Look what the manual setting can do!

It seems pictures turn out better if you can take them without the flash — but what to do when there’s not much light? I decided to experiment with the manual setting on my camera, a Canon Powershot A610.

Automatic setting, no flash:

Photo -- Automatic setting, no flash.

Manual setting, with shutter speed and aperture adjusted for the best light:

Photo -- Manual setting, adjusting shutter speed and aperture for more light.


6 thoughts on “Look what the manual setting can do!

  1. Is it all right if I add you to my blogroll? You’ve been kind enough to post several times so I’d like to send some more traffic your way. I also enjoy reading your blog now that we’ve “met”. I’m going to add you, let me know if it’s a problem. Otherwise I’ll assume it is okay! 🙂

  2. I sure do miss my old 35mm Pentax for that very reason! (the ability to adjust the shutter speed and aperture) Unfortunately, it was stolen and I didn’t miss it for a long time…

  3. For what it’s worth, I really love my manual Nikon. The trick with no-flash photography, though, is having enough light to have a fast enough shutter speed to avoid camera shake. I don’t have a tripod, so there’s a limit to how low-light I can go (at least if I care to have a reasonable depth of field in focus.)

    Anyway, I’m glad to hear that your Christmas was a good one. I’d enjoy seeing your pictures, if you don’t mind sending along the password. We didn’t take enough pictures, unfortunately. In fact, I’m not sure we took ANY on the day itself. Perhaps we will when Joe’s family are in town. Strike that “perhaps”; I’m sure we will. In fact, I ought to go figure out my camera’s external flash.

    Au revoir,

  4. I got a Gorillapod for Christmas — I’ll have to play with that for more low light stuff. Too bad it’s really not good for Amy pictures — she’s never still enough, hardly still enough for really fast shutter speeds. I’ll email you the password.

    That room is almost always too low light for good pictures; even with a flash you just get a bright faced little one and a very dark background.

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