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    Default what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    iso 100 ,200?

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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    If you're taking pics of people or moving things, ISO800 and above (ie 1600, 3200 etc).

    If you're taking pics of landscapes, it depends on the shutter speed you want. If I had a tripod and I wanted a 15second exposure, I'd go with ISO100 - 200. If I wanted a 3 sec exposure, then maybe ISO800, for example.
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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    as low as possible to get the effect you want

    there is no magic number to follow
    it all depends on the lighting situation there and the effect you want to achieve

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    For low noise night scene image, usually the lower the ISO the better, that is you have a steady platform or tripod to hold the camera. If not, higher ISO will be needed to reduce shake. As other mentioned, For other special effects, different setting may be required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitaro9202 View Post
    iso 100 ,200?
    As all have mentioned already, it all depends on YOU.

    how are you taking the photos, with support, with tripod? or with your hands?

    What kind of pics?
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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    scene no tripod

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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    Then you better get one.....

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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    Quote Originally Posted by kitaro9202 View Post
    scene no tripod
    then adjust ISO until your shutter speed is enough for handheld without shaking (~1/focal length). Or find some support to minimise handshake
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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    if you dun have a tripod and you want to take night scene
    honestly,imho it will be very difficult unless you can find a stable support to put your cam on
    tripod is an diedie must have item for taking night scenes

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    Default Re: what is the best iso setting to take night photo

    Quote Originally Posted by kitaro9202 View Post
    scene no tripod
    Eh... not a good idea at all..

    But at a pinch, I'd shoot with ISO 800, 1/30 at about f1.8 (when forced to snap candids at night)
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    its gonna be Your photo, go figure urself. thats the fun of learning

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    choose a subject take as many pics as u like with different settings than do ur own comparisons....thats the beauty of dig cams...wont cost u a cent....unlike the olden days of film photography when u had to pay $$ to get ur pics printed.....

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    Dont look at ISO, but at the possible shutter speed possible.

    For example, in a dim light area such as hawker centre, minimium as per norms to have movement blur, a 1/50 and higher is needed. Probly ISO 1000 is needed here.

    Even dimmer, i dont mind going all the way up to max ISO 3200 or 6400 as long as i get that speed as a reference. After all, if you dont like noise - shoot RAW and process with Adobe Lightroom for it's handy & accurate NR function.
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    Noticed you have not stated your camera, not all can handle high ISO and RAW.

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    Scenery with still life, tripod and ISO 100(or L1.0), as long exposure as you required. No tripod, don't waste your effort if you can come back again. If it's night time, whu ain't u with a tripod if you know u want to take such a scene ? Impromptu ? I think you can wait for your 2nd chance.

    Moving targets like people and portraits, well bump up your ISO aim and shoot.
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