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Old Dec 11, 2002, 4:53 PM   #1
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POWERSHOT A40 SETTINGS

I have been trying out some of the following settings on my camera to see if it can record outdoor displays. If you try any of the ones listed below let me know how you get on.

Photographing a large outdoor Christmas Tree with white lightbulbs.

Shooting Mode - Program AE
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1 sec.
Av (Aperture Value) 3.5
Metering Mode - Spot
Image Quality - Fine or Superfine (Doesn't matter)
White Balance - Daylight
AF Mode - Single
Active AF Points - Centre

Try the above first and then change White Balance - Cloudy

The Daylight and Cloudy settings have the effect of boosting the
orange, yellow and red parts of the picture. Whereas a White Balance
setting of Tungsten adds a blue cast to the picture making it look
really cold. Time taken : 5pm, December 11. Dark.

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Photographing a large outdoor Christmas display with coloured lights
and animated section.

Shooting Mode - Manual
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1 sec.
Av (Aperture Value) 3.5
Metering Mode - Evaluative
Image Quality - Fine or Superfine (Doesn't matter)
ISO - 50 (Camera chose this itself)
White Balance - Fluorescent H (This was chosen by mistake but the end
result was OK)
AF Mode - Single
Active AF Points - Centre

Time taken : 5pm, December 11. Dark.

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Photographing a large outdoor Christmas display with coloured lights
and white lights.

Shooting Mode - Manual
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1 sec.
Av (Aperture Value) 2.8
Metering Mode - Evaluative
Image Quality - Fine or Superfine (Doesn't matter)
ISO - 50 (Camera chose this itself)
Focal Length - Wide Angle (5.4mm)
White Balance - Fluorescent H (This was chosen by mistake but the end
result was OK)
AF Mode - Single
Active AF Points - Centre

Again, try changing the White Balance settings to see what effect it
has on the pictures.

The Daylight and Cloudy settings have the effect of boosting the
orange, yellow and red parts of the picture. Whereas a White Balance
setting of Tungsten adds a blue cast to the picture making it look
really cold. Time taken : 5pm, December 11. Dark.

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Photographing the front of a building with Christmas lights and large
lit up decorations.

Shooting Mode - Program AE
Tv (Shutter Speed) 0.5
Av (Aperture Value) 2.8
Metering Mode - Spot
Image Quality - Fine or Superfine (Doesn't matter)
ISO - Auto (Camera chose this itself)
Focal Length - Wide Angle (5.4mm)
White Balance - Fluorescent H (This was chosen by mistake but the end
result was OK). Try it with Daylight, Cloudy and Tungsten to see what
effects they produce.
AF Mode - Single
Active AF Points - Centre

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Old Dec 12, 2002, 2:13 AM   #2
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Could you please explain some more about this experiment (!). I cant seems to get the point... its very difficult to put up these settings in advance and get the ultimate result...

How wide shall the tree be, how high, how much light on it, how dark is there in the place it stands...bla bla bla..

Please explain!
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Old Dec 13, 2002, 5:05 AM   #3
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Klaus,

These settings are only for a Canon A30 and A40 Powershot cameras and may not work on the equipment you are using. You should be on the Olympus and Nikon forums. The Christmas tree is over 20 feet tall and is covered in outdoor tungsten light bulbs and the time of day can vary from dusk into night.
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I was wondering why anybody didnt answer you - and figured out, the reason was the lack of information from you.

Do you really think that because you own a Nikon camera you cannot read and posts in other forums that the Nikon forum ? Come on...

You can always ignore other cameraowners, if you dont like them - cant you!
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Klaus,

You sound to be a bit of a hot head to me and if you are looking for trouble you are in the wrong place. I only put this information up to help people who are new to the Canon A40 and the settings are of no use to someone with a differnet kind of camera. If you own other makes of cameras, why are you on a Canon forum??? I would have no interest going onto an Olympus or Nikon forum as I don't own cameras from those countries. As for not supplying enough information, I think that is an understatement, when you look at the length of the text in the original posting. You need to calm down man and not be so serious!
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Lets not argue Rimbo.

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Do you really think that because you own a Nikon camera you cannot read and posts in other forums that the Nikon forum ? Come on...
I'm just a curious person! Ease up!
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