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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

Along with weighing down the tripod, using a cable to release the shutter will help reduce camera movement. Also, if you want to guarantee no mirror shake happens during the exposure, hold a black ...
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

Mirror slap is an issue in "medium" long exposures - from 1/30 or so til about a second or two. Tripod shake is issue in "long" long exposures - from about a second upwards. For shooting stars you ...
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Solve unwanted white "waves" and "Pacman squares" in low-light picture - post using Google Photos

This is known as "banding". Dark parts in the picture have a small range of values (in a JPG, you only have 256 values per color), when you lighten them, you increase the gap between consecutive ...
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How can I take good photos of stars out of a cockpit window using the Samsung 21 ultra?

You just need to block the reflections from the lens' FOV... Probably the best answer for use in a cockpit is a rubber lens hood.
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

The "ray" effect is known as sunstar. There are 2 conditions to achieve sunstars : use a narrow aperture (like f/16). point camera to small and bright light source. You achieved that effect very ...
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

Mirror slap will last some fraction of a second. This is completely irrelevant in a multi hour exposure. Weighing down your tripod is a good idea nonetheless, since movement from wind will be a ...
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Is there any way to take stable Long exposure photos without using Tripod?

I just try to see if there's any stable surface available nearby and try to use it That's the basic idea. Be careful to watch for slight slippage. Also note that vibrations can also affects the ...
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How can I improve my photo of a night city landscape with a starry sky?

Your basic problem is that most stars are much dimmer than the parts of your scene lit up by artificial lighting. Combined with the diffusing properties of air and all of the particulates and moisture ...
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Taking a skyline photo with a person closer to the camera during night time

You can do this with a single exposure. Use a longish shutter speed to expose the background and the flash to properly expose and freeze your subject. You'll likely need to have your camera on a ...
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Is there any way to take stable Long exposure photos without using Tripod?

On a tight budget or when you can't use a tripod, bean bags are the way to go. Find a stable surface, place the bag and wiggle the camera around until you are happy with the framing. FYI ordinary ...
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

There's always the old Hat Trick: Take your hat (or anything blocking light, a piece of cardboard, the dew cap of your lens etc.). Hold it in front of the lens to prevent light to reach your film. ...
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How to get exposure right in night photography?

In my experience my camera metering will overexpose everything once it gets darker. There are a number of things you can do about that: Make sure the meter is looking at the part of the scene that ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

There's already something that has been invented to collect light for photographs. We call them lenses. In order to collect more light, the front element of the lens must be larger for the same focal ...
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switched to RAW and seeing ugly light bands in Lightroom

The first thing you must realize is that what you are seeing on your monitor is not "the" raw file. What you are seeing is an 8-bit demosaiced preview conversion of the raw file created by ...
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Is there any way to take stable Long exposure photos without using Tripod?

If inexpensive tripods are too expensive, I suggest making your own stable platform. The tripod socket on cameras is 1/4" × 20 thread-per-inch UNC, a.k.a. 1/4-20. (Do not try to use metric, such as M6-...
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In an image with camera shake and a point light source, can the shape of the point light source be used to practically reduce the shake significantly?

Yes, this precisely what Photoshop CC's Shake Reduction filter does. Adobe first publicly demonstrated their prototype feature at Adobe Max 2011. The crowd was pretty wowed by the demo. While it was ...
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

Opening your aperture fully, so the actual aperture opening is circular, will get rid of the sunstars - but can give just too much of a halo (even more with a fast prime lens than with a small zoom!). ...
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How to get exposure right in night photography?

There is a lot more going on in these shots besides exposure that make them so well done. Even though the overall environment was typically dark, the photographer, Jessica Rinaldi (who won a Pulitzer ...
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How do I determine what shutterspeed to use for long exposure night photography?

Now i am going to try some long exposure photography. For example i want to shoot the skyline in night where the buildings are well lit but still get a night feeling. How do i determine what shutter ...
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How would one get a moon shot like this?

The "shadow" area of the Moon is lit by Earthshine - light reflected towards the moon from the sunlit part of the Earth. From the Moon's point of view, the more of the earth that's sunlit, the ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

As you edited your question it gives me more room. The same as a parabolic mic, any mirror lens do the exact same thing. It takes parallel rays coming from a distance, and focus them on a smaller spot....
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Looking for advice for choosing a DSLR for landscape/night photography

Would it be better for me to jump ship to Nikon and start from there or should I continue with Canon and use the few lenses I already own? You're putting the cart a bit before the horse. It would be ...
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

More on the star effect...The aperture is created inside of your lens by overlapping petals, like this: The following is pulled from BH Photo Video's article on the subject (https://www.bhphotovideo....
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Why do the stars look so blurry? How can I improve the focus?

The photo looks like I did not focus properly. However how can I focus if the stars are indefinitely far away from us? Indeed. For stars, you need to manually focus. How to do it with a modern DSLR ...
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Why do I never see HDR done with nighttime photography when the moon is in the frame?

This is done but most photos do not advertise their technique. If you search for moonscape on Google you will see lots of examples, mixed with some other artwork. The most common technique to include ...
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Is there any way to take stable Long exposure photos without using Tripod?

One option that won't work for every situation is to take lots of short exposures and combine them in post-processing. You don't need a tripod for this because you can align the images in software ...
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How could I have post-processed this picture to create better lighting?

You can't create lighting in post processing, you can only manipulate the response curves to the light that was already there. You can only do that within the parameters of how it was captured by your ...
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Will using a hotshoe flash with camera give me clearer/cleaner picture results?

Photography is always about light! When you are shooting in a very dark place, you must provide the light. You must consider not only the amount of light you need, but the shape and direction of the ...
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Is it picture noise or did I captured the stars of our galaxy?

It looks like a severely underexposed image with heavy noise reduction applied. Minor differences between "almost black" and "totally black" have caused the patterns you see.
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What camera features do I need to take a clear picture of NEOWISE?

Any camera that allows manual control of focus and manual control of exposure should be usable for astrophotography. But both of these are requirements (not just "nice to have"). There is a ...
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