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Old December 24th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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Best settings for low light?

I was doing some test shots in low light, and the picture was very grainy, and it seemed to be that way on most of the other settings. I tried it with the auto gain control on and off. So what do you guys think are the best settings for low/bad lighting?
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Old December 24th, 2007, 05:58 PM   #2
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It takes light to take pictures. Make sure your ND filter is off, that your gain is at zero db, and don't use a setting that presses the blacks. If you can't get a good exposure, there are two options--(1) add light, (2) raise the gain and get grain.
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Old December 25th, 2007, 04:16 PM   #3
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This has been discussed in the past, here is a good thread with some preset possibilities that you might try. Again GAIN = GRAIN so anything above +6db of GAIN and you're going to introduce noise, I have my gain presets at -3, 0 and +6 and when I want great night scenes I used the preset from Wolfgang discussed in the post below, or I turn on more light.

http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=84442
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Old December 25th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #4
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add gain and also increase NR 2 setting (noise reduction) 2... I've found the second of the two noise reduction settings to help in low light
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Old December 30th, 2007, 06:07 AM   #5
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This has been discussed in the past, here is a good thread with some preset possibilities that you might try. Again GAIN = GRAIN so anything above +6db of GAIN and you're going to introduce noise, I have my gain presets at -3, 0 and +6 and when I want great night scenes I used the preset from Wolfgang discussed in the post below, or I turn on more light.

http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=84442
Thats my old presets..... the new presets (DSC Chart & Vectorscope) is here: http://www.fxsupport.de/02_Canon_XH_A1.html#presets
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Old December 30th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #6
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Thats my old presets..... the new presets (DSC Chart & Vectorscope) is here: http://www.fxsupport.de/02_Canon_XH_A1.html#presets
Wow, I would love to read that whole blog, unfortunately my German is only good enough to find the bathroom, order beer and wine and call someone a pig-dog.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 02:21 PM   #7
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Wow, I would love to read that whole blog, unfortunately my German is only good enough to find the bathroom, order beer and wine and call someone a pig-dog.
In Babelfish-english:
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babel...e/aktuell.html
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