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Old Jul 17, 2012, 3:54 PM   #11
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Those are great! And thank you so much for posting your settings. Wish more folks would share that to help out rank amateurs like me.
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Thank you and you are welcome!! Additional camera setting: I have the camera PICT ADJ set to 0 Contrast, 0 Sharpness, +1 Saturation, -1 Noise Reduction. Another tip, if it's really sunny, sometimes I use low intensity flash to even out shadows. Also, do adjust the EV level according to light and subject color. It is better to slightly underexpose than over. You can't fix blown highlights in any PP, but you can lighten up to some extent. The rest is pure quantity. If the subject lets you, take tons of images (I typically take 5 to 10+ shots of each subject if possible) to make sure you end up with at least one good one!
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 10:51 PM   #12
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Saly, thanks for the setting information, ... and the encouragement.

I'm amazed at your distance of 18"!

I am not surprised at the Spot settings. Recall, a few weeks ago, I posted a thread asking about Area-1, Area-1HS, and Spot. After much, much experimenting, I have settled on nothing but Spot on the focus. The likely outcome exceeds A-1, A-1HS, or fixed focus. It helps if one can see the subject, but often the contortions needed to get the camera placed makes it impossible to see the subject through LCD. Yes, it is a blind shot, but the success rate is amazingly high (practice, practice, practice ....).

Also, I have settled on Macro/flower setting. It seems to do just as well for settings as A or P. Sometimes, I would like A for short DOF, but the usual aperture is 2.8 or 3.5 anyway.

Also, I've learned much about EV. I am surprised how often I need to make an adjustment - very bright sun, light object (e.g. white hibiscus), the EV needs to be cranked down to -1, or even -1 1/3. Good light, - 1/3 or -2/3, and sun, -1. Again, much practice to arrive at good settings. I used bracketing for awhile,and that was helpful for a learning exercise. It gave me a better understanding on what a right setting should be for one shot, not needing all three. Now, I don't use bracketing, and am usually pretty well pleased with the outcomes (ever changing EV). I am surprised that the exposure control does not do a better job, so that EV=0 would be the norm.

I have settled on same PIC settings as you mentioned.

Now, to work on composition! The "thirds" lines on the LCD are very helpful for framing the shots (especially the flower shots).

Thanks.
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Amazing images, Saly. I particularly like #4 and #7. Any idea what is that speck on the left of the flower in #1?
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Very nice. I especially like the damselfly and the finch.

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Thank you Ragu and Steve!

Raghu - it's a tiny bug. I was curious so I enlarged that area. The thing must have been about 2mm long.

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Fabulous series saly. Lovely colours, clarity and subject matter.
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I appreciate the additional information about settings and technique, saly.
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I appreciate the additional information about settings and technique, saly.
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I also appreciate the 'extra' info and your sharing of photos.
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