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

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Blurry night time photos

I have the Canon XTi, using the zoom lens EF 75-300mm. What is the best setting for outdoor night sports photos (with stadium lighting)
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Photographing fireflies handheld at night

I've just come from a vacation trip where one of the attractions was firefly watching at night. I only brought with me my point-and-shoot camera, a Canon S100, but to much disappointment, I wasn't ...
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Is it a good idea to adapt a canon FD 50mm F1.8 on a MFT camera (lumix G5) for night sky shots?

I think it will allow around 10 seconds exposure without star trails, but needed to get inputs form anyone who had used this setup before. I couldn't find any sample photos online. From the chart here ...
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Which of my lenses to choose for shooting the Milky Way? 17mm 2.8 or 10mm 4.5?

Next week I hope to get a good chance to do my first Milky Way shoot. Last thing I struggle with is which of my lenses to use. I want to avoid startrails. In the final round are: Sigma 17-50 2.8 ...
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Which settings are good for Night Shoots? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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How does a circular polarizer affect the “stars” from strong lights at night?

When taking night photos at narrower apertures strong light sources such as streetlights demonstrate a star effect based on the number of blades in the lens' aperture. What effect would a polarizer ...
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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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Does shooting at lower MP result in less image noise? [duplicate]

My Sony a65 has a 24MP and 10MP mode. Will shooting at 10MP result in less image noise? I'm looking to do more night photography.
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Why do my photos show blocky gradients, even in RAW?

I am learning to use my new DSLR, a Sony a57 with 18-55mm kit lens. I was shooting last night at sundown, and after exporting the RAW images to Lightroom, was surprised to see the gradient as showing ...
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How to picture thunder when storm is coming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What technique and camera settings should I use to capture lightning strikes? My home town is very lack of thunders, but when time comes, I should be prepared to shoot. ...
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What's the difference between a closed and open aperture diaphragm for night street photos?

I'm capturing a picture during night and to a street with a lot of cars running over the street. What happens (in general, from a theoretical point of view) if I shoot the same photo under the ...