Xmas light pictures...Need some help with setting for a F717

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by ArHuntr, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. ArHuntr

    ArHuntr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2003
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi, I have a Sony F717 that I recently purchased and I wanting to do some xmas light photos in the near future. I was just wondering if someone with a little more experience would care help me in what settings I will need to use to bring out the lights in the photos without the picture being TOO dark.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. ArHuntr

    ArHuntr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2003
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nobody ever shot x-mas pics?
    Just thought I'd ask before I went out and spent hours experimenting. :wink:
     
  3. bogleric

    bogleric TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2003
    Messages:
    928
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    unfortunately I don't recall a way to get bright lights and a not so bright house. What is basically boils down to is have a house with the right amount of lights to get the desired effect.

    Also be sure to close down the aperature so you don't get huge star effects from the bulbs.
     
  4. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2003
    Messages:
    5,277
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Gilbert, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    On the right track, but stopping down the aperture is what causes the star effect. Wide open yields circular light sources.
     
  5. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2003
    Messages:
    1,221
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Virginia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    What I would do *and will do* is put the camera on a tripod, and expose the picture as long as I can, with my digital camera thats only 3 seconds, but that probably will be long enough to get enough of the lights of the house. And with no flash. :0) Then again fi the house is to dark I may use flash and still expose the picture as long as I can.

    Whats the most you can expose a picture for? :0)
     
  6. tr0gd0o0r

    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Actually I think I'd do sort of hte opposite. i'd say meter the house to see what exposure would be right for it. Then underexpose 3-5 stops. This will make the house darker, but not completely dark and the lights should look good too.
     

Share This Page