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Next Tuesday's meeting: Holiday Lights Photoshoot

From: Guy H.
Sent on: Friday, December 9, 2011 11:26 AM
Ed and I surveyed Deerfield, the Main street Frisco light show, and Watters Creek mall.  The Frisco light show was interesting but not from a photographers viewpoint.  Watters Creek was a disappointment.  While they have lit the trees around the creek none of the store windows are decorated in the Holiday spirit.  That leaves the Lights at Deerfield!

Below are some examples of what we will find.  We will take MUCH better images!  In the spirit of "do as I say, not as I do", these images broke all the rules of HDR photography of night scenes.

In the interest of time there was no tripod
Hand holding means the slowest shudder speed must be 1/30 second of less.  Hence the 10,000 ISO
That high ISO generated a LOT of noise.  Believing that the manufacturer knows how to handle their sensor noise best, Canon's Digital Photo Professional was used to create 16 bit tif files
Photomatix was used to create the images.

We will meet between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM in the parking lot on the SE corner of Archgate Dr and Legacy Drive.   We are still paying for the room so the $5 fee would be nice.

What is required:

  1. Camera (duh)
  2. An empty memory card or two
  3. Two charged batteries (one spare)
  4. Tripod
  5. The manual for your camera
The tripod is required because we want to use the lowest ISO possible.  An ISO in the 100 to 400 range is good for most current cameras.  This means we will have exposures of 30 seconds or more.

What would be nice but not necessary:

  1. Remote shutter release to minimize camera vibration (the 2 second delay timer can be used also)
  2. A wide angle lens in the 16 to 24 mm full frame equivalent.  If a wide angle lens is not available then we can stitch two or more images to make a panorama. 
  3. f/2.8 lens or faster to minimize the exposure time.
  4. An auto exposure bracketing feature on your camera.  We will likely need more than three pictures to capture all the highlight and shadow details but being able to punch out two sets of three brackets makes it go faster.

The manual for your camera is necessary if you need help.  Some of the settings on our cameras are obscure.  A manual makes all the difference!

Thanks . . . Guy

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