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    Default how to shoot birds at night?

    Just shot one bird,but due to the distance,
    I use direct flash to fill up light,it came out quite harsh,
    so I just wonder all the seniors,how you shoot at night?
    assume that your distance with the bird is quite far.

    the picture just now:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc01572 View Post
    Just shot one bird,but due to the distance,
    I use direct flash to fill up light,it came out quite harsh,
    so I just wonder all the seniors,how you shoot at night?
    assume that your distance with the bird is quite far.
    Whether the bird is quite far or near, it actually doesnt affect much... There are 4 methods:

    1) The first is to use flash, but most of the time, the flash will end up too harsh, and make the bird doesnt look nice... However, u can try reducing the flash output by dialing -2EV or -3EV flash compensation. This can reduce the harshness of the direct flash

    2) Place ur camera/lens on a tripod, increase the iso of ur camera to abt 1600, 3200 or 6400, till u can get a "decent" shutter speed of at least abt 1/8s or 1/15s, then use camera lockup and shoot. This method gives average image quality.

    3) Place ur camera/lens on a tripod, remain at the same iso of 200 or 400, then use camera lockup and shoot. This method gives the best image quality, provided the bird doesnt move.

    4) Set ur iso to at least 6400 or 12800, to try to get a shutter speed of around 1/80s or 1/100s, then handheld and shoot! This method is suitable if the bird is moving in the dark, but gives the worst image quality.
    Last edited by devilry; 7th December 2010 at 10:54 PM.

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    Default Re: how to shoot birds at night?

    it's simple, you don't.

    photography involves light, when lighting conditions are not suitable, why would you want to shoot?

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    Default Re: how to shoot birds at night?

    Quote Originally Posted by dc01572 View Post
    Just shot one bird,but due to the distance,
    I use direct flash to fill up light,it came out quite harsh,
    so I just wonder all the seniors,how you shoot at night?
    assume that your distance with the bird is quite far.

    the picture just now:
    Use rear sync flash. You'll need a tripod and hope that the subject doesn't move in the meantime.
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    Default Re: how to shoot birds at night?

    Assume the bird is quite far from you, assume the bird do not move. The best way is to do mirror lock up with a tripod.

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    Default Re: how to shoot birds at night?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reno View Post
    Assume the bird is quite far from you, assume the bird do not move. The best way is to do mirror lock up with a tripod.

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