For night scenary/landscapes, you cannot escape from using a tripod. REALLY, not only is the amount of light for a decent hand hold shutter speed is not there to eliminate hand shakes, it'll be really under exposed even if you do a high shutter speed + high ISO (though you'll get a clear, dark picture). Oh of course, usually you'll want to use a bigger number f stop to get all your details clear and sharp (of course there are exceptions), hence, your shutter speed is going to be slowww... can be quite impossible to hand hold.
Last edited by xhui; 27th January 2011 at 11:08 AM.
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I think that white piece of plastic(diffuser) is to reduce the chance of getting "fatal-frame" effect if the shot is shot directly at the subject as the plastic will soften the flashlight. So you will have a brighter face and not a white one
if you're taking night landscapes such as the one of Fullerton Hotel over the water, using a flash will have very little, or almost no effect on the photo.
It would be impossible for your little hotshoe-mounted flash to illuminate a building over 100m away.
Without looking at the EXIF, I would just have to guess what settings you used. But if you handheld, I would suppose the aperture would be at maximum, and the ISO would be pretty high as well. Those are not ideal settings for landscapes.
My apologies on the photos as i'm new in posting images on CS. Those photos taken are without tripods and flash, on f1.8, aperture mode. Lots more to learn when you have more accessories tripod will get soon, have 1 in mind which is 1 of the benro series costing S$198 a bit pricey for me but i believe such investment will last me longer.
So landscapes at night will prolly need a lower aperture to have a fair DOP and ideally iso should be around 400 with longer exposure (slow shutter speed) with tripods ? The pics I've taken are all with iso 1600, which is the max for my camera.
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I got my Sirui Travel Tripod for $160, good enough for a beginner with kit lens
Generally when on a tripod, you won't need to worry about shutter speed (for hand holdable speed), hence ISO you can go lower to maintain a cleaner picture. Actually for scenary, you have the luxury of time. Take your time, even if you are not sure what shutter speed would be appropriate, just try, adjust, try, adjust. Use live view after you've adjusted your angle (tripod), and done your settings. Remember to off your IS/VR when you mount on a tripod as well. Use a remote to really minimise any shakes when you depress that button, but not a must.
Happy shooting!! (yah, flash doesn't help at all with landscape kind of shots (lighting up the scene is impossible, unless you have a near object in front of the scene for you to light up).
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Firstly, you had a pop up flash.
Secondly, low light and be compensated by using larger aperture or longer exposure and longer exposure require a tripod, of course, I am talking about stationary subjects.
For myself, tripod is the next thing that would naturally comes to mind when "night" is mentioned.
For landscapes, I would go to the base ISO setting (on my D90 it is ISO200, on some cameras it might be ISO100) and make sure the support (eg tripod) is very stable. Reason for using base ISO is to have the maximum dynamic range being recorded, and minimize the amount of noise in the image.
Remote shutter release and mirror lock-up are additional steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of vibrations affecting image sharpness, so would turning off IS/VR/SSS when camera is mounted on tripod.
No prob. Hope it helps!Originally Posted by nicholson77
Another reason could be inaccurate focus. You using AF for night scenery?
I prefer manual focus, but MF with something like a kit lens is not very precise.
If you are not sure what kind of photography genre you are into, you can get both.
Get the most bang for buck tripod, Fancier FT-6662A + Yong Nuo YN460 Flash (Full Manual). with these, you can start exploring strobe and landscape.
Total damage should be around $130-$140. Its cheaper to get the YN460 off ebay.