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    Hi. Was wondering how to take night street photography w/o a tripod?
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    How about using a dust bin as support?

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    hire 1 bangalah to carry for u..
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    Increase your ISO, select your lenses biggest aperture, use proper handholding techniques, use pillars/walls/tables/chair/any solid stationary objects as supports to reduce handshake, proper breathing and don't snap at the shutter button. These are some of the ways to reduce handshaking. Main thing is to keep your shutter speed as high as you can, or reduce vibration as much as you can.
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    But wait.... the D3 is around the corner!

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    Buy a D3, get a Noct lens, you are good to go.
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    look for areas like lamppost, wall or parapet where you can lean on or rest your camera... or bring a friend and use his/her shoulder to rest camera/lens... just ask him/her to hold steady when ready to shoot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazer_workz View Post
    hire 1 bangalah to carry for u..
    mai la, why so evil

    later mod come and whack you

    re ts question; use high iso and convert to b&w, use flash lor

    other than that you can also take a lot of black frames..

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    mai la, why so evil

    later mod come and whack you

    re ts question; use high iso and convert to b&w, use flash lor

    other than that you can also take a lot of black frames..
    and then say its an abstract pic..

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    Tuck in ur elbows real tight into ur body, breath in deeply, click, hold breath/ breath out slowly. But so far, this has only worked until 1.6secs for me =( Any longer and it will come out blur...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    and then say its an abstract pic..


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    Default Re: How to take night street photography w/o a tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by AdvChua View Post
    Tuck in ur elbows real tight into ur body, breath in deeply, click, hold breath/ breath out slowly. But so far, this has only worked until 1.6secs for me =( Any longer and it will come out blur...
    1.6s... i dono if i can even manage 1/6 without VR/IS/AS on a standard 18mm lens on a 1.5x crop...

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    Default Re: How to take night street photography w/o a tripod?

    Bump the ISO up...

    Open up the aperture and hope for the best...

    Use flash if subject is near. Else use a stable platform to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spoonfulofjam View Post
    Hi. Was wondering how to take night street photography w/o a tripod?

    all the above suggestions are good and practical.

    but any good reason not to use a tripod?

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    Default Re: How to take night street photography w/o a tripod?

    How about using a monopod?

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    Thanks guys for the advice. How does the monopod work? Is it one-legged?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoonfulofjam View Post
    Hi. Was wondering how to take night street photography w/o a tripod?
    Shoot during twilight?

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    Default Re: How to take night street photography w/o a tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonfulofjam View Post
    Thanks guys for the advice. How does the monopod work? Is it one-legged?
    Monopod is not really meant for night street photography, u are better off with a tripod. If u just want handheld, then try to use a dustbin, concrete wall railing, top of the car, etc, to support yr camera,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    Increase your ISO, select your lenses biggest aperture, use proper handholding techniques, use pillars/walls/tables/chair/any solid stationary objects as supports to reduce handshake, proper breathing and don't snap at the shutter button. These are some of the ways to reduce handshaking. Main thing is to keep your shutter speed as high as you can, or reduce vibration as much as you can.
    and in addition, consider wide angle, and most importantly to realise the nature of subject with its limitations e.g. frame intensity and subject's speed of motion.

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    Default Re: How to take night street photography w/o a tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonfulofjam View Post
    Thanks guys for the advice. How does the monopod work? Is it one-legged?
    theoretically yes. some have little legs from that one leg, but they are all single axis.

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