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Jun 23, 2012 19:17 |  #1

when doing night photography what is the best way to focus on low light condition? i currently have a canon 7d with a 28-135mm lens kit.


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Jun 23, 2012 19:53 |  #2

What are you shooting distance and subject wise? There is a flash focus I believe for objects close enough. I usually bring a head lamp and aid in focusing at night for longer range critters. For the night sky you focus to infinity and back off usually a hair.


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Jun 23, 2012 20:01 |  #3

I've found that live view works really well in the near dark... but it works really well all the time. :)


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Jun 23, 2012 20:10 as a reply to  @ noisejammer's post |  #4

well let say both a person or landscape.


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Jun 23, 2012 20:11 |  #5

I usually aim the focus point on something bright enough for it to focus.
Like the sky or a light pole. If not I do it manually! (push up the iso to see it clear enough) then pop it back down.

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Jun 23, 2012 20:14 |  #6

DreamMaker23 wrote in post #14622461 (external link)
I usually aim the focus point on something bright enough for it to focus.
Like the sky or a light pole. If not I do it manually! (push up the iso to see it clear enough) then pop it back down.
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is it ok to use live view and zoom in and them manually focus them zoom back out and take the shot? this for landscape.


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Jun 23, 2012 20:14 |  #7

For people: I had to use a minnie flash from the dollar store to achieve the focus on this one.
This shot was in complete darkness.. Glad I had the flash with me!

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Jun 23, 2012 20:18 |  #8

For a person you can try using the flash focus assist, for landscapes you will usually be toward infinity, but you can also try the ISO trick above if there is any ambient light or a static light source in the distance. Even a dim flashlight will help a ton with the ISO cranked if you can paint your target to get it in focus via live view.


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Jun 23, 2012 20:31 |  #9

javierz0509 wrote in post #14622468 (external link)
is it ok to use live view and zoom in and them manually focus them zoom back out and take the shot? this for landscape.

There is a word for this. I cannot remember it. Most lenses will not keep focus when zooming....so NO...don't zoom in, focus then zoom back out and take the shot. You would be better off using live view, magnifying the view and taking the shot that way. You can usually find a light to focus on when magnified in live view.


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Jun 23, 2012 20:34 |  #10

javierz0509 wrote in post #14622468 (external link)
is it ok to use live view and zoom in and them manually focus them zoom back out and take the shot? this for landscape.

Yea live view is best for shooting long exposures (for me)
And when you mean (Zoom in) do you mean the zooming using the button?

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Yea I have found this a great help & solution when manually focusing!



  
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Jun 23, 2012 20:41 |  #11

Yea, I think hes talking about the digital zoom aka focus check.


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Jun 23, 2012 20:46 |  #12

DreamMaker23 wrote in post #14622526 (external link)
Yea live view is best for shooting long exposures (for me)
And when you mean (Zoom in) do you mean the zooming using the button?

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Yea I have found this a great help & solution when manually focusing!

yes thank you so much that is what i meant sorry for the miss understanding, i think that works great.

i did this shot using that method.

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Jun 23, 2012 21:01 |  #13

javierz0509 wrote in post #14622564 (external link)
i did this shot using that method.

Awesome shot!
You got it Javier!!!

Night Photography seems fun! bw!




  
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Jun 23, 2012 21:10 |  #14

I do the live view, digital zoom in technique that others have mentioned. I also use a flashlight if necessary to light up the object I am focusing on.


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Jun 23, 2012 23:46 |  #15

javierz0509 wrote in post #14622303 (external link)
when doing night photography what is the best way to focus on low light condition? i currently have a canon 7d with a 28-135mm lens kit.

It is very easy if you use flash focusing assistance. RTFM for your camera for how to.


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