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Old Nov 19, 2002, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default Household Cavalry website needs help with Dimage 7i

Hi there, I am a total newbie to the concept of digital photograpy. Before this year, the last time I used a camera seriously was about 30 years ago! In those days I was using a Leica M3, a wide angle Rollieflex and a very early Pentax Spotmatic!

These days I am running a website for members of the Queen's Life Guard (The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment) at http://www.hcmr-photos.org.uk. We have been providing up to date (and very amateur) digital images of the QLG.

For the first two months I was using a borrowed, conventional, compact camara (Nikon Lite Touch 70W Zoom) and scanning in the photographs. Now we have a new Minolta Dimage 7i and I have been learning how to use it this week.

Could any please point me in the right direction to find a decent tutorial on how to use this excellent camera, or offer any advice on the results so far. I especially need help on the longer shots and how to get the best focus and sharpness. I use Photoshop 7 to prepare the images for the website
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 11:19 AM   #2
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There has been a lot on getting sharp focus in recent posts. I suggest doing a search on "focus" and see if that is a help to you.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 11:26 AM   #3
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The D7 series can be handled and operated like a complete manual classic camera, plus the WISIWYG ( what you see is what you get) feature in manual.
Learn to master it’s auto-focus behavior ( wide area, spot, flex ,manual focus modes ) and the numerous settings (color,ISO, …etc) and you will be amazed by it’s power.
In case of panic, press “Panic P ” button , it will revert to default auto-focus/exposure …

Live (real time) histogram is also an digicam exclusive helpful feature.
May be you may miss the little exposure needle
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Old Nov 20, 2002, 12:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for all your advice on using the D7i. I've been out at Horse Guards each day this week, and I guess as I learn more about the camera, the shots get better and sharper... Today was dull, dark and wet, but I had great fun learning to use the spot metering function... I wish I could alter the size of the spot as I still catch the wrong part of the image I am trying to capture.

Today's efforts have just been uploaded. http://www.hcmr-photos.org.uk/photos...61-20th-11.jpg is just an example!
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