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Old May 15, 2008, 1:59 PM   #11
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Here's a Z712 specimen from yesterday (downsized and sharpened for the forum), with which I'm well pleased. Don't be downhearted . Photography isn't easy.

Keep shooting, and throw away everything but the best!

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thanks alan for the pic. its beautiful.
what software do u use to downsize and sharpen?
also what do u think abt my pics?
and i asked abt my doubt abt the noise, can u plz tell me if that is some problem?

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'last one for now'looks very good to me. Don't worry; you have a good camera, based on my last years'experience. Search for my posts, and ac.smith's, if you don't believe me. As said, photography isn't easy.
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...what software do u use to downsize and sharpen?
Paint Shop Pro 7.04, It's an antique, but it works. Any of the other more modern packages will allow you to do the same, probably better. Ask around the forums; everyone will help.
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Thanks alan,
but plz tell me abt the noise thing.. what do u think abt it?
do u hear any sound with ur 712?
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If you have auto-focus ON the camera will try to focus, all the time it's switched on, on what it can see. This causeslots of little clicks. This is 'continuous autofocus'. If you don't like it, switch it off.

There are various other little noises as well. Switch them off if you don't like them, after finding out what they do.

Good luck! I love my Z712. It's OK. Best camera I've owned in about 48 years.
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..and what I should have said, I now realise, is "all those pics look fine to me, especially 'last one for now.' " Are you happy with it, Carly?

It's a good idea to experiment with the settings as you learn the camera. Exposure bracketing is especially useful.

I often deliberately underexpose by 0.3 EV (easily set in the viewfinder) to avoid blown highlights. I shoot in aperture priority ('A') mode mostly, and twiddle the aperture up & down to get an acceptable shutter speed & depth of field. Then I usually adjust the EV up & down until the exposure (after a half-press of the release button) looks about right. Once you know where the buttons are, you don't have to take it away from your eye to do that in a few seconds.

Everyone develops their own way of working. Your new camera is capable of much better than 'point & shoot', though lots of folk just use that.
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