Egypt is a wondrous and mysterious place to visit. By day there are all kinds of activities however by night it can turn into a wonderland of sights and sounds.
Studying archeology from a book is one thing but being there and experiencing things that you have only read about is another. Attending the Sound and Light show at Gisa, is an adventure in itself. This should be planned and booked ahead of time however it can be done after you arrive. See if you can get there early in order to get a front row seat so that you will have an unobstructed view of the whole Giza Plateau. Don’t be surprised if there is a fee charged that allows the visitor to use their camera along with a waver that says that the photos won’t be used for commercial purposes.
Packing a tripod will come in handy for special events like this one, as it affords you the opportunity to not only take photographs but experience a laser art show that is extremely unique and exciting. Making sure that your flash is turned off, set the ISO Speed between 400 and 800, so that it will minimize how long it takes to capture the picture. Since you are shooting at night, the tripod will help steady the camera so that the pictures won’t appear to be out of focus.
For those using a pocket digital camera, be careful about using the digital zoom area, as it may not produce a quality picture. Digital zoom can vary depending on the pocket digital that you own. A quick test prior to leaving on your trip will allow you to play with the different settings and see if the digital zoom area will produce the quality that you would expect from taking a picture at night without a flash.
For those shooting with a DSL, try using a fixed length lens that is around 1.8 or below as this will save you from going higher than ISO 400. Using a zoom lens is a whole lot versatile but will require the use of at least 400 if not 800.
For those using a video camera, having a tripod will help with the shaking that sometimes happens when attempting to capture a very exciting program.
Experiencing the Sound and Light Show at Giza is a once in a life time experience and shouldn’t be missed.
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