Low Light Experiments

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Pili, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Pili macrumors regular

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    Here are a couple pics trying out some low light shots. Although I have an sb800 I focused on getting some shots without the flash to not interrupt their performance but this situation is where I really wish I had a better body that handles a higher iso better. Both shots were hand held using the 50mm f/1.8 on a D50, let me know what you think.

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    Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
    Aperture: f/1.8
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 1600

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    Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
    Aperture: f/1.8
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 800
     
  2. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    They look good for pushing it to the limit, but both appear underexposed to my eyes.

    If you have access to Photoshop, try playing with Levels and Curves to bring up the brightness without making the noise too visible.

    Also - kinda inexpensive solutions to your low light predicament. If you don't want to use the flash, you could pick up a nikkor 50mm f1.4 AIS (manual focus) which will give you slightly more headroom. They cost ~$100 for a nice copy so you wouldn't lose too much over your 50 1.8.

    Or, for about a thousand bucks more, pick up a D300 and shoot ISO 6400!
     
  3. Pili thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, Ive been trying to work with them a bit in Aperture but increasing the brightness much more makes the noise really bad in the shadows. Luckily I actually will be able to shoot with a D300 for the rest of the summer so if i ever come across this situation again im sure i will have better results!
     
  4. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    Umm…the D300 retails at $1700? Where is that $700 going?
     

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