Saturday, August 17, 2013

Night Photography Tip

While you can't see them, there are literally dozens of camera flashes going off behind the fountain. In most (not all) cases, the flash going off will make the photo worse.

The flash on your camera is not powerful enough to perceptively light a stadium, outdoor theatre, or scene like this in Las Vegas. But, by virtue of the flash going off, your camera (at least according to the reference I checked) will be forced to fire at 1/60th of a second. That may not be a long enough exposure given the relatively dark scene (it may need 1/30 or even 1/8 second to allow more light to get to the film or optical sensor). If you have a tripod or can securely hold your camera on a railing or other firm surface, you'll generally get a better lighted photo with the flash turned off in a scene like this.

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