Help me learn how to take indoor pictures with my Canon SD800.
I just bought a Canon SD800 IS camera almost exclusively on its glowing mefite reviews
. I've had it for 3 days and I absolutely love it, but I'm having a hard time working with the camera indoors, especially with the flash (outdoor pictures, however, are great
I spent the weekend at a conference in Portland, so there were all kinds of fun lighting challenges (although the convention center has much better lighting than the gross fluorescentness of, say, Spokane's). When I tried to take pictures inside with the flash, I got some weird effects, such as this shot
, where the lighting seems completely off. There were other examples (that were apparently so bad I didn't post them to Flickr), where subjects turned out way too light or way too dark.
When I turned the flash off, I either got stuff like this
(relatively clear image but too dark), or this
(unclear blurry image that is also too dark). This is obviously because the shutter speed was too slow.
Short of using a tripod, what options do I have for improving indoor shots with this camera? I saw the suggestion to put some tissue paper over the flash, which I have tried (it works moderately well), but any others are appreciated.
Sorry if this question is confusing. I'm an enthusiastic but highly amateur photographer, so even the most basic advice is great.