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What setting to use in restaurant low light with white and

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What setting to use in restaurant low light with white and black people cheek to cheek? I either wash out the white folks, or the black folks are totally wiped out with only teeth showing. Help! I have the Canon SX40HS
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 2 years ago.
Hello. My name is***** can help you with your question. It depends on the modes that your camera has. If your camera has an HDR mode, try using that mode because that will use dynamic contrast to capture and display are more details in the picture. It may look a little odd but it will come out absolutely beautiful. If you don't have that then your best bet is to go with a lowlight setting and no flash if you can avoid it. Flash will generally just make the picture look pretty bad. A lowlight setting with a longer opening of the shutter will give you the best possible picture without actually cranking up the gain on the camera. You can use a faster ISO as a setting which is a legacy setting from film cameras but the electronics will imitate or emulate that ISO setting and typically for lower light or for faster speeds of the subject you would lose use these higher ISO films like 2400 so Vuitton ISO auto you may want to try change that manually. Finally, if you take the picture in raw format as long as that picture has all the information in it from subjects – in other words nothing is exposed to the point of going off the top of the exposure limits (pure white or complete black – if something that is only 90% luminous is recorded on the chip as 100% luminous you lose all the information between 90% and 100% as just a white blotch. But if you have not lost data and the image is taken in a raw format, you can always make the picture look better later with postprocessing. Because the data from the subject being photographed is there. I'm not sure how much sense that seems to make right now but you can take a picture that doesn't look good to you now and as long as all the information about all the parts of the picture are there sufficiently, you can apply adjustments to make it a great picture. In fact that's usually how professional photography is done. It's more important to get all the information – all the data points of the subject in the exposure. Then it is to get a beautiful picture right from the beginning.

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