Night images ( help please )

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davekirk
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Night images ( help please )

Unread post by davekirk » March 5th, 2017, 9:18 pm

We have a 45D cannon digital SLR
And need to know what setting to be on for capturing the night life of Singapore and Hong Kong at the end of this month.
Thanking you all in anticipation.
Dave

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Re: Night images ( help please )

Unread post by fastwrx » March 9th, 2017, 8:43 pm

probably need to know a bit more about what you are hoping to capture and what lens' you already have.

A 50mm f1.8 is cheap and will get great night time shots at a reasonable ISO

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Re: Night images ( help please )

Unread post by davekirk » March 10th, 2017, 8:02 pm

Thankyou for your interest fastwix
The lens I will be using is a 18-55mm
Sitting here in my lounge taking images of the TV, using all the settings it seems that the only two that might do the job is the auto/flash off setting and the sports setting, but blurring is a problem.
Bear in mind you are dealing with a person that is used to point and shoot on auto,
the ships in the harbour, casino external lighting, night market colours is what i would love to capture.
Dave

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Re: Night images ( help please )

Unread post by the-viking » March 11th, 2017, 8:56 pm

Hi davekirk.
Firstly can I suggest to try and take your images around twilight. This has a way more appealing result. It's a nicer image with evening sky and city lights as opposed to pitch black sky. As you have a kit lens with maximum of f3.5 (learn a bit about aperture) at 18mm which will get smaller as you zoom. In other words it's not the best lens for this but it's what you have and you can still pull off some great shots. The lens fastwrx refers to would be perfect for your street shots and casino signage and the like but a little tight (not wide enough) for full shots of the city, but depends where you're taking them from I guess. Don't use flash unless you're introducing a subject into the image. 'Auto' setting is going to want to keep your shutter speed as fast as it can in those conditions and will raise the iso (Google iso) ridiculously to make it work, possibly resulting in grainy (noisy) images. DONT use 'Sports Mode' - Seriously, just YouTube the subject. There's excellent tutorials on there. Gear I'd recommend - Camera, Tripod, and a remote shutter release, or use a self timer.
Cheers. :D

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Re: Night images ( help please )

Unread post by davekirk » March 24th, 2017, 9:34 pm

Thankyou guys

Fly out Tuesday
Gone for a month, Singapore, Vietnam. Hongkong, Japan, china.
Hope the pix are memorable

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