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    Quote Originally Posted by hengchianwee View Post
    My night shoot that night is building
    Since the building was stationary, just set your camera on a tripod then use a low ISO of 100 or 200, remote release and set your aperture to somewhere between f11-f16, you should be able to capture a pretty nice building shot. Exposure time is around 30 seconds if environment is very dark.
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    Thank for your tip

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    Default Re: Which ISO to use for night shoot?

    the lower the iso speed the better the image quality

    so for stationary subjects, use lowest iso and a tripod
    set to aperture priority and choose the desired depth of field, let the camera select the shutter speed.
    shoot

    too bright? adjust exposure compensation to minus
    too dark? adjust exposure compensation to positive

    photography is so simple with digital

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    Quote Originally Posted by hengchianwee View Post
    My night shoot that night is building
    ok, if the building is white, then u can use spot metering n meter the white , but u have to + 1ev in exposure compensation, else the white will become darker...

    exposure is crucial in getting what u want.. why not go borrow Michael Freeman Perfect Exposure..

    sometimes we want to overexpose or underexpsore for certain effects also..

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    Default Re: Which ISO to use for night shoot?

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Since the building was stationary, just set your camera on a tripod then use a low ISO of 100 or 200, remote release and set your aperture to somewhere between f11-f16, you should be able to capture a pretty nice building shot. Exposure time is around 30 seconds if environment is very dark.
    I am amazed that you can give a shutter speed without even being there to know exactly how dark or bright the conditions are...

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    Is good to use flesh for night shoot

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    Is good to use flesh for night shoot
    need to strip???

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    I am amazed that you can give a shutter speed without even being there to know exactly how dark or bright the conditions are...
    That is why I say IF environment is very dark. Maybe I should add, depending on the environment, shutter speed can reach or exceed 30 seconds (that would be more accurate).
    Last edited by rhino123; 6th September 2011 at 09:01 PM. Reason: Add the words "or exceed", thanks Tecnica for pointing that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    That is why I say IF environment is very dark. Maybe I should add, depending on the environment, shutter speed can reach 30 seconds (that would be more accurate).
    can exceed 30s if you will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hengchianwee View Post
    Is good to use flesh for night shoot
    Depend on what you want to shoot. If you are shooting portraits and if there are models for your shoot, it would be good to use flash, no point asking your subject (living one that is) to stand there for a few seconds.

    And if it is building or landscape, flash might have limited use... because flash might not have enough strenght to be thrown off that far and cover that wide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hengchianwee View Post
    Is good to use flesh for night shoot
    please dun use a flash when you are shooting buildings at night, technically it is not wrong but personally i feel it is stupid to do that. that is my point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79

    please dun use a flash when you are shooting buildings at night, technically it is not wrong but personally i feel it is stupid to do that. that is my point of view.
    You have my support bro

    But I also support using flesh
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    i think tripod is a better option then tweek iso

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    Default Re: Which ISO to use for night shoot?

    It's not just the ISO. It's your entire exposure setting comprising of shutter speed, aperture as well as ISO

    There's no fixed ISO that I will use, it depends on the light level. I will use an ISO that is as low as possible but at the same time does not give a shutter speed that is not hand holdable i.e. will cause photo to be blur due to shake. Alternatively, just increase ISO when shutter speed beyond hand holdable speed.
    Last edited by ArcticFox; 8th September 2011 at 08:41 PM.

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    I use ISO 100 for my night scene mounted on tripod.
    I use ISO 800 together with flash if my subjects are near
    I use ISO 6400 when I don't have my flash and my subjects are in compromising positions and worthy of a grainy picture because it is a worth a thousand words even though they are noisy words.

    If it is too dark, you have under-exposed, if it's too white, you have over-exposed.

    Quote Originally Posted by hengchianwee View Post
    Last week I went for night shoot and came back with picture which to white or to dark.
    Can anyone correct me and which ISO to use ?

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    f8 is a better choice. Look out for light diffraction. Also you have hyper focal at your advantage.

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Since the building was stationary, just set your camera on a tripod then use a low ISO of 100 or 200, remote release and set your aperture to somewhere between f11-f16, you should be able to capture a pretty nice building shot. Exposure time is around 30 seconds if environment is very dark.
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    hand held w/o VR. I can only handle 1/30. Have to compensate it with ISO, but for cropped cam, I try to maintain it at 1600 max

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    f8 is a better choice. Look out for light diffraction. Also you have hyper focal at your advantage.
    Agreed with what you have stated. But something light diffraction can be pleasing to the eye too.
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    Default Re: Which ISO to use for night shoot?

    Hi,

    Honestly speaking, if it was me then i will stick to nothing lower than 1600 (ISO) if i am using a cropped sensor cam. Going above that will give you lot of grains in the photo and dead pixels too. Use a tripod if your subject was still, if moving then too bad just bump up the ISO to 1600. It always depends on the way you review your photo. For me i personally feel anxious about grainy photos, so i try to use flash or tripod (still objects).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hengchianwee View Post
    Last week I went for night shoot and came back with picture which to white or to dark.
    Can anyone correct me and which ISO to use ?

    Derrick
    simple answer. Any ISO that will allow you to get a correctly exposed photo (or at least a photo exposed in a way you wanted creatively).

    If you are hand holding, you will probably want to adjust it till you can shoot without shake. 1/focal length shutter speed.
    if you are using a tripod, just shoot at base iso (either 100 or 200) for best pic quality
    if you wanted to freeze or have creative motion blur things in the photo, adjust iso till you get the right shutter speed.
    PS. I'm ignoring f-stop here to simplified things.
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