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help with a new canon rebel eos camera

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Sep 15, 2011 02:06 |  #1

I recently purchased a canon digital camera and while it takes some really good pictures, I have no idea how to adjust it to handle wildlife shots at night. The only pictures that turn out are the ones that the animal has to stay perfectly still for nearly 10 seconds or the other one seems to turn everything pretty orange. My ideal show would be black and white (another issue that I cant get the damn camera to facilitate). I do have the manual but due to a very serious head injury that happened on the other side of the world, my brain just does not seem to process their wording very well. I wont lie and say the manuals were overyly helpful before getting hurt but now they are like reading a foriegn language blindfolded while hammered.
If anyone knows of any simple ways to make the camera take better pictures of wildlife (or really anything) please let me know how to adjust it manually. Also, any suggestions on how to make it take black and white pictures would also be very helpful. Sadly I bought the one that the salesman swore was dummy proof, but apparently whomever coined that phrase had been hit in the head by a piece of metal traveling at an exessive speed.
I'd really appreciate any help folks.
thanks ,dave

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Sep 15, 2011 07:51 |  #2

Night and wildlife are two words that dont mix well in photography. Shooting wildlife or night shots by themselves are nothing too crazy but put them together and its pretty much impossible. Night shots require exposure time usually in the time frame of seconds. I took a photo of my house the other night and it was a 30 second exposure. For wildlife you need much much faster shutter speeds and typically a long zoom lens so you can get a tight shot of your subject.

I honestly cant think of any night time wildlife photography that I have ever seen. Someone though did win a National Geographic photo contest with a night shot of a cheetah but the cheetah was capture using a motion trigger and a flash.

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Sep 15, 2011 08:02 |  #3

Seems like you should buy youreselves a book about photography.

No modern cameras, no mather what brand or prize is fitting as a nightview gear. There is a reason why great pictures of animals, is made by gears worth more than 10 000, and there is a reason why people think those tools are worth that much money. It is becouse they makes it possible to make bether pictures, where other toys are giving up. But even those toys are not able to produce sharp pictures of animals moving around in the middle of the night.

What you need is a BIG flash, lighting up the whole forest... By big, I mean something that you need a truck to transport. Then you should be able to take great pictures of animals even in the middle of the night.

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Sep 15, 2011 10:51 |  #4

As the others have mentioned, the idea of taking "wildlife shots at night" is, well, challenging. You would need some top-of-the-line lenses and some real knowhow to even begin to tackle such a thing unless you have a special situation such as a zoo where you can get in with a flash and such.

One other thing you mentioned is Black and White photography. Your camera can produce B&W/monochrome shots by setting up a Picture Style to monochrome and tweaking various settings to your taste. Your camera menu will have a Picture Style setting, and when you select that one of the choices will be Monochrome. You can simply select that for B&W or you can follow the onscreen directions to adjust different effects.

Beyond all that it would be pretty meaningless to keep dishing out "stuff" without knowing more about what you are trying to do and knowing what you understand about photography.

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