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Old June 15th, 2011, 05:18 AM   #1
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Sony AX2000/NX70U: what settings in the night shots?

Hi, I have to make some shots in the night with a little bonfire.
I have to use my camera without light.
In your opinion what is the best settings to shot?
Thanks for your suggestion.
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Old June 15th, 2011, 06:18 AM   #2
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Sony AX2000/NX70U: what settings in the night shots?

Hi, I have to make some shots in the night with a little bonfire.
I have to use my camera without light.
In your opinion what is the best settings to shot?
Thanks for your suggestion.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 02:31 AM   #3
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Re: Sony AX2000: ruined by wide angle lens? help!

Lock down your default shutter speed of 1/50th sec along with the W/B (daylight), gain and iris. Set the exposure with the bonfire filling the frame, otherwise it'll over-expose to white as you pull back.

You might try some slow shutter shots as they can look good. Lock the gain at zero and set the shutter to 1/3rd sec. The audio will be normal but the picture effects can be striking.

Experiment - that's the answer. Night shots are often acceptable whatever the exposure.

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Old June 17th, 2011, 03:08 AM   #4
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Lock the gain at zero and set the shutter to 1/3rd sec. The audio will be normal but the picture effects can be striking.
With a 1/3rd sec I cannot make any movement with camera.
Then ... why gain at zero?
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Old June 17th, 2011, 03:51 AM   #5
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Re: Sony AX2000: ruined by wide angle lens? help!

The 'ruined by wide-angle lens' is an odd heading for this thread.

I often shoot at night with very slow shutter speeds as if the camera's stationary all other movement takes on a surreal effect. Set the camera's gain to zero to minimise gain grain, and use the iris and NDs to control the exposure.

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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:02 AM   #6
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Re: Sony AX2000: ruined by wide angle lens? help!

>The 'ruined by wide-angle lens' is an odd heading for this thread.
Yes, I have noticed it. There is an error.

I'm sorry, I don't understand "I often shoot at night with very slow shutter speeds as if the camera's stationary". What do you mean, please?
Is it possible to move the videocamera or I have to put it on a tripod?
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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:06 AM   #7
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Camera stationary simply means don't move the camera. No tripod necessary - you can use the ground, a bean bag, whatever you like. I've also shot a lot of footage at 1/3rd sec hand-held and it works surprisingly well. Keep the OIS turned on and concentrate hard. You can get some beautiful effects this way.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 10:46 AM   #8
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I profit by your experience.
A last question please:
If I will put 1/3rd sec (it seems very low number), can I shot everything around bonfire? I mean animated dancing, running, entertainment, etc.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #9
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Video is a beautiful teacher Adriano. Not only beautiful, it's reliable, cheap, repeatable, instant, accurate,patient. If only all teachers were like this.

Go shoot the bonfire at all sorts of shutter speeds and compare the results back on your monitor screen. What works well, what doesn't? If you shoot animated dancing, running, entertainment at 1/3rd sec you've got to love and admire motion blur.

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