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Shooting at Night

by freeman007 / August 4, 2007 4:04 PM PDT

I just got myself a Canon Powershot TX1 a couple of months ago. Like most cameras, if you turn on the flashlight at night to shoot a wonderful glowing building, the resulting image will be "blackened". The flashlight must be turned off in order to capture the beautiful backglow of a lighted up building.

The problem is, if you turn off the flashlight, a person's face cannot be captured properly. However, if you turn on the flashlight, the person's face shows but the background building becomes "blackened". Is there anyway around this such that both the person's face and the background building at night may both be captured nicely?

Thanks for your help!

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The technic to use....
by Papa Echo / August 4, 2007 6:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Shooting at Night

...is called "slow synchro flash"(or similar), whereby the flash is used to light up the subject first, and in conjunction, a slow shutter speed is used to give the background the correct exposure. Some cameras with "scene mode" have it. Some cameras can have the flash at the beginning or end the slow shutter sequence, giving different effects. A tripod is often necessary.

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Use manual mode to allow a longer exposure.
by Kiddpeat / August 4, 2007 11:31 PM PDT
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Turn the flashlight on briefly during the exposure.

or...

Use the flash with the longer exposure.

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If slow synchro flash fails
by hjfok / August 7, 2007 11:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Shooting at Night

Slow synchro flash and manual mode as mentioned above should both work. But if it still doesn't give you what you want. Then there is also Photoshop magic. You take 2 photos with one shot correct to the exposure of the person and the other shot correct to the lighted background (without flash). Then you use layers and select the elements you want to fuse them into one photo. Use the selective tool to pick the area of interest to do selective enhancement before you fuse the photos together. Once you fuse them, it is harder to adjust.

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A Nice slow flash should do
by watto star / August 10, 2007 6:35 PM PDT
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I have come across this problem a few times through my photography journey. When you focus your camera or your subjects face, then the flash will set itsself directly to the subjext. What you want if a focus on both your subjest and your building. Your camera should do that automaticly, if not then you will have to switch the scene mode to landscape, because that will focus on all your surrounding. Then you could either chance the flash to slow synch or you could change the flash intensity. Flash intensity is how far the flash of light will project. On your standard point and shoot (Like yours) There is -2 then -1 flash intensity then -0- (average flash intensity) and +1 and +2. You can shange yours to +2 and the flash will projext and hit the building in the background. But seemingless, since your subject it so close to the face of your camera their face will be overexposed, to resolve this problem you can use the darken brust on any photo editing software.

many thanks

- aidan

age 13

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