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post #1 of 12 Old 05-10-2010, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Camera experts, help.

I would like to know how to take better pictures of my LED's @ night. I think that has to do with shutter speed right? I am barely able to work my camera, just never really got into photography. Let me know if you have any suggestions, thanks.

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You'll need a slow shutter speed along with a high f/stop (You may get a little grain in the picture, keep lowering the f/stop until you get the picture you want). Use a tripod and shoot several long exposure pictures varying in length from 2 seconds up to 30 seconds. If you change the f/stop, start back at 2 seconds.

I didn't find a quick Google about LED light photography in particular, but this article should help a little. The article says to use an f/stop of 5.6, but with LED you might want to start at f/11 or f/8.

http://photography.about.com/od/hall...alloween_2.htm

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what will really make a difference is increasing your iso.. try shooting iso 800 or 1600 and turn you noise cancellation on.. you will probably need a tripod, but the high iso should help you keep the shutter short enough to keep the light from bleeding too much... the fstop may too, but you don't want shutter speeds to get too high or the light will bleed too much.

this will result in a grainier shot, but won't require as much effort..

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Thanks guys, I will try that this week. I took some pics last night and posted a few of the better ones here: https://www.moderncamaro.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=16937

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cant wait to see some with the slower shutter speed or the Iso change
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I thought the title said "Camaro Experts" and was like...only 4 replies? What a bunch of posers! hehe
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Tried a few settings, and took many, many pics to get 4 decent ones. Posted them here:
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I read over the other comments, but instead of going oh do what this person said and that person said I'm just going to say what I would do lol If someone already mentioned it I'm sorry, but hey I agree lol Also what camera are you working with?

First thing would be to use a high f-stop as in the highest your lens can do and a longer shutter speed like 1-3 seconds to start with and after you see some results change your exposure time accordingly. I saw the pictures you posted. I'm not sure if you were using the on camera flash or an external flash whichever one just go without it. Flashes ruin photos unless you've got a good setup. Trust me....turn it off and do a longer exposure.

With long shutter speeds you will need a tripod and if you don't have a tripod then stack some stuff up to hold your camera. The more stable it is the better it will look. I would hold off on pumping your iso above 400 because most cameras generate too much noise above that level unless you're using a high end camera like a Nikon D300s or D3s (or whatever Cannon's equivalent's are)

So to summarize:
  1. Use the highest f-stop possible or close to it
  2. Use a long shutter speed (You might be looking at 3 seconds or more)
  3. Use a tripod or something to hold the camera still
  4. DO NOT use the on camera flash, it creates too harsh of a light
  5. Don't pump the iso above 400 unless you have a really high end camera

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Cannon S5 IS Powershot. Last night I played with the ISO, I will try the F-stop, when I find out what that is. Had a tripod, need to find it or get a new one. Thanks for the tips, everyone! I never was in to photography, until I had something to shoot at.

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Cannon S5 IS Powershot. Last night I played with the ISO, I will try the F-stop, when I find out what that is. Had a tripod, need to find it or get a new one. Thanks for the tips, everyone! I never was in to photography, until I had something to shoot at.
i agree with joSSh for the most part, but even a digital rebel xt can run iso 800 and still look sharp.. fstop is your focal length.. usually has an f on the camera, if its a dslr, its very easy to adjust.

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