Night shots

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  1. Chaplin

    Chaplin TPF Noob!

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    Sorri..i'm new to the whole photo taking thing. How can i take A picture in the night??. i know flash seems obvious but..for example i was in london the other night and i wanted to get a picture of soething at the end of the street i put my flash on but still it is a blank picture...any advice


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    Sorry i think i posted this in the wrong place :(
     
  2. sobolik

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    You need a camera with a long shutter speed. From what you said "London, Street" then If using 400 film (or digital equiv setting) I would estimate you need 2-4 seconds exposure time
     
  3. Don Simon

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    What type of camera and flash are you using? If it's a built-in flash I think it's unlikely to reach the other end of a street. Sobolik's suggestion of a longer shutter speed is your best bet, assuming that this street in London is reasonably well illuminated. If not then you're going to need an even longer shutter speed. Either way the shutter will be open a good while, so you'll be needing a tripod or something else to keep the camera still.
     
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    Low ISO negative film and a tripod. Lens at f8 to f11. Cable release and mirror lock up if possible.

    Rob
     
  5. mrboontastic

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    Pretty new to it all my self.

    Im sure others have said this but yeah a long exposure. Try taking a few shots of the same street at different shutter speeds. For example 3 seconds then 5 seconds then 10 seconds then 15seconds and so on. It all deppends on how much film you wanna use. Dont be affraid of firing of loads.

    As rob said make sure you have a tripod cos holding a camera perfectly still for any of those periods of time is impossible and you will notice even the slightest shake. Also a cable release so you dont actually have to touch the camera. Failing that flip your camera to timer mode and zwollla.

    As I said Im pretty new myself and I am not claiming to be a pro, so anyone that wants to add anything or pull me up for something feel free.

    Cheers
     
  6. Chaplin

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    ok thnx for tyhe help! :D i have got a pretty crappy flash..i'm using a "Koniac Minolta Dimage Z6" so if any one else is using it just afew tips would come in handy :blushing:
     
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    2-4 seconds with 400? ... sounds about right, actually. I used ASA 100 and 30-second-ish exposures with a F8 or so stop.
     

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