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    Default Correct settings on low light...???

    hi guys...i need your expertise on how to have a great sharp images in a low light condition e.g. inside my house at night using only not so bright circular flourescent lamp...? i find big difference in quality of image comparing to shooting outdoor in sunlight...BUT how come i see some uploaded pics here which was taken from their house too which are really sharp...

    advise pls..

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    Default Re: Correct settings on low light...???

    Quote Originally Posted by elmzarcega View Post
    hi guys...i need your expertise on how to have a great sharp images in a low light condition e.g. inside my house at night using only not so bright circular flourescent lamp...? i find big difference in quality of image comparing to shooting outdoor in sunlight...BUT how come i see some uploaded pics here which was taken from their house too which are really sharp...

    advise pls..
    flash? tripod? high ISO? fast lens? too many reason...

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    For the best low light image, mount your camera on a sturdy tripod, use the lowest iso, and take your pic either using a remote release or the timer.
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    Default Re: Correct settings on low light...???

    low light situations will mean slower shutter speed and the possibility of camera shake
    so a good tripod is necessary to counter that

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    basic principle.

    1. recreate high intensity light
    - framing at a composition that gives overall bright exposure (limiting flexibility of composition)
    - increase light temporarily by flash (may be harsh if direct)

    2. maximise rate of light collection
    - using larger aperture (limited by maximum aperture of lens, insufficient DOF for subject)

    3. maximise efficiency of light collection
    - using higher ISO (limited by maximum ISO of body, associated with noise)

    4. compensate low light by increasing shutter duration to slowly accumulate light on sensor
    - and cope with stability at prolonged shutter speed. e.g. using tripod, avoid contact vibration, avoid mirror vibration

    point 1 to 3 are used without increasing shutter duration, whereas point 4 may require support equipments such as a tripod
    Last edited by zoossh; 25th January 2007 at 10:51 PM.

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