I really had to crank up the exposure compensation to get our macro test scene to look decent. With that in mind, let's see if we can't make the ISO 1600 and 3200 shots look better by shooting RAW and performing noise reduction using NeatImage. In a world where most cameras I review have at least some redeye problems, it's nice to see a camera that does not.
As you can see, there's a huge improvement at ISO 6400, with that photo becoming usable for much larger prints than before.
Overall, the Nikon D3200's massive images look very good, though there is room for improvement. Photography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers.
EDIT: I am looking for scenario where downtown is in the background and person is in front. EDIT: I am including the picture I took with Chicago downtown in the background and my friend in the foreground. I don't have any fast lenses so I can't say how much of a difference a fast lens will make, however I know that proper support makes a big difference! Sign up for our newsletter and get our top new questions delivered to your inbox (see an example). The hour before sunset is called the blue hour and gives you very rich dark blues in the sky. Fast lenses are good, and will allow you to get candids by streetlight with a high ISO but to get really good night photos you really need some kind of camera support. Camera support doesn't have to be a huge tripod, your Rebel has the advantage of being lightweight so you could use a compact tripod or something like a GorillaPod which is more versatile and easy to carry around.
You will also (if you have a choice) want to shoot in the first hour past sunset or the hour before sunrise for the best lighting. Apart from sensor size, what D-SLR you have won't significantly affect your ability to take low-light photographs. Responding directly to your sample image, all you need to add is a tripod provided your subject is willing to stand still (as he apparently is). Not the answer you're looking for?Browse other questions tagged canon night or ask your own question.
Photos taken at night can be really beautiful with a crisp dark sky and all the evening lights shining.  There are a few necessary steps to take to ensure the best quality night time shots. Always use a tripod, no amount of handholding will be stable enough for a decent landscape night time shot even if you crank the ISO right up. Keep the ISO as low as possible, 100 or 200.  The reason for this is that the lowest ISO results in crisper colours and no grain which is just what you need for the night lights. Set your f stop to F14 or above, this will ensure you get the sharpest depth of field possible. Use a cable release if possible, if you don’t have one set your camera onto self-timer and stand away from the camera whilst it takes the picture to reduce any camera shake.
Look for an interesting composition, look at using leading lines or find some foreground interest to make the shot more appealing.
If you are taking an image of an icon such as the harbor bridge look for a way to make that image unique ie a new angle, go low and shoot upwards, twist the camera to a jaunty diagonal etc. She loves capturing memories and sharing people's lives in a way that words can never express.


In a nutshell, autofocus speeds are competitive with other D-SLRs when you're shooting with the optical viewfinder. All of these were taken with the 18 - 55 mm kit lens, with the exception of the night shots. The colors on the subject look pretty good (though the red is a bit too orange), though the background is grayer in it is in reality. There's a slight increase in noise at ISO 400, but it doesn't really become noticeable until ISO 800. I wouldn't expect the D3200 to have this issue, as it's flash pops up well away from the lens. You can see what this does to your photos by looking at the way the building on the right side of this photo appears to curve. Since these photos are taken under consistent lighting, you can compare the results with those from other cameras I've reviewed over the years. Noise makes its first real appearance at ISO 1600, but that sensitivity is still usable for all print sizes. The ISO 12800 shot is definitely better after some post-processing, but it's still best suited for small prints or downsizing for the web only. There you'll find sixteen lovely photos which you can use to judge the D3200's image quality with your own eyes. Obviously there is no one right answer but for just what it's worth I am picking one of them.
The higher it is, the more amplification you're giving to the various types of sensor noise. There is a short period of time between day and night, when the sky is not dark yet and when the city lights are already on. Using flash will ensure that you have the main subject sharp and well lit and the long exposure will allow you to capture the background. When using tripod you should get well rendered sharp background, when shoting hand-held the background will be blurred - but you can use it to your advantage, for example light paining - it adds a more dynamic feel to the photo. This will allow longer exposures without camera shake, but more importantly it will let you blend multiple exposures together in order to even out the lighting (when your lightsources are in the frame e.g. This will cause more noise, but you will want to take that hit to get the higher shutter speed you need to get a clean shot. A full frame sensor will make a difference, but the first you must do is buy fast, quality lenses.
He's using the slow kit lens and I know for myself that it struggles in comparison to faster lenses. You could add a fill flash but that introduces difficulties matching the foreground and background lighting.
If you are shooting water this will yield the water as soft and smooth, it will also allow some reflections to show up from the lights and enhance them. If you need to slow the shutter down more attach a neutral density filter which will reduce the light. If you're using live view, expect multi-second focus times, with a good possibility that the camera won't lock focus at all in low light.
If you think you'll be taking a lot of close-up shots, then you may want to consider one of Nikon's dedicated macro lenses (four of which will support AF on the D3200). At ISO 1600 it's time to switch to RAW or downsize your prints, as there's quite a bit of noise.


If you're not quite as lucky and end up with this annoyance in your photos, you can remove it using the tool in playback mode. Fret not, because the D3200 has lens distortion correction built right in, and you see for yourself using the comparison tool above that it flattens things out nicely. Since the D3200 produces such high resolution images, I'm only able to show you a small portion of the test scene, so be sure to view the full size images, too. Details start getting a little fuzzy at ISO 3200, but small and mid-sized prints are still very possible. I would be also interested to know how we take good shots of landscapes just with moonlight. Lowering the ISO only results in less noise if you get more light down the lens to compensate.
You can reduce or compensate for camera motion with a tripod or image stabilization, but this won't help if your subject is moving.
You can get lower noise and higher ISO with a more expensive camera, but even still there are limits to this. The table is burned in over 25 secs or so, then the face of the DJ is "popped" by the flash at the end of the exposure. ISO 6400 is okay in desperate circumstances, but you'll get better results by shooting RAW.
The opposite was true in our studio, where the D3200 underexposed our test scenes by quite a bit.
This effect can be used creatively, but sometimes it is an annoyance and can ruin pictures, e.g. An off-camera setup offers endless creative possibilities, but is less portable than on-camera flash. You want your subject lit and well defined with the cityscape as a well-exposed, complimentary light source. ISO should be the last resort to getting light in the camera (not that higher ISO is not warranted).
Normally I'd just bracket all my shots to get around that, but the D3200 lacks that very useful feature. The camera will clip highlights at times and, as you saw earlier, the Active D-Lighting feature will reduce that a bit. In natural light, colors were quite saturated, though most of the photos I took under artificial light had a brownish color cast.
Second, though fast lenses give you more light and thus speed up your exposure times, they also crush your DOF.
If you can't shell out the money for a nicer lens, you can try turning up the in-camera sharpening in the Picture Control menu.
As my previous tests have hopefully illustrated, the D3200 keeps noise levels low through ISO 800 in low light, and ISO 3200 in good light.
If you shoot RAW, you'll be able to get even better results, as the camera's noise reduction is fairly strong.
Purple fringing is generally lens-related, and that issue rarely popped up during my time with the camera and its kit lens.



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