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Old 08-05-2005, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to get a full understanding of using light and creating sharp pictures with this camera...its the cybershot dsc-85. My photography isnt terrible, but i want crisp, more presentable pictures.

Here are some examples of my work (takes a breath)

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Re: Lighting tips, clearer shots
Old 08-05-2005, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One thing you need to work on is your White Balance. There doesn't seem to be any consistency in the WB of your samples. Also you need to address exposure issues (for example on #3). You may find it quite a challenge to do high quality work with the current camera you're using, but you can get good photos if you pay attention to proper WB, proper exposure, and then work to get a balanced lighting ratio. Keep in mind also, that since you only have a maximum of 4mp to work with, that you need to tightly crop in the camera, because if you crop later, you'll be throwing away significant resolution.
You might go the Barnes and Noble and pick up a basic book on lighting as that will give you the starting points, and then from there, you just experiment.



The above shot was made with an old Canon G2, which is comparable to your camera.

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Old 08-05-2005, 10:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for honest advice and for responding.
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Old 08-06-2005, 07:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You might need to get an upgraded camera. To make a shot as good as you can you need to be able to shoot manual and have the right lens for the job. Just going to a DSLR would give you better results. You need to watch histograms and hot spots. Like was said before about the WB.

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Old 08-06-2005, 07:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I missed Mr Smiths post..He basicly said it all.. He know what he is saying..

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Old 08-06-2005, 02:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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While I agree with what the other posters (at this time) have said about the white balance and getting a better camera, if you don't have the fundage to purchase a new camera, try working on the white balance. I've been doing that stuff for years and still have trouble on some images. The other idea is to shoot at the maximum resolution and the least compression throught the camera controls. One other tip is to use manual focus, that usually helps in several instances.

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Old 08-06-2005, 05:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My funds are very limited at this time. Ill use the maximum res and give that a shot. Thanks
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Its not about the camera its about what you see with it. You do not have to get a better camera until you are ready do so . Don’t fall into that trap. I know too many photographs walking around with $20,000 in equipment who don’t have a clue. Give me a pinhole camera and I can produce some quality stuff.
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