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Old Nov 9, 2003, 8:16 AM   #1
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I`ve had this camera for about 1 1/2 years and generally I`ve just left the settings on auto. Next month I`m attending a birthday party and expect to take about 200 shots. The function will be indoors and in the evening. Lighting will not be flourescent. I wondered if it would be preferrable to use one of the scene modes such as "portrait" to take random photos of the guests?
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Old Nov 9, 2003, 10:46 AM   #2
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I don't know your camera, and I've never used the Auto modes on my camera, but one of the best things you can do is set up a similar situation with similar lighting, and practice to see what you get, and try some of the other modes.

Depending on how much light there is, you may have to use the night mode.

It doesn't cost you anything to practice to see what you get, and it will alleviate your fears.

One thing you should do is don't zoom in, instead get closer to your subjects...most internal flashes are only good for 8-10 feet. If you have a focus assist beam on your camera make sure it's on (cameras have trouble focusing in lower light levels).
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Old Nov 9, 2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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Steve has a review of your camera here on this site. The Portrait Mode on your camera is designed so that it uses a wider aperture. A wider aperture means less Depth of Field (designed to blur backgrounds for portraits). However, the wider the aperture, the more light that can reach the sensor through the lens, too.


The lens on your G2 is much faster than most cameras. It's rated at F2.0/F2.5. The first number represents the widest aperture at full wide angle. The second number represents the widest available aperture at full zoom (less light can reach the sensor when using zoom). The lower the F-Stop number, the better the light gathering capability of the lens.

Most cameras have a slower lens (not as able to gather as much light as your G2). A typical Digital Camera has a rating of around F2.8 at full wide angle (and much worse at full zoom). The F2.0 lens on your Canon is TWICE as bright as the F2.8 on many others at full wide angle, and is MUCH brighter at full zoom.

Your camera is one of the best available for lower light conditions.

Chances are, the full auto mode using flash is going to prefer using a wider aperture anyway (so that it can gather plenty of light, to allow fast enough shutter speeds to prevent blur indoors).

Personally, I'd just leave it set to auto. That way, if there is enough light at closer ranges, the camera may not use the widest aperture (allowing more of the photo to be in focus -- usually desirable at parties -- unless you really want to blur backgrounds.
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Old Nov 10, 2003, 1:08 PM   #4
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The PIC modes will adjust your aperature and shutter speed. Portrait will likely be fine by I'd put in on P and make some manual adjustments.

I'd manually adjust your white balance though to the flash mode. I find my G2 doesn't do a great job with white balance indoors.

I'd also bump up the ISO to 400 for your indoors shots.

If you really wanted to get better pictures splurge for a flash with a bounce head (e.g. a 420EX). Your pictures will be brighter and the flash will be softer looking.
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Old Nov 10, 2003, 2:00 PM   #5
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You're going to get allotta red eye using the camera in that party setting, even if you have the red eye adjustment on. I recently borrowed this camera for a similar event and had to go in and fix the red eye on every single photo on nearly every person in every single photo. And some of them could not be fixed, depending on how the light hits the eye. If you can, borrow or purchase an external flash.

Another thing that helps the red eye is if you're taking 'candid' photos and the people aren't looking directly toward the camera.

Oddly enough, the closer I got to a person, the less red eye I got. If I got *really* close, there was no red eye at all. Same when I played around with the zoom and digital zoom. I don't know if this is typical or not. This is the first time I've ever shot with a camera like this that didn't have an external flash.

But as others mentioned, play with the camera first in similar settings.

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