Small camera, large fluorescent-lit room.
November 27, 2007 9:21 PM Subscribe
I’m no photographer, but a friend has asked me to use her Canon A610 camera to take a few photos of some kids, who’ll be wearing pageant costumes, in what she says is a large, high-ceilinged, windowless room lit by bright fluorescent lights. I can’t get to the room early and won’t have time to experiment once I’m there. What setting(s) should I use on this camera? (Assume I’ve considered and rejected the possibility of using a different camera or hiring a photographer.) I’d like to be able to give her decently-lit pictures with natural-looking color.
posted by Dave 9 to media & arts (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Am I wrong in assuming that the little built-in flash would do more harm than good? The obvious choices seem to be Auto, or SCN-Indoors (which claims to set the color balance automatically for tungsten or fluorescent, adjusting the ISO as necessary); but can I do better with custom pre-sets? The Canon has Automatic White Balance, but also offers “Fluorescent” and Fluorescent-H” settings, as well as the ability to set a fixed ISO up to 400. I’d be grateful for your suggestions.