Question about night shots

Box hauler

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so I am doing some video editing and making a time lapse and I was wondering how people make low light video that is so clear and bright, is it the camera, software or both? Also how to people add the stars to night shots? Thanks for any info
 

BobDDuck

Island Bus Driver
so I am doing some video editing and making a time lapse and I was wondering how people make low light video that is so clear and bright, is it the camera, software or both? Also how to people add the stars to night shots? Thanks for any info
The lower the ISO the less you'll see, but the higher the ISO the more noise you'll get in the image.

Stars normally start appearing when you leave the shutter open for a few seconds or longer. If you leave it open too long you'll start to get star trails.
 

gotWXdagain

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gotWXdagain

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500 rule never works for me. Mathematically it should but I always get a bit of trail if I max it out.
I've been pretty successful with it at 10mm on a Canon sensor. Maybe try a "450" rule and upping your ISO/Aperture if possible?
 

BobDDuck

Island Bus Driver
I'm sure you know this but those applying the rule make sure you use a 1.6x multiplier if shooting with a crop sensor.
I've always used 1.4x? That could be part of it.

I've been pretty successful with it at 10mm on a Canon sensor. Maybe try a "450" rule and upping your ISO/Aperture if possible?
That's actually what I do. The biggest problem I have mostly though is light pollution.
 

gotWXdagain

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I've always used 1.4x? That could be part of it.



That's actually what I do. The biggest problem I have mostly though is light pollution.
Light pollution is killer. Here's one I did last year out in the middle of BF nowhere:

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ISO 4000, 20 seconds f/5.6, 10mm on a Canon 70D. There was a flood light behind the camera shining on the airplane, otherwise I'd have probably gone to 30 seconds and ISO 6000.
 

Ozelot

Frozen Tundra TRACON
Light pollution is killer. Here's one I did last year out in the middle of BF nowhere:

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ISO 4000, 20 seconds f/5.6, 10mm on a Canon 70D. There was a flood light behind the camera shining on the airplane, otherwise I'd have probably gone to 30 seconds and ISO 6000.
well, you got Alderbaran and Pleiades in there. I'd say that is a win!
 

drunkenbeagle

Gang Member
so I am doing some video editing and making a time lapse and I was wondering how people make low light video that is so clear and bright, is it the camera, software or both? Also how to people add the stars to night shots? Thanks for any info
Use a tripod, stop down to the sharpest aperature (usually f/8), use the camera's meter with film, or take some test shots to figure the exposure with digital. Wide lenses tend to work better. At least, that's what I do. Heat shimmer and moisture will mess things up, so cold dry places will yield sharper results. Has always worked for me.

If you are doing time lapse, well, have an intervalometer. And you are at the mercy of your camera's meter at that point too, if the exposure is going to change. Easier if the light doesn't change.
 
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