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Slr e 500 can you advise on the best technique to get the best pictures shooting low light , club type ,poor stage lighting, music show. i have tried different approaches, but would appreciate professional advise. metering mode, iso, focus mode,manual mode, shutter priority mode , aperture priority mode, etc.... thank you

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First of all this is a big subject that you cannot learn from just a few lines of infomation. If you are interested to work professionally ,then it is better to attend a full time or part time course in professional photography that is run by various institutions. You will need practical coaching , guidance and taught fundementally the subject. Once you under the technics of the cameras-- digital or celluloid- the variation of the shutter speed, the aperture settings , the angles of focus, lighting , all this needs a certain degree of combination that makes you a professional photographer.
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When taking a picture the photos are very grainy. Five out of 1 will snap a clear photo. Any suggestions?

With a point and shoot camera, you are leaving everything to the integrity of an image to the camera and sometimes in a low light situation especially "Grainy" suggests that your ISO is set too high. Check your lighting and add light to your focal point (subject). In dark lighting, you must use a higher ISO or better light and yes grain will appear evident in your photos if everything is on auto in some cases. Also, you may want to try shooting RAW (if there is a RAW option) so that your image will be more adjustable in post (editing your photos) because more information is recorded thus allowing to proof with a higher degree of forgiveness. On another note: If you are that interested, perhaps you should take a coarse in photography and try out a more customized productivity with an SLR body that you are able to set your camera to its best settings according to what you are shooting? I hope this helped? Have fun!

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I read a lot of complaints from people about their not being able to take clear, dependable pictures indoors, with the flash or without. Most of these complaints are from regular users, with limited technical knowledge or experience. First of all, we need to be realistic about point and shoot cameras. They are a general purpose camera, and they have sure come a long way for the bucks we put out for them. We, in our newfound bliss, use them in all situations, however, and become disappointed when they fail to come out in focus and pretty. There are a number of things that cause a picture to be out of focus indoors, and even outdoors at times, but low lighting and a non-distinct subject are the major villians that ruin our precious moments.
A point and shoot camera has a sensor that demands a certain amount of light to translate the object digitally. In low light situations, the camera simply can't "see" good enough to focus well, and there is a simple solution, which is getting more light in the room. Forarmed with good light ensures quality pictures, but even moreso, having the right lighting is the icing on the cake. There is nothing you can do to force a camera to do that which it not capable of, and although manufacturing specs usually specify low light minimums, these conditions turn out to be less perfect in reality than the specs might lead us to believe. If you really do a lot of shooting indoors, and want the best quality pictures, you have to step up to a digital SLR camera. They have more sensitive sensors, more pixels, and control over manual settings that you just can't achieve with a typical point and shoot, allowing you to take better pictures under difficult situations. So, in summary, be realistic about your point and shoot, and do a little research into proper lighting for good results. You can google the topic and get many great articles by pros and amatuers alike, letting you know what works, and giving you options. Remember the old saying "you get what you pay for", and if you really demand more perfection in your photography, you will have to step up to a more capable digital SLR system, and dig in your wallet a bit! Good luck, and happy camering!

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You can find the manual here. They have some suggestions for shooting in low light:
  • Set scene to "NATURAL LIGHT" Capture natural light indoors, under low light, or where the fl ash can not be used.
  • or set Scene t "PARTY" Capture indoor background lighting under low-light conditions.
Use a tripod if available, or brace the camera against a wall, table, or other fixed object when taking pictures to reduce blurriness.
If you don't have an object to brace the camera against, use these techniques to reduce camera shake. Press the camera button instead of jabbing at it.
Search the internet for "low light photography" for more tips. The PARTY and NATURAL LIGHT settings on your camera should boost the ISO on your camera.
Do some test shots before hand in low light situations to see what works best.

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What settings would I use taking low light action pictures

In general, taking action pictures is all about getting as much light in the camera as possible. In lieu of light, you can increase the camera's sensitivity to the light. This is called your ISO sensitivity and the higher the ISO, the more sensitive to light your camera is, and therefore they allow you to shoot with a faster shutter speed. The faster your shutter speed, the clearer your action pictures will be. In general, try a shutter speed of at least 1/250. Be warned: The higher your ISO, the more grainy your pictures may be, and if you have a consumer-end camera (point-and-shoot, or 4/3rds SLR) any higher than ISO 800 will most likely destroy the quality of your photos. If possible at all, try adding more light.

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My flash photo's are creating "white" eyes

Without seeing the photos in question, I can't give you an exact answer. My best guess is that your flash was too far away to cause red-eye but was instead reflected from the moist surface of the eyeball as a white catch-light right in the center of the eyeball.

However, I can give you some tips on how to shoot photos in this situation.

First, flash and telephoto lenses do not work well together. The reason for this is that the light provided by your flash falls off dramatically as the distance increases. This is called the Inverse Square Law. What happens is that the light provided by your flash at 10 feet is 1/4 the light provided when the subject is at 5 feet - not 1/2 the light as you might first suspect. For this reason flash becomes essentially useless when your subject is more than 15-20 feet from the flash. Unless you can put strobe lighting on the stage and trigger it remotely from your camera (a very expensive process), you need to shoot with the available light.

First you need "fast glass" - this means a lens with a small f-stop number when zoomed to the maximum telephoto distance. These lenses are heavy, and expensive, but this is what you need to use to get this job done. Let me know if you want a link to some sites that rent these lenses. You need to shoot at the widest aperture (minimum f-stop number). I shoot with a 70-200 lens at f2.8 for this type of situation. Shoot in Aperture Priority mode so you can set the f-stop to the minimum for the lens (e.g. f2.8).

Second, you need to bump the ISO to the highest setting. This is why digital cameras have a high ISO setting, to enable you to shoot in low light. The images are going to have a lot of noise but there's no way around it - this is part of low light photography. Don't forget to reset the ISO after your are done - you don't want to shoot in high ISO all the time - just use it in low light situations.

Third, I usually under-expose by 1 stop so that I can use a shutter that is 1-stop faster than I could use otherwise - to minimize motion blur. This can be done in Aperture Priority mode by setting Exposure Compensation to -1. The shots will be a little dark but I find that it works OK because they "look" like they are on stage this way. You can also lighten them a bit in the post processing. If the light is really, really dim I may even shoot at -2.

Fourth, only shoot when your subject is in the brightest areas of the stage - don't try to get a shot when your subject is off on the side in dimmer light.

Fifth, shoot in RAW. You can do a lot in post-processing of RAW files to bring out details and minimize noise. If you shoot in JPEG there is little you can do to fix these problems in your post-processing.

Finally, you need to either use a lens with IS or VR that helps minimize blur from camera shake, or you need to use a tripod or monopod to help stabilize the camera.

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Digital SLR will not focus

check the contacts on the lens... since it is copper and would develop copper rust... clean with iso alcohol and let air dry for an hour... clean the contacts on the camera too.

reset the camera back to factory defaults by mode dial to p, press menu, and custom reset back to factory defaults

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Dark picture taking on stage

You need to run it with aperture priority, and have the aperture as wide open as possible (The lower the number the better). You've got the kit lens, which is a notoriously poor performer in low light conditions, you should consider getting one of the Sigma DG lenses.

The other alternative is to get as close up to the stage as possible, and use the smaller lens that would have come with the camera kit. It's a little faster.

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Appature settings are never precise because they constantly need to be adjusted to suit the individual lighting conditions, in other words it is impossible to make a blanket statement for the best fstop and shutter speed to use for florescent lighting since that would depend on the size of the room ambient light the number of florescent lights and the distance to the target. As a rule of thumb these cameras have reasonably good light sensors so setting them to auto and pressing the button halfway should show you a display of the recommended fstop and shutter settings. I would recommend then bracketing from these settings. Bracketing is the process of taking several shots while varying the exposure settings to "passthrough" the optimal settings. Usually if you have a good idea what exposure will work a three step bracket is all that is required.
Example (based on outdoor exposure):
Optimal settings show shutter at 500 fstop at 16
Bracket picture 1:
shutter 250 fstop 16
Picture 2:
Shutter 500 fstop 16
Picture 3:
Shutter 1000 fstop 16

There is also a handy rule of thumb for exposure settings
Note that this also changes based on type of film
See the following chart for iso 400 film fstop of 16:
Bright sunlight: shutter 1/2000 th or just 2000
Partly cloudy: about 1/500th or 500
Overcast:1/125th or 125
Medium source (open window on a sunny day): 60
Inside light: 30
Low light: 15 up to 1"
night: varying

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