Oct 7, 2007

Existing Light Photography

Originally uploaded by RickBlythe.
Here is a photo I took last night at a bar. All I had with me was my ultra-compact Casio Exilim EX-Z750. This is a coaster sitting on a metal table under a light (no flash used). I really like how the coaster seems to float in mid-air.

The first thing I did is get out of AUTO mode and selected a best-shot mode for nighttime photos. This slowed my shutter way down. No flash either. At these slow shutter speeds however you need to brace the camera against a sturdy object. In this case I used a nearby wall as I was pointing the camera almost straight down.

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Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 7.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Software: ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Date and Time: 2007:10:06 23:37:36
YCbCr Positioning: Centered
Exposure Program: Manual
Date and Time (Original): 2007:10:06 21:52:42
Date and Time (Digitized): 2007:10:06 21:52:42
Compressed Bits per Pixel: 275/54 bits
Maximum Lens Aperture: 30/10
Light Source: Tungsten (incandescent light)
Sub-Second Time: 109
Color Space: sRGB
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Manual
Digital Zoom Ratio: 0/0
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 38
Gain Control: High gain up
Saturation: Low saturation
Compression: JPEG
Image Width: 900 pixels
Image Height: 675 pixels