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Chapter 3. The Basic Zone > Night Portrait Mode

Night Portrait Mode

You’re out on the town at night and you want to take a nice picture of someone, but you want to show some of the interesting scenery in the background as well. You could use Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which would probably turn on the flash and take the photo. The problem is that, while it would give you a decent exposure for your subject, the background might end up being completely dark. The solution is to use Night Portrait mode (Figure 3.11). When you set the dial to this mode, you are telling the camera that you want to use a slower-than-normal shutter speed so that the background is getting more time (and, thus, more light) to achieve a proper exposure.


  

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