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Old 22nd of August 2012 (Wed)   #1
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Default Canon SX40 HS settings on night photography

Hi All,

Kindly, could anyone let me know how can I do night photography (out-door) and indoor photography without any artificial light (fluorescent, etc.) using Canon SX40 HS. What are the camera settings on night photography?

I found that there is no night mode of in-door mode in Canon SX40 HS as which was in my previous camera (Canon SX210 IS). So, What are the alternative modes those exist in the Canon SX40 HS?

Thanks a lot.
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Old 25th of August 2012 (Sat)   #2
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Default Re: Canon SX40 HS settings on night photography

Please could anybody upload some of his shots which were taken in the night in order to learn from their settings. Thanks!
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Old 25th of August 2012 (Sat)   #3
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Default Re: Canon SX40 HS settings on night photography

The concept of night photography is same across the board with cameras. Since you have a SX40, you have the added benefit of manual controls. For most night or low light shots, you should consider using a tripod to prevent blurring. You might also need to use manual focus as your camera will have trouble focusing. If you have a tripod, use a low ISO setting. If you need depth of field or if you want starbursts, use a smaller aperture (big f number). Then adjust the shutter speed to your liking. Most likely your shutter speed will be greater than a second so the SX40 will force your ISO to be low anyways. You can do these in Either Tv, Av or M mode depending on what youre comfortable with. If you need more help with night photography, you can search the internet. The concepts are all the same and can be easily applied to your camera as it has manual modes. Automated scene modes tend not to do so well at night as cameras have issues with focus and metering correctly when lighting is not the best.

You can start off by going into Av mode and set the aperture you want. If youre doing a night landscape shot, you can set your camera onto a tripod and set your camera to f8. Then press the shutter. You can also use your timer to reduce camera shake from pressing the shutter.

Indoor shots are a lil harder with point and shoots if you do not want to use the flash. Even if you use a large aperture and high iso, the images will not look good. This is one of the weaknesses of a point and shoot still.

Heres a shot I took with the SX230hs on a tripod, settings are: 15seconds, f8, iso 100, IS off, manual whitebalance.


Day 4: Mary Ave Foot Bridge by JFChanPhoto, on Flickr
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Theres a brief guide to newbies here on this forum: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=414088

Its for DSLRs but the concept of ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed still applies to all cameras.
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Thank you very very much imjason for your sincere concern. I learnt too much from your replies. Thanks a lot again.
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