Top Ten Digital Photography Tips
Subject:   Using a camera where no flash is allowed
Date:   2003-10-15 09:29:57
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Using a camera where no flash is allowed

I am using a sony DSC- V1 wich Im sure is similar to the on you are using. When taking pitctures with no flash the slow the shutter speed is the more light you will get in the picture. Practice this at home in a dimly lit room and without a flash change the shutter speed settings on your camera. The manual you got with the camera should explain this more in detail. As an example while at the carlsbad cavers in NM i found that my flash was useless because the cavern walls were so far away it would not reflect off of them. I found that slowing the shutter speed down and playing with my settings a little bit I could adjust the light absorbtion to what ever level I wanted. The only downside to this is that if you move the camera at all the picture is blurred, so it is very important to either use a tripod or rest yourself on something. In a museum the lighting problem is not near as drastic as in a almost pitch dark cavern so you will not need to hold the camera still as long. just remember to light a room in your house as you think a museum would be lit and practice on your favorite wall hanger till you get the settings down. Also remember to write yourself notes for each picture you take. This comes in very handy when trying to remember what settings you used in different light situations. Take a pic, take a note, and so on. It seems like a lot of work but once you get the hang of it you wont need the notes anymore and you will be able to shoot a good picture in any lighting situation, flash or no flash. I hope this helps. Any questions for me feel free to email me at