WikiWirral Online with you since 2003, fantastic.
Forum Stats
12457 Members
65 Forums
73761 Topics
997234 Posts
144 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
78 registered (alan128, 17 invisible), 1322 Guests and 233 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Submarine Disaster 732
Jon venables 697
Fitting bathroom lights need help 504
Murderer walks free 319
Great Mystery Of Our Time 302
Likely Lad Rodney Dies 175
David Cassidy 166
Brexit bill 119
Borat 😂 70
Wheelbarrow wanted 66
New General Forums
Should family hugs be banned?
by cools
Today at 08:29 AM
Elixir of life.
by granny
Yesterday at 10:15 PM
Great Mystery Of Our Time
by Spellbinder
21st Nov 2017 2:19pm
Brexit bill
by casper
20th Nov 2017 7:33pm
New Wirral History
Downloadable oldwirral pdfs
by derekdwc
9th Oct 2017 12:26pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
clipper yachts arriving for round the world race
Azamara,silouette and balmoral this mornig
Topic Replies
For Sale menís Abercrombie & Fitch & Ralph Lauren
by dodie
1 second ago
Jon venables
by granny
1 minute 45 seconds ago
Wanted house to rent
by dodie
6 minutes 20 seconds ago
Where can I buy conservatory parts?
by locomotive
Today at 09:11 PM
Bodytrain 2 in 1 Exercise bike and Cross trainer
by jonno40
Today at 05:04 PM
Fitting bathroom lights need help
by yr20405
Today at 03:41 PM
What song are you listening to?
by snowhite
Today at 11:07 AM
Submarine Disaster
by RUDEBOX
Yesterday at 10:44 PM
Water Dispenser Cold Cool Machine Cooler
by markyport
Yesterday at 08:53 PM
November
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Recent Posts : What's On ?
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
by granny
16th Nov 2017 1:05pm
bonfire night
by snowhite
3rd Nov 2017 5:40pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#169418 - 1st Sep 2007 4:51am Basic Night Shooting
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
I only did this for Waddi to see what a difference a monopod/tripod can make as he was asking about it the other day.

Basically, for the first time since I got it, I bought me monopod upto me flat to get some photos of with and without using it in the dark.

All the photo's were taken at a full telephoto end of 300mm or 10.7x optical zoom. It is very very hard to keep a camera stable at these sorts of legnths.

All photo's are completely un-edited, except for resizing in CS3 and basic sharpening applied to every one, regardless of whether they need it or not. Sharpening tends to make really jerky photos look not so jerkey lol.

And here you can see why a monopod/tripod makes the world of difference when shooting at night:



Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
Picture2 002.jpg

Description: Handheld shot in auto mode.

Picture2 005.jpg

Description: Another handheld shot taken in "auto" mode.

Picture2 007.jpg

Description: This shot has "image stabilization" enabled, but is still handheld.

Picture2 008.jpg

Description: This shot has a long shutter release time set to 4 seconds but without image stabilization turned on (no form of image stabilization would help here).

Picture2 011.jpg

Description: This is a shot on my monopod, but without a self timer enabled.



Top
Google Ads
#169419 - 1st Sep 2007 4:55am Re: Night Shooting [Re: MattLFC]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Right, you think that last shot was clear... well yes it is. But not as clear as it should be I think you will agree.

However, here is one last trick. The sole reason that shot is not 100% clear is because when you depress the button, you do shake the camera lens very very slightly, and when shooting at night, this is picked up extremely easy.

So, if your camera doesnt support remote shooting addons, what do ya do? Simple, just use the self time. A self timer set to two seconds is about enough for you to press the button and the shake to have stopped completely by the time the photo has been taken.

Now here are the shots taken with the self time, monopod and a 4 second shutter:


Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
Picture2 010.jpg

Description: The same photo as above, but this time crystal clear clarity.

Picture2 009.jpg

Description: Another one hehe.



Top
#169420 - 1st Sep 2007 4:58am Re: Night Shooting [Re: MattLFC]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
So there we have it. I hope thats a few tips for anyone who is interested and shows the difference a monopod/tripod does make, and even the self-timer trick!

Good luck folks thumbsup

Top
#169421 - 1st Sep 2007 6:17am Re: Night Shooting [Re: MattLFC]
Waddi Offline

Forum Guardian

Registered: 11th Jul 2004
Posts: 4006
Loc: New Ferry
Thanks for that Matty, think I'm gonna have to get a monopod then. the self timer trick is a goodin, but I
surely if taking action shots, when you dont know when your going to need to press the shutter until its happening, by that time it would be too late to set a 2second delay, by the time it went off the subject would be long gone. i.e motorsport or wildlife.

Next experiment, can you take 2 photos of the same place, 1 at no zoom and 1 at full optical zoom, just so I can see the zoomage please.
_________________________

Top
#169448 - 1st Sep 2007 11:16am Re: Night Shooting [Re: Waddi]
Mark Online   Reading


Wiki Master

Registered: 9th Nov 2003
Posts: 21086
Loc: Wirral
Action shots require a fast shutter speed.

What that is in its most basic form is the shutter will open and
close so fast, that image has been snapped.

Problems: Fast Shutter
You typically need more light (Sunny day)
as there is less light getting in at those speeds.
So you could end up with darker pictures than intended.

At Night : Fast Shutter
They dont mix, unless you have a flash and its close range
but even then you probably wont get the results you want.

Next Experiment
Yes you can, providing you stay still (Tri pod)
But alot of zooming gets done in photo shop nower days,
just get the picture with digital and fix it later smile

Auto Timers
Waddi what Mattys explaining is that if you have to leave the shutter open for any period of time more than the norm,
you vulnerable to "Camera Shake" be it your own hands or the
pressure on the tripod, any movement no matter how small will
cause blurring. So as matty explaines on those open shutter
pictures which are typically at night, let the camera take
the picture. Then there will be no blurring at all.

Pros used to use the lead also that they could depress
from a distance, so not camera movement occured.

Once you have done it once or twice it will all make sense mate smile

Hope that helps smile

Its all to do with the speed of light hitting that shutter
to make an image, remember to old days peeps had to stay
perfectly still for 5min, and he had a cloth over his head.

More Light / Flash = Faster shutter = shaper pics.
Less Light = Slower Shutter = possibility to blur.
_________________________
My Avatar images are all from the Wirral Gallery.Click Me
Wow Wirral History is coming along Great! Wirral History

we get +200 new members a month now smile

Top
#169465 - 1st Sep 2007 12:02pm Re: Night Shooting [Re: Mark]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Mark pretty much explained that for ye. To be honest, if you were in an area that is quite light, even at night, you "shouldnt" really need a slow shutter speed/self timer, although this is dependent upon the camera's capabilities.

In most night time situations, I find I dont really need the monopod, its only when shooting at the telephoto end to be honest.

During the daylight, you shouldnt need a slow shutter speed at all. The slow shutter speed should only be used at night where you are trying to soak up as much light as possible.

In the daylight, not matter whether I am at the telephoto or wide angle side of the lens, I never get camera shake.

Dont forget the beauty of the slow shutter speed + tripod + self timer + road with cars on at night = really cool motion blur road photos hehe.

smile

Top
#169504 - 1st Sep 2007 4:10pm Re: Night Shooting [Re: MattLFC]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Haha ive just found a photo with the motion blur effect I was talking about that I took last night:



Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
Picture2.jpg

Picture2b.jpg

Description: Cropped from the above image.



Top

Moderator:  Mark 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Wanted house to rent
by dodie
6 minutes 20 seconds ago
Where can I buy conservatory parts?
by yr20405
Today at 03:45 PM
Jon venables
by Dilly
Yesterday at 07:23 AM
Borat 😂
by _Ste_
Yesterday at 05:08 AM
Murderer walks free
by _Ste_
22nd Nov 2017 2:29pm
For Sale & Free
For Sale menís Abercrombie & Fitch & Ralph Lauren
by dodie
1 second ago
Wanted house to rent
by dodie
6 minutes 20 seconds ago
3 X Eating / Writing Tables
by markyport
Yesterday at 08:24 PM
Bodytrain 2 in 1 Exercise bike and Cross trainer
by jonno40
Yesterday at 12:17 PM
Wheelbarrow wanted
by zigzagwanderer
22nd Nov 2017 2:03pm
Featured Member
Registered: 6th Oct 2011
Posts: 127
Newest Members
Peter_exWirral, gray153, Ria63, Stephen1953, negusmat
12457 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
locomotive (75)
New Wirral Info
Where can I buy conservatory parts?
by yr20405
Today at 03:45 PM
Fitting bathroom lights need help
by yr20405
17th Nov 2017 11:29pm
Games for children
by granny
17th Nov 2017 1:35am
Bath Lifts
by locomotive
16th Nov 2017 6:22pm
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
by granny
16th Nov 2017 1:05pm
News : New Topics
Jon venables
by Dilly
Yesterday at 07:23 AM
Murderer walks free
by _Ste_
22nd Nov 2017 2:29pm
David Cassidy
by cools
22nd Nov 2017 9:17am
Submarine Disaster
by diggingdeeper
20th Nov 2017 5:46pm
Anyone read this ?
by venice
16th Nov 2017 3:22pm
New Enthusiast Forums
Borat 😂
by _Ste_
Yesterday at 05:08 AM
Likely Lad Rodney Dies
by fish5133
21st Nov 2017 7:43pm
Charity fishing match
by paul110180
17th Nov 2017 9:29pm
Are there any doctors or nurses on here.
by granny
16th Nov 2017 11:52pm
Taltalk Broadband Dying
by diggingdeeper
15th Nov 2017 3:40am
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Where can I buy conservatory parts? 65
Should family hugs be banned? 50
Wanted house to rent 4
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Fri 7:55am
Sunset Fri 4:03pm
Local Time Fri 10:31pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .