3/365: Night Portrait Setting

The first Project 365 Challenge at ScrapShare was posted this morning. Over the next week, we are to use the Automatic settings on the camera. This is something I hardly ever do, but this evening, I used the Night Portrait Setting on my D70 to photograph Erica and Kathleen playing a Nancy Drew Mystery Game, the Creature of Kapu Cave.

I then checked out the settings the Night Portrait used and shot the same general scene, using Aperture Priority Mode. I learned that the Night Portrait uses the Slow Sync flash, something I should use more often in low light, or at least at home for static pics.

Today's takeaway - the scene modes are a good starting point to learn more about how the camera handles different exposure situations, and then you can use that information in the Manual modes.

1st picture EXIF:
Shot in Night Portrait Scene Mode
Exposure: 0.333 sec (1/3)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 70 mm
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

2nd picture EXIF:
Shot in Aperture Priority
Exposure: 0.4 sec (2/5)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 70 mm
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

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