Photography tips for nuit blanche
Old 09-24-2012, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning on going to nuit blanche this weekend and I'm gonna bring my DSLR and take pictures. As a very amateur to this thing, I don't know how to take pictures to those kinds of places especially at night. I went on youtube but the videos aren't helping - they say you need a tripod for stability and a remote control shutter. Well, not that I have both but bringing those to a crowded place ain't gonna be a good thing.

So, what would be the best aperture, ISO, shutter speed and etc to get quality pictures for this event - without a tripod! I've been playing with my camera last night and taking pictures of stuffs in my room. I took good pictures that I wanted under a low-light setting (I slightly dimmed my chandelier): it was 1/30, F4.0 (the lowest for my camera!) and 200 ISO. I had a flash on but set it at -2. But I'm sure the quality of picture I wanted using those settings won't the same at nuit blanche.

If you've been there please give me some tips.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it's not possible to tell you what settings to use without knowing the exact lighting conditions. some nuit blanche stuff is very dark, but other displays are really bright or even back-lit. if you aren't familiar with reading the light meter in your camera i highly suggest simply using 'auto'.

generally speaking, to take pics in the dark, you need a slow shutter speed, wide open aperture and high iso. i can't hold a camera steady at slower than 1/60, so that sets a bar for me. from there, choose the lowest f-stop you can, and then adjust the iso until the light meter balances. without a tripod that's about the best you can do. just remember that the higher the iso, the more grainy the image.

if you are worrying about the weight of a tripod you can always try a monopod, which is less stable but not as heavy.

if you have really steady hands and can hold the camera still at less than 1/60 that gives you a bit more wiggle room.

i hope this helps. happy shooting.
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Hey trane, thanks for the tips. I think I'm gonna have to bring my tripod this weekend inorder to get good shots!
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