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Night lights photo question

I've never done anything in the way of night photography and as I'm off to Rome soon, I'm hoping to get some street night shots.
Can you suggest settings that will give me good clear images in most situations hand-held.
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Re: Night lights photo question

Does your camera have a 'SCN' setting on the dial.....night shots should be in there
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Re: Night lights photo question

Yes, I tried that a couple of evenings back on 'hand-held starlight' and 'nightscene' but couldn't get it to work.

Thinking about it, I still had the camera set on silent shutter at that point and consequently the small flash unit that came with the camera, that I was testing as it was new, wouldn't fire until I disabled the silent shutter setting.

Could the silent shutter mode also have been disabling the night modes on the SCN dial settings?
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Re: Night lights photo question

Have a look at using the "LIVE" view modes:

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Re: Night lights photo question

Spot meter the high lights, and, remembering the lightmeter is in fact a grey meter, adjust the exposure to 'artistic' (cough) taste, eg open +1 +1 1/2 or +2 stops. It all depends how you, the photographer, wish to portray the scene.
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Re: Night lights photo question

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Have a look at using the "LIVE" view modes:

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Thank you for this Graham. This looks interesting and I may get to try it out sometime. But I'm trying to work out what can be managed hand-held and this video looks to use long exposures = tripod or other stable platform. Or am I missing it somewhere?
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Re: Night lights photo question

A lot depends on what lenses you have. I use the 17 mm f/1.8 for night street photography for two reasons - a reasonably fast maximum aperture and a fairly wide angle of view, which allows hand-holding down to quite low shutter speeds. If you also set an ISO of 1600 then you should have no problems hand-holding this combination in normal street lighting.

Most of the monuments in Rome are well floodlit, which helps. Don't forget that you can often steady the camera on a railing or wall, or even pressed against the side of a lamp-post. I've taken quite long exposures, looking out across the Forum from the Capitoline Hill, just by resting the camera on the parapet.
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Re: Night lights photo question

There's a nice view west towards St Peter's from the southern end of this bridge, and you often get nice light at sunset or blue hour, plus you can rest the camera on the parapet of the bridge:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...5!4d12.4713097
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