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 Post subject: Night Time Settings?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:20 am 
I am new to the whole camera thing and really want to learn a bit. I am taking my kids to the Christmas parade tomorrow and want to take some photos of the parade and also of our kids there. I don't want to use the flash because I want the whole night time effect with the Christmas lights. I have a new Canon XS20 and have not been able to figure out much on it although I have been practising. Can someone give me some tps on what settings I should use for the above mentioned condition? I will not be using a tripod although I know alot of people will stress to use one.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:29 pm 
Unfortunately, you need to use the flash if you are going to photograph people or moving subjects at night.You will need to drag the shutter to capture some ambient light (1/20th of a second should be enough, but experiment with this). Alternatively, you can use your camera's highest iso setting and hope for your images to come out motion-blurred


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:53 am 
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+1 - as high ISO as you can go, with a wide an aperture as you can get.

Keep the camera as steady and secure as possible, and fire away. You may get some keepers, so don't be shutter shy...


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:49 pm 
Shutter release cable and tripod is strongly recommended in low-light photography. Use biggest aperture if you were unsure about settings for now. Highest ISO for quick-fix (for now).
Hold camera or find a study place to support your camera and use self-timer eg 10s.

Hope it helps.


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