haha, its gonna be over soon, no worry =)
Hello guys.... I went to a nearby flat (the highest flat around my area at 20 storey high) to atempt a night shot. Brought my tripod with me, the free steinzeiser tripod, but realised the tripod is too short cant even shoot out of the pavement.
Hence I took the cloth i brought along and place it on the pavement cement wall railing. Placing my nex5n on the cloth and using my left hand to apply force on my camera (on the top) downwards while right hands pressing the shutter and using 3 last fingers of my right hand to put under my camera base which was protruding (as the pavement wall is shaped like this /''\<--- box is my camera. Tried many times and is fail... very blur... applied breathing techniques but still failed...
This is the best failed picture.....
Details: kit lens 18-55mm
Exposure time 30 secs
Focal length 29mm
Max aperture 4
I wasnt statisfied and i try and try and try.... until
OMG! IM SO HAPPY!
Details: Kit lens 18-55mm
ISO - 100
Exposure time - 30 secs
Focal length - 19mm
Max apreture 3.6171875
IM SO HAPPY! special thanks to guys who guide me along here especially rhino bro my first night shoot
Singapore i think retails around $60+? i'm not very sure. anyway, tripod head not included. that's my Sirui K10-x, just so you know.
end photo, for reference:
sometimes dun need a 30s exposure..this is taken with 3s..and iso push up to 800..
same as you..this is taken with cam on the wall and hand pressed down to hold it steady
Last edited by Halfgeek; 30th November 2011 at 06:22 AM.
Cheap lenses are not good AND Good lenses are not cheap!
For shoots that required more than 1/(focal length) of a second (eg. if focal length is 55mm, if shutter speed is more than 1/55 sec), I would highly recommend using a tripod or monopod. Your pic might seemed very sharp in small print, but at 100% crop, there are some motion blur. If a shot is to be exposed for 1 or more than 1 sec... I think you really really need a tripod (even monopod can be unstable). Anyway, it is also up to holding and breathing technique too.
Some people can hold very very still and with no movement at all for more than 1 sec (not me though ).
Anyway, you don't really need the branded gorillapod, just get one of those clone one... I think you can find these third party one readily in the net, they are going cheaply too... and quite stable too.
I heard good thing about one particular brand - Octopus, I think (got to look it up again)...
Anyway, I don't have any of these tripod, have been wanting to buy one... but as it is... I am a cheapskate (lol).
If you are using a tripod, be sure that the tripod is stable enough... especially when taking long exposure photos. Most tripod should come with a hook under the centre column, make use of that hook, hang your bag there... be sure also that the bag be touch the ground too, or instead of adding to the stability, it add to the instability of the tripod.
Other than resting your camera or your hand on a sandbag, a couple of them could also provide extra stability to your light stand or tripod... it is really one of the cheapest and easiest to make stuff.
Yes..IMO as long you are doing a second or longer exposure shot. Its really advisable to get a steady tripod. Anything faster than that..i guess the IS/VC/VR etc etc still works pretty well and is very helpful..at least for me.
Heh...which also explains why i dont really shoot long exposure shot because im not a tripod person. Hate to travel around with a tripod.. but hey thats just me..