A&P Low Light and Indoor Shots

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  1. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    I've done a bit of research but nothing is really pointing towards a definate answer to help me out. I have a Canon S3-IS and whenever I take a low light or indoor shot without flash the quality turns out pretty poor. the image seems to come out VERY grainy, same result using the preset night settings.

    What am I missing? Is this just a downside to shooting in low light situations, its not really art or anything just family and friend shots.
     
  2. kronik85

    kronik85 New Member

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    the camera needs a certain amount of light to properly expose a picture. three elements primarily come into play.

    1. shutter speed
    2. aperture (taking a picture through a big hole vs. small hole)
    3. ISO, how sensitive your sensor is to light


    when you shoot low light w/o a tripod, you often need a higher ISO. higher image sensor sensitivity creates more noise. hence the reason you're getting more noise in low light situations.
     
  3. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Ah ok thank you, I got the concept of the three but wasnt putting them together in that context. I'm not really used to changing settings yet, but trying to learn :)
     
  4. delslow

    delslow my car may not be fast, but the back window goes d

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    There are plenty of free programs out there to help eliminate noise. One i'd recommend is Noiseware.
     
  5. .chris

    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    low f-stop = win
     
  6. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Tried the noiseware and that works really well for noise removal. On some pictures it makes some textures look a little fake, but playing aorund in photoshop I was able to fix that. Thanks for the tip :)
     
  7. julia!

    julia! New Member

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    I'm also pretty new to this and have a big problem with the same thing.

    what exactly is f stop?
     
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    Aperture value. Read sticky at top of forum.
     
  9. kronik85

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    ya, gotta be careful about photos who's texture mimics noise as it is. makes them usualy come out very bland/flat
     
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    play with the f-stop and shutter speed, you can also use flash and use a little piece of cardboard to redirect the flash light to the ceiling....pretty ghetto but the results are awesome :o

    I love my S2 IS :wiggle:
     

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