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Aaron Star
Re: Filming at night! Any tips?
on Jul 31, 2015 at 2:24:18 pm
Last Edited By Aaron Star on Jul 31, 2015 at 2:29:07 pm

D3200 is not a bad camera. You might look into seeing if there is a hack firmware on Nikonhacker to up the bitrate. If there is a bitrate upgrade, you will need a faster card like PNY elite, or San Disk Extreme Pro or Plus to maintain the write speed. Depending on the stock firmware, the hack can keep the camera fully manual in Live View mode, and keep it from auto gaining the sensor to a very noisy state.

If you can afford to rent the Nikon N series lenes, get a prime set like 24,35,50,85,135. The N series has a major sharpness upgrade over normal DX lens.

You can Ebay Nikon F3 prime lens sets of the same 24,35,50,85,135. These are older generation lenses that are on par in sharpness with the N series, but totally manual. Normally the F3 lenes were F1.8 to 2, so they have a large amount of light gathering ability, however, I would stay in the 2.8-4 range for sharpness. The focus rings have a large rotation radius, and have room for puller marking tape to set marks. You can get a pulling clamp that will allow for easier AC work.


Lighting your exterior with LED panels or light ballons will help to minimize the compression noise in your blacks. Even if you over light your night shots, you can generally control contrast after the fact and bring shots down for richer blacks. Having a couple balloons allows you to vary the distance of each balloon to easily control contrast. Then use light panels for backlights, or backlight with a strong balloon close in, and another front lighting but set back fill in the shadow to meet stop.

Use LED panels to side-backlight objects and trees in the background, and create a light dark light pattern. The balloons will fall off pretty fast, so you generally need to light your background.

Get a incident light meter to make setting your stop easier.

With the D3200, if you cannot get an decent image at ISO400-640 at 2.8, you need more light



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