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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 6y

Night City Skyline Pictures <----- that and general night time pictures im having alittle difficulty with, ive been using the night mode (usually illuminations or night scenery) ... but 9 times out of 10 the picture comes out blurry - and yeah thats after wating 5-7 seconds after i pressed the shutter button for it to actually capture a picture....

is there some settings option i need to go into the maybe slow or speed up the shutter? ... i really havent a clue on this one and its bugging me, as my daytime pics are perfect, but my night ones are letting me down, either that or i have to be extra patient and spend a while taking loads and hope that i get 1 or 2 out of around 50 that actually come out great without the blur.

any help on this one folks would make me a pretty happy doode!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4428 posts) 6y

There is simply no way you can take a sharp night time photo with any camera while holding the camera in your hand. The amount of light is simply not adequate for the camera to get a decently exposed photo in less than a second (and that's at high sensitivity, with means a grainier photos), and it's physically impossible for you (or any human) to hold your hand completely motionless for more than 1/25 of a second at most (and that's a stretch; 1/50 of a second is the usual cutoff point for handheld photography).
Cameras and lenses nowadays have "image stabilization" or "vibration reduction" which moves the lens of CCD of the camera minutely to counteract hand movement (lots of low-end cameras also use these terms without such movement, purely for the mode that increases sensitivity/graininess - that's really misleading marketing), and that works reasonable well - but only up to a point. You might get a sharp photo down to 1/10 of a second, but beyond that hand movements simply get too large for the camera to deal with.

So, to get a sharp photo at night, you have to remove your hand from the equation. Purchase a tripod for the camera, or a little bean bag, or put the camera on whatever object is handy (trash cans, park benches, natural rocks, anything which provides a large enough flat surface will do). Take photos with the camera located there, and see your photos losing their blurriness.
You can take one further step from there, and that's by setting up the shutter delay function (which you'd use if you want to take a group portrait with yourself in it) - that way the camera will wait a few seconds before actually taking the photo, and thus won't suffer movement from the vibration of you pressing the shutter button.

3. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 6y

ohhh i see ... so its allmost a case of the old parkinsons sydrome if you will .... seems a tripod is on the 'to get' list ... that'll have to wait till this trip is over tho!

seems level surfaces will be needed ... if theres a will theres a way!

many thanks Sander!