Night shot gone wrong

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  1. whatsafrog2do

    whatsafrog2do TPF Noob!

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    This is a restaurant that's nicely lit at night. My futile attempt at night scenes didn't do any justice to it. Any recommendation on how to make better night shots? I've done a few that I like but pretty much 95% of them were just awful. Maybe I should just give up on my night photo aspirations.

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    This one taken at the fair is more presentable.

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  2. Dew

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    night shots and i have never become friends :lol:
     
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    The first one appears to be shaking, are you using a tripod?
     
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    Hmmm... first one looks like an earthquake shot. Second one isn't too bad. I'm with Oriecat- are you using a tripod? If not, try resting against a solid object (car/building etc), or wrapping yourself around a pole or something to cut down on the camera shake.

    If you apply a little creative thinking you can take some amazingly long exposures without a tripod. But, the bottom line is the camera has to be still during the exposure. :)

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    No, I didn't have my tripod with me when I took this photo. I know I should have used one. I'll go back and take another one.

    Anything else other than a tripod?
     
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    great minds think alike.


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    OMG you were at the CNE! Did you have fun?
     
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    Don't know what the CNE is. I took mine at a traveling carnival in Dallas, TX.
     
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    Ahhh, travelling carnival.... :oops:

    CNE=Canadian National Exhibition, yearly carnival in Toronto that runs every year in August till Labour Day weekend. This is their 125th year.
     
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    hey froggy,
    I'm from Toronto as well.
    Maybe you can teach a newbie how to aim a camera :p


    I need help :(
     
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    Hey urameatball, anytime. I can show you what I know which is probably not a lot... as you can see above. :)
     
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    Well, aside from the tripod thing I'm assuming you're using a digital camera at the moment. If so, I'd hike the ISO up beyond 100 for most night shots but where there's massive lights you can get away with the ol' 100 shots. I try and keep a small aperture for my night shots just cause I prefer a larger DOF but if you've got a small DOF needed you can open it up for more light, which means faster shutter speeds which means less blur.

    95% of my night shots are done with tripod and minimal man-man lights (ie: graveyards, beaches, grasslands, etc). In fact, I shoot with a tripod on almost all my 'setup' shots if I see something where time isn't of the essence. Just helps to get it right, especially if you've got a heavy camera and you're trying to compose everything just so.

    but that's just me...
    I could be wrong...
    probably am... :)
     

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