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Old Oct 17, 2003, 12:32 AM   #1
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I have recently purchased an Olympus C-740 UZ, and am already quite familiar with how it works and the quality of the photos that it can provide, although I feel like I may be missing out on something, generally taking photos under low light conditions.

I go to a lot of shows where bands play at venues with poor lighting conditions, and I was wondering maybe some of you people have taken photos under these situations, and what settings have been very helpful for a good photo. Also, most of the bands play heavy music, and thus, movements are too quick to capture sometimes.

The C-740UZ can handle up to ISO400, and up to a 16sec. exposure in Manual mode.

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Old Oct 17, 2003, 2:38 PM   #2
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I've been using a C-730 for the past year. You might try using a monopod when possible to steady the camera or bracing your shooting arm against a door way. I've also had some success shooting in the sports setting under low light. The Oly 5050 , from what I've read on line, would probably be a better low light camera for the scenario you are describing. I 've heard of people who buy both for different shooting conditions. Iwas thinking of this myself but decided to buy an SLR (Canon Rebel 300) instead. I hope this helps.
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Old Oct 19, 2003, 11:01 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Although purchasing another camera would be quite unrealistic for me, as I wouldn't have the resources (yet) to do so. I will try the sport setting as you said, although I hope it doesn't come out too dark!

I hope there are others who are into the same thing as me.
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 7:11 PM   #4
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Darkthrone you could do a bit of experimenting at home. Let something swing and try the sports mode. When using flash with that mode, the subject may become sharp bur background too dark (=exit ambience mood). Anyhow best is not too flash, if you have to use it, cover it with rolling paper or even heavier to prevent flash blitz.
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Old Oct 22, 2003, 7:49 AM   #5
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I've got a Fuji 3800 and a Sony U10. I attempted to take photos at a formal dance thing held in a basketball stadium. The Fuji was awful! Blurred dark photos; on every setting I could think of. Naturally the flash was useless in such a room. However.. the Sony took great photos!

I worked out later that the Fuji is fixed at ISO100, whereas the Sony was going up to ISO320. It made such a huge difference. So my recommendation for taking low light photos is to jack up the ISO setting.
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 9:52 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the tips! I think the ISO settings of the Olympus (which is up to 400) should be very useful for me. Also, the best teacher would be experience, and I would have to be doing more of these low light shots in that case, which means more reasons to got to shows!
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 11:01 AM   #7
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Moving people are best shot with shuterspeed 1/125 or shorter. You have to find out what becomes best in your photos. Blurr of dancing crowd or performing band can be usefull to depict the motion.
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Darkthrone, can you tell me what font you used in your signature tag at the bottom of your mssg, the one that says Nuclear Gulaman Project and your camera name? I like that font. What is the name of it if you don't mind.

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Old Oct 23, 2003, 5:52 PM   #9
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I think I wouldn't want too much blur, as it wouldn't make out the band member's faces but let's see, you're right, sometimes blurred can make the photo a good one.

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The font's name is Microgamma, I used BOLD in my signature. I think it's a great font.
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