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Concert settings Hi, I am going to a concert, can you tell me the best settings to have the camera on, when I have it on iA if the subject moves then the picture is blurry, as there will lots of movement I obviously need to change this, also when I used it at my son's school in low light the pictures came out dark. Would it be best for me to do manual settings, if so which one? Thanks Julie

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Hey Osfan,
I will start by saying concert photographs are some of the hardest images to capture successfully. The first thing you probably should do is set the iso to the highest setting possible which on this camera is iso 800. Since it sounds like you want to stop the action I would have the camera set to shutter priority mode or manual mode so you can control the shutter speed yourself. I would have the flash on at all times, and with this camera at iso 800 the flash should cover subjects 27.9 feet away at the wide-angle setting to 18.7 feet away at the most telephoto setting. I hope my suggestions help!

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Allan
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Posted on May 23, 2008

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