Help with street shooting at night

Started Dec 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
Vic Chapman
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Re: Help with street shooting at night
In reply to miniTO, Dec 7, 2012

miniTO wrote:

I shoot street at night in the city all the time but with the X-Pro.

Try the following:

ISO: AUTO3200 (min speed set to the same as below)

Shutter: 1/60 (or 1/125 if there is a lot of movement)

Apature: f2 - f2.8 (I would stay closer to f2.2)

Metering: Center Weighted

Basically it comes down to you having to take control of the camera. Night time street shooting doesn't fit well into any cameras auto modes. Nonetheless, the auto-iso will help to keep store fronts and other highlights exposed acceptably.

Just take note that you are going to have to adjust the above a little depending on your situation.

Pretty much as above but with one more observation. Your camera's meter will still try to reduce the scene to 18% grey and will add exposure to get it. Try - 2/3 ev and go from there - you may need more - ev. This will also allow faster shutter speeds. It depends how light the scene is or many and how bright are any lights shining into the lens to fool the meter.

Vic

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