How do I set my Canon Powershot SX50 to the longest exposure?

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How do I set my Canon Powershot SX50 to the longest exposure?
Oct 24, 2012

Hello,

I'm a beginner with bridge cameras. I was interested in doing some nighttime photography and I've read that, on the SX50, you can get up to 15 seconds of exposure. I've been using the manual setting and I haven't seen a place in the menus to set the length of time for the exposure. But then, it's all very new to me. Does anyone have any advice on how to get the best nighttime shots? (ie starry sky or northern lights, I know there is noise to be expected with this camera but I'd like to try it). Been playing with it for a few days now with not a lot of luck in that area. Did get some GREAT moon shots, though!

Any advice is appreciated, cheers!

-Angela

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Advice, anyone? 

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In reply to angiea941, Oct 25, 2012

To get the longest exposure, set the camera to Shutter Priority (Tv) and rotate the dial on the right side of the LCD to 15 seconds.  The camera will do the rest.

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In reply to angiea941, Oct 25, 2012

Use the manual setting and start with the lowest aperture around 3.4 with a tripod.

The ISO will default to the lowest setting on the sx50 with any exposure over 1 second if it is like my sx40.

I would start checking the CHDK site for the sx50 download in the near future, with CHDK installed you can really take some nice night pictures because it unlocks some of the limitations the sx series has.

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK

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In reply to Ken1, Oct 25, 2012

Thanks very much Ken! Looks like I have a lot to learn on this camera - I love it.

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In reply to MNwild, Oct 25, 2012

I heard about that CHKD! I'll be looking into that soon, it sounds like a fantastic tool. Thank you so much for your help!

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Someone actually down voted this question.  Amazing.  I hope DPR remove that silly feature. Feel free to share you moon shots, Angela

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northern lights last summer with chdk and the sx40.

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WOW!! That's exactly the quality I am looking for..inspiration right there

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In reply to MarioV, Oct 25, 2012

Here's my favourite moon shot so far. I've since found that I can zoom in even further with other settings, but this was one of my first shots taken with this camera and I was very impressed!

Playing with the HDR settings on the camera - I liked the detail of the sky!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yw4HDSDfRA

Here's a link to a 30 second HD clip of my mildly annoyed cat. The detail and clarity I found to be actually quite impressive (I'm moving up from a Fuji camera and the videos were consistently terrible, grainy, noisy, etc).

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I got this one a couple of nights ago.  I actually shot it in daylight.  That is why the sky looks blue and not black.

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Nice kitty, it's much like my young tomcat Motto...

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MarioV wrote:

Someone actually down voted this question. Amazing. I hope DPR remove that silly feature. Feel free to share you moon shots, Angela

You're quite right! I've also protested in another thread and, guess what?, I've received some down votes !

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Ken1 wrote:

I got this one a couple of nights ago. I actually shot it in daylight. That is why the sky looks blue and not black.

That looks great, Ken! What was the zoom on that one? I'm still in awe that this camera can capture the details of the craters when I can hardly see that with my own eyes! This thing is like a telescope sometimes!

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MarioV wrote:

Someone actually down voted this question. Amazing. I hope DPR remove that silly feature. Feel free to share you moon shots, Angela

You're quite right! I've also protested in another thread and, guess what?, I've received some down votes !

I was surprised to see that it had been downvoted! I wasn't sure if it meant I should have posted elsewhere in the forum or just a random vote.

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I shot it at 100X zoom in the Standard Zoom setting.  This camera takes some awesome pictures and I am very happy with it.

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I gave you  an upvote to balance it out.  That was uncalled for.  Your question was a good reasonable for a new user and that is how people learn.

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In reply to angiea941, Oct 26, 2012

Nice job Angiea, your cat cracks me up! Get that camera out of my face. Your going to really enjoy the camera the more you use it & learn as I am.

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