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blomqvist

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What is the best specifications that we can use to shoot a subject with Christmas Light Up in Orhcard Rd as background
f-stop = ?
shutter = ?
ISO = ?
Focal Length = ?
Any accessories = ?
 

Rashkae

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Aiyo. Are we psychic? Think we all have a mental connection to a magical light meter at Orchard?

Do you even know the basics of photography? You are aware that there are 6 correct exposures for every picture, right?

You need to consider the following, THEN GO TRY FOR YOURSELF:

1. How much depth of field do you want? This will affect f-stop, shutter speed and possibly ISO.

2. How much of the lighting will be filling your frame? How much sky? How much of the buildings? How many cars will be there, their lights adding to the illumination? What time of day? Evening or night?

All those things will affect all the things you want to know.

We are not psychic. We cannot begin to guess those things unless we are on the scene, in the EXACT same location you will be, with all those variables at a constant, including your equipment.

Please be realistic and just go try shooting.
 

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Aiyo. Are we psychic? Think we all have a mental connection to a magical light meter at Orchard?

Do you even know the basics of photography? You are aware that there are 6 correct exposures for every picture, right?
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I am very phai ser...to ask stupid questions!.
I am very sorry, I am so empty and blind about photography
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You need to consider the following, THEN GO TRY FOR YOURSELF:

1. How much depth of field do you want? This will affect f-stop, shutter speed and possibly ISO.
Ans: I want deep deep DOF, i dont want shallow DOF because I need the background in perfectly focus. But if I have big number of f-stop, my shutter speed will slow and this will cause my subject to blurrr, because i think nobody will stand for 10sec without minor movement. if we increase the ISO it will not help much in increasing the shutter.

2. How much of the lighting will be filling your frame? How much sky? How much of the buildings? How many cars will be there, their lights adding to the illumination? What time of day? Evening or night?
Ans: Bro ??....is there any different in taking a photo in evening & night?
Which one got more sky evening or night?
I am not asking for a fix image data.
I believe that, a lot of bro and sis here have taken subject with lighting as background, If you have taken a very good picture before in this condition, I hope you dont mind to share the image data with me.
At least when I go shooting, it will be a very good references or guideline for me.
 

Rashkae

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At least when I go shooting, it will be a very good references or guideline for me.
That's the hard part... There are FAR too many variables! It's almost impossible to give a "guideline".

You could always just do what Ortega suggests... Set to night/twilight photography, let the cam take the shot. Then you have the base value.

Or set to aperture priority, set to f/8 or f/11, fix ISO at 400 or 800, then half-press. Let your cam meter the scene and you'll know what the suggested shutter speed for that particular scene is.
 

Rashkae

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And yes, there's a difference between evening and night... In the evening, there's more illumination in the sky, you still get clouds, more colors, etc.
 

blomqvist

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That's the hard part... There are FAR too many variables! It's almost impossible to give a "guideline".

You could always just do what Ortega suggests... Set to night/twilight photography, let the cam take the shot. Then you have the base value.

Or set to aperture priority, set to f/8 or f/11, fix ISO at 400 or 800, then half-press. Let your cam meter the scene and you'll know what the suggested shutter speed for that particular scene is.
Got it Bro...Thankss a lot
I will try it out. Hopefully I can get good picture.

Frankly speaking...I am so desperate to learn night shooting with subject.
I found night shoot with subject is very challenging. If night shoot without subject, we may just use tripod and set f-stop from 11-20 and set the longest shutter, it will give perfect picture. Once we use tripod.. ISO is not a real problem anymore.
 

ortega

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tripod, camera, lens, flash

1. set camera to night portrait mode
or

2. set exposure for background and set flash exposure for portrait subject
set flash to slow curtain sync

+/- depends on lighting situation at the location
 

ricleo

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seriously speaking, you will be shooting at wide angle wouldn't you? If you are just shooting the christmas lightings/street without a person/subject in the frame, shooting wide open in terms of F-Stop will already give you sufficient depth of field even for a DSLR. I shoot at F2.8, ISO 800-1600 without a tripod for such night scenes/lightings all the time and everything comes out tack sharp with sufficient depth of field for my needs.

Go ahead and try using AV mode, wide open. If you are using a tripod, use a low ISO of 100-400. No tripod, 800-1600. + and - EV if the images turn out too dark or too bright due to various kinds of lightings. This should be the easiest way to get started.
 

subxero

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blomqvist, maybe you can try 580 EX flash since you're a canon user. ;)
 

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