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Brent1202 Dec 16, 2009 3:53 PM

Sony DSC-HX1 Settings ?'s
 
First of all I'd like to say hi to everyone on this forum, I did alot of research before buying this camera and a good deal of it came from here. So thank you all very much. This is my first advanced point and shoot camera. I understand a few of the features but I was wondering if someone could point me into the direction of some helpful information on what I should be doing. I know that it will take some time with the camera to perfect the craft, thats actually the fun part to me. This camera is a stepping stone for I would like to eventually have a DSLR. Any help is much appreciated.

Brent

mtclimber Dec 16, 2009 4:19 PM

brent-

Welcome to the Forum We're glad you dropped by.

To really be of effective help to you, brent, we really need to know something of your photo background. We have to have a starting point from which to help.

Also books like Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" and James Patterson's book oon exposure would be helpful background books for you.

Have a great day and merry Christmas.

Sarah Joyce

Brent1202 Dec 16, 2009 4:53 PM

I would say you would classify me as a novice. I have had a couple basic point and shoot cameras but nothing thats like the HX1. I have always loved to take pictures but never really had equipment to take great pictures. I have a thirst for knowledge and usually catch on rather quickly. Thank you for the info on the books Sarah. Happy holidays to you and yours as well.

Brent

mtclimber Dec 16, 2009 6:17 PM

brent-

Most Community Colleges offer digital camera courses for nominal tuition. You might check into what your local Community College is offering for the Winter Quarter beginning in January.

I will be teaching two courses for the Winter Quarter. One on "Photoshop Elements for Photo Editing," and the second course called "Digital Cameras Made Really Easy." And yes, we offer both daytime and evening classes.

Sarah Joyce

Brent1202 Dec 16, 2009 8:52 PM

Thanks Sarah, I'll look into that!!! Not sure where you are but I'll check out my local school. I've been messing around with it tonight and probably will till I get this this all figured out. This thing sure is fun!!

mystrat Dec 16, 2009 9:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Brent1202 (Post 1028766)
Thanks Sarah, I'll look into that!!! Not sure where you are but I'll check out my local school. I've been messing around with it tonight and probably will till I get this this all figured out. This thing sure is fun!!

Congrats on your purchase, I too have just purchased the HX1 and am new to photography, so maybe we can learn together and share tips etc.

Paul

Brent1202 Dec 16, 2009 9:35 PM

Great to meet ya Paul. I'll share anything that I find helpful with ya. The weather here has been kinda crappy so I'm waiting for a few nice clear days to go snap some pics. Please let me know if you find anything helpful. This seems to be a great forum and full of great people.

mystrat Dec 16, 2009 9:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Brent1202 (Post 1028782)
Great to meet ya Paul. I'll share anything that I find helpful with ya. The weather here has been kinda crappy so I'm waiting for a few nice clear days to go snap some pics. Please let me know if you find anything helpful. This seems to be a great forum and full of great people.

No worries, weather here is crappy too..where are you?

Brent1202 Dec 16, 2009 9:50 PM

In Kentucky. You?

mystrat Dec 16, 2009 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Brent1202 (Post 1028788)
In Kentucky. You?

Oklahoma...

Brent1202 Dec 17, 2009 12:09 PM

Paul, which setting do you use the most? And under which conditions? I've been using the "s" mode and seem to like it. Pictures have been coming out pretty good. I love the twilight feature, took some pics around the house last night and they looked terrific.

mystrat Dec 17, 2009 10:40 PM

Hey Brent, I just got the camera so I have just taken a few pics tonight:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2612/...7b4003a31c.jpg

Boring picture I know, I used the Handheld Twilight for this. I will try the S program. I want to know how to take pics where the background is blurry and the subject is clear.

Paul

-French- Dec 19, 2009 7:39 PM

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Originally Posted by mystrat (Post 1029123)
I want to know how to take pics where the background is blurry and the subject is clear.

Hello Paul
I don't know if there is a special mode in the HX1 which allows special effects as you mention (I havn't HX1), but may be youonly want to decrease the deph of field. The basic theory to decrease the d.o.f is :
- select the higher aperture (the smaller F number)
- increase the focal length (the zoom)
- decrease distance as possible

Here is an example with aperture max and zoom max :
The skier is rather sharp with very blurry background

http://jean.alain2.free.fr/ski.jpg

But I do not know if I answered your question...


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