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Old Jan 2, 2010, 1:31 PM   #1
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I always wanted to try this...

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Doesn't everyone do it that way (night shots without a tripod)?

You're still having too much fun, as I can see by the number of photos you've been posting. LOL
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That second shot is real cool! Well done.
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Now you have, and what phenomenal shots you came home with, NHL! I love the 3rd one from 'Geneva in the Evening' - the lamp with the palmtree-disguise: http://www.pbase.com/nhl/image/120751314/original.jpg

Superb lighting and colors! Well done!

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Thank you all - IMO if one is not into sport, this A850/900 is a perfect camera for the studio or landscape photographers...

The preview feature on this camera is a godsend for theses kind of shots:
I just need to press 1 button and both the shutter and aperture can be adjusted to get the exposure just right on the camera's rear LCD screen - The real shots from then on will be just right!
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In time, people will realize some really nice features coming from this camera which are usually not emphasized in regular camera reviews.

I already mentioned the "intelligent preview", but now the various DRO bracketing modes finally get noticed by Shutterbug:
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Cool.

The new Auto HDR mode Sony added to the A500 and A550 models is also pretty neat. It's too bad that feature didn't make it into the A850 and A900. It takes two photos (one exposed for the shadows and the other for the highlights), then combines them in camera. It also accounts for minor framing differences so you can use a hand held camera (automatically aligning them when it combines them).

But, some of the HDR software around can also do that for you in post processing (align images to account for minor framing differences) if you're bracketing your images, without that camera feature.
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...but now the various DRO bracketing modes finally get noticed by Shutterbug...
When I had the A300 and then the A200, I found DRO to be an extremely inconsistent feature. In fact, I decided to turn it OFF altogether. The problem is that the camera adjusts shadows at the cost of the highlights, so in many conditions it would clip the highlights a bit too soon (some times worse than others). I took (literaly) hundreds of pictures trying to determine some sort of a pattern for DRO behavior but did not succeed. It went all over the place. In a very small percentage of images DRO actually helped. So, I preferred to preserve the highlights and work on bringing out the shadows in PP. Many editors out there will do a much better job than Sony's DRO.
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