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Srinivas Sreepada
 

Party Photos


I have a Nikon E5700 always get great pictures during the day but night either indoor our outdoor parties or events the picture gets either grainy or too bright. Any advice will be great help.


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11/30/2005 12:05:17 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Uploading some samples would help, but generally -
Nighttime or dim indoors photo that is dark/grainy is underexposed. The subject may be beyond the range of your flash, or you need to set longer shutter speed and/or wider aperture.

Nighttime or dim indoors photo that is too bright is often the result of using auto flash with a subject too close.


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11/30/2005 5:59:50 AM

 
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Here are two samples. The first one the theater looks darker than it really was. Second one I tried increasing exposure and it is a mess too. I dont have record of the exact exposure setting unfortunately for these two pictures. Any advice will help


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11/30/2005 4:44:25 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Sample 1: The flash cannot light an entire room, much less an auditorium. The flash worked well to light the near wall and water bottle, but light dissipates very quickly with distance. The camera set a relatively fast shutter speed (probably 1/60 or faster) on the assumption that the flash would be sufficient to light a near subject. Since your subject (people in the audienc) were well beyond the flash range, a longer shutter speed (and/or higher ISO setting) is needed.

Sample 2 - Appears to be shot with a long shutter speed, either with or without flash. Exposure is good, but the white balance is off, giving it a yellow/orange cast. Need to set for the (probably) Tungsten lighting of the room, or a custom setting. However, this can be corrected after the fact with an editing program. The picture is blurred because the shutter speed is too slow to stop subject motion and camera shake from being hand held. The latter can be corrected with better bracing technique or using a tripod, but to get faster shutter speeds to stop subject motion requires setting the ISO to a higher value.


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12/1/2005 5:52:57 AM

 
David M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  Your eyes can adjust to dim lighting much better than your camera can. You have to know the limits of the camera (including even the expensive ones) so you will know when to just put the camera down and wait for a photographic moment you CAN capture.

If you have a large, dark room with people moving in it, you will not get a picture of it that will look like what you are seeing with your eyes. The sensitivity on the camera can not be set high enough to allow a fast enough shutter speed to stop the action AND expose the pic to your liking.

I have a Sony T1 and its flash is only good for about 5 feet, other point and shoots may do up to 8, maybe 10ft at best. Since I know this, I get close, take pictures, and they come out good. I don't try to take a picture of a big room (especially with a flash) cus I know it won't come out. And if you try without a flash and the camera is trying to shoot at 1/15" shutter speed, just put the camera down, everyone will be a blur.


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12/1/2005 10:07:19 AM

 
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