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5th of September 2010 (Sun), 14:26
5th of September 2010 (Sun), 14:33
All you can do is select the largest aperture your camera will allow and a high ISO setting. You'll have to experiment with ISO, because your SX10 will get very noisy at high settings. You'll have to decide whether you want some noise or some blur.
I'd say your posted pictures are pretty good considering your camera's limitations...
5th of September 2010 (Sun), 16:39
5th of September 2010 (Sun), 21:03
There is a general "rule" for shooting moving subjects so you can freeze the action.. For people, a person walking 250th-500th sec, someone running 500th-1000th sec..
Theatre lighting is pretty dim compared to outdoors.. What I suggest you do is increase your ISO to 800 or 1600 ISO and open your lens up to it's maximum aperture.. Also, try tripping the shutter when there is a slight pause in movemnet..
5th of September 2010 (Sun), 21:15
Without using a flash, you will truly be struggling and tend to be hit-or-miss.
Two approaches: set your ISO to the highest usable value (which for your camera may be 800 or if your camera is really up-to-snuff up to 1600) than set the camera to Av and set your aperture to the widest. This should automatically give you the fastest shutter speed that will give you an "acceptable" exposure. Of course in this setting the camera will most likely still have a slow shutter speed, but you will get a decent exposure out of it.
The other approach would be to use the same high ISO and to gamble on a fast enough shutter speed and shoot in Tv. As you have seen you will need to set a faster shutter speed in order to cut down on the blur. For some stuff you could get away with maybe 1/200 but at any rate your images will tend to be underexposed and you will have to use software with noise reduction to try to compensate.
Some people take a real roll of the dice and shoot in P mode with a high ISO!
5th of September 2010 (Sun), 21:44
According to the exif data, the shots were done between 1/10 and 1/40 second at ISO200.
You should be able to set the camera to ISO400, or possibly ISO800 (it goes up to ISO1600 but I would imagine that would produce crazy noise) that should get a more reasonable shutter speed. I would shoot in Av mode, not in TV, because you are trying to take advantage of all the available light, and setting the shutter speed in Tv mode might underexpose the image. Use a tripod as well if you can.
You might need to run some noise reduction software afterwards, but I think you should be able to get some decent shots with that camera.
6th of September 2010 (Mon), 10:11
6th of September 2010 (Mon), 12:39
If you do have to bump up your iso to 1600, then make sure you have a good noise reduction program.
6th of September 2010 (Mon), 22:11
I would recommend "neat image" for noise reduction but there are lots more out there, google 'em.
7th of September 2010 (Tue), 08:25
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