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Old Nov 14, 2006, 6:05 PM   #1
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I am going to be taking pictures with my P850 of my brothers who are in a musical at the high school. They will only have the lights on the stage on. I am pretty good at taking pictures but Iwould still consider myself as an"newbie" when it comes to the settings and exposure and shutter speed, etc. etc. etc.This is the real catch though, I have to be sitting in the audience and I can't use a flash...:?

I know I won't get anything that will be good enough to print out and hang on the wall or anything like that, I just want to be able to get a bunch of half-way decent pictures that don't have too much motion blur on them. I also want to try and get some that are a little more close up and also some that are of the whole stage or at least a large portion of the stage.

I have read about a few things I can do such as change the ISO speed up to 200-400 range in the P setting but beyond that, I'm not sure what else I can do.

Thanks for any help!
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Old Nov 14, 2006, 6:54 PM   #3
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I would put the camera to apperture priority !!

Set the apperture to F2.8 or 3.3 (The lowest possible)

Put the Iso at 400 and use a noise reduction program after

It is the best way to get some clean pictures ...

Don't worry about the noise, the programs to reduce it are very good :-)

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Old Nov 14, 2006, 7:08 PM   #4
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I would put the camera to apperture priority !!

Set the apperture to F2.8 or 3.3 (The lowest possible)

Put the Iso at 400 and use a noise reduction program after

It is the best way to get some clean pictures ...

Don't worry about the noise, the programs to reduce it are very good :-)

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Thanks for the advice. I'll try it and see how it goes. What exactly does the apperture priority do?

What is a good program to take care of the noise?
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Old Nov 14, 2006, 8:11 PM   #5
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When you use low aperture inaperture priority, it automaticaly set the fastest shutter speed possible and low aperture make sharper pictures then high aperture !!

F2.8 captures more light then f8.0 (for example)

To reduce the noise, I use neat image, it works really well and its free
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Old Nov 24, 2006, 8:54 PM   #6
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I take a lot of on stage photos, and am attaching a sample photo. I use ISO 400 and the reduce the exposure using exposure compensation until I get the facial tones correct. Be aware that based on the amount of stage lighting, your shutter speeds will be quite low, usually around 1/25 or at the most 1/50.

I have found that my Sony H-5 is really better equipped to handle stage photos because it has IS and it shows much less noise than my P-850.

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Oopps! Here is the missing photo.

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