How To Take Night Photography At Lanter Festival

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Need advice on taking photos at a lantern festival

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Demand advice on taking photos at a lantern festival

Hullo, so I’ll be going to ane of those lantern festivals soon (hopefully).  In that location wasn’t a lot of info out there on tips for shooting one of these.

If you have any tips, I’d capeesh it.

Bringing along a Nikon D750, 24-70 f2.8, and a 50mm f1.4.  I’m assuming I should bring a tripod?  Remote shutter release?

Which practice you recollect will be the main lens?  50mm because it tin get down to f1.4 or the 24-70mm because information technology can go wider?

Whatsoever suggest on settings?



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Yeah to tripod, the remote is optional because you can just apply the two-second timer drive mode. The tripod effectively removes the need for a fast lens, unless you’re doing portraits/shooting something in the foreground and want bokeh groundwork, but a fast lens also opens the possibility of doing a few better-lit [high-ISO] shots by manus.

The quick and like shooting fish in a barrel fashion to get very nicely exposed night shots while using a tripod is to gear up A mode and Multi Meter, lock f-finish wherever the lens is sharpest, lock ISO at 100, then ignore/let the camera determine the shutter speed. Expect 1-3 2d exposure times, and then be mindful of anything jostling the tripod or your light sources moving in air current. Practice this at home before trying it in a decorated street situation where you lot’ll desire to quickly become print-perfect shots.

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codex57 •

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Re: Need advice on taking photos at a lantern festival

Thanks.  I’m merely wondering if 1-3 seconds volition be besides long for lanterns floating up.  There may be a slight breeze that day.

Should I mayhap cap the shutter speed to a max of ane/3 2d or something and allow the ISO to go beyond 100?  I’m thinking a petty grain might exist better than a blurry lantern.  TBH, the D750 probably can shoot at ISO 1600 without the grain really beingness noticeable.



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Using the above settings, you tin can adjust where ISO is locked to “steer” the shutter speed, but if the only movement in the image is from the light sources, it’s going to be a quite high ISO, resulting in a quite dark background. Hopefully y’all shoot RAW and can recover the background in post.

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Yes, I shoot RAW to assist embrace for my less advanced skills.
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If you know to shoot RAW and these are the floating lanterns, using the 50mm past manus might be the all-time option; any sort of long exposure is going to mistiness the lights, then yous’ll probably be stuck at ~1/30″ anyway.

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codex57 wrote:

Howdy, so I’ll be going to one of those lantern festivals soon (hopefully). There wasn’t a lot of info out at that place on tips for shooting i of these.

If yous have whatever tips, I’d appreciate it.

Bringing forth a Nikon D750, 24-lxx f2.viii, and a 50mm f1.4. I’m bold I should bring a tripod? Remote shutter release?

Which do you think volition be the master lens? 50mm considering information technology can get down to f1.iv or the 24-70mm because it can go wider?

Any advise on settings?

..while I’yard not the expert at this, and there’s more than one mode to cook a chicken..

..can attempt this..

..on your D750, use transmission mode..

..use the 50mm f/1.four lens..

..one/200s, f/2.0, iso4000..

..this works well for taking pictures at night..

..Thank you..

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