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james90x Registered since 16th Apr 2011Fri 29-Apr-11 01:34 PM
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"Nightshot focusing"


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hi everyone. I wonder if anyone has any tips for focusing at night. sometimes my camera can't auto focus on a scene.i tried manual but when I magnified the picture it was a little out of focus.Tips please.

  

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Fri 29-Apr-11 01:58 PM
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It depends on the scene.

One suggestion is to find something bright or clearly defined in your image close to the plane of your subject.

Another idea is to use the distance scale on your lens to estimate manual focus.

The + sensors - like the center sensor - are better when you are having trouble with the AF. Select the center sensor and see if the camera will AF on its own.

Try to just focus about 1/3 of the way into the scene - either with AF or Manual. It will make the nearer parts of the image in focus, so the eye will not be as particular about a focus error.

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james90x Registered since 16th Apr 2011Fri 29-Apr-11 05:59 PM
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thanks very much Eric I will definitely try that. I'll let you know how it works out.

  

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Also, you can try shining a flashlight on the subject to focus, if it's close enough.

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TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009Tue 03-May-11 05:06 AM
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I can offer a suggestion. Something that I do during night shots. If your having problems focusing I would suggest shooting in manual mode with auto focus off.

As I have stated on another topic I use the aperture dial to set my focus. While in aperture priority set it wide open. And then turn on live view. you will see as bright an image as you will be able to under your conditions. Find the brightest light in the area that you want in focus and zoom in on it with the + button to max the view on the screen. Focus in until your satisfied and and do your composition and then switch you priority dial to manual and adjust for your shot.

And like others have said, a flashlight is a good thing too. Don

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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Tue 03-May-11 03:11 PM
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Use manual focus and aperture priority or manual. Set the subject distance by the distance scale on the lens, then set the aperture to f/8-f/11 for the best DOF, Depth of Field. Set your shutter speed as necessary

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MajorNikon Registered since 07th May 2011Sat 07-May-11 03:46 AM
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One thing I would add is that if you have a SB900 the AF assist beam can be used with or without triggering the flash itself. It works out to about 10 meters and can be a very effective way to achieve AF in low light situations. Some of the other Nikon speedlights do not allow you to use the AF assist without triggering the flash. I'm not sure which ones will and which ones won't other than the SB900 will and the SB600 won't.

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