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Subject:   Using a camera where no flash is allowed
Date:   2003-11-07 06:26:23
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Using a camera where no flash is allowed

Actually my wife and I were at St Peters Basilica this summer as well. As one of the other poster's mentioned you can just turn the flash off. This worked great for us. We had a Canon Power Shot 200 I think (it was 2 mega pixel, I get mixed up with the different model numbers.)

My question and slightly off topic is how to get the same pictures to turn out with a 35mm camera. We had both and all of the digital pictures were great and the 35mm were a bust. I suppose a slower speed film would help (I think we were using 200) but we didn't have a tripod so keeping the camera still would be hard. Am I missing something nice and simple?

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Using a camera where no flash is allowed
    2003-11-07 13:37:13  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    For film cameras, you would want a faster speed film in low light situations with the flash turned off. ISO 800 speed print film and 400 speed slide film are much improved these days over just a few years ago.

    Then find a steady surface to rest the camera on, put it in program mode, and use the self-timer to trip the shutter. You should get pretty good images that way.
    • RE: Using a camera where no flash is allowed
      2007-05-12 21:07:39  John.H [View]

      Use a faster film NOT a slower film. Usually ASA OR ISO 400 is good enough.

      If particularly dim conditions are experienced use an even faster film such as 800. Set film speed on camera and let it take care of working things out.

      Some museums and other public buildings will not let you set up a tripod for fear of tripping someone, or blocking traffic - so holding camera still may be a problem for some people. If you are concerned about this then consider carrying a MONOPOD - like a one legged tripod.

      Make sure you understand the difference between slide film and print film.

      Before any once in a life-time trip splurge on a couple of rolls of film and practice in museums and art galleries in your home area.

      John H - Ex RN Photog.