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Old Jan 29, 2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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i thought i would post afew pics i have taken with the C-8080, ive only had it afew days so im quite happy with how they have come out.. any tips are welcome

the files sizes are alittle on the large size, all but the last pic are what i have taken in the garden today while getting used to the camera, the last is a close up shot of my cats face ehehehe

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Old Jan 29, 2005, 4:51 PM   #2
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Hi

You've a great camera.

All your pics suffer with one thing.....camera movement. In other words your shutter speed is not fast enough to compensate for the movement created by your hands holding it. Why not do a little test....under those same kind of conditions take a picture hand held and take a similar picture with your camera mounted on a tripod and ideally triggered with your remote. You'll be amazed at the difference

Why is your cat so much sharper? Well the electronic flash is very intense and very quick.....I don't know....2 or 3 thousandths of a second I guess. If you read your manual it will explain it muchbetter than I can.....Happy shooting.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 8:09 PM   #3
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ive been thinking about a tripod but seeing as i have only had the camera 3 days and these are the 1st shots i have taken would it not be better to get used to it before i go ahead and buy one ? also, if i were to buy 1 it would need to be a very small when not in use and also very lightwieght, i am abit fussy when it comes to carrying things about when im out


as for refering to my manual, well i would love to but it has to be one of the most unhelpful things i have ever come accross for example, the manual refers to ISO and says trhe camera ranges from ISO 50 to ISO 400, but im not totally sure what the difference is and the manual does not explain either, it also refers to something called "EV STEP" and says - selects whether to set the shutter speed, aperture value and exposure compensation in 1/3 steps or in 1/2 steps, i mean what ir/are EV STEPS and whats the difference i would sure like to know but the manaul does nottell you, there ar elots of other examples i could give where im thinking ok i have this but i need to know more about it to make a choice on what setting i should use or ifi need it at all, i admit i am totally new to this but i am willing to learn so it looks like i might have to buy some sort of refrence book.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 10:13 PM   #4
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A camera manual probably shouldn't be expected to cover the meaning of terms like ISO. Sounds like you'd benefit from a course in basic photography. ISO, exposure value (EV), and more - these are concepts common to both digital and film photography, so getting at least a basic understanding of them will help you not only to understand your camera better, but also to become a better photographer in general. There are also lots of places to get information about photography and photographic terminology online - just use your favorite search engine.

Tripods. Seems like everyone I know has a love/hate relationship with them. They're often an inconvenience to carry, they tend to draw more attention to the photographer in public situations (not usually a plus), and they can be just plain awkward at times. But for certain shots, you simply won't get by without one, and the result often makes the extra fuss worthwhile. A basic tripod can be inexpensive, so why not give it a try?

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Old Jan 29, 2005, 11:52 PM   #5
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Your shots are either off focus (too close to the subject?) or have some shake problems. The shake can be induced by the movement of the camera when pressing the shutter button or the subject itself (blown by the wind?). Stabilising the camera and the subject helps (use a tripod and something to hold the subject in place).

A tripod helps greatly especially when using slower shutter speeds (night shots). I use a cheap $15 tripod with my Olympus C770UZ a lot.

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Old Jan 31, 2005, 9:08 AM   #6
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Hi, thanks for the comments i took afew more shots and tryed afew different modes and also i tryed not to get to close as i think i was doing that, i also used the lens hood this time for the 2 outdoor shots.

it was windy again and somethigns did not co,e out well at all, i think these came out slightly better admitedly a tripod would produce better shots still i imagine

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Old Jan 31, 2005, 1:11 PM   #7
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Yes! You're learning fast.....well done!
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 3:20 PM   #8
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The best way to learn photography is by using a manual (focus and exposure) film SLR such as an Olympus OM1 or a Nikon FM. I had an OM1 for many years and currently have Nikons (F70 and an old FE) as well as my newly acquired 8080. But then again photography has been one of my hobbies for 35 years! IMHO the 8080 is not for the faint-hearted, especially for someone just starting out in photography as there are so many more things that you can do at the taking stage. But buying a film camera isprobably not what you want to hear!

Get yourself on an evening college course and if you can find one, join a local photographic group. I would invite you to join the one that I am secretary of but I guess you probably don't live in south Wales, UK. Another great way to learn photography is to look look look at pictures such as are posted on the MyOlympus site. You could even join and post some pics for comments. We won't bite. But above all keep taking more and more pictures! Digital makes this so so easy!
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 4:45 PM   #9
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nope i dont want to hear i need to buy another camera but to say i have not had a camera for about 8 years or more and a very basic 1 at that i dont think im doing to bad :-D#

sadly no, i live in nottinghamshire or i might have taken you up on that offer if you send me a link to your website i will take alook about
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No, I didn't think you wanted to get another camera after spending £450 or so on the 8080!! Take a look on the Jessops website www.jessops.com where there is a link to a list of UK camera clubs. Maybe you will find one close to you in Notts. BTW visit www.cwmbranphotosoc.org.ukto see what we produce. It's probably not up to date but gives a flavour of what we (and other) clubs do. Two of us members have 8080's but most of us use digital cameras of some description. Keep up the picture-taking - you can never take too many!
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