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    Default Help in taing the best night shots

    Good day to all.

    I still haven't perfected the art/ skill of taking the best night shot. I often get the lights of buildings too glary or over-exposed. I want them crisp and sharp like the great night shots have. Like the ones we see of the HK habour.

    I have a Canon Powershot IS S5 and not a SLR. I don't believe one needs to get an SLR to get great shots, right?

    The settings I have are the following:
    • Apeture range of F2.8 to 8.0
    • Longest shutter speed of 15 sec. Can't go longer than that.
    • Lowest ISO of 80.
    • I have AV, TV, M, and night mode (but this pre-set)
    • I don't have any gray or black card.


    What would be the perfect/ suggested settings for the perfect night shot. Like picture the whole city landscape of bulidings.

    What ISO, F number, Shutter, with flash or none, etc.

    Hope anyone can help me out. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Help in taing the best night shots

    it sound like you are asking us how bright is your room at now. who knows?

    each scene has different exposures, we can't tell the exact exposure unless we are there, the most we can give you a range.

    15mins after sunset, f8, ISO200, 8 sec, bracket left and right two stops.


    btw, not sure is there any flash powerful enough to light up HK habour.
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    Default Re: Help in taing the best night shots

    Quote Originally Posted by apcaw View Post

    I have a Canon Powershot IS S5 and not a SLR. I don't believe one needs to get an SLR to get great shots, right?
    Absolutely not true.


    Quote Originally Posted by apcaw View Post
    The settings I have are the following:
    • Apeture range of F2.8 to 8.0
    • Longest shutter speed of 15 sec. Can't go longer than that.
    • Lowest ISO of 80.
    • I have AV, TV, M, and night mode (but this pre-set)
    • I don't have any gray or black card.


    What would be the perfect/ suggested settings for the perfect night shot. Like picture the whole city landscape of bulidings.

    What ISO, F number, Shutter, with flash or none, etc.

    Hope anyone can help me out. Thanks.
    You're looking for a magic formula for a setting where we have no idea exactly how many lumens the illumination is.

    Have you even bothered to read the guides in the night photography section?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=85


    With your camera, as a starting point, I'd make sure you're on a tripod, use the 10sec shutter delay, and then try f/5.6, ISO 80 or 100, 15 secs. Play with ISO and aperture if it turns out to be too dark/too bright
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    Default Re: Help in taing the best night shots

    lowest ISO speed
    tripod
    aperture of around f8 for a P&S (test and see)
    set to aperture priority (if your camera has it)
    shoot with self timer

    if still too bright then if your camera allows, adjust the exposure compensation to darker
    then shoot again and see

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    Default Re: Help in taing the best night shots

    Thanks to all. Will try playing wih the settings more. This is a great forum to be in. Very informative.

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