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Old Jan 22, 2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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the other night, i took my daughter to the carnival, along with my new canon s2is. there were lots of colorful lights, action and movement. and i found it very hard to take good, clear and generally focused pictures. i was taking pictures of my daughter on the many rides, and with a night time setting, it was just very difficult. i did not have a tripod, so long exposures, long shutter speeds are not possible. i found i was doing trial and error photography hoping to get some good shots. i nearly used up my 1GB SD card after only 2 hours! and so my question is, are there any general camera settings for this situation? or is it just one of those things..

attached pic is one of the very few good pics from that night, and it is still blurred..
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 11:32 PM   #2
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The Canon S2IS is quite limited in low light action capabilities, your best bet is to try to pan and follow your subject. This way the subject will remain blur-free, but the background will be motion-blurred. Try shutter speed of 1/3s down to even 1 second, it should work well with the S2IS since it has image stabilizer.

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Old Feb 19, 2006, 7:28 PM   #3
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IMHO sometimes the best way is to cheat. keep the shutter speed quick and brighten it up later. You'd be surprised how much you can lift the brightness without affecting image quality.
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Here is an example of what I am talking about:

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F/2.8
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iso100

You can't even tell what it is, but...


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Old Feb 22, 2006, 2:39 PM   #5
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Here it is after a little work in PhotoPaint
Not perfect, but then it was pretty extreme!
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