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El Tiberon

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I have a Sony Cybershot 2100 that I have no clue how to use other than put batteries in, turn it on, and turn the flash on and off. It has 12 mp so I know the quality of the photos can improve. Here is an example of me taking a photo with flash on in a dark enough area to get some sort of lense auto-focus. I then opened it with paint and cropped the photo. I feel this plant will be a jewel to photograph. Those of you who know about cameras, please feel free to observe the photos placed here and offer your input on what what needs to be adjusted. I know there are settings in the camera to make the photos change but I have no clue how to do it or what they would be. I am sure the photos can be cleaned up. I have box, paperwork, warranty, CD, loaded Cd, and read pdf several times.

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Buy and use a tripod

Use the timer... hands free

Use indirect fluorescent lights or a light box... lighting is the hardest thing to master and I'm still working on it

 

practice often..

 

well that's about all I have... I'm hoping for the camera fairy to get me a nice slr with macro in the next six months..

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Hi el tiberon

you might find that putting a rizla over the flash will result in less bleached out pictures and more disapated flash. The other thing is to learn about the white balance and manually correct it with 18% grey card or neutral white. As always with new cameras practise makes perfect.

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are you trying to shoot macros ?

 

I was trying to figure how close yours will focus ? do you have a close up setting on it ?

 

I use and old Nikon coolpix 4800 it is 4 MP it will focus at 1cm. or.4 inch with give you a closeup like this

 

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when I got this camera I did not get any paper work so I did what jwf said

 

practice I shot all kinds of photos

 

I took closeups of everything and anything

 

good luck with your camera and please put up you photos it will be great to see them

 

all the best and be safe

 

Dequelo

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hmm.. I tell you: My first Olympus 3040 3 MP camera had a much better lens than my current cameras. Yes, they decreased in price, for the 3 MP I paid then 5 times as much as I did for my current superzoom 12 MP, but the lens guys, that's the most important part of a cam. My old macros are much nicer than my current.

 

I would not flash with macro or use a special macro flash.

 

Best advice I can give to is to do a course so you will understand the basics about shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, stops etc. Buying a camera doesn't make you a top photographer, as buying photoshop won't make you a graphic designer.

 

Tip: use google picasa for management and basic editing. It's free and it's good.

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Same plant. I changed the setting to 4:3 5M. Opened with paint and cropped the photo. Don't see a whole lot of difference. I did find that there are several different settings. 4 of them are 4:3 and 3 are 16:9. They are in measurements of M (?). 12, 8, 5, and 2 in 4:3 and VGA, 9 and 5 in 16:9.

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Definately getting there tiberon. The numbers you mention are aspect ratios I suspect. It might pay you to light the plant externally (ie not with flash) by either using daylight (a window maybe) or external cfl or t5 lights. In all honsty I think if you keep shooting playing with settings you will get there. Another way of getting around low light is to use longer exposure times but with digi cams you then run into issues with high ISO which may create a noisy picture. I looked at the camera you brought and it seems a nice little point and shoot camera so exposure may not be an option for you. Keep at it and theres some very good photographers on here who love looking at bud porn and always happy to talk cameras. As mentioned before search out the macro or super macro function on the camera. On the camera specs it will say for instance macro 1cm or 20cm or something like this. This will be the closest you can get to the subject for that particular macro, Maybe try reshooting the heri bud in natural daylight, no flash on macro settings (usually a little looking glass symbol). Having said this I bet youve smoke that tasty little bud now.

Regards

jwef

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keep in mind that the forum resolution is max 1200px x xxx px (depending on aspect ratio). So your 12 MP (3000x4000 px) picture can be cropped without losing quality. That is, quality required to show it on a low resolution device such as our computer screens. There are not many people that have a 3000x4000 px LCD screen ;)

 

Example:

 

Original picture (3000x4000 px original)

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Cut-out (1270x951 px, even greater than forum album resolution!)

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A tripod is the most valuable accessory for macros

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Now see that is what I am trying to bring out of this thing but I dont know if it has the power to do it. I looked and there is a mount for tripod gear.

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im gonne buys myself a camera mainly to do bud macro shots and shots of my dog and stuff.

anything you guys can recomend the doesn't cost a thousend bucks?

using my 5mp phone cam now so anything will be an upgrade and if i see these pictures here im sure one of you will have a good suggestion :D

 

 

grtz

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What is a better aspect ratio to shoot in, 4:3 or 16:9? I have the option of both.

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Todays shot under 12M and a little later in the day. I tried to use a shadow to see if I can find a particular place of light that works best when examined in paint.

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this is what 1 minute in picasa does to the picture ;)

 

Tripod and a bit more light will do the trick I think. Find your Macro setting, keep iso low because of the noise.

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Also i bet the size for Opengrow pics on the new board/host are limited by the height, so pics can be 1200x900 or 675x900 for vertical pics.

It's a shame that vertical pics can't be bigger but maybe i'm false Whazzup..?

Thanks for info in fact. :rolleyes2:

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that's true. We already host many gigs of pictures. We do that because we want to keep them in the topics but it sets a restraint to what you can handle.

 

It's not what picasa does to your picture, it is what you do with picasa with your picture :D

My picasa did this...

 

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My Goal is to do one photo a day for the next 2 weeks and see if I can make something of quality. I have a lot of opportunities between now and mid February. I like that picaso2. It allows you to do all sorts of interesting things to a photo.

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El Tiberon that looks like a frosty bitch ya got there! Looks like your getting better. My suggestion is to get her into natural sunlight if possible(don't let your neighbors see). That always helps!

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