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November 28th, 2006, 05:17 PM
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I know you are supposed to not use the flash as much as possible and when I was taking photos tonight of my kids in front of the Christmas Tree, I struggled big time! If I used the flash, I lost the natural look of their faces and the detail of the tree (lights, ornaments etc) and when I shut it off, and even set it on a surface, it was always blurry.

I know you can change the ISO but then it gets so grainy! I am just so frustrated. I have a Sony Cybershot if that helps. Here are the pics I took...they are terrible. It also doesn't help that one of my subjects was not cooperating!

With the flash on (I had to erase all the ones that I took without the flash because they were VERY blurry)




Without the flash...losing detail and blurred



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November 28th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Well it looks like the room you were shooting in didnt have a lot of light. Sometimes you're just going to need a flash....or you'll need much more natural light. You'll always get grain when you increase your iso. Grain in and of itself isn't always bad though. Sometimes it gives your shot character. But you can always run your images through a program, like Neat Image, to remove that noise. Overall, I'd say that your boys look adorable, and very christmasy. I wouldnt be upset with your flash pics at all. For your flash pics, maybe try editting your levels a bit with photoshop.
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November 28th, 2006, 07:53 PM
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What is an acceptable ISO to set it at? I don't want to go too far, kwim?

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You can also take a tissue and put it over your flash with a rubberband, this really works wonders then if they're too dark, you can always lighten. It's easier to fix an underexposed photo than it is to fix an overexposed one. You have really beautiful kids and the photos are really good. Did you try playing around with the settings to see which looked best? In a room with low light, usually 400 - 800ISO is the best to use.
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November 28th, 2006, 08:50 PM
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I think ISO and grain levels are a personal taste thing. I'd say that 400 is about the highest I'd go in a dark room. But thats probably on the conservative side. Definately play around with it and a noise reduction software. Neat Image has a demo version you can try for free.
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November 29th, 2006, 06:20 AM
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Thanks for your help! So if I raise the ISO, it will be more clear than it would be if I didn't use the flash with an auto setting for ISO?

Did that make sense?
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November 29th, 2006, 10:39 AM
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Mmmmmaybe? Im not familar with a camera that has an auto-setting for its ISO. But raising your ISO makes your camera more sensitive to light...so it handles low light situations better. If that makes sense.
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