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    Question Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Red indicator light ruined long exposure
    Hi,
    I went backing in the mountains and wanted to take extended exposure shots to see if I could get some good pictures of the Milky Way. I realized that there was some red indicator light ruined the long exposure...I tried to cover up the light and some of the images are better, but in all of the pictures have red light on the right side of the picture. I'm not even sure what light it is. How can I turn this off so that next time my star pictures turn out better?
    The first image I inserted shows the redish tint and in the 2nd one I was able to crop out most of the red to make a pretty decent pic.

    And if anyone general tips on taking pictures of stars/Milky Way that would super helpful.

    Thanks,
    Red indicator light ruined long exposure-red-light.jpgRed indicator light ruined long exposure-milky-way.jpg


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  2. #2
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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Photographing the Night Sky from Nikon
    Some tips here may help.

    Lou Cioccio

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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    First off welcome to the forum,

    A lot of what you are seeing is the color Temp settings. I do not remember right off but I do remember that the last time I shot night skies I changed the color temp and it made all the difference in the world.

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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.
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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    First off welcome to the forum,

    A lot of what you are seeing is the color Temp settings. I do not remember right off but I do remember that the last time I shot night skies I changed the color temp and it made all the difference in the world.
    3800 Kelvin is a great place to start.
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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    "I realized that there was some red indicator light ruined the long exposure...I tried to cover up the light and some of the images are better, but in all of the pictures have red light on the right side of the picture. I'm not even sure what light it is."

    Using a phone or another camera, take a picture and show us what this light is you're referring to.


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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Welcome to the forum
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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Red indicator light ruined long exposure
    i just put one of your images into ACR and clicked auto W/B it may not be right but it shows the difference W/B can make

    Red indicator light ruined long exposure-milky-way.jpg

    Red indicator light ruined long exposure-milky-way.jpg
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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    3800 Kelvin is a great place to start.

    I always though that white balancing it in Lightroom or ACR would do the trick but a local friend convinced me to try (it might have been 3800K) when shooting. I had shot several in Auto White Balance already and then changed over to 3800K and shot the rest. The one on 3800K were much better than I could get trying to balance the color myself in Lightroom.

    Going to have to go look up those photos to see what white balance I did actually use.

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  10. #10
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    Re: Red indicator light ruined long exposure

    It is most likely light coming in through your view finder, did you cover this up? Did you use a red headlamp for looking at the rear of your camera? Were there others around using red tinted head lamps? Always remember to cover your view finder window as it leaks light badly on long exposure night photos.





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