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Submit a photograph of an outdoors scene at night. -- There are two basic approaches you can use to photograph this difficult subject. Traditionally, you use a camera mounted on a tripod with long exposure times. Alternatively, you can use a fast lens and high ISO to hand-hold an image. These trade off convenience and equipment cost versus image quality.
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- Exposure blending or HDR acceptable.
- Follow dpreview's guidelines for image submission.
- Focus can be exceptionally difficult at night. You may want to try manual focus; if photographing a landscape, you can attempt to focus on a distant light source; or you can use a flashlight to illuminate your subject during focus.
- Exposure is problematic, but at least you can see the results on the screen. You may want to bracket exposures and then blend on the computer.
- If you attempt to hand-hold your camera, use a very fast lens and high ISO; you may need to do noise reduction in post-processing.
- Digital noise is much less objectionable when an image is converted to black and white.
- If you use a tripod, use a lower ISO for better image quality, and stop down your lens for greater depth of field. If you hand-hold your camera, be sure to focus precisely.
- You may want to set your camera to incandescent white balance if the scene is artificially lit. If you are using the moon for illumination, set white balance to daylight.
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Carondelet Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - railroad track and bridges, at night, in the snow
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