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    Default Trying to learn... Question about indoor shooting

    Today I had an idea for kind of a fun shot of my kids in a shopping cart at the grocery store. But I was thinking about it (didn't have my camera in the store with me to try) and I'm wondering, is there any way to get a good indoor shot in a place like a store with inadequate lighting WITHOUT using the flash? I just have a P&S and my highest ISO at 800 produces a TON of noise, and of course my subject would be kids so SS would have to be at least 1/125. Is it even possible to do a good indoor shot with those kinds of limitations? Or is there a way to use on-board flash and minimize the effects of flash?

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    I can't see your photo, so I'll just comment generally. I personally think fluorescent lighting (which most stores have) is very difficult to work with, and I try to avoid it. I would keep the shutter speed as fast as possible and ISO low as possible (without making the photo too dark). You can lighten the photo during editing with a program such as PhotoShop or Gimp, although I find noise really shows if the original photo is too dark.

    Actually, I've had success shooting indoors with the subject near a window. You can get beautiful catchlights and other highlights without the harshness of full sun.

    Finally, don't forget to take your surroundings into consideration. Grocery stores are full of bright colors, chrome fixtures, fluorescent lighting, etc. Unless you wish to concentrate just on the person being photographed, try working these elements into your photo.

    Hope you'll share more of your work!


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    you can probably make a diy diffuser with a bit of tissue. I recall doing this before I switched to my dSLR. I taped a small piece of tissue over the flash and it helped some.

    Can you shoot in RAW on your camera? I couldn't on my p&s, but it does help if you can. Then you can use ACR or the like to fix exposure (to a degree) and white balance issues.

    I say go for it. See what you get. With the flash. Without it. You can always post the results here and ask for help in editing. When you get several different people working on it at once, you get a lot of different editing techniques to choose from when deciding what style you like best.

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    I like the tissue idea! I vote on experimenting, and if it doesn't work you can always try again.
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    Ah ha! What an awesome idea! I must try the tissue idea!

    If I'm with it enough to remember my camera for my next shopping trip, I will give it a try, thanks ladies!

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    I'm glad you asked the question, I was wondering how I could take some shots with my P&S without the flash being too bright, gonna try and give the tissue a try some time next week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by acarbo99 View Post
    you can probably make a diy diffuser with a bit of tissue. I recall doing this before I switched to my dSLR. I taped a small piece of tissue over the flash and it helped some.
    Awesome tip!

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