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Question - Best camera settings when shooting in a drain?

Discussion in 'Photography and Video Forum' started by Bolts, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Recently got my hands on a Canon EOS 400D, wanting to try it out down a local drain.
    Any recommended settings for taking photos down drains?
     

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  2. Snake Oil

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    I have my sony A380 set at f9, iso100, and then adjust the exposure according to the available light/how I want the shot to look (usually somewhere between 15 and 25 seconds). Its all a lot of trial and error for me, if it looks shit then I change the exposure a bit. Not very pro, but it seems to work most times :D
     
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    It does the job, that's what matters :p cheers, I'll give it a try soon
     
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    I'm sure there are different views on this, but usually low light I use the BULB setting which allows exposure times of over 30 seconds, ISO of usually 100, but sometimes 200 if I want to half the exposure time, usually around f8.

    Use tripod and cable release, exposure time is a bit of trial and error depending on how dark it is, how bright your lighting is, size of the space you are lighting. Take a trial shot first to see whether under or over exposed and then adjust. Most of mine tend to be 40 seconds to 2 minutes.
     
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    I dont know about Canon but I would recommend a tripod, Manual setting with an ISO setting that is the highest that your camera is able to use without showing too much noise or artifats and then just tinker with the shutter speed until you get a decent exposure but expect a setting from between 3 and 15 seconds or even more if light painting, or If you are using any ambient light that may be available then bulb or permanently open may be useful and again just fart about with the exposure until you get a decent shot.
    Also if you have a lens with an infinity setting you could use manual focus and set the lens to infinity, this will give you a fighting chance of getting a sharpish shot even in pitch dark.
     
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    Thanks all :D I can see this being a lot of trial and error...
     
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    give us a shout if you're heading under Bury, I was going to go a few weeks back but it hammered down as soon as I opened the front door :D
     
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    I will do :D
    Oh and that's Bury all over for you mate
     
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    Personally I wouldn't go over 200 ISO even if the camera is capable of much higher with or without out noise reduction

    I once took the D800 into a drain for a piss about and I still found 200 was more than ample with a tripod and correct lighting

    As an aside, I whacked the ISO right up with no Noise Reduction and shot handheld too, and managed to produce some half decent results with some natural light from the infall

    Here is one such high ISO example shot hand held and no editing, image straight from the camera converted to jpeg and resized only

    numpty.jpg
     
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    Yeah agree with Ojay on this. ISO 200 is fine, f2.8 / 4 / 5.6, give yourself 10 seconds exposure. Adjust as necessary. If you find you're getting good exposures at 10 seconds or thereabouts, decrease the aperture a bit, get more detail in.
     
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    I'm not even mentioning f-stops as there are a number of variations depending on light source/positioning, construction of drain, front lit, back lit etc etc

    Really the best thing to do is get down a chilled culvert and have a piss about, if you fancy heading over to Manc one evening when it isn't pissing it down, give us a shout, as I have just the ideal place for you to 'experiment' with settings without any hassle
     
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    I'd appreciate that, I'll let you know :thumb
     
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    Fuck knows, no ones told me yet. :D
     
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