2. Choose ISO 400
3. Set the shutter speed to 1/60th of a second or 1/125th of a second if people are moving quickly or dancing.
4. Set the aperture to F8. Yes, by doing this your camera meter isn't zeroed, it's in the minus. That's fine. You are going to light them up with the flash.
5. Pop up or turn on your flash and set it to TTL mode.
6. Take a test shot.
If the image is too dark, use the FEC to turn the flash power up. Take another shot, and if the image is still too dark, turn it up more.
By using these settings, you should get sharp images of your loved ones as they bring on the holiday cheer! Just make sure they don't spill beer and wine on your camera!!!
FOR THOSE WITHOUT MANUAL MODE
If you don't have manual mode and just have a basic point and shoot, probably going with the AUTO/PROGRAM/PARTY mode will be the setting to choose.
If you have a basic point and shoot, you could try the night photography mode with the flash on.
If you are heading out before the parties to shoot fireworks, check out my post on how to get great firework photos!
ps-DONT DRINK AND DRIVE.
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