Need some basic advice on some shots/exposure time for shots taken at night (almost pitch black)
there is a huge fire in Boulder, went up this evening to take some shots on my 7D with 30" exposure at 100iso, etc... they were turning out reallly black except for faint light from the flames. there was a guy next to me whom i believe had a decent Nikon but i was timing his exposure and it was close to 15" and when it previewed on the display i could see his face fucking light up from the image, how he do that?
i was using a 'kit' lens (please dont hate, it was a gift and im saving/have money to get a decent lens but still waiting...) which is an 18-135mm so i have decent zoom..
some guy walked over to me and was talking to me and was helping/asking me how my shots were turning out, he suggested i use 'bulb' mode. i obviously dont have a shutter control remote yet so i was manually holding it down for almost 60-75 seconds @ f/22 and they were coming out brighter.
MY GAY QUESTION IS: are there any 'beat-around-the-bush' tips i can do ON my camera to elp justify this (ballpark please, i know no one can say to put anything specific at something since they arent THERE to see what im shooting) because im always fucking around with the M setting and adjusting my aperture/iso as needed...
or are there any "must have" accessories i need to invest in (besides a good lens) to obtain now? (i have a nice tripod already)
thanks, and hold back the negativity with my noob questions with this advanced camera, i wanted a decent one, got this as an extremely early bday gift from my grandmother who is a photographer and this will last me a while..