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Khadeeja Mehar-un-Nisa

member since: 3/4/2006

Shooting photos in night

Can I get any tips on night photography? i'm an amatuer, i've an EOS 300 camera and I want to shoot lighted fountains and buildings in night. what other equipment I need and how can I handle aperture no to get good photos in night?

3/4/2006 1:57:42 PM

Anthony Soares
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/3/2005
  Khadeeja, get yourself a good tripod and a remote shutter release...Tony

3/4/2006 5:02:11 PM

Khadeeja Mehar-un-Nisa

member since: 3/4/2006
  Thanks Tony:), well i've got a tripod. i'm just a bit confused about aperture opening and aperture no, I know they are inversely proptionate to each other.... but it's only a theoratical knowledge for me.... now my q is that "bigger the apperture opening lesser the no and greater the amount of light entering the lens, so wht will b the effect on image in this condition???? if it's about taking photos in night, it's dark and it's a building lighted up"

3/5/2006 5:28:45 AM

Rebecca A. Steed
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/6/2005
  If the aperature is 2.8, it has the smallest Depth of field (only the subject will be in focus) and the shutter speed will be shorter (maybe 3 seconds at 2.8 instead of 5 seconds at 5.6) so, if you want more in focus, the higher the aperature number (f16, f22), the more items will be in focus, but the longer the shutter time will be. Hope this helps.

3/5/2006 9:43:21 AM

Khadeeja Mehar-un-Nisa

member since: 3/4/2006
  Surely it will, thanks Becky :)

3/5/2006 11:36:18 AM

Hi Khaddeeja;

Are you just wanting to shoot still photos, or do you want to include traffic? If you want to include traffic, do you want to freeze it or streak it? There are many variables to night shooting.

With the fountains, I'm guessing that you want to angel hair (blur) the water. this is done with somewhat slower shutter speeds.

My best advice to you is to invest in a handheld light meter. Most light meters have a scale that goes well beyond the camera's scale. My Gossen goes to several minutes (I don't have it handy so I can't give you the exact scale). My X700 leaves off at one second.

3/5/2006 5:21:05 PM


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