Photography 101

Discussion in 'Photography' started by keyaam, 23 Apr 2009.

  1. keyaam

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    Ive seen some really nice pics on MASA and would like to know what cameras you guys are using as well as the settings to capture these high quality pics. Im currently trying to capture some pics of my tank but they come out very crappy.
     
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    :) Yeah - I know ..... for me it is STILL "hit and miss"!

    I have a Nikon D40 DSLR....

    I have noticed now, that I take the best pics in the following mode:
    - MANUAL mode (M setting on the camera)
    - Shutter speed at 1/50
    - Aperture (F-stop) at 5.6
    - with enhanced back-lighting set at +2.0

    Cheers!
     
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    keyaam Thread Starter

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    Its all french to me lol.
     
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    keyaam Thread Starter

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    Im gonna mess around with the cam again later with different settings
     
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    hehe keyaam, what cam are you using? lets start there?
    mods should we look at doing that photo forum one of these days?
     
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    Its a crappy cam. Sony Cybershot dscp73.
     
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    J, to be honest i think thats on the very limit of the shutterspeed you can use for a hand held shot. ANY shake or movment is going to be seen in that shot. I would push the TV to 1/90 and bring the exposure to +1 or +1.5.
     
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    great idea crispin i would love to get sum tips on using my cannon 350D
     
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    hehe not my idea, viper has been chatting about it a while, we just wanted to see what the responce would be like....i'll get it started for ya soon.

    the 350 is a good camera you shoukd be able to do lots with it. are you comfortable with going into manual mode yet, changing Fstop or shutter speed?
     
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    and with tank subjects like you have you should have lots to photograph :)
     
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    All my pic are taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC H1. But just goggled yours totally different.

    Just make sure you don't use the digital zoom. Switch it off.
     
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    im afraid thats the first reason you get crap pics :(

    but like shaun says, some sony cybershots are good cameras:)
     
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    Don't put words in my text :p But some can take ok pic's.:razz:
     
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    :lol::whistling::wave2:
     
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    I use a Pentax but on Manual Mode. I play around with different light balances to find one that brings out the colours properly. Using a larger aperture will give you a very narrow depth of field so you will have to adjust your camera to centre meter as you only want to capture the items intended. I have found that underexposing although it gives a slower shutter speed yields richer pictures. I try and aim for 1 stop underexposure. I used to do the same when I was shooting on Slide films like Velvia and Provia and believe me there is no room for error with those films and the results were fantastic.

    One can only use a tripod for decent pics and if you have a shutter release cable all the better for stability of the camera. Try and shhot down at your tank and not have the lens face up as this tends to wash out the pictures as your light source is from above. If you want to shoot broad pics of your tank go to an aperture of about 11 which will have a deeper depth of field or area that will be in focus.

    A perfectly clean glass ,curtains drawn and lights off help with reflections and shadows.​
     
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    Mods we have a new candidate for photography sections :)

    Tony i agree with most of what you say, escept the release cable as not many have them, in that case i use a self timer on tripod so there is no camera shake at all, especilly if shooting macro on SPS.

    very good tip about not shooting upwards:)
     
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    that puts Mek out the running! :razz:
     
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    The release cables are nice to have and brilliant and not badly priced as well but the self timer is good enough. Some cameras have different settings like 3 seconds, 5 seconds 12 seconds etc of the self timer modewhich make things quicker. When shooting fish you just go mad and click away as you're bound to get a sharp, rich pic. Photoshop or other programs can fisx most exposure problems. With corals you can play around and they're going nowhere fast.
     
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    Many thanks for the tips again Crispin, and Tony.....
     
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    I use a Kodak disposable :yeahdude:
     
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