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What causes these inconsistent dark bands in some of my photos from an indoor event?

The variability you are seeing in your photos is due to the way many types of lighting convert alternating current into light. Although they look constant and steady state to our eyes, in reality they ...
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What are some tips to improve this product photo?

Beyond the photographic subject, there are deep problems in terms of composition. My ten recommendations: Get rid of the blanket. The sensation of touch between the soap and the furry blanket ...
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

The blur is caused by the people moving while you were taking the photograph with a slow shutter. Honestly, I think it improves this particular photo a lot: it shows that the people are dancing, ...
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Indoor flash photography in large auditorium...how to achieve excellent quality results?

Will need flash to achieve good results... You'll not get "excellent quality results" using flash in this situation. Theatrical productions are lit with theatrical lighting. If you want your images ...
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

Honestly, the biggest problem I see in your picture is not the blur, but the badly clipped highlights. Next time, try shooting at, say, -1 EV (which will also reduce the exposure time, and thus the ...
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light?

Your exposure is a function of - The amount of light reaching the subject (with the quality and direction of the light allowing you to control the effect) The shutter speed (too long leads to ...
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What are some tips to improve this product photo?

Everything is a matter of personal taste or local culture, but: The background is much too present (the holly's berries are hardly visible). It can also throw off an automatic color balance, and the ...
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Why won't my ISO go below 6400 when I shoot indoors?

The short answer: It's darker then you think it is. Here's a depiction of various brightnesses and an an exposure value which nominally will give correct exposure at that brightness. Note that these ...
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Is it possible this is sunlight?

Yes, it's coming in through the top of the partially opened door to the left.
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light?

The answer @eftpotrm gave is pretty comprehensive, but let me highlight the single piece of advice that is by far the most likely to give you the desired results: Get a lens with a large maximum ...
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How do I capture artificial light sources better?

As you have discovered, your camera is limited with regard to the brightest and darkest details it can capture at the same time. In order to keep the lights from 'blowing out' you must limit exposure ...
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What are some tips to improve this product photo?

Other answers have mentioned the background, but haven't explicitly said that the pattern of the background is a significant issue. Backgrounds should generally be plain, or with a very muted (low ...
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How to take sharper images indoors, scene with all objects in focus?

In addition to mattdm's suggestion to get a flash or two (which can be a very cheap way to get better light for your image). The sharpness in the sample image looks reasonable for a kit lens - most ...
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

I don't want to use flash Why not ? It's what flash is for. Get a good external flash and learn to love it. Learn to bounce light from the ceiling or using a bounce card or similar. Easy ...
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Indoor office pictures Canon 100D

In a comment, you say I mean that simply camera auto settings change luminosity a lot depending on where you point the camera. In particular, I'm shooting the office furniture Right, so... don't ...
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Indoor flash photography in large auditorium...how to achieve excellent quality results?

Will be taking photos both before and after, where I can get rather close to subjects For posed crew and actor shots both before and after, have the crew bump up the stage lights so that you have ...
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How can I get a high shutter speed and correct exposure when taking photos of horses in an indoor arena?

When you're using the lens at the widest aperture and the photo is still too dark at the longest acceptable shutter time, then the only exposure parameter you have left with that lens is to raise the ...
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Low light, indoor gig photography without pumping that ISO?

You can't beat physics - there's only so much light in the scene, so you're going to have to compromise on something. Despite lots of references to the exposure triangle there are in fact four things ...
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What are some tips to improve this product photo?

Consider putting something underneath the product to lift it from the background, and reducing depth-of-field so that the main focus plane is the product.
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

The thing you see is called motion blur. The amount of it depends on: subjects move (eg. standing still or waving hands), camera move (how still you're holding a camera) and a setting called Shutter ...
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What shutter and aperture should I use with a Pentax K1000 and ISO 400 film indoors?

While I agree with Mick's comment - you need to meter or you are wasting film and development costs (which are not insignificant) - I provide the following rough guideline... Fred Parker's Ultimate ...
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Why is my camera metering indoor scenes as darker than I expect, forcing me to use a high ISO?

The short answer: It's darker then you think it is. Here's a depiction of various brightnesses and an exposure value which nominally will give correct exposure at that brightness. Note that these are ...
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Camera settings

Good indoor settings: Auto. Good outdoor settings: Auto. What camera do you have? Read your camera manual, and maybe start to research here about exposure (see the links posted by mattdm in the ...
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Low light, indoor gig photography without pumping that ISO?

My first recommendation would be: to use flash. Shoot it to the ceiling. Unless the place is a humungous cathedral, the overall spill of light will help you one or two stops, the light will look ...
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How to take sharper images indoors, scene with all objects in focus?

Although the rest of the image isn't as sharp as possible (see other answer) - there is a specific reason why the flowers are out of focus. If the flowers are only 30cm from the lens, then this is too ...
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light?

You can't have your cake and eat it. Use Aperture priority mode at maximum aperture (smallest f stop) -that lets in as much available light as possible. The shutter speed you get will then be a ...
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

To reduce the motion blur, you need to increase your shutter speed. To do that, you need to either increase the aperture or ISO or both until a shutter speed is obtained that can minimise the blur. ...
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How do I capture artificial light sources better?

Light sources, and light bouncing from objects very close to them, are a much higher intensity of light than the ambient light in an area. Thus the image has a very high dynamic range. Expose for ...
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Is ISO 800 too less for taking pictures in a room with lights on?

Vikas, we cannot tell you if 800 is the proper ISO setting for the amount light in your room because we do not know how much light is in your room. You would need to set you camera's ISO to 800 and ...
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Indoor office pictures Canon 100D

...What's the best workflow to balance their luminosity? That kind of depends on whether you mean you want to balance the luminosity of the view through the window with the interior of your office or ...
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