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Trouble taking night time photos

No matter what setting I have the camera on either auto manual low light scene etc I never get a clear picture it is either very dark or fuzzy with lines as if the object has moved but the camera and people have been very still any ideas what is wrong?

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    I have the same problem and have had this problem for a long time. I just reinitialized my camera using the menu and it already seems to help.

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Please go to camera menu and select Initialize and press OK to RESET camera to factory default settings.
I hope problem will resolve.

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Whats the best setting for taking pictures when out at night time?


Photographyat night can be used to create mysterious and amazing photos. When I sayphotography at night I mean the hours from around sunset until when the starsare clearly visible. The long exposures associated with low light can createunique effects and unusually sharp photos. And when I say long exposures I meanexposures lasting from half a second up to even 30 seconds. An exposure thatlong would seem impossible to prevent shaking, so my technique that I use veryoften is to compose the photo like I would normally and then to set theself-timer so the camera takes the picture on its own and I don't even have totouch it.
EquipmentOptions For lowlight photos, a tripod (or some kind of substitute) is very necessary. I almostalways keep a tripod in the trunk of my car or carry a miniature tripod aroundon trips. A miniature tripod can be very handy because it is typically smallenough to fit in a pants pocket so it can be taken anywhere. Some photographerscarry around a bean bag or something like it so that can set their camera downand tilt it in any way they like. Some of my best pictures I have taken simplyby setting my camera down on a newspaper stand and setting the self-timer.

Many photographers are convinced that they need a cable release to take longexposures but the self-timer release option on just about all cameras worksjust as well. All you have to do is set the camera up, configure theself-timer, press the shutter button, and wait the specified amount of time(usually 10 seconds) and the camera will take the photo automatically. And youdon't have to touch the camera so the photo won't be blurred from hand shaking.

Night Photo Opportunities
Landscape Photos - My favorite kind of night photousually includes a landscape with some kind of foreground element, some sort offraming element, and lots of lights throughout the scene. Adding some kind offoreground item to the frame helps to create a greater depth of field, thistechnique works for any kind of photo but I have found that it makes nightlandscape photos much better. Another tip you should keep in mind is that themain subject of a night photo should probably be the most well lit. Lots oflight is good for a night exposure but there should still be some focus appliedto the major objects in a scene.
CapturingMotion - A verypopular kind of night photography includes a steady camera with some sort offast moving object streaming through the frame. When cars are photographed atnight with a long shutter speed, the headlights make a bright pathway of lightand in most cases the car can't even be seen. Another option would be to set upyour camera next to a lighted area with lots of people moving like a night clubor an illuminated street. Just about any kind of motion captured with thecamera steady produces a very interesting photo.

Balancing Aperture and Shutter SpeedWhen taking photos at night you should keep aperture in mind as well asshutter speed. It is without question that you will need a long shutter speed,but the aperture that you choose will provide the depth of field. When I takenight photos I usually have a very long shutter speed (5-15 seconds) and a verynarrow aperture (high f-stop). This combination creates a huge depth of fieldand makes everything very crisp and in focus. Of course sometimes you will notdesire a great depth of field and in those situations you should widen theaperture (small f-stop).

Calculating the ExposureFiguring out what exact shutter speed and aperture you should use can bevery challenging in Manual Mode. I would recommend that you just try manydifferent combinations for each scene and eventually you will refine thesettings that you prefer. Another technique I use is Bracketing, if you bracketall your photos so the camera takes multiple exposures at different settings,you are more likely to end up with a photo that has a satisfactory brightness.
Conclusion There is no exact science to night photography; I hope some of these tips willguide you in the right direction. But the best night photographers are usuallythe people who experiment a lot when they are taking low light exposures andeventually they figure out the best scenes and best exposure settings to match.Just remember that you need a very long shutter speed setting, and that youneed to keep the camera very steady.

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May cam has a problem in taking pictures in day light and in any place with light the picture become so light and has a many white line too but getting picture at night or in low light place the picture...


It could be 1 of 2 issues:-

1) Make sure all your settings are on Auto and try again. It may be currently set to a specific scene setting which is distorting your photos.

2) It may require a firmware upgrade. That will involve going to the Samsung website, following links to support/downloads and checking to see if there's an update for your camera.

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It seems like most of my indoor pictures are either dark or has a redish color to the pictures. I took pictures on the auto settings for the scenes. Then I tried the party scene. But all seems pretty dark....


Make sure your options are reset to factory default just to make sure some option has not been changed by accident, like white balance or others, then make some test shots. If that doesn't correct the problem, here are some more suggestions.

I am not sure what you are taking photos of, portraits, the entire room, etc. However, I would try a manual setting with and ISO of around 800 for a few frames, then try the museum setting in the scene menu. See what the results of those are. Also try the portrait selection for items or people that are fairly close. You have to be sure you have read your manual and became familiar with the camera. Most people that have reviewed your camera's model have stated it is pretty good in low light, but the flash is somewhat weak. Light is the secret to good photographs with a standard point and shoot. The camera you have has quite a few good options and should work fairly well in low light if on the correct setting.

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Not good photos indoors very grainy and bad light looking photos


Auto mode in poor lighting (generally always indoors without flash) sets high ISO, which produces ugly amount of noise (graininess). What you need is to keep the ISO under 200 by either:
Shooting well lit scenes, using flash etc.
or
Uusing one of the manual programs (M, S, A, P) and setting the sensitivity via the F-menu.

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Blurry pictures


Most probably you have incorrectly set your camera to a Camera Record mode other than Auto.

If there is not enough light and you are trying to photograph the scene without flash, (eg. by setting your camera mode to a mode that is programmed not to use flash) then the camera has to compensate for the missing light by keeping its shutter open for a longer period of time so as enough light comes into its sensor.

If your hand shakes during that time, you get blurry images.

Check your camera settings. The Twilight scene mode gives you slower shutter speeds to capture dark, night scenes, but you need to stabilize the camera on a tripod or something, depending on the level of light of the scene you want to photograph. The Twilight Portrait, on the other hand, is the same as Twilight with the addition of flash is used to illuminate a person or foreground subject as well as capturing a night background. This mode also keeps a long shutter time for capturing the night background.

For taking pictures of people, I would suggest you use Auto or Portrait mode where the camera will automatically use fast shutter speeds and flash (if dark).

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