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    Taking photographs in the dark

    I know that this is an odd one... not directly linked to education or IT - although I will be learning how to do it and I will be using a Canon EOS 300D.

    In the next month there are a couple of occasions where I will need to take some photographs in the dark. If possible I want to limit the use of flash (although I have a nice fancy Speedlight 440EX flash too) and if I can avoid using my tripod that would be good too. The lens will be a standard 18-55mm EF-S unit.

    I know I can crank the ISO up to 1600 and I can increase the exposure but any other tips would be good.

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    if you're not going to use a tripod then try and lean against something to steady yourself, and stop breathing. take a breath, hold it, wait a second until you're steady, then gently press the shutter release, or better still, use the timer, using the countdown to reframe your masterpiece and draw breath. before you take the shots you need to take, have a practise and view the results, you may need to "push" the exposure a few stops to get a better image, that's if you've got time. as it's not a heavy/bulky lens, exposure times of a 30th of a second should be a cinch, conversly, because the camera's got some substance to it, that will help reduce movement.

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    @beeswax: You fail to mention if I'm allowed to breath again after taking the shot

    Slightly unrelated, but along the lines of leaning on things... if you are using a telephoto lens without a tripod and the exposure isn't too long, you can rest the camera on a short(er) person's head to achieve some good results

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    I have always gone for

    Breath in
    Breath out slowly
    Deep breath in
    Breath out slowly and then hold breath ...
    Take a maximum of 2 shots
    Breath as normal.

    erm ... damn ... sorry ... that is firing small arms.

    I'll get my coat.

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    as someone who worked as a photographer in the music business for almost 25 years, and had to photograph 100's of bands onstage, often in appaling conditions, I never took a breath for 17 years.

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    "you can rest the camera on a short(er) person's head " not if the whole room's pogoing

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    "you can rest the camera on a short(er) person's head " not if the whole room's pogoing
    Action shot

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    touche

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    I'm quite surprised that nobody has pointed out that taking a photo in the dark will generally produce a picture of darkness anyway.

    The resaon for the dark photos is 'host hunting'.

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    You dropped the 'g' Ric_!

    You'd need some sort of electromagnetic/ ectoplasm filter for that

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    ....and if it works............

    who you gonna call?

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    GrumbleDook......ROFLMAO.

    Similar process for high calibur sniper rifles!

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    (if the camera was less expensive)

    IR mod and infrared light source? We did it to a few of the older digicams here so science (and we) could play about with IR photography. The filter is usually stuck directly over the ccd.

    edit: typo

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    You may well be able to add IR without modding the camera. Never needed to try it on a stills camera, but bog standard video cameras are sesitive into the IR bands. Get hold of a few cheap IR LEDs and a power supply and experiment.

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    Re: Taking photographs in the dark

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    I'm quite surprised that nobody has pointed out that taking a photo in the dark will generally produce a picture of darkness anyway.

    The resaon for the dark photos is 'host hunting'.
    You mean you're not making "Blackpool by night" postcards?

    Andy

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