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Old Apr 30, 2006, 4:51 PM   #1
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I am very new to the SLR photography, always had the quick point and shoot cameras.

Finally figured out that "M" mode was the way to go. Pictures will not turn out in auto mode, everything is orange,grainy and blurry. Maybe a defective camera?, but most likely not.

The "M" mode works great, but I am having one minor problem. I am trying to take pictures of small items to post on a web site, I am using a white table figuring it would be a good clean background, the only problem is thatthe item I am trying to take a photo of also becomes white and blends in with the table. I have tried every setting and combo that I can think of but have not been successful.

Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 6:29 PM   #2
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Can you post some sample pictures. The white table could be confusing the metering of the camera.

Also, make sure your white balance is set to automatic or matches your lighting condition. Orangy shots could be due to low lighting indoors. Your camera probably increased the ISO to compensate and that's why you're getting granny images. The camera is also increasing the shutter time and with camera shake, you'll get blurry images. It seems like all your issue comes down to low lighting situation.

I rarely use Manual mode, I shot almost 90% Aperture Mode, that way I get a little bit of support from the camera. Also with large white background, try using center or spot metering mode.

Since you said you're a newbie, if you haven't seen these yet, check them out:

http://www.canon.co.jp/Imaging/enjoydslr/index.html
http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d50/index.shtml

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What do you get in 'P' mode ? that should be working fine. in any case, try 'P' mode and when you half press the buttons, check the aperture and speed values - then go to 'M' and dial in the same values - see how you get on
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Thanks for the help, I will give these a try.

I really am a very Raw Newbie. Just learning and it can get a bit frustrating, especially when you don't even know the lingo.

Here is a link to some photo's I just took.

http://www.zacm.com/test-photo/index.htm

Thanks for all your help!

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 7:58 PM   #5
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It looks like on the blurry ones, you may be too close to the objects. You're trying to do macro shots with a non-macro lens. The specs for Tamron 28-80 says the minimum focusing distance is 2.3 feet, so don't get closer than this. It may help if you put the camera on Macro setting (That's the "flower" on the dial). But it's no substitute to a macro lens. Also, a tripod should help stabilize the camera.

Some of the shots makes no sense to me. It says the flash fired, but the exposure is long (one was for two seconds).

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I am actually standing up and the object is a good 3+ feet from me. I cannot use the camera in auto, it seems like the flash actually darkens the picture rather than making it brighter.

When I put it in the "A" mode, the flash was delayed which did seem like a couple seconds everytime.

Is it possible there is a problem with the camera?

I will try the macro settings and see if that works, I think I tried that already, but I will try that again. I should be getting my macro lense this coming week.

Thanks for the help!


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rey how can you read the exif data to figure out what the settings are?
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I updated that page with some more photo's using the macro feature, with and without flash.

http://www.zacm.com/test-photo/index.htm

I will try "P" mode next.
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rey how can you read the exif data to figure out what the settings are?
There are several ways of doing it. I use opanda's exif viewer. It's an application you can download, but they also have a plug-in for firefox browsers, so you can just right click an image and select "view exif".

http://opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html
http://opanda.com/en/iexif/iexif_firefox.htm



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I updated that page with some more photo's using the macro feature, with and without flash. http://www.zacm.com/test-photo/index.htm I will try "P" mode next.
From the look of the recent pics, the problem is lighting. You need a lot of light, maybe put one next to it. A white light is better (ie fluorescent instead of light bulb), but you need to diffuse the light. Read about this stuff here:

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?o...article=080403


In general, the rule of thumb is lots of light, and a tripod. Your pics shows it's using 1600 ISO and slow shutter speed. That's why you have granny and blurry images.

Good Luck!




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