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Mary Ellen Siegler

How to take better indoor shots

Can you offer suggestions on how to get better indoor shots of people when there is low light without having to use a tripod? I have heard of "dragging your shutter" or using "open flash" in order to let more ambient light in (so the background is not dark)and using the flash to freeze motion. Can you elaborate on this?

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4/7/2005 7:55:41 PM

Kerry L. Walker   Setting your shutter speed lower than the maximum sync speed will allow additional ambient light. Just make sure you can still hand hold the camera w/o camera shake or you will get blurred images.

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4/8/2005 6:44:33 AM

Noor H.   Hey there mary,
using a tripod will help freeze the pictures. It also depends on what kind of indoors, like is it night time, day time? because you can really benefit from the day light coming from a window, and will give you a very nice effect in your pictures, without using a flash.

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4/9/2005 1:15:17 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  ...To elaborate a little to the previous responses:
Subject movement will be as much of an issue as camera-shake when attempting to drag the shutter with a slow flash sync speed.
You have to instruct your subjects to remain motionless to avoid a "ghostly" outline of their actions.

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4/9/2005 2:48:29 PM

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