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Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006, 05:14 pm

Note to self: RTFM... FFS...
Two minutes tinkering with my digital camera and altering the settings have changed the photos I've been getting from grainy and overly bright/dark to almost perfect, indoors in poor light. The walk home will be the real test. Those ducks have been lurking in the shade for weeks now, so if I can get a good picture today I'll be a happy man. A happy man who will be using his camera a lot more.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)

What did you fiddle with? ISO or exposure?

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)

ISO mostly - mong that I am, I set it to 400 on the "more is better" principle and even though I remember setting it back to "auto" its been stuck there ever since. I'll check it again when I'm walking up the canal later.

I'm still tempted by the Panasonic Lumix FX5 because of the absolutely amazing optical zoom and low-light/error correction features but you can't get it shipped here from Amazon.com and the .co.uk site doesn't have it.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)

Let me know how you get on. I have a nice digital camera but don't know enough about photography, digital or otherwise to get the best out of it.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)

The gist of the articles I've read seem to go along the lines of "Set ISO to somewhere in the 50-150 region and leave it the hell there, change your other settings all you like but DON'T MUCK WITH THE ISO"
Don't use digital zoom either, if you DO want the picture bigger just increase the capture size and use the digital zoom as a final resort.

I'll post the guides when I get home, they're a good starting point and its nice to see the concepts outlined in simple english along with some pictures to show the differences the various settings make.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)

higher ISO == more light-sensitive (better w/ darker settings) == more 'grain' (or, in the case of digital, noise)

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)

Yep, 400 is a good figure for Ireland because of the predominantly er "grey" light that we usually get over here. If you're on holiday in say Spain then ISO 200 is fine. If you're taking long exposure pictures at night then bumping it up to 800 or 1600 should improve pictures.

Of course, ISO 200 film (which leads to poor results over here) is the bog standard film so is always the cheapest and always the film that you get free. ISO 400 costs more. Mutter mutter.
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Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)

All Man.