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long exposure for night shot and or light trails

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Hi,I'm new. Can someone please advise me on correct settings for a good 30 second exposure please. I assume I need to be in manual mode, set the shutter speed to 30, set the ISO between 100-400, and aperture about 2.8??

Problem I'm having is I am pressing the shutter button and its taking a shot instantly that comes out very dark and full of noise. What am I doing wrong? I have seen great night city scapes taken with the x20, and some fantastic light trails too so I know it can be done. I'm going to Dubai on Wednesday and its a great opportunity to capture some great night shots. If only I knew how?? :(

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The subject is probably way to complicated to explain fully in a forum thread. The correct exposure will depend on the actual light available the aperture you use and the iso setting. It's a mathematical formula and you simply can;t "guess" correct exposures over the Internet.

Jump on Amazon or somewhere and purchase a copy of a book called Understanding Exposure by Brian Peterson. It will teach you all about exposure and how it works in all photography situations. If nothing else it will give you something to read on the plane if you get the ebook edition.

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Note that one of the limitations of this camera seems to be that 30 sec exposure in manual mode is only possible at 100 ISO. At 200 ISO this is halved to 15 secs, 250 ISO to 8 secs. As soon as you are in the high ISO ranges (eg. 1000), max shutter speed is 2 secs or less. It is the only drawback I have found with the X20, so impossible to take eg. Photos which would require 12 secs exposure at say 1600 ISO

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Note that one of the limitations of this camera seems to be that 30 sec exposure in manual mode is only possible at 100 ISO. At 200 ISO this is halved to 15 secs, 250 ISO to 8 secs. As soon as you are in the high ISO ranges (eg. 1000), max shutter speed is 2 secs or less. It is the only drawback I have found with the X20, so impossible to take eg. Photos which would require 12 secs exposure at say 1600 ISO

I have a Fuji F505 and it unfortunately has the same limitations.

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I am sure the 100 ISO setting is so you can get low noise shots. With the cable release setup, why is there no bulb function? The retro appeal of this camera got me, and I can work with 30 sec at 100 ISO, but I like F11 as an aperture and a 1 min exposure time. I love this little camera, but that is a little bit of a chink in its armor!

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