50mm F1.8 night shots

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  1. passerby

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    I took few night shots between 04.00 to almost 06.00 am with wide open aperture, so to be able to do hend held shooting. I have seen see the results as not good. It's ok as far as the picture are concern, but for me they are not so good. This is the second time I took night shot seriously.

    For day time at f1.8 portrait style taken in the morning when the suns barely up, that was sharp photo.

    So yeah I don't know what it is fully. I think it is just wide open facing the light that should be avoided.
     
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    I really have no idea what in the hell you are talking about. I'm not sure I understand the purpose of what you're saying, haha. Can you explain yourself a bit?
     
  3. Even wide open with high ISO settings you're going to get soft images. Wide open aperture means a very shallow DOF (which means a lot of the shot is out of focus) and high ISO makes the image extremely noisy (grainy.) Also, even high ISO means you still have a relatively slow shutter speed, which means you're probably shaking a little bit when snapping the picture.

    The best way to get good night shots is to use a tri-pod. Then use a smaller aperture like f/11. Also to avoid any camera shake at all, use either a cable release, or use the short timer that's built into the camera... that way pushing the button means no effect on the camera.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks for the input. I think shallow depth was one of the reason that make it hard to get deeper field. I will give it a go again when I have the opprtunity.

    What I meant was, since the daytime shot are reasonably good from this lens therefore I was expecting for equal results in the night. The kit lens does a good job in the night so I expect better result from this lens.

    Instead of shooting the illuminated objects (day time) - here I shoot the multi color lights directly. The fully wide open lens seem not reproducing the light source 100% as the way I saw it. Next time when I try again I may try to slower it by one or two clicks and see what happen.
     

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