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Shooting night scenes or decorative lighting with Cyber-shot

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This introduces techniques for taking beautiful shots of night scenes. Night scenes may include streets light by streetlamps and gorgeous bright lighting. Follow the hints below to capture photographs of beautiful night scenes and gorgeous decorative lighting.

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Have you had problems like these before?

Some common problems in using auto mode for photographing night scenes and decorative lighting are lots of noise in photographs and camera shake due to slow shutter speeds. The photographs below illustrate those problems.

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[1] Lots of noise
[2] Camera shake

 

Superior Auto

Cyber-shot cameras feature the Image (Superior Auto) shooting mode to minimize such problems. With this mode, the camera automatically recognizes low-light situations such as night scenes and decorative lighting and combines up to six continuous shots to create a single clear photograph.

 

Setting of SCN (Scene Selection)

Another way to shoot night scenes and decorative lighting in addition to with Superior Auto is to use "Hand-held Twilight," "Night Portrait," or "Night Scene" modes in SCN (Scene Selection).

Hand-held Twilight
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Select this to shoot night scenes without using a tripod.

With this setting, the camera takes up to six continuous shots each time the shutter button is pressed. The shots are combined to create a single photograph.

Taking continuous shots reduces camera shake, and combining the shots allows for a clear photograph with less noise.

When shooting, keep the camera pointed at the subject unit "Processing..." is displayed.

Night Portrait
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Select this to shoot photographs of people with scenery in the background using a tripod.

This makes everything from the person's expression to the night scene in the background come out clear.

NOTE: Camera shake may occur when pressing the shutter button, even when using a tripod. Set Self-Timer to 2sec to shoot without blurring.

Night Scene
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Select this to shoot clear night scenes using a tripod.

This sets a low ISO sensitivity to reduce noise, and it uses a slow shutter speed to brighten the image.

NOTE: Camera shake may occur when pressing the shutter button, even when using a tripod. Set Self-Timer to 2sec to shoot without blurring.