.) for printing? Do particular paper types (e.g. metallic) work better for this purpose? As it ...
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Night photography settings

I have watched a few YouTube videos now and one guy states that you should have a smaller aperture but to compensate for the lack of light coming through, you should set the shutter speed higher, ...
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Why isn't my Canon Speedlite 580 working on my 5D Mark II?

I was shooting at night and my flash was working perfectly, all of a sudden I tried taking another picture and it stopped working. I was using it on ETTL mode, the pictures looked underexposed with no ...
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Are there any resources or websites for finding areas which have low levels of light pollution at night?

Are there any websites which map light pollution levels so I know where to go for decent long exposure night shots? Or general resources for that matter?
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How to achieve clean landscape night photography editing

I came across this guy's work and love the look and how clean it is. Besides removing the saturation, and strong clarity, what else is involved in getting this type of clean and detailed look? ...
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Style with dim background, warmer tones and subject being almost the only light-emitter?

You can appreciate a slight light-brown-ish look in skin tones and in most other colours, the slow fade to dark in the silhouettes of the subjects and the almost zero quantity of light the camera is ...
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How can I create light trails without a blurry subject?

I would like to achieve this effect using my Nikon P510: Are there any suggestions or tips that would help me do that?
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Long exposures: Gorillapod or Beanbag for support?

The northern hemisphere is spending a lot of time in the dark these days, so I'm interested taking long exposures, 8-30 seconds or so, in urban environments. The goal would be to use existing objects ...
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Why are the trees in this long exposure night shot red?

Last night I tried taking some shots of a cloud moving across a very bright moonlit sky: The exposure was taken using: Nikon D60 Stock 18-55mm VR zoom lense No filters Exposure time: 63 seconds ...
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Are there ultra-wide angle (<24mm) lenses faster than f/2.8? If not, why?

I started looking for an UWA lens (something in the mid-teens), particularly for doing milky way shots. Learning that you get trails with too long of exposure, I figured I'd try and find the largest ...
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How to get really clean almost HDR images in night time (see example)

Browsing through Behance network. I was wondering how this guy got such clean (no noise, no ghosting apart from the clouds) Night shots and some of them almost look like night time HDR. I'm thinking ...
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Hotshoe flash with adaptable color temperature?

The dual LED flash in the iPhone 5s allows changing its color from white to amber, to approximate the color temperature of ambient light. dpreview.com writes: In fact, it features the first ...
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Get impressive pictures at night in Venice [duplicate]

I am going to Venice in the next weeks and specially during the night I would like to have these 2 kind of results if possible with my camera. Can you recommend me the settings i would need to use ...
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Does the Sony DSC-WX60 or Nikon L610 have a better lens?

I am in a deadlock between buying a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX60 or Nikon Coolpix L610. The former is more compact and has Carl Zeiss lens while the latter has more optical zoom. Other factors, both ...
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For night photography with lots of unexposed areas, should I go with high iso and low exposure, or low iso and high exposure?

I have been doing so much research on iso, and for awhile I've been going with the theory that low iso= less noise, so I've been shooting at iso 100 and then adjusting my flashlights and increasing ...
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How do I get a colored sky instead of black for stars photo? [duplicate]

How do I get a colored sky instead of black for stars photo? I recently took a long exposure night shot and it looked great but the sky is basically black with white stars. I've seen some amazing ...
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Why aren't my night shots sharp even when I shot at ISO 100 on a tripod?

I recently purchased a tripod because I really want to do some night photography. I have tried practicing with street lamps, moon shots etc with my Canon 550D and 70-200 f/4L and most of them are shot ...
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Why are minor differences appear magnified when synced to the same parameters in Lightroom?

In a night photography setup, I took many shots in order to do a time lapse. When post-processing, I adjusted the first photo to my taste and then synchronized all of them. As for result, each photo ...
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Why do I have blurry star trails?

Last weekend I was experimenting with capturing star trails. I tried taking a set of 9 photos of the stars and Milkway (ISO 1600, f/2.8, 30 seconds exposure). Here is resulting combined photo (stacked ...
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Dark, low light lighting, not flash?

Last weekend was my uncle's wedding, it was an outdoor event with great scenery for photography during the day. But when it became dark out lighting was of course more difficult. I do not have a ton ...
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How do I capture the milky way?

Can the milky way actually be photographed like this? I know the image is manipulated, and is probably a composite, but how do you capture such contrast in the milky way? Is an equitorially mounted ...
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what is this effect: millions of coloured light dots, picture shot in the night

I found this picture http://25.media.tumblr.com/b190c1a74bf5a249e3bac63626fff88b/tumblr_mipyd0ehvG1rcbvl8o1_1280.jpg i wonder if there is a certain technique to create such pictures? Thanks very ...
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How do I get started with 'painting with light' photography?

Tunnels being naturally dark may not be the most intuitive choice for a place to take pictures. But I love the 'painting with light' work that artists such as 'Twin Cities Brightest' are putting out ...
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How do I take portrait photo with flash and good ambient light as background?

I was taking a building structure with nice ambient light using high ISO without flash. The photo turned out as what I expected. However, when I took it with a person as foreground with Canon ...
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How to take a picture with subject in focus but with a circular light-trace effect around it?

How to keep the Girls sharp combined with the lighttrace effect? Thank you very much!
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Optimal settings to capture firework at night using Nikon D3200 with 18mm - 105mm Zoom Lens? [duplicate]

I tried take photos of firework using my Nikon D3200 with 18mm - 105mm Zoom Lens in Aperture Mode. But I cannot get a good focus since if happens in sky at different heights. This made most of my shot ...
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What times and settings should I use for taking pictures of stars at night and falling stars?

The season of the falling stars started and I want to try to achieve some picture of stars and falling one too. I see a lot of picture with a immense number of stars but they are still. Now I'm ...
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What camera settings should I use for NASCAR night racing?

I am attending the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race next weekend in Charlotte, NC. Much of the race will be after dark, illuminated by the track lighting. I will be using a Nikon D-80 with an AF-S Nikkor ...
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How to manually focus Nikon d5100 at very low light conditions?

Suppose I have to short in very low light so I have to set up shoter speed to 10-20 sec. Live view and autofocus doesn't work in this case and view finder give you a little help since it is to dark. ...
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What post processing should be done to my photographs of the aurora borealis to improve colours and impact?

I have included links to 2 RAW images ( I've also put the JPEG images up) that I took in Iceland last month where I was very fortunate to see the northern lights on two different nights. The ...
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How can I get very vivid colors in night cityscape pictures?

Can you suggest me what kind of settings would I need to make these kind of pictures. The scenario will be just like the pictures: Outdoors, lights on the streets, and maybe very small rivers with ...
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How to capture details of the moon?

I just purchased a D5100 and I am slowly learning the basics. I mostly shoot landscape/scenery shots. I have been trying to capture the full moon unsuccessfully. It looks focused in the ...
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Why did my nighttime shots of the moon create trailing spheres?

I used a tripod and remote shutter release. ISO:1600, F/3.5, Exp 46". I expected the flare and halo, but the ghosted spheres surprised me. Can you tell me what caused this and how to adjusting my ...
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Why are these lights all different colours and how can I correct them?

I occasionally take panoramic city photos and I've noticed that certain sections of the cities have a lot of different coloured lights. What causes these different lights? Some of these appear to be ...