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    Help with night Photos

    the photo was taken with the camera on the tripod, I know the camera should take better night views, Im getting confused with F-stop, Apeture and ISO.

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Can you show your EXIF data for these shots?

    There are OOF, but that might be due to wrong aperture being used.

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Im not sure if these are the files that you want

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Sony-A390 View Post
    Im not sure if these are the files that you want
    Not seeing anything here Wayne.

    What Rob is meaning is to post up the information on:

    • the shutter speed
    • the Aperture setting and,
    • the ISO setting

    used for the shots.

    It us usually embedded into the images and with a browser (or a plug-in in some browsers) you can right click and choose 'View Exif Data'. But some processing software (like mine) strips out that EXIF data. That's why, below all the images I post, I physically write in the EXIF information.

    So, Rob will have right clicked on your images and found that the EXIF data is not there.

    Sorry if you already knew all that. Someone might find it useful!

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Thanks Donald

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Here is an "easy way" to get some night shots that I hope you will be happy with...

    Make sure your camera battery is fully charged.
    Take your Photos at twilight, or later.
    Use your tripod
    Switch off the flash
    Set the ISO to say 200 (can go down to 100 if you want - this will double the exposure time and get longer light trails on cars etc)
    Set the exposure mode to Aperture (A).
    Set the aperture to f/8 or f/9 (use the rotating wheel just below the on/off switch)
    Set up the scene using "autofocus" (check it is focusing on objects between 1/3 and 1/2 way into the scene)
    Gently press the button! or preferably use a IR remote (cheap on eB*y)
    Exposure should be between 1/2 and 1 second at twilight.

    Here is a shot I took last month with the same camera with similar settings...

    Camera Sony DSLR-A390
    Exposure 1sec
    Aperture f/9.0
    ISO Speed 100

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    Once you get used to longer exposures, you can start to play around with the lights.
    This is zooming during the 1 second exposure

    Camera Sony DSLR-A390
    Exposure 1sec
    Aperture f/9.0
    ISO Speed 100

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    Above all Wayne - have fun!

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    thankyou very much, I will have a go and send photos with info, I managed to attach some info on night photos
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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by NoCard View Post
    Here is an "easy way" to get some night shots that I hope you will be happy with...

    Make sure your camera battery is fully charged.
    Take your Photos at twilight, or later.
    Use your tripod
    Switch off the flash
    Set the ISO to say 200 (can go down to 100 if you want - this will double the exposure time and get longer light trails on cars etc)
    Set the exposure mode to Aperture (A).
    Set the aperture to f/8 or f/9 (use the rotating wheel just below the on/off switch)
    Set up the scene using "autofocus" (check it is focusing on objects between 1/3 and 1/2 way into the scene)
    Gently press the button! or preferably use a IR remote (cheap on eB*y)
    Exposure should be between 1/2 and 1 second at twilight.

    Above all Wayne - have fun!
    Excellent advice, Rob. Especially the "have fun" part!

    If I may, I would add that in lieu of a remote the onboard timer is handy, and in these shooting conditions, I would probably want to use mirror lock-up for long exposures.

    By the way, I love your shots!

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    Re: Help with night Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Canon View Post
    Excellent advice, Rob. Especially the "have fun" part!

    If I may, I would add that in lieu of a remote the onboard timer is handy, and in these shooting conditions, I would probably want to use mirror lock-up for long exposures.

    By the way, I love your shots!
    Terry has a good point here - definitely use the 2 or 10 sec self timer!
    I don't think the Sony a390 has a mirror lock-up (or I haven't found it yet ), but that is a good point also.
    thanks Terry.

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