Night Photography in a City: A tutorial teaching exposure compensation, HDR, and bracketing

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dablanco69 says:

Awesome tip! Thanks

combatwombat71 says:

Hi Tony, from a point of view of minimum noise, with Canons such as 5D and 7D, the native ISO’s of the CMOS sensor and processors are 160, 320 and 640. Other ISO’s are extrapolated from these. Try a 1min exposure at 100 ISO with the lens cap on, then the same at 160 ISO. Then push the levels slightly but by the same amount until noise appears. Which is noisiest? Let’s just say the result is surprising 🙂

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Tony Northrup says:

Always raw! And thanks, Juan!

Juan S says:

Hi Tony, Do you shoot raw or jpeg? Bytheway you give one of the best courses. I will buy your videos.

Tony Northrup says:

It depends on the lens. Many modern lenses detect the stability of a tripod and automatically shut off. In the case of my 500mm, it simply switches into a different mode that actually compensates for small movements of the tripod itself.

FWIW, I shoot HDR handheld all the time and alignment has never been an issue (at least with modern HDR software; older software had issues). Any misalignment caused by IS definitely wouldn’t be a problem.

ksearles85 says:

Thank you for knowing this … thank you.

ksearles85 says:

IS an actually introduce movement between shots, if you’re bracketing for something like HDR or taking really long exposures, you should always turn it off. IS is designed to compensate for a camera that is actually moving, if it’s perfectly still, it will cause the opposite effect.

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SignalNeverFades says:

I wish a knew a fraction of what you know! Thank you so much for these videos. Definitely getting your book.

Tony Northrup says:

Valid point, saves some batteries :).

cockyjeremy says:

Don’t forget to turn IS off if you’re on a tripod. 🙂

iPhoneiPadReview says:

Wow! I never knew that before. Thank you for the informations. I should say “isos” from now on. lol. Keep up the great work sir.

Tony Northrup says:

ISO is not an acronym. It’s the name of the organization who created the standards we use to define film speeds, the International Organization for Standardization (IOS, not ISO). They chose the name ISO based on the Greek word ‘isos’, which means equality. The same prefix is used in words like isometric. I don’t know why they capitalize it.

:P

iPhoneiPadReview says:

Great video! “I..S…O” 😛 

Tony Northrup says:

It’s actually a video tripod, so I wouldn’t recommend it for still shots. My videographer and didn’t feel like trading tripods :).

Anyway, it’s a Manfrotto 755CX3 with a Manfrotto 700RC2 head.

ali tiger says:

WHAT KIND OF TRIPOD YOU ARE USING

Warfictation says:

Last year in France I was doing something similar on a square in Charleville-Mezieres and like in the video people wonder what you are doing.

PuertoRicanVideo says:

Great video. Very well explained. Don’t sweat the criticism.

Tony Northrup says:

Haha! I’m trying!!

heydanca says:

Ok ending was weird!

heydanca says:

You said ‘I SO’!! 🙂

Tony Northrup says:

What about it?

nithreusx says:

this video in infuriating.

Tony Northrup says:

Yeah, I say in the beginning, it’s George Square in Glasgow, Scotland. The video is about the challenges of night photography in a city: lots of ambient light, dealing with the high contrast and dynamic range, etc, as opposed to rural areas which are darker with less contrast and lack the artificial lights.

photographerjonathan says:

I enjoyed the video, but think the title is miss leading, it doesn’t really have anything to do with shooting in the city at night, your title gives the impression that you are in New York city taking many shots of people and tall buildings, like street photography in the city at night, not just one long exposure shot of one building that doesn’t even look like it’s in a city, but I still enjoyed watching, did you say what the building is and wear it was ?

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