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5Dmark2 – today’s best camera for long exposure night photography?

Having used several cameras for a lot of long exposure night photography lately, I think the Canon 5Dmark2 is quite likely the best camera on the market for long exposure night photography right now. Here are some of the highlights:

6400 ISO for testing
Being able to take photos at 6400 ISO has huge benefits for the night photographer. Night photographers tend to waste a bunch of time taking long exposures only to discover they need to reshoot with a better exposure. Testing exposures at high ISOs can save huge amounts of time but doing so has been clunky as it requires complicated math when using a camera that has a ISO ceiling of 1600. Now that that ceiling has been lifted to include 6400 ISO we can make a direct translation from ISO 6400 exposures in seconds to ISO 100 exposures in minutes. For example, a 15 second exposure at ISO 6400 is the same as a 15 minute exposure at ISO 100 (Canon’s native ISO). Nikon users can figure that a 15 second exposure at 12,800 ISO is the same as a 15 minute exposure at ISO 200 (Nikon’s native ISO).

Either way, this means a night photographer can quickly determine the optimal exposure at a high ISO before committing to a long, final exposure at the native ISO. This has provided me with significant time savings and more optimal exposures on the 5Dmark2.

Test and Final Exposures

Low noise
To make a long story short, the noise levels are shockingly low, even during very long exposures (like 30+ minutes at ISO 100). Even 6400 ISO images are less noisy than one would expect, (more…)


Full Moon Night Photography in Big Bend, Texas

October 20th-23rd, 2010 in the Big Bend region of West Texas
with Scott Martin and  Lance Keimig


Scott Martin and  Lance Keimig team up again to present a four day/night photography workshop in the Terlingua ghost town in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Big Bend region is 300 miles away from the nearest city and feels every bit of it. It’s one of the country’s best kept secrets, full of history and pristine landscapes (more…)


Workshop: Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

February 8-10th, 2010, 10am – 4pm in San Antonio, Texas
with Scott Martin

This 3 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom. As a special treat, this workshop will be held at San Antonio’s upscale Restaurant Insignia. Fine dining and valet parking is included as part of this workshop.

Day 1 – Capture and organize
Optimizing exposure for RAW development
An overview of all RAW software available today
The story behind Lightroom and the direction it heads from here
The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow
FIle Management (several scenarios including transitioning between desktop and laptop) (more…)


Workshop: Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

November 9-11th, 2009, 10am – 4pm in San Antonio, Texas
with Scott Martin

This 3 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom v2.

Day 1 – Capture and organize
Optimizing exposure for RAW development
An overview of all RAW software available today
The story behind Lightroom and the direction it heads from here
The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow
FIle Management (several scenarios including transitioning between desktop and laptop) (more…)


Workshop: Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

August 21-23rd, 10am – 4pm in Houston, Texas
with Scott Martin

This 3 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom v2.

Day 1 – Capture and organize
Optimizing exposure for RAW development
An overview of all RAW software available today
The story behind Lightroom and the direction it heads from here
The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow
FIle Management (several scenarios including transitioning between desktop and laptop) (more…)