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Dim light photography - technique?

Another of my beginnner questions since some of you are sometimes kind enough to advise.

I'm out with photography club this evening we'll be going on an evening shoot by the river (Trent Bridge, Nottingham) to practice dim light technique. Not something I've done much of, so I'm wondering about technique, equipment, settings etc.

I suppose tripod stabilisation turned off, wide aperture lenses, higher ISO if there is subject movement which we don't want to show, long exposures (maybe I need to remind myself of the difference between bulb, time, live bulb, live time & live comp), wide apertures if depth of field permits. Do I need remote shutter or delay or electronic shutter? (I guess any shudder is less significant if there's a longer exposure, but still best avoided). No flash I guess if I'm distant from subject, but maybe an opportunity to try light painting methods? In which case bring a torch? Or maybe even flashguns triggered manually while wandering in the scene rather than by the camera? Or maybe light trails if the road is in the frame.

New area for me and lots to explore. I think one vital area of equipment will be thermals and good gloves. :-)
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Re: Dim light photography - technique?

Remember you can put on 2 sec or 12 sec delay (if on tripod) and anti-shock can help a bit sometimes.
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Re: Dim light photography - technique?

One point to bear in mind - do you want to retain the ambience of the dim lighting? Modern high-sensitivity sensors and wide aperture lenses can, all to easily, make an atmospheric night scene look as though it was shot in broad daylight!
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One point to bear in mind - do you want to retain the ambience of the dim lighting? Modern high-sensitivity sensors and wide aperture lenses can, all to easily, make an atmospheric night scene look as though it was shot in broad daylight!
Sounds like a negative exposure compensation needed. Except I will probably use manual for a change. Normally use aperture priority but I don't think that supports long exposures.
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Re: Dim light photography - technique?

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Sounds like a negative exposure compensation needed. Except I will probably use manual for a change. Normally use aperture priority but I don't think that supports long exposures.
That depends on how long the exposures are. I know some of my cameras Av works to 1 minute. Beyond that a remote is really needed as its press to start & again to stop.
Most of the time for night shots Av with -ve EC works brilliantly for me.
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Re: Dim light photography - technique?

Thanks for suggestions. I'm still learning. Inciendeally I just discovered this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/272462203255581/ (Hope it's not bad form to mention other forums here ...)
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