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Raphael96
SILVER Member since Sep 2002

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Location: New York City, USA

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Posted:What kinds of cameras do you use to get those great shots with the flame trails?

Is it just using a slow shutter speed, or is there more to it than that?

Thanks for the help!

Raphael


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Mark P
BRONZE Member since Oct 2001

Mark P

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Location: Bath, England

Total posts: 1031
Posted:yeah with the digital camera you need to look for a good one that you can easily vary the shutter speed on - taking longer exposure snaps allows you to see a lot more of the trails.

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Raphael96
SILVER Member since Sep 2002

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Location: New York City, USA

Total posts: 899
Posted:Thanks for the advice!

I just ordered a digital which should be perfect for taking fire pics!

I can't wait to get it!!

Raphael


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DFZ
BRONZE Member since Apr 2004

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Christian Death Metal Anyone?
Location: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Total posts: 313
Posted:*Bump*

Instead of starting a new thread i found this one, but was also wondering now that digital cameras's have become a lot more advanced is the shutter speed all that matters.

I am looking to buy a digital camera and was just wondering if there are any other features i should look out for? Any info would be Much Appreciated.


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Location: Tasmania, Australia

Total posts: 195
Posted:actually i'd be interested in that too, because i've got a slightly older digi camera and it will only give me fairly small tails....what sort of camera should we be looking for?
help thankx bye

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mech
BRONZE Member since Jun 2003

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Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom

Total posts: 6207
Posted:i would say that now, even low cost digital cams have extended exposure levels.

Its normaly hidden away in the menus of teh cammeras

i can only talk about what i have played with, but my fave is KODAK DIGITAL CAMERA
this is teh digital cam my best mate has, and it has upto a two sec exposure i think

these were taken with his cammera, so you can see what heppens

i have the EOS 300D @ 900notes digital slr so i have some really long exposures, but teh higher res you go teh bigger pics you get taht you have to crop and resize, this is a pain in teh arse, when you take 200odd pics and they all ahve to be shrunk and cropped to get teh pic ready for sharing?

anyways, if you wnat more help, pm me or repost here!

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Posted:I use a Canon Powershot S400 and it works out beautifully. It's about slow shutter speed.. you can figure out timing based on the spinner's style.. and flash to actually get the person visible.. and getting up close.. and messing around with the ISO depending on ambient light.

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

Total posts: 1174
Posted:I have the Canon Powershot A80 which takes some really nice photo's on long exposure. You can take up to 16s IIRC. For some examples, take a look here. Some examples :




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FireNix
BRONZE Member since Apr 2001

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Location: India/Bristol

Total posts: 904
Posted:Absolutely Beautifull photo's FireGeek
I'll be coming to Bristol next week - would love to hook-up and take soem piccies -
Y camera a DV 5000 - not that great - but does take Vid too
PM me for mobile number to hook-up
Im going down to the Falmouth gathering thing the following weekend - if you fancy a lift -OR anyone for that matter


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fNi
GOLD Member since Mar 2004

fNi

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Location: New York, USA

Total posts: 3354
Posted:I have/use a konica minolta dimage z1. You can alter the shutter speed as much as you want, it takes video, has a pretty good zoom, so your friends or you can take pictures without having to be too close.

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Katch
GOLD Member since Jun 2004

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Location: , Singapore

Total posts: 162
Posted:Buy the best digital camera you can afford. biggrin You know what they say.... if it works... it's obsolete. The good news is that the cameras are getting much better and much cheaper too. Try working out your rear flash settings. That way you still get your trail and then right before the shutter curtain closes, the flash goes off freezing the performer. smile If the performer is moving around a bit, try a little panning shot (it'll help blur everything else but the subject).... hope it helps...

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Brenn
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2004

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 3286
Posted:A variable shutter speed and a variable contrast on the camera would probably maximise your shot quality.
I was given a Kodak Easyshare for Christmas. It's 2 megapixels and doesn't have a great shutter speed changer, but it does have different shot modes such as auto, dark, scenery, etc. Dark would give me the slowest shutter speed, therefore longer trails and maximum light allowance without the need of a flash.

That's my two cents anyhow. I hope that helps smile


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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

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Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Total posts: 3899
Posted:one last thing I'd like to add - autofocus on cameras often gets really touchy with taking pictures of fire performers (especally mine after about 5 minutes for some reason). A lot of digital cameras don't have manual focus. but the next one I buy will, that is for sure!

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fNi
GOLD Member since Mar 2004

fNi

master of disaster
Location: New York, USA

Total posts: 3354
Posted:it's weird, mine you can change, but the autofocus actually takes better pictures....just my 2 cents

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duballstar
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

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Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Ki...

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Posted:i've got a Cannon Powershot A75 which is pretty good....

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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:for brighter night shots that don't rely so much on lengethening exposure, get a camera that can accept a wide angle conversion lens, cuz you can get in closer while keeping all the fire luvliness in frame, resulting in a brighter image!
plus when you're closer you can get more fur definition, which is important if you're into rhesus monkeys.


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DFZ
BRONZE Member since Apr 2004

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Christian Death Metal Anyone?
Location: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Total posts: 313
Posted:I'm Thinking about getting an SlR camera instead of a dgital as Digital SlR's are too expensive. I think an Slr camera will give me enough options with fire twirling and any other pictures i may wish to take.

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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:mid range pro-sumer cameras have manual controls.
i use the older version of the pentax s4, and itsa crazygood for fire photos.
and rude ones too. angel


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mech
BRONZE Member since Jun 2003

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Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom

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Posted:i would say then if you are going 35mm slr, maybe you should look at either the canon eos range (LOVERLY CAMS!) or maybe pantax, or nikon?

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DFZ
BRONZE Member since Apr 2004

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Christian Death Metal Anyone?
Location: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Total posts: 313
Posted:Funny You should Say that Because i Was looking at the Canon Eos 3000n, or something like that. Checked it out and all the review rekon it's a great camera to start with and has enough features to keep you busy for a year. After that might look at buying a more professional one but only learning now so should do me fine.
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fNi
GOLD Member since Mar 2004

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Location: New York, USA

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Posted:personally, for 35mm slr, it never EVAR gets better than an A-1 from Canon ubblove

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