HELP| Night Photography Problem. Too Grainy or Too Blurry.

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  1. BMPhotography

    BMPhotography TPF Noob!

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    Bonjour,

    I am somewhat Brand-New to Photography at least in the Digital aspect. bought my First Canon T2i about 3/4 Weeks ago and been trying out some Night Photography. I've been playing around with ISO and Shutter speed to get good Night photos but this has seemed to be a Impossible task for me.. for the following reasons.


    1. The Picture is too Grainy when set to a Higher ISO over 800.
    2. The Picture takes to long to take a photo under 25 Shutter SPD
    I have tryed to do a equal number of both like setting it to either ISO 600 |Shutter 50 or ISO 800 | Shutter 20... but neither have helped with low light situations...even at dusk I cannot take a photo even tho I can see everything around me clear as day the photo is just TOO dark..and if I set it to anything over ISO 800 it becomes so grainy it's not worth taking... but than if I set a low shutter speed to capture more light it becomes either blurry or can't see anything because of the time it takes to take the photo and me breathing causing it to blur a lot more..

    I have attempted to take photos downtown in Houston where there are alot of street lamps and cars...I can see everything just like my smaller older digital camera but as soon as I take a picture with my T2I it cannot see anything...everything is to dark...


    so what could be happening?
    Any advice or help would be appreciated if you need a demo of what I am talking about I can post a few pictures.


    Thanks All,
    Take Care & God Bless~
    ~Nicholas
     
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    Ah, the perils of night photography.

    Here's some tips:

    -Use a tripod
    -Use a tripod
    -Use a tripod
    -Buy faster glass. Like f/2 and under.
    -Use a tripod
    -Get a remote for your camera so you don't have to touch it to take the picture
    -And use a tripod

    If you're going to take shots of movement at night, you'll need external light sources like an off camera flash, strobes, or static lights.
     
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    Thanks LCarsx32,

    how do other people do it than without a tripod or faster glass? my friend has a Nikon pretty much the same as my Camera diff brand and cheaper but is a DLSR and he just points and shoots at Night/Low Light and gets perfect photos without a Tripod....my Tripod is to heavy anyway :(( Plus I'll be moving a lot usually when taking Low Light/Night photography photos so moving a Tripod especially mine...gonna be hectic.
     
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    +1, +1

    Oh and use a tripod.
    Oh and incase this one wasn't covered.
    Use a tripod.
     
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    BMPhotography TPF Noob!

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    My tripod is made out of all steel except for the handles and mount x_x

    weighs between 10 - 20LBS

    Yeah it's not move friendly...:-/
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There must be something you're missing about your friend's photos.

    You can't overcome the physics of it.
    If you are shooting at F2.8, ISO 800 and 1/20....then your friend, shooting in the same light, would have to use similar settings (or compensate one for another...higher ISO to get faster shutter speed etc.)
     
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    A lens with IS will help.

    A faster lens will help.

    A tripod will help.

    A more expensive camera will help.

    Those are your options.
     
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    @Big_Mike; I don't know maybe my Camera is just crap lol
    I've never checked his settings...only that he has a crappier DLSR that takes better photos than mine at Night and he doesn't need a Tripod.... Could the F-Stop be the problem I'm having? because I have that setup in the F6.0+ Range.

    This may be a stupid question but why on our Expensive DSLR's do we get a Sensor that can't pick up low light but some of theses walmart Cameras Point & Shoot Cameras can.


    @AdrianC; I spent 2300$ on the Camera with The Lens as I was taught by my Grandfather and a Couple other Prof Photographers that it Isn't the body of the Camera but the Lenses & Expertise of the Photographer that Makes the Photo...I spent another $3000 on Lens/Filters/Editing Programs. So I'm pretty Tapped out as far as my Credit Line Goes...
     
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    Well what camera does he have?

    Sure, but if you want to take difficult photos, you will need more expensive equipment.
     
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    Nikon D40


    Yeah, but If I'm just a Beginner doing Beginner DLSR Photography? I'm already spending much into the 5000+$ Range...how high do you need to go to just get a little Night-light in your photos haha
     
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    Use your tripod.

    :er:
     
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    A 20lb tripod is going to feel real light after you see the results of your night photos. You have a great camera.
    You can move all around without it, but the results are crappy as you mentioned. Move less, shoot less and use the tripod.

    As has been stated, you are missing something in regards to your friend's camera/night photography.

    **maybe your friend is telling you he is not using a tripod and he is...jealousy does funny things to people :er:
     

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