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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by PinkRhinos4 View Post
Good tips there... I'll have to see if my camera can do that...

and good photos by the way
Thank you and let us know how it turn out!
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
Okay, here are my questions. I have a Canon Powershot S3 IS which I think is a pretty good camera. I always use it in auto or sports mode. My place is often dark and photos without the flash come out too dark.

I have the auto changed to ISO High. The camera goes up to ISO 800 on manual.

Will changing the aperature help in this situation? I should have bought a camera with less going on if I am only going to use it in auto but I thought I could learn

Thanks!

Bonnie1965

It is always good to learn

Aperture controls amount of light that comes into your camera. Bigger the aperture, the more light comes into your camera. This will increase the shutter speed and thus allows you to take better/faster/reduce blur shots in low light/indoor situation. For example, with ISO 400, f/3.5, your shutter speed is only 1/60 sec, but when you change it to ISO 800, f/3.5, the shutter speed might change to 1/100 sec, then you change to ISO 800, f/2.7, the shutter speed will again change to 1/125 sec. This is just an example of how your shutter speed depends on the amount of light that comes through the lens (aperture) and the sensitivity setting (ISO).

Your camera is very capable. It is just like an SLR but just can't change the lens. I would suggest you try the quick tip I gave to Duchess15 (post 24 of this thread)but ISO to 800 and aperture to f/2.7. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.
post #33 of 41
great photos
post #34 of 41
Great advice. Should work well with both my cats and my kids! Can't wait to try.
post #35 of 41
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Zissou'sMom:

AE-1 is a great film camera. It is considered one of the modern SLRs.

You will not be able to adjust ISO because the film itself dictates the ISO. It will take more practice with film camera to find the correct ISO and exposure (shutter speed) combination to achieve a correctly exposed picture. Let's say that you have a film rated at ISO 400 (usually used for indoors) and you use 1/1000 sec shutter speed in indoors/low light situation, the picture will most likely turn out black. So it is tricky and expensive to practice on a film camera.

Yeap, I just tried it on my camera, aperture f/3.5, shutter speed 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, in a dimly lit room, the picture is black. Then, I change the shutter speed to 1/100 sec, then it is ok but still dark. It will just have to take some practice to get the right setting.

Flash. You can try to use a diffuser. This will work great and you can even point it directly in their face and looks like the light is from all over the place rather than spot on.

Hope this helps.
Thank you! I when I read 'modern' but I'm glad a 25-yr-old camera isn't too out of date. I will try out your suggestions on Zissou's next photo shoot!
post #36 of 41
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Thank you! I when I read 'modern' but I'm glad a 25-yr-old camera isn't too out of date. I will try out your suggestions on Zissou's next photo shoot!
Let us know how it turns out!
post #37 of 41
Camera is Olympus U Digital 600

Ok, Changed the ISO to 400 (800 and 1600 were giving too much noise), and turned the flash off - Not sure if I can change the aperture or not

And I finally got some good pics of Portia's beautiful eyes!

post #38 of 41
I am going to try some of these as well and will let you know how it works for me! We have poor lighting in the house and I tend to have to use the flash so I will see how this will help with that issue!
post #39 of 41
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Camera is Olympus U Digital 600

Ok, Changed the ISO to 400 (800 and 1600 were giving too much noise), and turned the flash off - Not sure if I can change the aperture or not

And I finally got some good pics of Portia's beautiful eyes!

Glad to see you are getting good result!
post #40 of 41
I have a Canon Powershot A85.

I normally use Auto, without flash preferably, and if I use the flash I try to block some of it with my finger.

It takes about 3 seconds for the actual picture to happen from the time I press the button - I miss SO many shots it makes me crazy.

Now that I have a Bengal, I'd like to be able to capture more "action" shots. Heck, she moves like lightening!

I'd also like to be able to take better close-ups - I love those crisp shots that so many here can take!

Can you give me any specific advise based upon my particular camera? It has too many settings, and I have never been much of a photog - point and shoot is the extent of my training, but with practice I have improved my composition at the very least.

Thanks for sharing your expertise with us!
post #41 of 41
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I have a Canon Powershot A85.

I normally use Auto, without flash preferably, and if I use the flash I try to block some of it with my finger.

It takes about 3 seconds for the actual picture to happen from the time I press the button - I miss SO many shots it makes me crazy.

Now that I have a Bengal, I'd like to be able to capture more "action" shots. Heck, she moves like lightening!

I'd also like to be able to take better close-ups - I love those crisp shots that so many here can take!

Can you give me any specific advise based upon my particular camera? It has too many settings, and I have never been much of a photog - point and shoot is the extent of my training, but with practice I have improved my composition at the very least.

Thanks for sharing your expertise with us!

GingersMom:


I have checked out your camera's specs and it is very decent. It allows lots of user adjustments mentioned in the mini guide. Your camera allows you to adjust aperture (amount of light gets into your camera) and shutter speed (how fast the shutter open and closes), as well as ISO setting (sensitivity to light). Here is what you can do.

1. Change the program to Aperture priority, refer to your manual.
2. change the aperture setting to f/2.8 (remember, do not zoom. If you zoom the aperture will not be as low as f/2.8)
3. Change the ISO to 400.
4. Turn off the flash.
5. focus on the subject (press shutter half way), then shoot.

This should give you a better result. If it is still blurry, try it with the flash. For stationary subjects, this method will work just fine, however the quality is still affected the amount of available in your house.

You can also give this method a try. Instead of aperture priority, try shutter priority. Set everything else to auto and just play around with the shutter speed that allows you capture the action shot and still not too dark. Again, turn the flash off. Start with 1/60, 1/100, 1/125, 1/150...etc Anything below 1/60 sec will be blurry, but the best way to learn is to try all the settings. Now go have some fun with your camera. Post some pics and let us know how it turns out. Let me know if you have any Qs.
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