Help with th Camera ? Light source ?

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Help with th Camera ? Light source ?

Joined: January 4th, 2009, 10:27 pm

September 6th, 2009, 6:18 pm #1

Hey Guys,

This is my 1st. post here in th Photg Forum. I've been a casual Lurker but never posted. Here is My delema. The camera that I have - Sony Cyber Shot(DSC-S500)( Gasps from th Galery, lol i really don't have th $$ to buy something like a Cannon Rebel or similar) I presently do not use a light box , and use an overhead light from a Ceiling Fan(3 at 20w) ( yeah i know this is not a good light source) I should probably use My lamp from my work bench - 100w ! I usually get good pictures when shooting a 1/35th scale tank, but i've just recently shot some pix of a 1/35th figure & ... they look like Crap ! I'm not sure if it's th Camera ? I just can't get a good close-up ? ALL Help would be greatly appreciated. Aside from saying that I need a New Camera ! lol How can I get th Most out of this one until i can Afford to get a better one ??








Yet here is a Shot of a 1/35th scale Tank focusing in on the smoke dischargers. These came out very clear ! Now I have a verson of Photoshop, but it's th "teaser" software that came with th computer. I am limited to what I can control ie White Light ratio (?) i can crop ( which "zooms" in ) and slightly enhance the Lighting ??


Thanks in Advance for any/all of your help ! I just tryin to get th Most Bang for My Buck , untill i can Afford to Upgrade to a better Camera !

ERIK



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Joined: August 23rd, 2004, 4:20 pm

September 7th, 2009, 4:16 pm #2

First thing noticed withthe photos is the noise of the background. Is that a single color background or multicolored as it appears on my computer screen?

Is it possible to set the ISO setting lower? This will help with the noise.

But, lowering the ISO means longer exposure times with the available light. In order to take a photo with low light and low ISO means the camera has to be perfectly still when the shutter is open. If you have a tripod, please use that in conjunction with the camera's timer. The movement of your hand from the blood pulsing through your hand is enough to cause a picture to be blurry.

The photo below was shot with overhead light with a Sony DSC W-30 point and shoot camera.



No flash was used, the timer was set for 10 seconds and the camera was set to focus on the canopy and the ISO was set to 80 (the lowest I can go on my camera.) The background does have that uneven look. The camera took 1/6 of a second to snap the picture.

I tried looking up the specifications for your camera online, but couldn't find it. I did find specifications for the S600, so assuming some of it is similar, the minimum focus distance is 12cm. That's 4.72"! So if you are trying to take pictures of figures and getting closer than 5", the camera may not be able to focus on the object. Try moving out and cropping the photo in your basic Photoshop program.

If you want a better lightsource that's cheap, how about the sun? No really, if you have the time to shoot the photos outside in ashady area, the photos will look very different. I recommend the shade as direct sunlight will cause strong shadows.

This photo of a 1/2400 scale Battleship Row was taken outdoors in the Hawaiian sunlight. The clouds reflected in the water are actual clouds.



I don't think you need a new camera, just some time to experiment to get the right technique.

I hope this helps a little.

Aloha,
Val





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Joined: January 4th, 2009, 10:27 pm

September 12th, 2009, 4:06 pm #3

VAL,

Thanx for the responce & sorry I've taken so long to get back to ya. Th ISO on this camera is set to Auto & I tried to change it ,but to no avail ... I can set the camera to take a picture in Low light as there is a marking on a figure with a half moon beside him. I noticed that it takes th camera a while to flash & them take picture ?? hopefully th flash won't wash-out th White camo of the figure ??

Some of these pix were taken more than 4" away from the figure & i used the Photo-shop to crop ( blow-up) the picture. But it still came out a lil fuzzy. I'm afraid that even with using a setting that has a flower as it's symbol ( so it can focus on small items) it still can't capture the Small 1/35th scale figure ....

I believe the unevenness of the Background is a result of playing around with th Photo-Shop. Light Leveling etc. It picked up some fibers in th paper. I have used natural sunlight but it ended up washing out the White camo suit & it's shadows. It might work on a figure in th field grey uni. or th Camo SS smock. I'll keep at it & see if i can get something out of it !!

Thanx for the Help !!!

ERIK



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Joined: August 23rd, 2004, 4:20 pm

September 14th, 2009, 5:01 pm #4

...give me a couple of days to go through it and I'll see if I can come up with a way to get the most out of your camera.

Cheers,
Val

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September 19th, 2009, 4:42 am #5

VAL,

Hey there. Thanx in advance for taking th time to check out my camera ! Let me know what you find out ...

ERIK



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