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Old Oct 20, 2004, 5:42 PM   #1
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Hi all !

I've tried taking a few shots at night with the FZ10 and with not too much success. What are the best settings - Aperture, shutter or full manual mode, spot metering and ISO settings ?

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Old Oct 20, 2004, 6:07 PM   #2
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Hi all !

I've tried taking a few shots at night with the FZ10 and with not too much success. What are the best settings - Aperture, shutter or full manual mode, spot metering and ISO settings ?

Many thanks

Harj

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The best you can do is set your shutter speed at the slowest speeds(4,5,8 ).....I took this shot months ago...I set 8 seconds and the camera did the rest.




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Old Oct 20, 2004, 7:10 PM   #3
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A tripod is necessary for long exposure. When the camera is on the tripod, try to use the 2-second timer to prevent camera shake when pressing the shutter button.

To reduce noise, use ISO50 and set contrast and sharpness to low. Saturation does not affect the noise much, sometimes i like to set it to high for better color (like the picture I attached).

FZ10 is seriously night-blind... when in full manual mode you hardly see anything from the EVF/LCD in low light condition. A simple solution is to switch between P and A/S/M modes. Under P mode, the EVF/LCD is brighter than in full manual mode. Frame and manual focus your picture in P mode, then switch to full manual mode, set aperture/shutter, set the timer and take your picture.

Forget about which metering mode since the camera is in full manual mode. AF will easily fail in low light condition, so use manual focus instead.

Take off any filters for night shots since they can easily induce internal reflection during long exposure.

There is no real rule for setting up the aperture and shutter speed. Try different settings and keep the one you think it is good for the moment. Night shots are always challenging.

ISO50, f8, 8s. contrast & sharpness: low, saturation: high.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 7:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips ! I'm planning to take some night time shots when it stops raining here in London and let you know how it goes.

Totally agree about the EVF/LCD as being near enough useless at night.

Bye the way both pics are just great.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 9:12 PM   #5
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fz10_user, great shot!!! Is it in cuzco?
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 9:40 PM   #6
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fz10_user, great shot!!! Is it in cuzco?
Yeah, it is Cusco...magical place.
You should go there someday.

Here you are gonna find a lot Cusco and Machu Picchu's shots.

http://www.pbase.com/afukuda/fz10_cusco_abancay
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 11:12 PM   #7
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akirabbq's post says it all. Big help is the self-timer, exhale, and lock your elbows. Also, try Neat Image to remove noise (can work wonders...) Pic below was shot (FZ-1) without a tripod using the self-timer and cleaned up a tad with Neat Image:
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 11:55 PM   #8
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Here is a couple FZ20 night shots

one is in the Night Scenery mode, and the other is in Manual Mode. Both are with tripod.

Night Scenery Mode

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Old Oct 21, 2004, 9:48 AM   #9
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I can see nothing Bob.
Where are your FZ20 night shots?
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I can see nothing Bob.
Where are your FZ20 night shots?
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