DSLR Night Shot settings?

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  1. phoenix_rising

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    Hello everyone.

    I have been toying with my D50 for a while now, but I took some night shots yesterday and they did not turn out quite the way I expected. I used a monopod. The first was my D50 and the second was a D70. Can anyone give me some step by step insight into how to transform a photo like this...

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    Into one like this...

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    when shooting at night you need to use longer shutter speeds (which you did) but doing this will make for a blurry image if not stabilized. This means you need to pick up a good tripod
     
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    Get one of those shutter release cables too to go along with your tripod you can get them very reasonably off ebay.
    I'm not sure what a monopod is are they very stable?
     
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    Yup - both posters are right - you will want to get a tri-pod and a remote shutter release to eliminate shake since you will have to have a fairly slow shutter speed.

    The example photo you posted has better lighting than your scene as well as more atmosphere (cobblestones, railway crossing signs etc.). Your shot may have been disappointing even if it had been in focus as there a lot of ambient light and too much movement (man and background cars). your subjects (the three red cars) kind of get lost in all the action.

    Good luck, and let us know if you get the shot you were aiming for! :thumbup:
     
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    phoenix_rising use a good tripod with self timer or remote control to avoid camera shake.
     
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    usually inexpensive tripod will not equal stability.

    take your camera with your longest lens into a camera store and try them out.

    put the tripod head in vertical mode with the camera and lens attached and see if the lens and camera remain in the same spot.
     
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    Don't have anything to suggest that hasn't already been suggested other than to possibly look into a faster lens too. Also don't be shy about cranking up the ISO. A noisier shot at iso1600 that's sharp is still better than a blurred one at 800. You can always clean up noise, but you can't clean up blur. I'm going through a bunch of photos from a recent trip right now and sure enough the ones at 800 are blurred inside of a restaurant (no flash) but the ones where I was smart enough to crank it up to 1600 are sharp (another stop of shutter speed) and I'll be able to easily clean up if I want to.
     
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    So I attempted a photo shoot a few hours ago with the tripod and changing the setting on the camera. The shots are better but not great. I think I need the remote and maybe faster glass. Anyone have any suggestions that will not break the bank?

    Here are the latest test shots...

    Kit DX 18-55 Various
    Cheap Tripod
    No Remote
    No flash
    Scene mode and setting changes

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    Yes. Get a 50mm 1.8
     
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    Thank you sir!
     

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