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Laura Kalcheff
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/12/2007

Camera Settings for Low Artificial Light

Does anyone own the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX5? If so, here is my question/dilemma: I am attending a graduation party in a week, which will be held in a hotel ballroom - nothing but artificial light and probably low light at that (to be held at night). Which of the scene selections would be best to use for shooting in those conditions? ISO, low light scene with noise reduction, no tripod, or perhaps another setting? I appreciate any help anyone can give me - thanks!

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5/1/2011 5:42:05 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Laura,
I see that this camera has adjustable ISO settings so I would bump the ISO to 800 or 1600, and if it is still too dark, you can go to 3200 (max for the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX5), but it will probably be noisy (grainy).
Try leaving the shooting mode at Intelligent Auto as you may have a combination of tungsten and fluorescent lighting to deal with.
Good luck.

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5/2/2011 2:35:43 PM

Josh Voyles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2011
  You're kind of limited with your options. But based on what the camera offers...try this: iAuto, ISO 400/800 (800 max lower is better for less grain). Run your EV comp at -2 with your flash on. If -2 is too dark, try minus 1. That should offer you a handheld aperture/shutter combo that should render your images somewhat clean.
Good luck! Don't be afraid to try different things.

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5/4/2011 12:14:17 PM

Josh Voyles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2011
  Also, if your flash is too strong (i.e., close-ups), you can affix a piece of wax paper over the flash to diffuse it. I've used wax paper with pleasing results, though now I use a Puffer that fits in my hotshoe.

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5/4/2011 12:18:06 PM

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