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Old Nov 2, 2010, 9:12 AM   #1
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Default FZ38- Low light settings

I know it's not ideally suited to low light but what have you found to be the best settings? Generally thinking about parties etc. with people - anything else it's probably easier to just change the lighting. I've got some recent examples to post when I get home but from memory they're requiring a lot of PP to get something I'm happy with.
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Old Nov 2, 2010, 7:04 PM   #2
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Hi Martin, here are some low light shots I took with no flash...

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-outdoors.html



no PP at all
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Old Nov 3, 2010, 4:52 AM   #3
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Thanks Anthony. The specific problem I have is with people moving in low light so the longer shutter speed doesn't work as well. I think I'm firmly in the territory where a P&S struggles but here's the best I've got so far. It's from my sister's recent wedding. It's pretty dark out of the camera but just about recoverable with PP:

#1 Out of camera, just resized/unsharp for web


#2: heavily processed, denoise,histogram adjustment,slight HDR, saturation.sharpening...


Settings were:
P-Mode
f2.8 (No zooming to allow the aperture to open fully)
Exposure (1/40 chosen by camera)
ISO-400 (Limited - 800 is too noisy for my tastes)
Exposure -0.3 (I leave it always set to this. probably could have adjusted but forgot)
Metering: Centre-weighted
Flash on (but I think I had it set to lower power - EXIF doesn't say)

I would have shot RAW but it's too slow for me when I'm trying to get lots of shots because I can't pose the subject.
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Old Nov 3, 2010, 5:35 AM   #4
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Well...thats pretty much it , since they are moving , you cant go with higher shutter time , flash is needed ofcourse, I think thats pretty good according to situation.

However , what I would do : try M mode and play with lightning options -AWB is default , try other .You can even set your own K value.
Once you get to know M mode (it took like 8 months ) you can achieve even better , or different results than in iA or P mode).
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ok, gotcha...I'll see if a can dig something up. I've taken night shots of one of my boys playing baseball. I set my camera to an ISO max of 800 and I think I put it in sports mode. That setting may work for you with people moving.
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