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Re: Plz plz help me!

Unread post by Kicker Cat » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:52 pm

Hi -Lots of good advice above

In my opinion get used to using Av mode - works well when you know what can be achieved - also learn how to increase the exposure using the camera controls.

Rather than try and answer all here this why don't you try the web site He has some Tutorials on exactly this subject - makes it really easy to understand. (BTW - you can copy the articles and paste them into a Word document and keep for repeated reading - till it is second nature)

The camera and lens you have takes really good pics so get to know it well - and how to make the necessary changes WITHOUT having to move it from your eye.

Good luck and enjoy.



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night photos in kruger

Unread post by fee » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:51 pm

I have a canon 600d. Went on a night drive and my photos were disastrous. Even when the light was shone close to the animal, my photos turned out awful. If the subject is near, which lens is best to use? and what is the best setting to use for night photography in the park?

Some people have awesome night photos.

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Re: night photos in kruger

Unread post by Scottm » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:23 am

Hi Fee

I offer a couple of suggestions to help you with your night photography. There are a number of sites around the internet than can help you better understand the concepts around the "Golden triangle" of photography. In essence, your sensor, like film of the old days, requires a certain amount of light in order to capture an image - and the three issues you have to consider are Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO.

In order to capture an image of suitable quality and brightness, you have to get a balance between these three issues, so for night photography of wildlife: 1) The size of the aperture you can use is limited to your lens, so ideally, set your camera to aperture priority and your aperture to the maximum size (smallest f/number); 2) Set your ISO as high as possible where you will still get a reasonable picture (probably around ISO 800 or even 1600 on your camera); 3) This should allow for a reasonable shutter speed to cater for any movement, and give you a reasonable chance of a decent image. Note that focus in low-light often also causes a problem, so make sure that your camera is nailing the autofocus, or alternatively, switch to manual focus.

Finally, if you cannot get a reasonable image using the above suggestions, the chances are that, without the use of a flash, you simply have insufficient light to capture images in that environment.....
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Re: night photos in kruger

Unread post by WildImage » Sat May 14, 2016 3:50 pm

Hi Fee,

Sorry I am late to this thread, but my contribution is that I use a 70-200 mm lens with an external flash (Canon Speedlite 580EX) since the built-in flash on most cameras won't work at a distance of more than a few metres. The main problem with shooting at night is trying to use Auto-Focus. It works best if someone shines a spotlight on the subject since the infra-red system in the flash doesn't work well at any real distance.

This one was taken in 2014.

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Re: Shooting on sunset / nightdrives

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:03 am

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