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Olympus C765. Indoor Theatre pics

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by hansi, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. hansi

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    What is the best setting to take pictures of the stage in a dark theatre? I have taken some but they are out of focus. Can't seem to get the flash settings right either. :lease:
     
  2. seany

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    Well, i'm surprised they let you use flash. I doubt your in flash range? You need to open up the aperture to it's widest (smallest F number) and bang up the ISO to get a shutter speed good enough to stop motion blur (i take it you're shooting people on stage) even slight movement will make your shots look out of focus if you've not got enough shutter speed. Forget the flash, the inbuilt one's not going to cut it.

    But the light may well be that poor that it's beyond what your camera is capable off. You're going to get noise when you increase the ISO but it's better then missing the shot.
     
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    how far from the stage are you?
     
  4. hansi

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    back stalls, but I can use the full zoom
     
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    As Seany says, you are probably trying to push the camera beyond it's capabilities. At full zoom on that camera an average person would need to get a shutter speed of 1/380th of a second. In anything but very good light you just haven't got a chance.
    If you were closer and didn't need to zoom then it'd be a bit easier.
     
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    Unfortunately low light focusing is the only real drawback of the 765
     
  7. seany

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    The aperture's not constant on the 765 i'm guessing, which makes it even harder. If that's the case, your only hope is to get close, leave it at the wide angle end with aperture at it's widest (2.8 i think) with a high ISO.
     
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    Your right there seany, the lens is f/2.8-f/3.7.

    The only way I was able to get low light shots with the 765 was to get close and bump up the ISO... Unfortunately it still seemed to struggle, so getting focus was still hit and miss, not to mention the extra noise that goes with the high ISO.

    Another idea would be to stick it on a tripod/monopod if you have one which will help keep it steady and might help it get focus lock, though I'm not sure how much this would actually help.

    Regards,
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  9. mr jones

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    my 750 olympus used to struggle a bit, took an age to focus and then more often than not it wasnt in focus!
    used to be able to get some good shots but it was more technique than anything
     
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    It's not impossible - it really depends on the amount of light coming from the stage, the ISO and timing. Here are a couple i've taken in low light with the 765 at long or full zoom. Not great but better than no photo's at all.

    Low light pics

    As far as focusing goes try to lock focus on an are where there is a contrast such as between 2 colours or a horizontal or vertical line.
     
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    Try manual focus on a couple of shots, with magnification of the focus area in the viewfinder.
     

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