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1. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Hi

I am finding it difficult to take quality photos at night... :( (Look at my profile and the one of The Alhambra as an example...)

Does anyone have any ideas as to how I could improve this as it is something I would really like to achieve, especially as I am going away soooon

The camera I have is decent so its not its fault, its the man behind it! ;)

I have been told to use longer exposure times and and a tripod too. Is that it?? I wish it was so simple.

thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 9y

Use lower ISO (looks like the alhambra photo was taken at ISO 800, which in the Canon A700 is notoriously bad) with longer shutter times to get the same amount of light (and thus put the camera on a tripod or other stable surface to not get any blur).

That said, there's only so much you can do with a point 'n shoot. Those kind of cameras have really tiny image chips, so all tend to be very noisy. The vast majority of really nice nighttime images you've ever seen will have been taken by (D)SLRs, and that's just not a level of technical quality you can ever approach with a point 'n shoot.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Sander - you are a genuis thankyou for explaining the ISO - even with my DSLR l have too much shake and movement when taking night time shots - l have found the need to take a tripod to give me a better night time shot. Plus l tend to set to the automatic setting for all shots and l really should experiment more with my camera! BTW - l have a Nikon D40 if you have any more hints or tips!

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Go 50 iso, and set it on the ground for 15sec. Smooth as silk on my Canon A620. I doubt my D70 can do better.

5. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot Sander and Q for the info, appreciate it. I Will give it a go tonight

BTW Sander, how did you guess I have a Canon A700??? I'm amazed!

I think I might have to invest in an SLR. Its only that I did not want to be carrying a BIG camera everywhere, but I guess there days they are not all that big are they...

I tried taking some photos at night once using the flash and I soon realised that its not the smartest thing to do, especially if the object is in the distance

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Mancunion

BTW Sander, how did you guess I have a Canon A700??? I'm amazed!

The camera model is in the Exif data of your photo. :)

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8. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

ok ok and how am I able to see the Exifdata?

Thanks ;)

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Mancunion

ok ok and how am I able to see the Exifdata

Many photo viewers/editors out there have this feature. But if you're using plain ol' Windows XP to view your photos, you can do this: right-click on the photo, select Properties, go to the Summary tab, and click on the Advance button if it doesn't already show you the information.

10. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Thanks... :)