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11/12/2004 12:50:01 PM · #1

I am a newbie to photography.

I have a Nikon D-70 recently purchased. The camera works great and the photos are of very high quality.

But I have a problem, though. While taking shots at nights, I always get a very poor lighting in the photos especially when taking structures, landscapes and skylines. The close-ups shots are fine because of the flash. But other long shot photos are really bad. To be frank, the photos are all dimmed out except for some very bright lights.

Don't know what to adhust in the camera. I have a Sigma 18-50 and 55-200 lenses that I use to attach to the D70.

Can anyone please suggest me what to do and how to get good quality photos in the nights?

Thanks in advance,

Can anyone suggest is there anything wrong with my camera
11/12/2004 12:55:43 PM · #2
If you set the camera to aperture priority, you can choose the aperture, and the camera will then automatically choose an exposure suitable for the lighting conditions. The flash will never work at long distances so it would be better to turn it off and use a longer exposure.

If the photos are still too dark, go into fully manual mode and select the shutter speed you want. It's best to experiment to find the best settings for this.
11/12/2004 01:21:43 PM · #3
You have to read the manual, and get a book on digital photography, or a course. If you bought the D70 then learn how to use it, you've got a great camera but if you only use it in auto mode then you are not using it...

good luck
11/12/2004 01:32:56 PM · #4
The first thing to realize is that because there is so very little light, the exposure will need to be long. you will not be able to keep the camera steady, so you will need to mount it on a tripod. As konador posted, try using the aperture priority mode, and choose a large aperture (small number). the camera wil then choose a shutter speed for you.
After you get the hang of that, try manual mode, where you can set both the shutter speed and aperture, start with the same settings you wound up with in aperture preferred mode, and experiment from there.
Hope that helps... BTW, the suggestion to pick up a good book on photography is a good one. When you understand what all the impacts are of the various settings, you'll have a much better chance of getting things right the first time.
11/12/2004 01:53:25 PM · #5
Also be sure to turn on the long exposure noise reduction.
11/12/2004 02:28:49 PM · #6
Hi All,

Thanks for all your valuable inputs. Sure I'll consider all of them.
And thanks again for helping this kid out.

Someday I will also become like y'all ;)

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