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sgeva2001 May 21, 2005 5:58 AM

I've just bought the sony F717.

I read the maunal about using it at night but I get confused.

I tried to make picture at night with differnet way but the result are poor.

Help?? or a detailed guide about night shooting?


thatsanicepicture2 May 21, 2005 8:41 AM

What are you try too shoot. Night sky? Or are youtrying to use the IR too take a
picture of something in the dark?

The IR light doesn't make a very good picture. The color is gone. It's there for
capture in total darkness.

Night sky is easy. Go to manual and run you shutter up to 30 sec. Set the focus on inf. I do have a post of this kind of a picture in funny fotos. It is a real night sky picture with a little silliness added in.
Here's the link: Big Dipper over The Milk Barn
You can not do this without a tripod.

As you'll see the house was well lighted and blew out. But Ursa Major did come out
and that was the serious point of the picture.

Let us know what you're doing and we'll try to help.


sgeva2001 May 22, 2005 2:41 PM

1. Landscape at night ( buildings , garden ).

2. what I gain and loose at diff asa setting?

thatsanicepicture2 May 24, 2005 9:06 AM

sgeva2001 wrote:

1. Landscape at night ( buildings , garden ).
For landscape at night you'll need a tripod. You can not handhold a camera (any camera) while doing long exposures. On your 717 go to manual (Mon the mode dial) Roll the jog dial (Wheel sticking out in front of the shutter release)to the shutter setting and adjust your shutter speed by pressing the jog dial and rotating it.
The shutter speed is the bottom number in the column on the right side of your LCD. If there is some light you might not want too slow the shutter down too much. Lights will blow-out on long exposures. You'll have to experiment to get it right for each situation. NR appears for everything slower then .25 seconds. This is Noise Reduction and will improve the picture in the camera.


2. what I gain and loose at diff asa setting?
Higher ASA will allow slower shutter speeds but increase noise.

Lower settings will require slower shutter speeds and subject or camera movement increases blurring.

I hope this helps. You might want to post this type of a question in theSonycameras forum. Those guys really know the Sony cameras


Trique Daddi May 26, 2005 1:12 AM

I also have a F717 and am very happy with my results. I took this photo of a Catus that bloomed at night in the Florida Keys last year. It was totally dark. I set the camera in macro and set the flash on low and shot in Auto! I was thrilled with the results.

Depending on what you are shooting you have 3 falsh levels so experiment with the camera. Nightshot shoots with the greenish color like a weapon system and nightframing lets you shoot with color. Enjoy your camera! It is a good one. It does very well in low light enviornments and with motion!

Trique Daddi

sgeva2001 May 27, 2005 5:56 AM

Thank you.

Were I can find a good site which explains the basic of camera and digital camera?

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