NIGHT & LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH FILM


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Color Temperature Sources:

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Filter Color Correction Chart:

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Exposure Charts:



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Guide in the table below is based on ISO100.

Floodlit building1/2secf/2.8
Subject lit by firelight1/2secf/2.8
Typical street scene with normal illumination1/2secf/2/8
Shop window1/8secf/2.8
Brightly lit street scene (maybe with Christmas lights)1/15secf/2.8
Neon sign and brightly lit theatre districts1/30secf/2

Lance Keimig and Chip Forelli: Nighttime Exposure Guidelines for Film
The exposure guidelines that follow are teaching tools used by Lance Keimig and Chip Forelli, both of whom are highly experienced instructors of night photography workshops. As one may note by comparing the divergence between the two lists, these settings are merely a rough starting point. When shooting at night, the best results can often be had not by consulting a list but by going with what feels right. Unless otherwise noted all times are for an aperture of f/8. In all cases, for snow scenes, cut exposures in half!

Lance Keimig Guidelines
Chip Forelli Guidelines
Street Scenes, Urban Areas
Average Brightness, High Contrast Lighting (try metering first)
ISO 64 - EPY, RTP - 5, 10, 20 seconds ISO 64/100: EPY, RTP, TMX, Delta 100 - 15, 30 sec., 1 min.
ISO 100 - Acros B&W - 3, 6, 15 seconds No data
ISO 160- Pro color negative – 5 - 10 seconds ISO 160: NPS, NPL, Portra - 30 seconds, 1, 2 min.
ISO 400- Pro color negative – 3 - 10 seconds ISO 400: HP5, TriX, Color Negative - 10, 20, 45 sec.
No data ISO 400: TMY, Delta 400 - 5, 10, 20 seconds
ISO 800- Pro color negative – 2 - 6 seconds No data
ISO 3200 (rated at 1600) - .5, 1, 2 seconds at f4 ISO 3200: (rated at 1600) - 1, 2, 4 seconds

Bright Lights in Scene, Very High Contrast Lighting
ISO 64- EPY, RTP - 2, 4, 10 seconds ISO 64/100: EPY,RTP, TMX, Del. 100 - 5, 10, 20 sec.
ISO 100 Acros - 1, 3, 10 seconds No data
ISO 160- Pro color negative - 2, 8 seconds ISO 160: NPS, NPL, Portra -10, 20, 45 seconds
ISO 400- Pro color negative - 1, 5 seconds ISO 400: HP5, TriX, Color negative - 4, 8, 15 seconds
No data ISO 400: TMY, Delta 400 - 1, 2, 4 seconds
ISO 800- Pro color negative - .5 - 2 seconds No data
ISO 3200 (rated at 1600) - .25, .5, 1 seconds at f4 ISO 3200: (rated at 1600) - .5, 1, 2 seconds

Darker Urban Area, No Direct Light
ISO 64- EPY, RTP - 3, 5, 10 minutes ISO 64/100: EPY, RTP, TMX, Delta 100 - 2, 4, 8 min.
ISO 100 Acros - 1, 3, 10 minutes No data
ISO 160- Pro color negative - 1, 2, 5 minutes ISO 160: NPS, NPL, Portra - 3, 6, 12 minutes
ISO 400- Pro color negative - 30 seconds - 3 minutes ISO 400: HP5, TriX, Color negative - 2, 4, 8 minutes
No data ISO 400: TMY, Delta 400 - 30 seconds, 1, 2 minutes
ISO 800- Portra, NPZ - 30 seconds - 2 minutes No data
ISO 3200 (rated at 1600) - 2, 4, 10 seconds at f4 ISO 3200: (rated at 1600) - 4, 8, 15 seconds

Moonlight:
ISO 64 - EPY, RTP 20-30 minutes ISO 64/100: EPY, RTP, TMX, Delta 100 - 20 - 30 min.
ISO 100- Acros 10 - 15 minutes No data
ISO 160- Pro color negative 8-12 minutes ISO 160: NPS, NPL, Portra - 15 - 20 minutes
No data ISO 400: HP5, TriX - 15 – 20 minutes
ISO 400- Pro color negative 5-10 minutes ISO 400: Color negative - 10 – 15 minutes
No data ISO 400: TMY, Delta 400 - 5 - 10 minutes


 
 



Scene LightingFilm
T64
Film
100
Film