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Rick, Camera and Video Technician
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I have a Canon pocket camera. It takes great outdoor pictures

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I have a Canon pocket camera. It takes great outdoor pictures but the indoor stuff is not so great. Am especially having trouble at lowly lit sporting events where I am getting a picture of me with a court or scoreboard in the background. The pictures are either washed out or dark. Is there anything I can do to help resolve this?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Steve G. replied 6 months ago.
Hello there and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you today. I am an engineer with over 30 years of electrical and electronic training, repair and installation experience. I will try and answer your question accurately and precisely so that we can get you on your way. Any camera is going to have problems at low lit sporting events where fast moving action is taking place. This is why you see professionals at such events with lenses the size of small telescopes.Small cameras just can't capture or "freeze" the action in low light - hence BIG BIG lenses.If you give me the model number of the camera I will try and give you the most optimal settings for you. I'll await your response.Steve
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I have a Canon Powershot 115 IS
Expert:  Rick replied 6 months ago.
Hi. My name is*****'m a camera repair technician with almost 30 years in the business and I'll be gladto help you with your question today. Pocket cameras are one of the greatest development in photography but they do have their limitations. Poorly lit settings at a distance requires a camera with a much larger lens. Pocket cameras have an indoor range about the size of your living room. The best thing you can do is set the camera for matrix metering. This will average the lighting of everything in the frame. If you need to expose for one particular subject in the frame, use spot metering. The problem with low lit situations is a long shutter speed. Images may come out blurred if the subject in the frame moves.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Where would I set the matrix metering on my particular camera ?
Expert:  Rick replied 6 months ago.
Setting the metering mode is usually a menu item on most cameras. Some have a button for the metering and sone have a button that brings up a menu to choose from. Most are fairly straight forward, but if you can give me the exact make and model, I;ll look it up for you and provide you a link to download one.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I have a Canon Powershot 115 IS
Expert:  Rick replied 6 months ago.
Here is a link to the Canon site where you can download the user manual for your camera.