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Jerry J. Yatsko
 

Night shots with bright lights


I posted a similar question before with no responses so I'll try again.

I have a canon Digital Rebel with the stock lense that comes with camera.

My main focus in photography is capturing firefighting and fire related pictures. Can someone recommend camera settings for taking pictures of fires at night and fire apparatus at night while emergency lighting is on?

In the past, when I try to take these types of photos, the bright lights get brighter and the dark spots get darker, seems like the flash produces the opposite effect.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jerry


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12/27/2004 8:58:53 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Trying to light the scene from a distance with a flash and regular sync speed will get only the flourescent markings on the coats of the firemen.
You have to approach it like shooting any night time scene and drop your shutter speed down to let your ambient light sources fill in the scene.


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12/27/2004 9:55:10 AM

 
Jerry J. Yatsko   Thanks for the advice.

Just curious, I was reviewing the pictures on your website and was wondering what type zoom lense you use? I'm in the market for a zoom lense. I need to be able to zoom in on firefighters on ladders about 100-150 ft away.

Jerry


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12/28/2004 11:23:23 AM

 
Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Jerry: Or select the camera's highest ISO option. (Shooting without flash.)

You probably want a 100-300mm or similar zoom lens.

Cheers! Peter Burian


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12/31/2004 11:31:00 AM

 
Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Jerry: Or select the camera's highest ISO option. (Shooting without flash.)

You probably want a 100-300mm or similar zoom lens.

Cheers! Peter Burian


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12/31/2004 11:31:00 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  My zoom is a 75-300. But you might look at a straight telephoto so you can get something faster than f/5.6


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12/31/2004 11:45:23 AM

 
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