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    How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Hi Friends,
    I am wondering how on earth to take pictures on attractions using a Digital Cannon Rebel or Nikon D40, without using a flash? When you do not use a flash the camera keeps the shutter open longer which creates a blurred image since the ride vehicle is in motion.
    How do you photo experts take such great pictures on an attraction without using a flash?
    Thanks so much for your help!

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    there's an option to take it from auto to off. Just read the manual since settings vary on different cameras. But if you take it off for an attraction, you pretty much need everything to be still to avoid the blur on standard digital cameras.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAspace View Post
    Hi Friends,
    I am wondering how on earth to take pictures on attractions using a Digital Cannon Rebel or Nikon D40, without using a flash? When you do not use a flash the camera keeps the shutter open longer which creates a blurred image since the ride vehicle is in motion.
    How do you photo experts take such great pictures on an attraction without using a flash?
    Thanks so much for your help!
    You mentioned the key - the shutter is open longer, creating the blur. I always on dark rides set the shutter around 1/60th (sometimes shorter for faster rides, like the matterhorn). You'll have to increase aperture, and sometimes increase ISO, to make up for it, but with a faster shutter speed, the blur disappears, and you don't have to use flash.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    I don't have the answer, but I would like to thank you for being so considerate to everyone at DLR. I wish there were more people like you.

    Thanks again!




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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Need a low aperture lens: Cheapest for canon is the 50mm 1.8 - better yet is the 50mm 1.4 and the best would be the 24mm 1.4L (pricey)

    Easy way after that - switch to "P" mode and crank the ISO up to 1600-3200 and it will figure out the rest.

    Other than that you would want to switch to manual mode and try f1.4 at 800-1600 with an shutter speed of 100-250 if you can get the light.

    I'm mastering low light digital photography right now - its a science all to itself.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    These from Pirates were taken with a f/1.8 lens, (50mm), at 1/50th shutter speed, at ISO 1600:



    These of the Haunted Mansion were taken at 1/60th, ISO 800, with the same f/1.8 50mm lens:





    This photo was taken at f/4.0, 1/60th shutter speed, with 1600 ISO:

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    What Froggy and Paul said. I say keep it for around 1/30 to 1/60 and a pricey low ap lens. I really wished they weren't fixed focal points. Anyways although ISO at 1600 would make it brighter, it will sometimes come out grainy so 800 is good in a little brighter part.
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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    On a side note, as someone who still shoots film, I'm rather impressed by the great resolution some of the shots above have. I probably would have gone with at least 1000 ASA, or maybe even 1600, which would undoubtely look an awful lot grainer.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    I think you'll find some good telephoto shots around micechat also with a smaller aperture lens on dark rides, but it really depends on the lighting. I think the other photo-takers on micechat would agree you really have to experiment with your camera to get the right settings! For me, however, the key was keeping the faster shutter speed - that's when I finally avoided the blur that used to be so common in my dark ride photos.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by hollywood1939 View Post
    I really wished they weren't fixed focal points.
    What do you mean with this statement?

    Did you mean fixed focal length, as in a 50mm being only a 50mm?

    As others have said, it comes down to a fast lens (wide aperture f1.4/1.8/2.0), high ISO speed (even at 1600, if exposed correctly, digital noise won't be that noticeable) and proper shutter speed-the bumpier the ride the higher it has to be.

    The Canon DSLR cameras tend to be better when dealing with high ISO compared to Nikons.

    Great samples 'Frogberto'.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAspace View Post
    Hi Friends,
    I am wondering how on earth to take pictures on attractions using a Digital Cannon Rebel or Nikon D40, without using a flash? When you do not use a flash the camera keeps the shutter open longer which creates a blurred image since the ride vehicle is in motion.
    How do you photo experts take such great pictures on an attraction without using a flash?
    Thanks so much for your help!
    You need to use full manual mode. Then set the shutter for say 1/80 (1/60 if you can be steddy) then set the aperture to the lowest/largest posible. ISO should go as high as it can go without the picture getting to grainy. (the ISO set the sensitivity of the sensor)
    I hope that helped.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wotan View Post
    On a side note, as someone who still shoots film, I'm rather impressed by the great resolution some of the shots above have. I probably would have gone with at least 1000 ASA, or maybe even 1600, which would undoubtely look an awful lot grainer.
    The key to having a very usable high ISO file, even at 1600/3200 and now 6400, is to get the exposure correct. If you get an under-exposed shot, then try to lighten it in post process, you will get alot of noise.

    See the links for Canon's new DLSR that is capable of ISO 6400.
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...II-Field.shtml

    http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...id=7-8738-8908

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Yeah 50mm is constantly 50mm - no zoom in or out.

    AND.... On a Canon 20d, 30d Digital Rebel etc. the cameras don't use the full frame so they are 1.6 conversions. Meaning a 50mm is really like an 80mm. Its a bummer but a Canon 5d (full frame) is soooooo far out of my price range so far and my 20d is awesome still.



    Quote Originally Posted by Eflime View Post
    What do you mean with this statement?

    Did you mean fixed focal length, as in a 50mm being only a 50mm?

    As others have said, it comes down to a fast lens (wide aperture f1.4/1.8/2.0), high ISO speed (even at 1600, if exposed correctly, digital noise won't be that noticeable) and proper shutter speed-the bumpier the ride the higher it has to be.

    The Canon DSLR cameras tend to be better when dealing with high ISO compared to Nikons.

    Great samples 'Frogberto'.

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Oh!!!!

    And remember the lower your aperture - the thinner your focal range is. People could be standing next to each other arm over arm and one person just being a little farther back can make that person fully blurry.

    OH OH!!!

    If you shoot in HIGH ISO and you get grain - there are programs to take the grain out. Noise Ninja and NeatImage do great work. I use NeatImage personally but I know people that love Noise Ninja

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    Re: How to take photos on attractions without a flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by paulthespecialist View Post
    Its a bummer but a Canon 5d (full frame) is soooooo far out of my price range so far and my 20d is awesome still.
    I still use my 10D. I've had it since April of 2003 and still a very capable camera. It has made me enough money that I've been able to upgrade to a 5D and soon the 1D MKIII.

    CAspace - Camera lens is where you could really spend alot of money.

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