Hi...I have two cameras....a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 and a Canon Power Shot SX30 IS.
Night photography with the Lumix is simple and I love the results. I can blur motion or take perfectly in focus cityscapes just by letting the camera decide pretty much what to do...all I do is set the shutter speed to 15, 30 or 60 seconds.
Here's a shot from the Lumix that I really like:
It's pretty basic...but the focus and contrast is to my eye really nice.
Now...I have only had the Canon for a short time...a couple of weeks and I am trying to perfect a way to take night photos that is simple. I know I should use my own eye to make an assessment and let that dictate the settings I use...anyway...I've tried a few ways. Here's some results:
It seems that the focus is not as sharp.
I took photos with the Canon to test at shutter speeds ranging from 15, down to about 3 seconds. I let the camera set the aperture. I had the ISO at 80.
For that scene (in the above 2 pics) I think the best results were with the shutter speed about 4-6 seconds...and whatever aperture was set.
Is there a way to use the Canon PS SX30 IS so that it can take kind of 'fool-proof' night shots? Does it have a good/ effective auto setting like say my Lumix has?
When I use my Lumix at night I can basically be assured of great focus. All I have to deal with is the amount of light...15sec, 30 or a minute....the camera does the rest.
But with the Canon it seems that to get great focus I have to really trawl through the shutter speeds/ apertures until I get the right combo for the conditions.
I'm not saying I want a dummy auto camera...I am just wondering if the Canon has some kind of dummy night time feature. It didn't say much of anything about night shooting in the manual...and I am pretty new to photography really.
I love the first picture I posted....taken on my Lumix...but so far I haven't really been able to get great results with the Canon.
Any further tips? A lot of the guides I've seen on the net so far just say...well...get that shutter speed open for a while...keep the camera still...my camera is on a tripod of course...with timer used.
For the latter 2 pics I posted, I was using the Tv setting...where you can adjust the shutter speed....I have tried other settings such as Manual...and Av...with kind of similar out of focus results. What I am after is that really sharp focus like in the first pic I posted.
So....sorry for the long winded post...I'm really enjoying learning...that's why I joined the forum...ok...thanks for any help