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Old Feb 28, 2004, 5:28 AM   #1
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I like to make some nice night effect pics with the long exposure settings. I would like to take a pic of a flame with the shutter open for a couple of seconds but the pics turn out really bright, any ideas on how to do this properly so the pic turns out ok? Also would like to have that steam effect during the day with waterfalls, whats the recommended shutter time to do this?

Is there any sites which tell you how to make nice effects shots using the long exposure settings?

Camera I use is a Oly C-750

Any help would be great..

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Old Feb 28, 2004, 6:40 AM   #2
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You don't say anything about what aperture you are using. Close it as much as possible - this will make the shutter speed longer and you will be able to catch that blurry flame!
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Old Feb 28, 2004, 7:33 AM   #3
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The lowest it will go is F2.8 and the highest F8.0. Say if I take a picture of my fish tank then at 2.8 all you see is white (when fish tank light is on) but with F8.0 then you can make out whats in the tank.
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Sounds like your shooting at manual mode ? Use the Aperture program and set the aperture to 8.0 - and this way let the shutter speed be chosen automatically.

You can also try using some EV exposure compensation if possible.
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Old Feb 28, 2004, 10:17 AM   #5
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Yes thats the only way I can do it if I want to have the shutter open for 16 seconds otherwise the max I can set the shutter open for is 1 second.
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You can only choose between 1sec or 16 sec ?
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Old Feb 28, 2004, 3:06 PM   #7
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Also make sure you use a tripod..
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Old Feb 28, 2004, 3:30 PM   #8
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If it's a really bright flame and you're using slow shutter deliberately to blur the flame movement and can't go smaller on aperture, you need to set the camera at a lower sensitivity (ISO), or put a neutral density filter in front of the lens. VOX
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Old Feb 28, 2004, 7:43 PM   #9
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Klaus DK: sorry 1/1000 to 16 seconds.

cowboy43: yeah I do use a tripod

voxmagna: I'll try the iso settings tonight.

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you should experiment with the aperature on 2.8 with different shutter speeds. My cam does 4 - 1/2000; and I get too much light sometimes when I try to do effect shooting. I'd suggest you speed up your shutter speed about 3-4 steps and see what happens.
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