Shooting in Low Light

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Jun 212013
 

Just a quick post here.  I’ve been getting a lot of questions noise in low light and I thought I would post up a link to a video I recently found from Fenchel & Janisch on YouTube.

Here is another person (whom I have no formal contact with) discussing the same basic points of dropping your camera’s contrast control, finding a low enough aperture and getting close to a decent shutter speed to get better results.

Watch, learn, enjoy!

D5100 Firmware Hack Opens Video Recording Length

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Apr 022012
 
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There’s a new firmware hack out there that removes the enforced time limit on how long you can record video on your Nikon D5100 and D3100 cameras. The time limit is now limited by the physical file size of 4 GB as opposed to a generic max of 20 minutes. I’ve tested with a 640×480 and recorded about an hour before my battery died without an real recourse.

My 1920×1080@24 fps high quality records about 24 minutes before shutting down.

If you want to follow along, check out the details in this forum.

This is the first practical step in the monumental task of coming up with a Nikon equivalent to the Magic Lantern firmware Canon users have had access to for a while now.

I Love it!

 

Jan 022012
 

So here’s the final chapter in the series. For a recap, part 1 covered the issues you’re likely to see, part 2 covered the configurations you should set up before you even start shooting.

Here’s a sample video I quickly whipped up to illustrate what you can get with this technique. (Ignore the editing and lack of completeness, it was a quick edit just for illustrative purposes)

Now it’s time to cover the settings for when you’re about to shoot your video and then start shooting! (okay, first finish reading this article, then use the tips to start shooting).

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Dec 212011
 

This is a three-part article, you can access part 1 here and part 3 here

In my previous post I explained the issues that commonly come up trying to record video on DSLRs, particularly on the Nikon D5100. You can read it here if you would like to catch up.

The next two posts are dedicated on how to avoid these issues to get better quality video footage. I’m covering the Nikon D5100 specifically in this series and the techniques might work for other cameras, but you’re on your own for finding the equivalent menu options to get the same results. I’ll be covering the “set and forget” options you’ll want to have for shooting video and why they’re important in this article. I’ll leave the ideal ranges and values for the next one.

So let’s get started! Let’s get that camera configured!

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Dec 012011
 

This is a three-part article, you can access part 2 here and part 3 here

Here you have it. You hold the Nikon D5100 in your hands, a great camera incredible for its price. You can take great still pictures and record HD video in 1920 by 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second! Just fantastic!
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