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Old May 29, 2007, 7:12 PM   #1
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I recently wen to Las Vegas. I took many pictures inside the Casino. Using night scene mode. I have Canon S3 IS camera. When i checked pics..they all were ruined. i don't know which shooting mode to choose. Inside casino there was lot of lighting(lots of diffreent colors of bulbs).but they seems to ruin the pics. I choose night mode because if i shoot in Auto mode then image turn out to be having lots of noice. I am totaly confused which shooting mode to choose & When. If someone can provide help me on this , i would be thankful.
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Old May 30, 2007, 1:51 AM   #2
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That kind of lighting situation is definitely not easy, and trying to capture it with a p&s can be a challenge.

You might want to check your manual, but I think the night mode is meant to be used with a tripod. It's probably doing rather long exposures which would end up blurry and overexposed, though I could be mistaken.

Here's what I would try. First, find out if the camera has some kind of highlight preview mode. This is a function that when you look at your photos on the LCD, it will blink wherever something is overexposed. This can quickly tell you if you need to darken your exposures.

Second, learn to use exposure compensation. With this, you can tell the camera to either brighten or darken your exposures without having to use manual controls. This is one of the most important functions to learn.

I would try using aperture priority mode. Set the aperture to the smallest number. This will open it up to receive as much light as possible and allow for faster shutter speeds. Also, use as little zoom as possible. Full wide angle will get your best exposures.

For the ISO, you'll probably want it set to 100. With longer exposures noise will probably be problematic at the higher settings.

When you take your photos, look at the lcd and see if there's a lot of blinking. It's fine if the lights themselves are blinking, but if there are large blinking blobs then you need to turn down the exposure compensation. You should also turn this down if you are getting blurring. Underexposed shots can be repaired to some degree, but there's not much you can do about overexposure and blur.
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Old May 30, 2007, 2:58 PM   #3
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surprised to hear you are allowed to take photographs in a casino...or were you 'undercover'?! :|
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Old May 31, 2007, 5:42 AM   #4
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Taking photos in a Casino isgenerally not a problem in Las Vegas as long as you don't take pictures of people or the machines. Ask security first so they are aware of you and then shoot away.
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Old Jun 12, 2007, 3:24 PM   #5
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i feel your pain, in the beginning i lost alot of shots, because of all the fancy settings, i wish the camera companies would make these cameras with basic settings! but like anything else, you learn by your mistakes, and asking questions on this site, there are some awesome folks on this site!!!
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