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Night pictures with out useing the flashon ansx10is

I am trying to take night pictures with a powershotsx10is with out useing the flash because it will scare the penguins if i use the flash

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Don't scare the penguins.
Go to flash mode and switch off flash.
Alternatively, you can use manual mode and go for a slower shutter sheep anf full aperture, but this could make the photo fuzzy. U might need a tripod
Another alternative is to use a very high ISO like 800 or 1600. This will make the photo more grainy but if your hand is steady, you might be able to get your penguin.

Happy shooting

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