Here is the second installment!
For Gourd Part 2
Here is the second installment!
You mean digital cameras don't have a preview? I mean, with my cell phone, I can see if the picture is ok before I take it......you can't do that with a digital camera?
I printed the instructions and have to find where I can select the picture size and quality on the camera.
Thank you... I'll come back and post a photo..
they look the same here, were they downsized automatically when I uploaded to the forum? Also, I found out that the camera goes right back to Auto when I shut it off. So, I have to reset it every time I turn it back on.
I'm not familiar with the program you use to manipulate your pictures, but I dare say that somewhere in the software it tells you how many megs your pictures are. Look for something like what the arrows are pointing to in the picture.
The first 2 numbers are pixels, the 3rd number colors and the 4th number megabytes.
xera, thanks for helping me learn how to take better pictures! It isn't just Gourd who has troubles. I have a Panasonic TZ1, which is more complicated than a point and shoot should be. I used to have an Olympia D40 (or something like that) which took perfect pictures every time. I've got Paint Shop Pro too, but it's another one of those programs that has too big a learning curve to master all of it.
Can you help me with this one? I've been trying to get a decent photo of this and can't seem to get the hang of it.
Not enough pixels in the first ... have you set your pixel size to the max? The setting with the fewest available picutres? and !!!!!BACK UP!!!!! Look at what IS in focus in the last picture.
You can usually find your camera manual on the net. Here is how i found gourds. She told me it was a Finepix 2650 so I went to a search engine and typed in
Finepix 2650 manual
Just that. So if you can't find where you stashed the manual for your camera see if you can find it on the net.
Thanks, X! I do have my manual, but I can't find how to do this.
The reason you don't see many pixels is that it's cropped and condensed before posting just to help ou the dial up folks. The pixels are set for 5 M. I must be doing something else wrong.
Take another and don't condense it please.
I think you can get it here:
Just select "AV products" under product category and "Digital Still Camera" under product sub category. Then scroll down the list and select DMCTZ1. The one at 9.46 MB is the US version.
Almost everything you upload is 800 x 600 pixels so I think DG resizes the photos for this website. Right click on the opened photo and click on "Properties" to find pixel size. Check before and after you upload it to DG.
It sure did Beth, it said 100 x 100 pixels.. Thanks for letting me know about that. So, even if I do not downsize them, DG will, but the quality will be better if I leave them at the 1600 pixels? Right?
I like the quality I'm getting now that X has explained these things..
Upload the highest pixels to DG that you can. If it's TOO high for DG, the photo won't upload. You can downsize it only if it refuses to upload.
That way we'll all see the best photo that DG allows.
I sure did not know that.. I've been making them all smaller for the last couple of years..lol.. well, things are going to change around here...
You did good Gourd! You can even see the hairs on the sepals in that last one!!!!
I didn't know that either Beth.
This message was edited Oct 4, 2007 2:20 PM
It looks like your auto focus is keying in on the wrong thing like that leaf in the foreground. When I have that trouble I will either tuck the leaf away from the subject but if that is not possible I will remove the leaf. Another tactic is to use the zoom. Unless you have really shakey hands, I don't see where a tri-pod would help and if you do use a tri-pod use the self timer. It also looks like you are too far away for macro.
Most digitals that have manual controls also have different ways of focusing. Check your manual on focusing. Mine has center, flexible spot, multiple spot and manual. Take the picture again but use the flashlight trick. Put the beam on the flowers, let your camera focus, move the flashlight away and shoot.
I think you need to consider your audience and purpose when cropping. If you are sending a photo for an identification you probably want all the background features of the plant in evidence. If it is a bloom of a plant already identified and you are just showing the bloom, a tight crop is probably less distracting. I cropped a lot of my bloom photos just like that one to highlight the bloom itself.
If you want the photo to be nicely balanced and artistic, and pleasing to the viewer...then you need to go by the rule of thirds.
Oh boy, what does the rule of two thirds mean? (I don't know)...
X went over the rule of 3rds in her first installment. It was our homework, LOL!
X, I found on setting on my camera that will allow me to focus on three areas other than just the center. I used that and tried to steady myself taking a macro. See what you think. (These little yellow morning glories are always facing away from me toward the floor of my balcony. It's hard to get the camera down that far, especially if they're outside the balcony railing!
I've got that too .. multi-point focus. Try using the zoom to get closer.