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Taking pictures outside at night

I my night photos always turn out nearly black. Particularly those of the moon and fires. What do I need to do to get good pictures at night?

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Re: taking pictures outside at night

There are so many solutions to this I barely know where to begin.

First, set the Dial to M, then on the multimode (round) button, push on the left side to bring the exposure time up. For night shots I find that F2.7 and any time of 1" or more yields fairly good shots.

You should see the change in the view finder, or the lcd if you're one to use that.

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