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Does anyone have any helpful hints for getting good photos of such night things as the Northern Lights, the moon, etc, with a point and shoot? I have a Canon S3IS right now, it has some manual settings and exposure compensation, etc.... I reallllly want to not just get photos of the Northern Lights when I'm in Alaska this season, but the BEST photos I can! Are there combos of settings that do a better job than others? Helpful on-the-fly tips? Should I use flash or not?
I know that being digital I can experiment...I'd simply like to get some new ideas to try to shorten the experimenting process and lower my odds of getting a bunch of blurry photos. Night photography is a challenge, and with a nonSLR that can't do long exposures, it's even more so. So, any help and hints y'all could share would ROCK! Thanks!

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I'm going to McKinley Lodge :) A photography trip sounds like lots of fun! Wow, 30 seconds.... dang! Guess I'll just have to watch the lights ... :)
It will be my first time to be in Alaska too!

It's all good. I've had to deal with my camera's inability to get low-light shots for a long time now, so I'll live :D
Haha. I'm sure you can do low lighting with it. I have done some with my easy share.
Sunet Over Swiftcurrent Lake, Many Glacier, Glacier National park Montana
Dark Sky Sunset, Mt. Rainier National Park
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Oh BTW all, I am shooting now with a Nikon D700. Great night shooting, and I am learning as I go. Downside is I can't find any long-time-exposure setting on it, and I don't have a high end lens for it.

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