In Montréal. Last night!
Montreal, 8 Oct 2010
Taken at 800 ISO, 1/30th sec, f/1.7.
Because of the fast (f/1.7) 20mm lens on the Lunix camera I was able to shoot at 800 ISO. Had I had a regular point and shoot, I would have had to shoot at a higher ISO speed, much higher.
Here’s another one:
Montreal at night, 8 Oct 2010
So the tips for today are:
- Use a tripod if possible.
- If not, then open your aperture as wide as you can.
- And go to a wide angle if you can.
- Use exposure compensation if needed, usually -1 to -2 stop. Ensure the black sky is black.
- Go to a high enough ISO so you get a reasonable shutter speed.
- Hold still.
- Shoot multiple times.
- Select the best shots!
And above all: bring the camera. And have fun.
Always carry your camera, even at night.
I just got back from teaching, after an executive portrait shoot this morning.
But I want to talk not about light, but about lack of light. And how when it gets dark, you do not put away your camera. Like I carried mine, just the other night in Montreal:
Montreal, night scene, handheld (Aug 2010)
Montreal, Rue Hutchison, Aug 2010
Montreal, "The Shining", handheld
All those were handheld shots.
Tips for those:
- Hold the camera steady!
- Use a wide lens, since they are more forgiving of motiong
- Make it a fast one the fastest you can get (I used a 16-35mm f/2.8 on a full-frame camera);
- Use a high ISO if handheld (but low if using a tripod);
- Expose down 1-2 stops (use manual, or use aperture mode and Exposure Compensation “minus”) ;
- Shoot multiple times to make sure!
If you do it that way, it is easy. And you will be happy with your images.
I just got back from The Distillery District, where today we opened the second ever showing of “IV”. It is raining tonight:
That’s Av and two stops negative exposure compensation, and 5,000 ISO. Here’s another one:
I took this handheld. That meant:
- Aperture mode
- Minus two stops exposure compensation.
- Because of the darkness and the lack of a support I used high ISO of 5,000.
- This gave me 1/15th second at f/5.6 (I wanted depth of field).
- The lens was a 16mm lens on a Canon 1D Mark IV, crop factor 1.3, so really 16×1.3 = 21mm.
- Finally – because it was hand held, I took five or six shots.
Now relaxing a bit… tomorrow, teaching Flash at Henry’s in Oakville, and Monday a PPOC guest appearance at Fanshawe College in London.