Is a tripod a "MUST" for night photography??


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rysouke

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I have tried to shoot without tripod...and all my pictures so blur and distorted...so a tripod is a must?? Night photography at smaller aperture and the shutter speed will be very slow..so hand held is impossible???

Need some advise thanks
 

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if ur hand is not steady pls pls use a tripod, if not how can a picture be clear. Unless you use a high ISO. But high ISO will have noises.
 

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I have tried to shoot without tripod...and all my pictures so blur and distorted...so a tripod is a must?? Night photography at smaller aperture and the shutter speed will be very slow..so hand held is impossible???

Need some advise thanks
:bsmilie::bsmilie: Haha... yes. Either you use a tripod, or you improvise by resting your camera on a table and do not touch it while it takes a photo with a long exposure.
 

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if ur hand is not steady pls pls use a tripod, if not how can a picture be clear. Unless you use a high ISO. But high ISO will have noises.
i have tried set to a high ISO...but just wont work for me..
 

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A tripod is recommended unless you got hands of steel. Alternative ways is to use a beanbag/camera bag/dustbin or anything that you can rest your camera on. As it's quite hard to get the camera to certain height with these found objects, a tripod is the best equipment you can invest in.
 

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A fast len, high sputter speed & high ISO should do the job.

But high ISO is not really advisable for night scene ( noise ) unless you are using a FX body which can handled picture at high ISO very well.
 

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if u doesnt want to use tripod, u will have to upgrade to fullframe ;p
 

spooN

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trade your 500D for a 5DMK2, done. hehe
 

rysouke

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A fast len, high sputter speed & high ISO should do the job.

But high ISO is not really advisable for night scene ( noise ) unless you are using a FX body which can handled picture at high ISO very well.
what does FX mean?? i have a setting in my camera that can reduce high ISO noise..and i set it to strong...hope it will reduce noise with high iso setting...
 

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did u use image stabilizer? It can help if ur shutter speed is not extremely slow.
 

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If its night scenes you are shooting, you are just wasting your time getting out there without a tripod.

As you said, low light photography slows the shutter speed down significantly. That's one reason why tripod is not only a good tool to have, its a necessacity. Besides providing you with a stable base to take photographs, tripod allows you to work your composition in a more precise manner e.g. straighthening your horizons and vertical lines, controlling your perspectives, etc, all of which are critical to contributing to the success of a photo. No high ISO body or IS/VR, whatever can help you with that.

You know what's causing your photos to fail but still ask if you need a tripod. Don't be lazy, haul that tripod with you and be rewarded.
 

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If its night scenes you are shooting, you are just wasting your time getting out there without a tripod.

As you said, low light photography slows the shutter speed down significantly. That's one reason why tripod is not only a good tool to have, its a necessacity. Besides providing you with a stable base to take photographs, tripod allows you to work your composition in a more precise manner e.g. straighthening your horizons and vertical lines, controlling your perspectives, etc, all of which are critical to contributing to the success of a photo. No high ISO body or IS/VR, whatever can help you with that.

You know what's causing your photos to fail but still ask if you need a tripod. Don't be lazy, haul that tripod with you and be rewarded.
hahaha...acutally today is my first try and i din know that a tripod is really very important ...cause i went for shooting after work...that why i nv bring a tripod...
 

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I hope you realise how important a tripod is and move on to adopting a mentality of not even thinking of taking a shot at all without the tripod.
 

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There is no short cut on taking good picture....some scene like water flow, light trails etc can't do without a steady stand....high ISO, large apeture is useless because you can't achive long exposure....sometime you may even need it in day time if you stop the light down with ND filters :lovegrin:
 

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