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Old Jul 18, 2002, 7:03 AM   #1
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Default Kodak DX3900 freeze frame?

Hi all, I just purchased my second digital camera, a Kodak DX3900 (my first was a Kodak DC215.)

I've pretty much been a Point and Shoot type, but now that this camera has some manual controls, I've been trying to learn more about f/stops, aperture, shutter speed, etc.

One thing that really fascinated me is that you can capture fast moving objects completly in one frame with no motion. So, as I have a ceiling fan in my room, I decided to test it out.

Here are my available settings (for those who don't use the DX3900):

ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed (in seconds): .7, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16
Aperture (can't be manually set):
Wide: f/2.8
Telephoto: f/4
Optical zoom: 2x
Digital zoom: 3x (don't worry, I never use it )

So my first attempt at stopping the action wasn't very good. I think I used ISO 400 (for "action" shots), and a shutter speed of .7 (How fast is that? Megapixel.net shows the "shutter speed" as between 1/2000th of a second and 16 seconds....)

I'm wondering, based on the limited controls I have on this camera, what would be the best settings to freeze the action? I can also upload my first photo to show how it came out.

Thanks for any info!



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Old Jul 18, 2002, 5:25 PM   #2
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Default Got it!

Ok, here's my second attempt, this time during the daytime. My settings were:

Flash: on (auto)
Aperture: F/3.4 (auto...can't set manually)
Shutter Speed: 1/45 (auto)
ISO: 400
Exposure Metering: Center-Weighted (I specifically set this to see how it would look...I don't know if it had anything to do with stopping the action or not.)

I'm also not sure if doing it during daylight, as opposed to nighttime, had much to do with stopping the action. Any replies would be welcomed

Here it is: http://jazzclub.hypermart.net/photos/fan2.jpg
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Old Jul 18, 2002, 7:15 PM   #3
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Daylight or not, illumination is what's important, the brighter the object the faster the shutter speed is going to be in auto mode. The strobe-light effect of the flash makes the fan appear to freeze for an instant while the picture is taken.
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