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Old Nov 17, 2011, 7:08 PM   #1
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Default First shots with my FZ-40

I just got the camera this week. Never had anything more than a simple point and shoot.

Work + time change = nothing to photograph other than night shots...So I figured I'd practice a bit in low/no light. Here are the two I though came out the best... Let me know what you think and if you have any advice! Thanks in advance.





I know there's not much to see but I thought the lone street light was interesting for some reason. Plus, it was able to be photographed from my doorway. It's almost freezing here, so I didn't wanna head out into the cold! I was testing different shutter speeds.
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 1:44 AM   #2
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Hi Sumx,

Congrats on getting an fz40 - you'll enjoy it! The camera is actually very capable in low-light situations like this, but you need a much, much longer exposure for these kinds of shots.

Just get the camera really stable (either a tripod or a small bag of rice etc.), in manual mode, use a low ISO (80 for best quality), and it will allow you to set the exposure anywhere up to 60 seconds. I often find around 40 seconds to be appropriate for a low-light scene.

Here's an example of a shot I took with the fz40 from an office window:

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Old Nov 18, 2011, 6:19 AM   #3
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Hi Sumx,

Congrats on getting an fz40 - you'll enjoy it! The camera is actually very capable in low-light situations like this, but you need a much, much longer exposure for these kinds of shots.

Just get the camera really stable (either a tripod or a small bag of rice etc.), in manual mode, use a low ISO (80 for best quality), and it will allow you to set the exposure anywhere up to 60 seconds. I often find around 40 seconds to be appropriate for a low-light scene.

Here's an example of a shot I took with the fz40 from an office window:

Thanks for the comments!

I don't have a tripod yet so yeah, that's why I had to go with the shorter exposure. Truth be told, I kinda like how it came out a little dark and edgier. Though I wish I had taken the photo at 16:9 instead of 4:3 so some of the darkness at the top and bottom would be cut. It would have made the photo more interesting I think. Live and learn right? I'm still trying to figure out what looks good!

Kudos on the photo. Is that HDR or just a standard photo? It looks great.
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Hi and welcome Sumx. Looking forward to more.

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Welcome Sumx!!
For the good low light shots in the night, the tripod and long exposure are really indispensable
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Hello, & Welcome to the Forum! Congratulations on your FZ40! I've had one for about a year, and am amazed at the capabilities it has!

Here is a shot done in "Night Scene" mode, handheld.

#2 is on a tripod.
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 11:50 AM   #7
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BTW; I forgot to add, that I love #1 of your nightshots, the color is more pleasing to me. Very well done!
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Thanks everyone for the responses! I guess I'll have to invest in a tripod soon. Haha. I was surprised that I even got usable results from handheld shots at night. It was really just a chance for me to try it out a little cause it's been practically dark every night I got home from work. Hopefully I'll get a chance to go walk the trails by my house tomorrow and get some good stuff!
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We'll be looking forward to more photos! I know you will also be amazed at this camera!
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