I have a canon S400 (Ixus) and as a point-and-shoot it’s really quite amazing. It also takes good shots with its manual settings. Trouble is I’m right at the bottom of the learning curve at the moment, and need a bit of advice. I’ve been experimenting with the various manual modes and settings with varying levels of success.
Can someone tell me what exactly ISO numbers are and how does exposure compensation fit into this? Also what the heck is white balance? (The user’s manual is actually pretty good at explaining how to do stuff, which buttons to press, but the whys and wherefores are glossed over.)
At the moment I am trying to figure out the best way to take pictures indoors with lowish light levels (indoor lighting) so that I don’t have to use flash for certain shots.
I took some test shots of my living room ranging from ISO 50 through 400 at each exposure setting (-2,-1,0,+1,+2) and found ISO 200, +1 was best. However, in other indoor areas the shots came out a little blurred and not so good. It’s a little frustrating having to take about four pictures at different settings in the hope of getting one which might be OK.
Appreciate any help. Thanks.