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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by User6895, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. User6895

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    Could anyone tell me what camera settings I will need to set up to capture night photos of a local factory at night. I will be about a quarter mile from the factory and 400 feet up. There are a lots of lights and large stacks with smoke coming out. Could be an awesome picture if done right. Is it even possible?
     
  2. SergeantJoKer

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    Experiment with different manual settings. Every shot is unique. A slower shutter speed is almost guaranteed thojgh


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  3. RedHotPoker

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    Sure it is why not? I love flying at night, it's awesome.
    You can use the right front wheel to open it up a bit.
    Longer exposers are nice. HDR is another way to capture Incredible images. Do you have Lightroom or Photoshop on your computer.
    The best way is trial and error, to find what works best for you, yes is to experiment.
    The camera controls are pretty basic in the Go App. & so there aren't a lot of parameters to play with. Yeah, unlike my Nikon D800. ;-)
    Take lots of pictures and find the ones that please you. Delete the rest.

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    For night photography, you need high iso and slow shutter speed to get enough light entering the camera. Other option you take photo in RAW so that you can edit them later using any photo editor apps
     
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    Anyone using external lights?

    I have a 4x LED light kit installed which can be set to shine 2 or LEDS solid or strobe.

    Would be interested in an infra-red kit for night vision shots to follow deer, kangaroo and the like!

    There is a puma legend in our mountains. It would be a great discovery!
     
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    Success all depends on how much of the frame will be dark and how much is lit.
    Turn off the red led lights in the app to get rid of the red glow in your pics.
    I'd recommend shooting with auto settings unless you're a wiz with camera settings.
    Try bracketing your shots. You can shoot brackets of 5 with different exposure settings to maximise your chances of getting something good.
    Shutter speed will be slow so allow your Phantom to settle before hitting the trigger.
     
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    Iso always on 100 to reduce noise then play around wid shutter speed.. Usually i hv mine on 2-4 secs if its not that windy
     
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    You can also consider shooting a number of franes and stacking in post. Can help remove the sensor noise which increases with ISO. Also handy for removing cars or other objects moving in your shot.
     
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    I'd be interested to know how you can shoot number of frames and stack. I assume the camera caters for this but then you use software to stack them ? What is the best software out of interest ... Thanks
     
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    I use
    I use photoshop.... select the images open, create stack, and off you go.
     
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    Some of my best photos have been at night, keep the ISO at 100 and take lots of shots on different settings. You can also preview the photos mid flight by pressing the play button which I find very useful.
     
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    I'm brand new (so who knows what I'm doing) but I took this shot the other night. I also talk about it over here ( My Journey | DJI Phantom Forum ) but, basically, I had the ISO at 100 and then the shutter at 3 seconds ( 3" ).

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  13. With The Birds

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    Really nicely composed shot... did you shoot in RAW. What processing did you do? You could probably get a lot of the noise out of the sky. Really nicely done.
     
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    There are many on the market but these are the most widely used and preferred.
    Several software applications are available on the PC, Mac and Linux platforms for producing HDR files and tone mapped images. Notable titles include;

    We are lucky to have both HDR and bracketing as options in the Go App camera settings.

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    Hopefully I don't sound like a wet blanket but flying at night is prohibited in the US.


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  16. User6895

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    Does the phantom 3 pro camera support automatic exposure bracketing or AEB?
     
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    Isn't this the same thing? It does HDR and 3 or 5 burst AEB
     
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    Is it really?
    or have you just "heard" that?

    It is currently not illegal or prohibited to fly at night

    nothing like about 11 pm when it is quiet, no wind, no neighbors, for a nice flight!

    night restrictions ARE listed for those with commercial use 333 exemptions. No commercial night use!

    take care and have fun flying!
     
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    I found the AEB: 3/5 info in the user Manuel under spec's but don't understand the bracketed frames at 0.7EV bias
     
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    The .7EV is the variance from either the auto metered (what the camera thinks is right in auto mode) or what you have manually set. So 3 bracket would will take one shot at EV 0 one .7 above and one .7 below. If your intent is to bracket for HDR processing i would manually adjust for 2 stops above and below metered exposure, .7EV doesnt give much benefit.