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Tips on How To Improve your Nightlife Footage

Tips on How To Improve your Nightlife Footage
April 3, 2018 ghung
how to improve your nightlife footage

I love the nightlife and often take my camera out to shoot videos and photos while I’m out. I’m going to share some of my top tips and gear setup to improve your nightlife footage

Nightlife Gear

You need the right gear to help you with your nightlife videos or photos. A camera with a large sensor will allow you to get great nightlife footage with a cinematic look. Camera’s Like The Canon DSLR’s (Canon 6d, 5d Mark 2,3 & 4) and Sony A7S2 are known to perform well in low light. I use the Canon 6d  https://amzn.to/2GxbS6L

The next part of the equations is your lens. You can a lens that will allow a lot of light through into the sensor. That means we need a lens with a low aperture like a F1.8,F 1.4, or F1.2. Personally I use the Canon 50mm f1.4 https://amzn.to/2IlVFlu.

If you’re taking photos you may need your own light source. If you’re taking photos then a super flash like a Canon Speedlight 580 EXII can help you. This is what I use for photos.

For Video I prefer to carry an LED speedlight. It allows me to control the light temperature and intensity. You can also use this for photos.

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Technique

For video I recommend to use the lowest aperture that you can. Set your shutterspeed to double the frame rate you are using for your video settings. You want to use a higher ISO, but you don’t want it so high that you get a picture with a lot of noise. It also depends on the camera and lens setup you use. Generally I won’t go higher than iso 1600.

For photos you can use a higher iso, low aperture, and faster shutter speed. For this rooftop photo we actually use the auto setting and set the lens on manual. It uses iso 4000, shutterspeed 1/40 and aperture of 1.6.

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