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Old Mar 25, 2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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Can someone Help me with night pics using the D70

I cant find the right setting to take good shots. They are alway to dark, could you please tell me what settings to use in some detail

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Old Mar 25, 2005, 10:56 PM   #2
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What are you taking picture of? Are you using flash?

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Old Mar 25, 2005, 11:07 PM   #3
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just buildings and stuff outside not people
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 8:46 AM   #4
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Any camera should be capable of producing an acceptable night shot of buildings. You will have to take reasonable steps to ensure a good shot.

You are going to want to set your ISO low to make sure that you have a low noise shot. But, that is going to also pretty well guarantee a slow shutter speed so, a tripod is going to be essential too. Because you are going to want a good depth of filed, you won't necessarily select your widest aperture and that also means a slow shutter speed... reason number 2 for the tripod. The slow shutter speed isn't going to be a problem with architechtural shots since buildings aren't going to move while you are shooting.

So, Low ISO...smaller aperture...show shutter speed...tripod and you should be able to take a good night shot.


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There is no one specific setting that will be useful, as it depends on how much light is coming from your buildings, and whether or not you are close enough for the spotmeter to work. You can go to manual mode, open the aperture, and then shoot sample pics using progressively longer shutter speeds. Maybe start at 1/50, then shoot a pic at each longer speed until you get the one that is exposed correctly. Depending on how much light is coming from your buildings, the shutter speed might be as long as a few seconds. Distant cityscapes might require even more time. Closing down the aperture or lowering ISO will need even more time.

If you are close enough for the spotmeter to work, then you might shoot in aperture priority mode using a fairly wide aperture, meter the shot, and let the camera decide what shutter speed to use.

Don't forget your tripod....

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Old Mar 26, 2005, 11:12 AM   #6
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Thanks all for your help.
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 5:36 PM   #7
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Maybe you can just use a tripod, then set some aperture value (like f5.6 or f8 ), then focus manually, then take pictures at various shutter speeds until you're satisfied. The trial and error approach really helps to figure out settings, so that you can use them next time whenever you come across the same situation. If the camera is on a tripod, use the self-timer to take the photo, instead of using the finger to push the shutter button.
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