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03-25-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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Night time shooting with the K10D

Hi all!

I'm new to the K10D and I'm having trouble figuring how to take a great shot at night with multiple lighting conditions (such as Times Square in NYC). Sometimes they are over/under exposed or blurry. This mainly happens with the auto. I'm trying to figure out the best manual settings on my own but in the meantime I was hoping some one out there might have some tips on using the K10D at night. Right now I have two Pentax digital lenses, the 18-55 and the 50-200. I haven't chosen a flash unit yet.

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Carlos

03-25-2008, 07:02 PM   #2
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In time square you should not need a flash. You would be best served to have a tripod. The light there is so bright shooting hand held at Iso 400 I think should be doable. I am trying to find some shots I have to see what I used hand held. Others will chime in but for now as I said either higher ISO handheld or lower with Tripod. Auto WB worked fine for me.

Found one hand held

Exposure Time 1/15 sec
F-Number F8
Exposure Program Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings 400
Steady hand and SR on.
16mm shot with 16-45
03-25-2008, 07:13 PM   #3
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Great photo! Thanks for the advice. I'm going to use the settings you used as guide and see if I can reproduce your quality. I really enjoyed the "steam detail" to the left.

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Thanks and seeing as you live there you have an advantage of trying and trying again. Good luck.

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