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This is the trunk at night:<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/frankhoffy/Car/trunknight.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Does anybody know how to take nighttime pictures and not have them show up grainy? Using the flash ruins the effect.
 

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Use a low ISO setting and set your camera on aperature priority and meter on the dark subject to get a low ISO, slow shutter and narrow f-stop.<p>Oh yeah use a tripod.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Use a low ISO setting and set your camera on aperature priority and meter on the dark subject to get a low ISO, slow shutter and narrow f-stop.<p>Oh yeah use a tripod.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>tripod, and it it's a really long exposure either a shuttter release cable or on IR remote control (depending on which generation of photog you are in). some of the low-medium end CCDs simply are not able to get a good dark-light image due to CCD noise that accumulates in the circuits
 

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Re: Nighttime pictures (frankhoffy)

That's insane Frank - in a good way! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>BTW, how's your hearing holding up? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Use a low ISO setting and set your camera on aperature priority and meter on the dark subject to get a low ISO, slow shutter and narrow f-stop.<p>Oh yeah use a tripod.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I understood 3 words in that sentence.<p>I found that not using a flash in general creates a grainy image, making good interior shots almost impossible for me.<p>Like my music choice?<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/frankhoffy/Car/thered.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Sweet unit are you happy with the Eclipse?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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NICE choice of music!<p>I saw chevelle recently at the Electric Factory in Philly. Great show!<p>& Nice setup...it looks great!
 

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Looks great Frank. I like the color choice of lighting in the trunk. Mr dominator! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Take care bud, Rick
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>frankhoffy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I found that not using a flash in general creates a grainy image, making good interior shots almost impossible for me.<br>[/img]</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Looks a lot better Frank. The grainy image might be due to the resolution setting on the camera. Might also be the shutter isn't staying open long enough.<p>What kind of camera are you using?
 

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Yep, I'm happy with the Eclipse unit. I like how everything is integrated in it. One interface for managing everything, including Sirius. No need for an iPod because it has a built-in hard drive.<p>The camera is a Canon Powershot A70, and it's my friend's. I don't even own a camera. I know next to nothing about photography.<p>Nobody caught the reference to "The Red". Oh well, I thought it was cute <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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frank: is it me or does the backplate for the eclipse unit appear to be recessed more-so than the climate control backplate?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">frank: is it me or does the backplate for the eclipse unit appear to be recessed more-so than the climate control backplate?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It might be because it's just pressure fit on there. I'm going to look into ways of getting it to stay on there better. I can actually take the whole surrounding faceplate off by tilting the screen and pulling it straight out.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>frankhoffy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Canon Powershot A70, and it's my friend's. I don't even own a camera. I know next to nothing about photography.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Frank, I took a look at that camera on line. Your not doing anything wrong...it just has a low resolution and megapixel count.<p>It has a 3.2 pixel count...here is the general rule<p>2 megapixels or less<p>It will be hard to make a high-quality print of any size, but these are just fine for e-mailing photos or posting photos for a personal web site. <br>Expect to pay $100 to $150 for the camera alone, more for a combo unit. <br>Also see Top Digital Cameras with Two Megapixels or Less<p>3 megapixels<p>This is actually a good compromise between picture quality and low price for most casual photographers. <br>You can print lovely 4x6 images, decent 5x7s and, depending on the camera, might even knock out a good 6x9 or 8x10. <br>You will pay around $150 to $250. <p><br>4 megapixels<br>You're getting nicer. These images make practically photo-lab quality 4x6s, and great 5x7s and 6x9s. <br>You can print a nice 8x10. <br>You'll typically pay about $250 to $350.<p><br>5 megapixels<br>Hello, enlargements! This will produce beautiful 8x10s, and even a nice 11x14. <br>Now you are getting closer to professional photographer levels, and the quality shows it. <br>And you'll pay the price, around $350 to $450. <p><br>6 megapixels and up<br>Wonderful image quality, but high price tags. You can print large photos, even 11x14 or perhaps more, with satisfying results. <br>There are some high-megapixel cameras coming out with lower price tags than most, but they usually have very few features. <br>Unless megapixels are the only thing you care about (it shouldn't be), don't get a camera that sounds outrageously inexpensive for its megapixel range. <br>In this category, expect to pay $450 and up, up, up. <p>Here is a few cheap coolpix's that will get you what you want<br><A HREF="http://www.pricegrabber.com/search.php?form_keyword=coolpix%20p2%20camera&mode=g_us_b_s&skd=1" TARGET="_blank">http://www.pricegrabber.com/se...skd=1</A><br>I've been happy with the one I have. <br>
 

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In fact I might go down tomorrow and pick up a new Coolpix with a 8.1 MP...doesn't look like a bad price after seeing that search. Espeacially since I picked up my 4.0 MP last year for 240.00.
 

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Also remember that it's not always the MP rating the quality of the sensor and size. <p>P&S tend to have smaller lower quality sensors. DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras tend to have a higher grade, larger sensor which will out perform a smaller P&S sensor that is of higher MP.<p>The Canon EOS-D30 which is a 3MP camera takes wonderful shots and is a very inexpensive camera to buy used. Brand new it was over $3000.00.<p>The Canon EOS-10D or D60 is a 6.1MP camera and it will take very nice shots all the way up to 24x36 inches. In fact I have a poster print above my bed.<p>If you're wanting a really good image, I'd suggest picking up a used 10D, D60 or 20D or perhaps even a Rebel XT. They will outperform any P&S with a good lens such as the $70.00, 50mm 1.8.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Frank, how much extra weight does that add to your car?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I haven't taken it to the scale yet, but I'm hoping I dropped weight since I got rid of the spare.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>The Canon EOS-D30 which is a 3MP camera takes wonderful shots and is a very inexpensive camera to buy used. Brand new it was over $3000.00.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think one of those flashed in my mind when I wrote that response, but a few things I remembered.<p>1-He's spending all his money on mods and gimics, that he has to barrow his friends 200.00 camera.<p>2-He isn't very photography friendly.<p>I actually think something like that is a great investment for Frank since I've seen his photos of Mt Rainier. <p>The problem I found with those cameras. They are pretty expensive as you said, but a lot of them are sold without the lens...sometimes those are more than the camera.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>P&S tend to have smaller lower quality sensors. DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras tend to have a higher grade, larger sensor which will out perform a smaller P&S sensor that is of higher MP.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think your right, but the coolpix that I have has killed that theory for at least the model I have. I've been asked a few times on what camera and lens I'm using...they are pretty shocked once I show them what I using. I'm going to try and do some night shots in the garage this afternoon and see how the interior comes out. I think you may be right when it comes to low level light.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">In fact I have a poster print above my bed.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm affraid to ask <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 
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