Setttings for nite shot with lights

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  1. Jason B.

    Jason B. TPF Noob!

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    I'm trying to take some nighttime shots of Christmas lights and they are coming out blurry. I'm using the "night mode" on my digital camera but its not working. I read on one site that it might not be good to use the flash when shooting a large area at night, so maybe this will solve the problem.

    Any other tips?
     
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    Use a tripod! :)
     
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    for my christmas light photos.. i used a tripod and put it in Ap mode..
     
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    Tripod + manual focus.
     
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    For night shots that include lights I would always suggest you
    a) fix your camera on a tripod
    b) set the aperture to NOT wide open but somewhere around f 11 - f 16
    c) check with your in-built light meter what exposure times are necessary - which can be LONG, varying from 15 - 30 seconds or more (hence the importance of the tripod!)
     
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    Night mode (with or without flash) with a tripod should stop the blur. Set your camera to self timer so that the vibrations from pushing the shutter button die down before the photo is taken.

    It doesn't have to be a big tripod, you could use a small table top model if you have a box, or stack of books to put it on. If your camera will sit upright by itself, just the box or stack of books might be enough.
     
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    Alright, thanks for the info.
     

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