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Quan Tran Apr 6, 2005 9:25 PM

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Hi folks,

Here is another attempt at night shots with my Canon Digital Rebel. I am not sure if there is still any room for improvement.I am glad to hear the constructive suggestions and comments from you.

Thanks a LOT and regards,


Quan Tran Apr 6, 2005 9:27 PM

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This is the light house. Unlike the 1st one, I took this one in hurry handholding my cam.

berto Apr 7, 2005 12:56 AM

quan, the photos are too soft- out of focus. retry with a higher Fstop and use a tripod.

Quan Tran Apr 7, 2005 1:21 AM

Hi Berto,

Thanks for your advice. The first pix was used with a tripod. I set AF and saw the red dots confirmed it was focused:?. Do you think I have to get a tele lense?

Thanks and regards,


RodneyBlair Apr 7, 2005 2:29 AM

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You are already using the maximum aperture f/29. The images do not look so soft to me, but do lack the sharpness you had before you sized for the web. Both are slightly under exposed too.


twofruitz Apr 7, 2005 3:41 AM

yep rodney is right, the images are under exposed, easy to fix in photohop using something like the contrast tool. Although you cant help it, try taking images when people arent walking through. The image is great though, what lens are you using?

berto Apr 7, 2005 8:12 AM

f29? holy cow, quan.
can you explain why f29? instead of, say f11 or f16? or did you set that in auto mode?

Quan Tran Apr 7, 2005 11:03 PM

Hi Rodney,

Thanks for your advice. Well, I tried to sharpen it but changed my mind undoing it. May I ask you a question? When looking at a photo, how do we know it is under or over-exposured? Is that just the sense or there is any tool to show that. By the way, Looking at the LCD on a digicam with histogram function, do we know it is under or over-exposured?

Thanks a lot for your help.



Quan Tran Apr 7, 2005 11:04 PM

Hi Berto and Twofruitz, I set the camera Tv and the lense I used then was 18 - 55mm.



berto Apr 8, 2005 12:25 AM

quan, practice shooting in manual mode. especially at night. start with, say, f11 and depending on the darkness, you will have to play with how long you want to leave the shutter open(this is called bracketing). start with 1sec. and gradually go up. look at your histogram. learn what the peaks and valleys mean- it can tell you if you are over or underexposing--- or you can preview your end result and decided if you like the photo or not.
its all a matter of how you like it.

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