I wasn't sure what forum to put this in, as it's more than just a body topic.
I just had my first go at nighttime city skyline photography.
Gear I used last night:
Tripod -- Carbon fiber, smaller travel one. Decently
stiff but not heavy. Weighed down with my bag, perhaps 10 pounds or so
Arca head + wimberley plate
24-70 F/2.8L I
70-200 F/2.8L IS II
UV filter (B+W, as a lens protector only)
Didn't use a hood
Corded shutter release
Shot RAW for everything. As the camera was hunting a bit for focus, I switched to live view and did a manual focus at 10x view.
As for the glass, I do have primes, but they aren't long enough. The city was quite far away. The 70-200 got the lion's share of use last night.
No sunset or sky behind the shots, just a very dark brownish haze of city lighting behind the buildings in question.
My questions are myriad (as usual
1) See gear and method discussed above. Pointers / comments welcomed.
2) Does long exposure noise reduction apply to RAW files, or just JPEGs? If it applies to RAW, how long of an exposure warrants using it?
3) Live view locks up the mirror, right? I should be fine for managing vibrations with that method, right?
4) What is the appropriate exposure for a far off late night city skyline? I presume (unless I go the HDR route) that to get the building silhouettes in view on a dark sky, I will blow out the lighting. But how do I know what to look for in my histograms?
5) I know that darker scenes merit lower exposures, but am I throwing detail away in that process? Is there some mad tribal wisdom in not
underexposing to get more detail, then adjusting exposure down in RAW processing afterwards?
6) How on earth do I manage windy conditions with long exposures? Last night, the wind was such that I was stuck with non-ideal settings (1/3 to 1/5 second exposures, ISO 1600, F/7.1, etc,) when I'd ideally like multi-second exposures at a lower ISO. Is there a tip or trick other than tripod positioning and using my body as a windshield? (Use smaller lenses?
As always, your expert guidance is appreciated.