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Old Oct 2, 2006, 2:06 AM   #1
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After 3 months of making myself reports about several DigCameras with prices and functions and possibilities, etc., I decided to buy the Sony H5. And I can be compared with one of the most happy mans on earth.
It's not only beautyfull, but light, and full of several cool functions and capabilities that Im not going to say now cause they are tooo much!

But I need help! Since I work all day I don't have the chance to learn about it's use. And the idea of going and practice with the manual doesn't seem to like me very much.
So can somebody tell me please how to take motion pictures when you are under low light but without using the flash?
And which are the best situations to use the manual ISO settings?

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Old Oct 2, 2006, 10:04 AM   #2
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The H series whitepaper is a must read, way better than the manual, it has suggested settings etc . Originally written for the H1 it (mostly) applies to the entire H series now.

http://www.aakatz.com/h1whitepaper/

Indoors (presuming low/bad light) , no flash, umm very very difficult for any camera short of the Fuji F30 or a full blown Dslr.

Try, Iso 200 or 400 and use a wide open aperture ( to let in the most light ).

ISO 800 is really for emergencies and very small photos, with a lot of post processing work to bring the color back and try to negate the noise.

ISO 1000, umm, don't..

Get out of auto mode and use either aperture priority (A mode) or program mode (P).

P is interesting because the camera meters the scene and chooses an aperature and shutter speed but also lets you , using the front jog dial, choose from a range of other settings that would equal the same exposure, and also lets you adjust the exposure compensation.

Eg if (say) the camera choose, aperture f5.6 at shutter speed 1/60s , using the jog dial would also let you choose equal exposures such as f8 1/30s, f4 1/125s or f2 1/250s etc

That way you can quickly choose a wanted combination in the knowledge whatever you choose will have the same exposure, but you can choose depending on your needs.

Choose a higher ISO when the faster shutter youcan use is too low to be useful, and that depends onif you are handholding or have the cam on a tripod.

Also the nature of the shot, architecture is going nowhere, so on a tripod you can use slowershutters no problem, but taking a shot ofa crawling baby or running child needs a highershutter speed to not only preventhand shake butto freeze the action.

Normally flash would freezeclose up actionbut without it, a slower shutter speed will show the subject blurred, so assuming youhave set the widest aperture thenextthing to do is increase the ISOtill you have an acceptable shutter speed.

Again as pointed out, try to stick to 200 at most, 400 if pushed and 800 if you really really have no choice.

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Umm, just noticed you said "motion pictures" ie movies, in low light.

Well not a lot you can do, flash (obviously) does not work in movie mode and the only thing you can really change isexposure compensation, but thats not a lot of use in low light conditions, so reallynot a lot you can do if you can't get some more light in.



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Old Oct 3, 2006, 3:28 AM   #3
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Sintares, thank you very much man! You really made my day! I'll try it as soon at rain stops =D ... but since I'm in moscow... then that will be in about 5 or 6 MONTHS! =) .
One more thing, I said motion pictures because I thought that was the right way of saying it... but I didn't mean films.
I meant, this: I'm a tennis player. And I would like to take pictures of me and my friends at the moment of the hit while running! The court is closed and with flourecent light. But to make it even easier to understand, I would like to know the combination of settings I should put in my camera (Sony H5) to take picture of Michael Schumacher when he crosses the finish at 300Kph and me standing 1 meter away. =D !!! which should be the best setting!?

Thank you again for the link that I will certanly read, and for your help.
And sorry for my bad english! It's not my native language.
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You could have a play with the shutter speed calculator at http://www.dudak.baka.com/spcalc.html

Though really with the H5 , even at fastest shutter speed, standing one meter from the line as a 300kph race car passes you , you will just get an excellent red blur half way across the photo..

Assuming you are sitting back in the stands, then I would prefocus on the winning line, press the shutter just as he comes up to the line, with prefocus eliminated, then shutter lag is lessened and you will (probably) get a good pic.


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For tennis, under those lights well, use custom white balance, choose an ISO such as 400 (or 200 if you can get away with it), under the aperture as much as possible, to give you more light and the highest shutter speed, then prefocus on a spot on the court and as the action reaches the spot shoot.

Review the shot and if say the action is frozen but you want to add some nice motion blur, slow the shutter speed a little till you are happy.


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Thank you all... you helped me a lot!

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