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Victoria Huntress
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/23/2006
 

Shooting City Lights/Skyline


 
 
Hi,
How do I shoot a city skyline at night? I don't want to get those "flashes" of light of the lamp post or highway light poles. How do I avoid or get rid of the overpowering lights? Thanks for any help or advice,
Vicki


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6/22/2009 6:25:55 AM

 
Linda Eodice
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Hi Vicki,
When you shoot city skylines at night, be sure and turn your camera's flash off. Use a tripod or another type of solid support for your camera, since your exposure will be one second or longer. Use aperture priority on your digital camera. Set your aperture to a setting of f/11, 13, 16 or 22. This should help you achieve more of a "star" effect when capturing lights of lamp posts or highway light poles, and these lights should appear more attractive that way. Hope this helps!

All the best,
Lynne Eodice
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6/29/2009 12:31:48 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  You might try to shoot at twilight. That way you can get detail in the sky plus have the lights and car trails. If you have your lens hood, use it to cut stray light reflections. Definitely use a tripod and cable release or timer. and set up your nomposition to mimimize the nearny over-powering lights!


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6/29/2009 1:33:09 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Yikes! Pardon my poor typing. For my last sentence, I meant to say "set up your composition to minimize the nearby over-powering lights!"


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6/29/2009 4:35:12 PM

 
A P
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  Forgive him as he just had surgery today on his finger and should be RESTING but always wants to be there to help. That's why we call him "Mr Nice Guy" (tee-hee)


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6/29/2009 5:41:18 PM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  Roaring about Ken's typo (and ensuing comments.) I was all ready to look up 'nomposition' (thinking it was just one more photo-word I hadn't heard of!), until I saw 'nearny'.


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6/30/2009 5:04:16 AM

 
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