What manual settings for a Canon Rebel XTi are ideal for night shots?
May 20, 2008 1:49 AM Subscribe
How do I take night shots with my Canon Rebel XTi without looking like a nerd with a tripod?
posted by jimdanger to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I recently bought a Canon Rebel XTi camera in hopes of taking pictures with a better quality than my point and shoot camera. I've taken a lot of pictures throughout the day, or indoors using the flash with no problem. However, trying to take a picture indoors without the flash, or attempting to take a night shot of a city skyline or neon lights, and it's all blurry.
I've already gone through two books specifically for the Rebel XTi, but they surprisingly don't go over taking photos at night. I know a lot of people recommend getting a tripod, but I already feel like a big goober with the camera around my neck like a tourist, and a tripod isn't practical in some of the locales I want to shoot. So, my question is...what are the ideal manual settings for my type of camera to take these pictures? Using any of the auto settings just leaves the shutter wide open for about 5-10 seconds before it shoots and I just get blurs or ghostly images. Is there some accessory I should be, aside from tripod, that would aid me in my quest to take night shots around the city?