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Old Jan 25, 2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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I would like some advice. I am trying to do some long exposure photos with my HS20. All I seem to be getting is a screen of brilliant white. I have altered the shutter speed, ISO etc, and they only make the result slightly better.

I will be the first to admit, I NEVER read any manuals. I am a 'try it and see' type of guy.

Here are 2 of the test photos...



Exposure : 1/6 sec
F-Stop : f/8
ISO : 800


Exposure : 1/6
F-Stop : f/8
ISO : 100

The second photo is the best of a bad bunch. Where am I going wrong?? I really do hope that it is something simple that I have over looked.
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Old Jan 25, 2012, 2:47 PM   #2
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G'day shieldz

Nice to meet you mate :-)
Though I think you might need to do some reading ....

Your images appear to be taked in [maybe] daylight to early evening ... they are o/exposed due to a) too much light in the sky, b) too big an ISO setting [for the amount of light], and maybe c) too long/slow a shutter speed

Suggestions-
1- if there's daylight in the sky use ISO-100: if ther's no daylight use ISO-800
2- use "A"perture mode and f8 [or whatever is your smallest aperture]
3- let the camera's metering give you a shutter speed
ps- the camera's metering will give exposures down to 8 or 10 seconds

You will probably need to go to go to "M"anual mode and set both Shutter speed and Aperture for images longer than 10 seconds

Hope this helps a bit - keep in touch & let us know how you're going
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I'd like to ask, why you suggest ISO 800 with no daylight ?
shieldz77 needs slow speed ?
ISO 800 will give 8x faster shutter speed than ISO 100

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Thanks for the tips guys. Guess I do need to read up on things
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G'day Sheildz

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I'd like to ask, why you suggest ISO 800 with no daylight ? ... shieldz77 needs slow speed ? ...
BB - you are quite correct ~ I was thinking of hand-held stuff

Sheildz - here are some samples of after-dark pix ~ hopefully they will help you
[images are 3-wide x 400pixels > set your screen to maximum width]

taken with Panasonic camera with minimum ISO=80~
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ISO-80; 0,3sec; f3,5 .................................................. . ISO-80; 0,25sec, f3,2 ................................................. ISO-80; 0,25sec, f9

taken with Pentax camera with minimum ISO=200~
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ISO-200; 1-sec; f5 .................................................. .... ISO-200; 1-sec; f9; .................................................. .. ISO-200; 15secs; f16

Hope this helps a bit - pl come back with any more queries .... and find that damn instruction book!!!

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