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03-26-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Night on manual

At the mall tonight, put my K-01 on manual -- f/8, ISO 100 -- and took a few pictures at 5 seconds, using the 12-sec timer to avoid camera shake. Coming from the much smaller sensor XZ-1, it is amazing how good the APS-C night images are. The Auto White Balance does pretty well, considering the hellish mixture of tungsten, halogen, sodium vapor and fluorescent.

Takeaway? The K-01 is FUN on manual. Where you set everything yourself. And, with an older lens like my 28mm, you have to think about depth-of-field. And I keep forgetting to focus!

Anybody else have any night pictures? Or tips about night photography? Please post!

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03-26-2013, 10:37 PM   #2

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You should be able to set higher than ISO 100 for night shots with the K-01, Jon. Then you can even hand hold. (hand held with the Q is even fine for me)
If you're going to learn to shoot in M mode, then you need to savour RAW.. You have SilkyPix for processing, right?
(That's RAW, not RAW+JPG)
03-26-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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I love night photography. Recently I have been shooting heavy equipment operating at night. When I shoot at night I:
-set aperture, shutter speed, and iso manually
-bump the sensitivity up as needed so I can use shorter exposures
-shoot from a monopod
-autofocus when I can

Controlling flare from light sources can be challenging. I either try to minimize the flare, or use it for effect.

I will say that shooting at night can be hard on my eyes, because of brightness differences between scenes, camera, headlights. Plus I have astigmatism that affects me more at night.
03-26-2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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@sledger -- Yes -- I have SilkyPix... will start using RAW for night pix. As for ISO 100, I just wanted to see what it would do at the lowest-possible ISO. The K-01 is so much better than the XZ-1 at ISO 100, at night. Handheld? Should be able to use ISO 1600, will try that tomorrow, and RAW. The store windows are brightly-lit.

@slowpath -- will remember to take a monopod! A beanbag filled with lead shot works pretty well, too. Got mine at a dive shop...

04-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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try spot metering to deal with ugly color blooms and highlights as well. Depending on your software, you can micro adjust in post. DxO optics pro 8 is awesome at this. Silky Pix is very good too.
04-02-2013, 06:57 PM   #6
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i mean specifically try spot metering and getting your exposure from the brightest or next-to brightest thing in the frame. You can also WB there manually if you have to.
10-26-2013, 02:54 AM   #7
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Hey guys just got Canon 35mm f/1.4L for my T4i as a gift, I know it will be 50 to 55mm on crop sensor. Wanted to know what is the best shutter speed for night shots? Should I use ISO 100 or 200, 1/30 and f/11 to f/16. Looking to photograph the angels, and Christmas tree at Rockafella Center in nyc. I will be using my Manfrotto tripod. Or, should I used 1/60 of a second. Just went to the Photo Expo show at Javits center, Pentax had a nice booth their.

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Before he starts shooting high ISO raw files, he should get a better raw processor. Silkypix is terrible at noise reduction, and it's very difficult to get a high iso image that looks anywhere near as good as the out-of-camera jpeg. Lightroom is almost a necessity it appears.


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