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Old 12-29-2005, 11:16 PM
groovemasterj groovemasterj is offline
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Default Disappointing night D70 photography

I'm hoping to take some photographs of the firework display in Sydney tomorrow night with my D70.

In preparation I have been practicing by taking some general night photos, but the results have been dull and disappointing.

I have been using a tripod, ISO 200 setting and experimenting with different exposures (the over exposed seem slightly better), but I'm not impressed with the results. My wife has been taking similar pictures with her Fuji FinePix F700 and I must say that the results are much better and brighter. I just can't work out what I'm doing wrong. (I didn't seem to have these problems with my old film camera). I suspect it might be a WB problem - but I don't know.

If you had experience of taking photographs at night (especially fireworks) with a D70, could you please suggest some tips on what settings I should use with the camera and what tricks I should use.

Many thanks for your help.

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Old 01-11-2006, 10:23 AM
boulet83 boulet83 is offline
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Default Re: Disappointing night D70 photography

Hello John,
I might be too late for your fireworks show, but I think what you did wrong is the choice of ISO200.
ISO200 an lower ISO are for sunny scene, or to be used with flash.

For night shots, it is better to use greater ISO, so that the photo will need less time exposure.

just try to see the difference.

By the way, greater ISO make more noise into the photo... but stay nice.

Tell me if that fix your problem.

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Old 01-11-2006, 10:34 AM
PixelTerror PixelTerror is offline
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Default Re: Disappointing night D70 photography

To investigate about WB problems you should try to shoot in RAW (NEF for Nikon) and try out the several WBs on the PC afterwards, but this supposes you have a RAW processing program, which is not automatic with Nikon.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:18 AM
shirgold shirgold is offline
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Default Re: Disappointing night D70 photography

On long exposure there will always be more noise
Try to use the D70 built-in noise reduction for long exposures, that might improve the quality
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:20 PM
ronners ronners is offline
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Default Re: Disappointing night D70 photography

Try also switching off auto-sharpening in the camera, as this combined with noise can produce nasty results.
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