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Jan 30, 2008 08:59 |  #1

Hey everyone. My name is Dawn. I have had a basic canon powershot a310 for 3 years and pretty much perfected macro with that camera. I have the settings, lighting, everything down pat. But the camera isn't as nice as what I'd like...

so, I got a Canon Sx100is a few months ago after doing tons of research. (just can't afford an SLR yet)

I have adjusted and adjusted. I use a tripod and self timer. I have lighting, lightbox, everything I can think of....nothing is working. I can not get quality macros.

I need some advice on settings. Do you recommend an aperature setting? an iso setting? (I'm using 80), etc. Any ideas of how I can get quality macros with this "better" camera would be greatly appreciated.

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Jan 30, 2008 12:57 |  #2

most of us use these settings
f/8 - f/16
iso 100-200
shutter speed 200
then if its under or over exposing we adjust fec on the flash..most of dont use tripods,


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Jan 30, 2008 13:01 as a reply to  @ macro junkie's post |  #3

Thanks. Will try these.




  
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Jan 30, 2008 14:14 |  #4

ddphotography wrote in post #4816517 (external link)
Thanks. Will try these.

Hold on those settings are for a 1.6 crop DSLR.
Not sure what the aperture range is on your camera but suspect you should be shooting with wider apertures - you may find the min aperture is F8 if so I'd try around F5.6.

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Jan 31, 2008 08:51 |  #5

with these settings, what mode do I want to be shooting in? P seems to be producing the best shots.




  
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Jan 31, 2008 09:17 |  #6

ddphotography wrote in post #4822398 (external link)
with these settings, what mode do I want to be shooting in? P seems to be producing the best shots.

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Jan 31, 2008 10:03 |  #7

ddphotography wrote in post #4822398 (external link)
with these settings, what mode do I want to be shooting in? P seems to be producing the best shots.

If you don't want to use flash I set in tV or Av modes for natural light shots. Plus presumably there is a macro setting that allows you to focus closer ? If you have enough light then use the lowest ISO setting possible.

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Jan 31, 2008 12:54 |  #8

Thanks everyone. Got a great photo with these settings:
f/8 (it is my max, so will try f/5.6)
ISO 100
Shutter 200
Mode: M
NO FLASH
DayLight Bulbs with cameram setting on HIGH FLOURESCENT.

Wonderful. I will still have to brighten the photo, under exposed, but much, much better.

thanks for your help.




  
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Jan 31, 2008 17:18 |  #9

ddphotography wrote in post #4823762 (external link)
Thanks everyone. Got a great photo with these settings:
f/8 (it is my max, so will try f/5.6)
ISO 100
Shutter 200
Mode: M
NO FLASH
DayLight Bulbs with cameram setting on HIGH FLOURESCENT.

Wonderful. I will still have to brighten the photo, under exposed, but much, much better.

thanks for your help.

So where's the photo? ;)


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Feb 02, 2008 19:31 |  #10

This isn't the photo I mentioned above, but it's one I took after messing with my settings over a period of time. Here's what I have:
Manual
f/4.0
ISO 80
Shutter 1/60
NO Flash
In a light box

WHAT DO YOU THINK? This is NO editing.

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Feb 02, 2008 22:38 |  #11

Well the exposure looks all right. But a little fill flash will get rid of those shadows you see from the beads. I thought the idea of a softbox is to practically get rid of shadows. So I think the exposure is fine, but the lighting needs work I guess?


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Feb 03, 2008 08:28 |  #12

See, and that's what I thought, too. I built one light box that everyone suggested and I just didn't have any luck with it at all. So this one is a rubbermaid container that is opaque. I cut a hole in the top of it big enough for my lens. I set one light on each of the 4 sides. Yet I am still getting a shadow cast.




  
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