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    this is my first attempt in night shots. critics and comments are very much welcome.

    shot with Canon 350D with kit 18-55, settings was F/5.6 Iso-100 shutter 6sec. colour repo sRGB
    no editing was done to this shot except cropping and signature.



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    this shot needs serious editing. it's too un-contrasty.

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    hmm tink it would be betta to use a smaller aperture and longer shutter (since u r using a tripod i assume) to give a greater dof.. juz my 2 cents

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    i still can't figure out how to adjust the aperture... i'll try again tonight... thanks for the tips!

    Quote Originally Posted by rTwin
    hmm tink it would be betta to use a smaller aperture and longer shutter (since u r using a tripod i assume) to give a greater dof.. juz my 2 cents

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    point noted contrast should enhance

    Quote Originally Posted by schon
    this shot needs serious editing. it's too un-contrasty.

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    looks like yuor shot was polluted by some nearby streetlights

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    Well based on yr initial night shot, it still looks good if that's the kinda efx or night scenery you wanted to capture. It's really all up to you as the photographer yrself to decide what you want and what you're looking for in night photography.

    This picture portraits a certain mood and climax at the time of shooting which probably appealed to you in a way. I assume it was taken after mid-night? The building lightings will switched off at mid-night. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    You can take another shot with all the building lightings on, with the following camera setting - Manual mode, Aperture at f/11, Shutter Speed at 10sec. You can even use smaller aperture and you'll get some star-burst efx from all those lamp posts for dramatic efx so that yr night picture will be more lively. You can invest a little money on HOYA filter like Cross Screen (4-cross flare), Star-Six (6 pointed light flares) or Star-Eight (8 pointed light flares). Always avoid strong lights like spot-lights and flood lights in yr image.

    Since you're using 350D, make full use of yr camera functions i.e. shoot in B&W mode. You'll be amazed by the end results it can produced. Try 2 shots with the building lightings on and off. From there you can compare all 4 shots (2 colors & 2 B&Ws).

    BTW, try a wider angle and a different perspective for capturing architectural buldings. You can concentrate on the left side building with the dome. It's the Supreme Court and you do wanna make it look superior and grandeur, don't you?

    Hope my 2-cents info helps.

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    yes, you are right i shot it after midnight! appreciate your pointers there and i'll try it out maybe tonight. good on you mate!



    Quote Originally Posted by Mezzotint
    Well based on yr initial night shot, it still looks good if that's the kinda efx or night scenery you wanted to capture. It's really all up to you as the photographer yrself to decide what you want and what you're looking for in night photography.

    This picture portraits a certain mood and climax at the time of shooting which probably appealed to you in a way. I assume it was taken after mid-night? The building lightings will switched off at mid-night. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    You can take another shot with all the building lightings on, with the following camera setting - Manual mode, Aperture at f/11, Shutter Speed at 10sec. You can even use smaller aperture and you'll get some star-burst efx from all those lamp posts for dramatic efx so that yr night picture will be more lively. You can invest a little money on HOYA filter like Cross Screen (4-cross flare), Star-Six (6 pointed light flares) or Star-Eight (8 pointed light flares). Always avoid strong lights like spot-lights and flood lights in yr image.

    Since you're using 350D, make full use of yr camera functions i.e. shoot in B&W mode. You'll be amazed by the end results it can produced. Try 2 shots with the building lightings on and off. From there you can compare all 4 shots (2 colors & 2 B&Ws).

    BTW, try a wider angle and a different perspective for capturing architectural buldings. You can concentrate on the left side building with the dome. It's the Supreme Court and you do wanna make it look superior and grandeur, don't you?

    Hope my 2-cents info helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guojielun
    this is my first attempt in night shots. critics and comments are very much welcome.

    shot with Canon 350D with kit 18-55, settings was F/5.6 Iso-100 shutter 6sec. colour repo sRGB
    no editing was done to this shot except cropping and signature.

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    Something is not right...

    Do you use any filter for taking this picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guojielun
    i still can't figure out how to adjust the aperture... i'll try again tonight... thanks for the tips!
    still no inclination, nor patience to read the manual?

    pg #84 (for AE mode)
    Pg #86 (for Manual mode)

    there are pictures with instructions on how to change the setting.... if u still got problems figuring it out...
    If Life worked on auto mode then manual mode for photography would have never existed. ― Deeksha Mittal

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    yep i had a uv filter on... thought it wouldn't make any diff thats why i had it on even at night

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    Something is not right...

    Do you use any filter for taking this picture?

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    haha the manual is at home and i seldom return home thats why i've been asking if anybody could help me

    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75
    still no inclination, nor patience to read the manual?

    pg #84 (for AE mode)
    Pg #86 (for Manual mode)

    there are pictures with instructions on how to change the setting.... if u still got problems figuring it out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by guojielun
    yep i had a uv filter on... thought it wouldn't make any diff thats why i had it on even at night
    No, no, uv filter is alright, but your picture like shot on expired film, so dull and lack of contrast.

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    how can i improve it?

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    go back to the same location, but move a little to your right, don't show the building behide the dome Supreme Courts, try to shoot around 7pm+, while the sky still blue, remember to use lens hood.

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    i think the composition is good! that is the purpose of kit lens. Unless photoshopping to obtain the contrast and colors~. The result from a Kit lens is always very flat for your info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOMUS
    i think the composition is good! that is the purpose of kit lens. Unless photoshopping to obtain the contrast and colors~. The result from a Kit lens is always very flat for your info.
    i do not think it's the fault of the lens. i've shot the same location with same lens and camera with different settings, it turns out crisp and sharp. as suggested earlier by other clubsnappers above, try to change to smaller aperture. cos large aperture might be tough for u to do a proper focusing at midnight/dark lightings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolpjki
    i do not think it's the fault of the lens. i've shot the same location with same lens and camera with different settings, it turns out crisp and sharp. as suggested earlier by other clubsnappers above, try to change to smaller aperture. cos large aperture might be tough for u to do a proper focusing at midnight/dark lightings.
    I do agree. It will improve the quality using smaller aperture!
    It will appear sharper~.

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    i think he shot this on apperture priority and at f/5.6 and 6 secs -- that's always going to give you shots like this at night.
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    i don't have a hood where can i get one? and what kind should i get? i'll get it and shoot again!

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    go back to the same location, but move a little to your right, don't show the building behide the dome Supreme Courts, try to shoot around 7pm+, while the sky still blue, remember to use lens hood.

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