Shooting in a theater with very low light
I have a real problem getting good pictures in the theater where..

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Grumpy: Probably the light levels are out of the usable levels of the S70. Try using ISO 400 and the lens wideopen at f/2.8, and look if the shutter speed is 1/60 or faster. If the shutter speed falls below that, you are in problems. You can keep shooting in M mode at 1/60 and try to compensate the underexposure later (increasing even more the noise). My personal experience in a similar situation was with a DSLR, the Digital Rebel. I was using a fast lens, the 50/1.8, wideopen, and ISO 800/1600 during all the show, to get something useful like 1/125 or more.


Comment #1

Guillermo, I just finished putting your suggestions to task and I didn't get any blur at all.

But at iso 400 there is noise which I find okay. Up to now, I've been getting a lot.

Of blurry pictures since I couldn't use the flash in the theater. I just now took 16 quick shots with your recommendations, and I'm impressed with.

The lack of "blur"... or at least to my untrained eye anyway... I noticed that in the "Manual" mode, the exposure compensation disables itself.

Because I wanted to increase the light value, ie +l, or +2... in order to get more.

Light on the subject but it would not enable itself for some reason. My other camera, Fuji F700 has iso ratings that go as high as 1600. I'll be taking test shots with that camera using your suggestions. Of course, the 1600 would surely produce "noisy" shots, so I'll just experiment with the lower iso numbers. After using the "auto" settings since "day one".....I finally got fed up with some of the.

Pictures I was taking. All I really want to do is take good sharp pictures in "low light".. I'd be willing to purchase a digital camera that would let me do that. A photographer recommended the Canon EOS D20 SLR that would take great pictures in "low light" I just purchased the Canon Powershot S70 hoping it would help me with this problem.

I do realize that the best way to improve on my problem is to keep experimenting.

And practicing with the camera until I get the problem solved. But, if there's other cameras that would allow me to solve this "low light" problem, I.

So much appreciate any information or recommendations. And, thank you so much for your great and much appreciated advise. Ciao Guillermo... Grumpy.....

Comment #2


Lets clarify some things.

Of course you get noise at high ISO settings, but noise can be reduced during postprocessing (using programs like NoiseNinja or NeatImage) but a blurred image is beyond repair. So I prefer a nosiy picture instead of a blurry one anyday.

Now, in manual mode, exposure compensation has no meaning, as the camera is choosing nothing. You choose both the shutter speed and aperture, and the camera just tells you what the metering system thinks about your setting. At 0 it means the camera agree with you, but if you want to overexpose the picture 1 stop, just set the aperture and shutter speed to have a +1 reading in the metering system.

Regarding the 20D, of course is better suited for low light because the higher iso/lower noise capabilities, but also because you can use fast lenses. Also AF in low light will be much reliable, but we are talking about 3 times the cost of the S70, at least...

This is a picture (posted in the 20D forum) taken at ISO 3200 with my 20D and Tamron 17-35/2.8-4 at 17mm f/2.8. Light levels were abysmal.

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Comment #3

Here is a picture I took at a circus using a Canon 10D and a Canon 85mm f1.2 lens. Hand held of course and no flash - just the circus lights. Note that the acrobat was moving rapidly as the rope she was hanging from was following an arc around the ring. Fast lens and only 400 ISO. Tom Caldwell..

Comment #4

Hi, I originally had posted this message in another thread, but it also applies here: I have made a lot of pictures at evening concerts lately with my S1 IS, and I was very pleased with the results.

I used manual settings. At ISO 200, max. aperture (2.8-3.1), I used shutter speeds varying from 1/10 to 1/40 sec. and was able to make very nice shots without a tripod, even with max. zoom (380mm - 35mm equiv.), thanks to the "Image Stabilizer", really a great feature! The slower shutter speed occasionally shows some "natural" movement, but the background is absolutely steady. The ISO 400 would allow a faster shutter speed, but I found it to noisy.


Comment #5

Hello, Here is a great site with lots of tips on how to take great photos in low light conditions:

It's written in Portuguese, but you can use Google's language tool to translate it into English (it's not perfect, but...) Jose..

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