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Old May 20, 2003, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default Color balance with S414

Purchased new S414 today and need help already. Sharp, clear pictures, but I lose the blue sky and clouds when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. The rest of the picture has good color balance. Settings are unchanged from the factory. Is this a problem with the S414? Also, the LCD Monitor is not a sharp image. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old May 21, 2003, 12:26 AM   #2
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If you are going with the automatic settings, try using the landscape setting. I used that for my pics outdoors this weekend and both scene and people pictures turned out quite good...
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Old May 21, 2003, 2:33 AM   #3
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You may want to take a look at an ultraviolet (UV) filter. The following offers add-on filters that can fit in your Minolta (35.5mm) screw in lens. The 35.5mm is not a common size.


They also provide a quick lesson on various filters and their uses. Prices are very reasonable. Besides, the UV filter gives some protection to your lens. I'd rather damage a $10 filter than a very expensive piece of glass lens.
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Old May 21, 2003, 9:29 AM   #4
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This is a problem with a lot of digicams. To get a darker foreground in proper exposure it will then blow out the blue skies since they're already bright. If you shoot with your back to the sun blue skies come out stunning,but if you're shooting in the general direction of the sun, it's really easy to blow out your skies.

Get some practice and you can learn how to minimize this though- go out and try shooting a landscape: 1st pic- shoot with a lot of ground in the pic and little sky, 2nd pic got half sky and half ground and in the third pic shoot a lot of sky and little ground. Once you discover how to get the best results - you can lock focus (and set exposure) at whichever position gets the best exposure and then reframe the shot. You should be able to see results on the lcd.

check here for an example: http://www.333design.net/blownskies.htm

Hope this isn't as confusing as it sounds.
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Old Jul 11, 2003, 2:40 PM   #5
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I have about the same problem.

I tried copying a poster to check the colors of my camera, monitor and printer. The picture was taken in the shade with all auto settings. Everything agrees except my camera.

Purple comes out blue. Another cheap old 1.3 mb camera does fine as does my scanner, but my S414 is blue.
Does anyone else have this problem? I guess I'll have to get a color card.

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