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Re: E-420 Taking pictures in dark? and focus lag (complete novice)

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Originally Posted by karen View Post
Ahh That is perfect, why isnt the manual so easy!

As this has been most helpful, I am going to go for another question too!

A work colleague had some beautiful pictures of Hong Kong Harbour with the boats lights blurred across the picture but background lovely and sharp (he said he had set the picture with a long exposure) Can I do such a thing with this camera if I get a tripod, or do I need something a lot fancier?
Yes of course

In this case, set a low ISO, and maybe a smaller aperture (larger aperture number) to reduce the light coming into the camera and so force a longer time for the shutter to be open (several seconds is ideal). This is easy in night time scences, but in daylight there may be too much brightness, so you might have to use neutral density (ND) filters to darken things.

A tripod or other solid support is essential for long exposure shots - and a cable release would be a good idea too. The Olympus one is excellent but quite expensive, but Jessops sells a cheaper third party one that will be OK.

Are you going to Hong Kong?

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