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Am i doing something wrong or does my camera just sustink?
This is how i set it all up.
My camera is an old Toshiba PDR-4300. The picture quality is turned all the way up, so that cant be the problem. When i take the picture, i put on a 10 second timer so im not touching anything when it takes the picture. And the picture still comes out like this:
This one came out better than they usualy do because its all black. Here's another one that i even lightened up and sharpened the image quality.
Thank you for your help! :yes:
Well, I don't really know anything about your cam. Is it even digital?
There's a list of topics about photography. Main concern about taking pictures, is a Macro setting. Your cam should have that option (The icon on most cam, is that of a flower), otherwise most pictures will end up blurry.
Edit: I did a quick checkup on your cam. It should have a macro setting. Perhaps you should take a look at the manual, and give that a try. It should work.
Last edited by Chaoschrist; July 27th, 2006 at 16:49.
oh, thanx. ive read tutorials and they mentioned Macro, but i didnt know what it was. Right now, i see no flower, but ill try to find that option.
Looking at your first picture - I would suggest adding more lighting. You could probably use a light shining from above and behind the model.
As for the camera - if you don't have macro I would suggest moving the camera back a bit and taking a regular picture at the highest resolution possible then cropping the picture down around the figure before resizing it.
Yeah, try macro mode or close-up or whatever, and sometimes when you lightly press the button down but not all the way they focus and then that's good too
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As well as the macro mode, you will need to check at what distance it defaults to. I think Macro modes are camera dependant but are usually around thr 9-10 cm mark from the lens to the object.
You can usually tell on a digi cam as when you first press the button for it to auto focus, it should tell you it cant focus correctly on the display. If that is the case keep moving the camera back. Dont use the zoom either, have it set on minimal zoom.
Kepe moving back till the object focuses and then you should get a decent sharp image.
Lighting is also very key and you should use as much natural light as poss, so perhaps try taking them outside on a good bright day?
i couldnt find macro mode, or even a focus. i never zoom in at all, and i cant move it back too far because i dont have a tripod..
Well, there's only so much I can say here that hasn't already been said... instead, I'll try to combine everything and detail them a bit more.
1) Macro. Find it. Use it. Love it.
Without Macro, you might as well not take the picutre... Lay the mini on a scanner or something, you'll have better luck. A regular image will just never enlarge well enough. if your camera doesn't have a macro, it won't save images in a high enough resolution to zoom them THAT much.
Check your manuals or, failing that, research your camera on the 'net & see if you can find instructions there. Some companies have .pdf files of their manuals available for free download.
Do not zoom. I know you said you don't. That's good.
3) Tripod. Get one ASAP.
It doesn't have to be a high quality one. To be honest, you can take great images without one. For my personal minis, I don't use one... but I have one, just in case.
Your lighting set up is NOT good enough for what you want. You need at least 2 lights, I recommend 3. The best set up is one on YOUR left of the mini, and one on YOUR right (set at about 4 O'clock & 8 O'clock) and one right above. Use "Reveal" bulbs or similar. Its a purer light. You WILL notice the difference. I prefer 75 watt bulbs. Some prefer less. I recommend not going below 60 watt.
--on a side note about Macro mode... I've noticed with every camera I've had that distance isn't that important. You don't HAVE to be within that distance on every camera. The one I have right now gets quality images anywhere from 6 inches away to almost TOUCHING the model.
Hope this helps!
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You can actually get a decent size image without using the macro mode. It really depends on the resolution you can set for the picture size. The bigger the better. However you do need to be further away from the miniature to focus on it. Extra lighting will help this.
Zooming is fine as long as you are using the lens. What you don't want to do is digitally zoom as this will alter the image.
Macro Mode is indeed the best way to go.