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Question - photo's at night time...... help pls :)

Discussion in 'Photography and Video Forum' started by 1nk4, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. 1nk4

    1nk4 28DL Regular User
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    hi guys, im not a photography buff at all, and know next to nothing regarding tips, tricks and techniques...

    basically, im off to a place tonight, but the location won't allow the use of flash

    is there a way of getting viewable pictures with minimal risk of getting busted?

    is it just gonna be a case of lighting the room with a torch light etc.?

    cheers guys
     

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  2. Adders

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    Using a torch is sometimes necessary due to low light, but you have to be extremely careful where you use it. If it's a windowless, or boarded up room then you're potentially ok, but light can and will get through the smallest of cracks. And if there's active security onsite the chances of them seeing it and being led straight to you are fairly high.

    Take a tripod with you and experiment with as long a exposure as your camera will allow. You'll be surprised how much light there may be when you're using a manual shutter speed and high ISO. However this depends heavily on what camera you have, and how confident you are using it.

    Get some practice taking low light images in a location you're allowed to be in first, and try and adapt your settings to it. By all means go and explore the location tonight, but if it's too bait trying to get photos then try and work out the possibility of visiting during daylight hours.
     
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    Light the room with a torch, so long as the light has no chance to be seen. Like Adders said, light can be seen through the smallest of gaps, so if you're worried about using a flash, the same concerns should be had for torchlight.

    If you never did a long exposure before, try it out. Do a test shot on 30 seconds at the largest aperture. If it's underexposed, bin taking pictures, it's probably never going to work. If there's more than enough light, either reduce the exposure time, or make the aperture smaller.
     
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    cheers guys :) - il let you know how i get on
     
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    Try using the controls on your camera, if it's an SLR.

    Watch a video YouTube about shutter speed, ISO and aperature, there's a lot to know but if you get the basics and have a few test runs it all comes together and works!

    If you're unsure check out a guy there called That Nikon Guy. He's allright and helps you get the hang of things.

    Bring a torch as well, basically what OT and adders have said.
     
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    If you have a remote release where you can lock the shutter, have a try at bulb photography.

    I usually do a test metering through the camera at f2.8 or f4 (depends on the lens), ISO 6400 and get the shutter speed. I then have an app on my phone where it tells you the shutter speed required at, say, f11 at ISO 400. If this is more than 30 seconds, lock down the shutter with the release, and use the countdown alarm/stop watch on your phone. Make sure its on vibrate though, else you'll wake the dead once the countdown alarm reaches zero :) You don't have to use a release - holding the button with your finger is also possible, though you up the risk of camera shake, even on a tripod.

    I don't have any examples of bulb shots available on line, but check out this thread from another explorer: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php/80600-Schloss-T-Germany-May-2013
    Pic 4 is a 6 minute bulb exposure, where as Pic 9 is the same but with artificial lighting. I prefer pic 4 TBH.
     
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    thanks for the advice! had a look at that report, that picture is insane!! i cant believe its a pitchblack room! - i deffo need to start doing some proper research into this, ta very much!
     
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    Hi,
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