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I'm sure this has been discussed so I hope I'm not being annoying!

I'm a bit of a n00b so I'm looking for some help with shooting a skyline at night. How do I keep the blacks black and not wash it out with light pollution with a long'ish shutter?

I'll be using a 60D w/ sigma 10-20, maybe my 50 1.8 a bit. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Post #1, Mar 22, 2012 10:34:13


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I don't really think there's much you can do. It just depends on the place and atmospheric conditions.

For example, this is taken in Scotland, nice clean air:

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whereas this was taken in Hong Kong, not so nice hazy air:
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Exposure was about the same, yet one is brownish, one is less so. If you go on a clear night, you'll have less light pollution visible.

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Ya I hear that, I was going to go tomorrow night since it's forcasted to be clear and cold'ish. Your Scotland pic do you mind telling me the settings you used (f, ISO, etc)? That's where I'm most uncertain.

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That shot was taken at f10, 30 sec, ISO 200. Its usually just trial and error to get the balance you like between the lights and the darkness. Make sure to use a remote release or at the 2 sec timer.

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Perfect, thanks so much. I have a remote yes.

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Forgive me for hijacking this thread, however I am also after some night time skyline advice as well.

I was wondering any tips to stop the lights flaring so much, so the neon signs and such just has a nice glow and are able to be seen clearly.

Here are a couple I have taken recently and I am just not happy with some of the lights.

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^Try to shoot the 'night sky' in the earlier evening before totally dark: as in total darkness, the camera need to get correct exposure from the lighting from surrounding buildings. So the building lighting / Neon will be inevitable "over-exposure' and loss all their 'detail'.

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Yes, shoot at dusk (usually) - this takes experience to know exactly what the right light is, it usually lasts just about 10-15 minutes.

Also aperture is important. Large-ish (2.8-5.6) and lights will be crisp, small (f16-22) and they will be star-like.

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Being from Chicago, I have photographed the skyline a lot. Shooting at blue hour is one of the best tips I can share with you, but you dont have to shoot then to get good results. You just have to learn the proper techniques. The way that I have found to get a perfect exposure everytime is to bracket your shots and then merge them manually in photoshop using layer masks... You just have to learn to recognize what parts of the skyline are going to be your problem areas and make sure you expose for them. Then master the art of blending each layer together to get the perfect exposure... Manual HDR if you will.

Here are a few of my night Chicago shots as examples...

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As you can see, you can achieve great results both during and even after the magic light of blue hour is gone...!

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^^^ Great shots

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Sorry newbie question here but what do you mean by blue hour?

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gt1cm2 wrote in post #14324985external link
Sorry newbie question here but what do you mean by blue hour?

That time at dusk when the exposure includes some natural sky colour. Too late and what you see is reflected light from the artificial lighting.

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great shots. Thankyou for sharing them with us :cool:

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Lowner wrote in post #14324999external link
That time at dusk when the exposure includes some natural sky colour. Too late and what you see is reflected light from the artificial lighting.

Right, gotcha. Thanks

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Finally got a chance to go and take the shots. I'm not unhappy, but didn't really get what I had in mind in the end. Regardless, here they are:

Montreal from Mill

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Montreal from Concorde Bridge
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