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As part of the opening weeked of Indianapolis 500 May festivities there are balloon glows tonight and tomorrow night (hot air balloon races tomorrow and Sunday mornings also.)

I don't think the weather will hold up to go tonight, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. So...

I have a Canon S3IS. Just a point and shoot, but it does have manual settings. I have yet to be able to figure out how to take good shots at night.

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I have an S5, but you may have a night setting if its like the S5, or you could perhaps use the fireworks setting? Otherwise, I'd stick to auto if you aren't sure :)
 

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You could try Night Scene mode or Night Snapshot mode. Practice tonight in the dark and see what works out better. Make Riley stand outside and snap some shots of him. lol

Oh and I just looked- it does look like you have a fireworks setting. That may be a good one too. You want a slow shutter speed, to keep it open longer. But you have to keep your camera still, or it'll turn out blurry. So if you can, rest your camera on something solid or use a tripod. You can buy a small inexpensive tripod, something like a Gorillapod. They are flexible and small.
 
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