Experiences: Using the Sony DSC-P1
DSC-P1 is a compact digital camera first introduced in September,
I hope you will find my notes here useful in some way.
Thanks to David Treidel for revising this article.
Even with a point-and-shoot camera like the P1, there are still various ways to manipulate the exposure settings. If you know your camera's behavior well enough, you can always "trick" the auto exposure to give you the settings that you need. Obviously not as handy as cameras with manual settings, but sufficient in most situations.
This applies to situations with sufficient light strength.
For slow subjects:
For quick shots within 7 feet :
P1's in-camera flash provides only 7 feet range when not using the zoom,
and 4 feet when zoom is on its tele side.
The basic configuration for this is twilight plus with self timer and tripod.
I use the auto white balance setting for the majority of my shots. But sometimes the hold function comes in handy....read on.
auto white balance setting is not always accurate with common fluorescent
lighting. For instance, lights in my office sometimes give out pictures
with a yellow-greenish cast.
Depth of field
Exposure basics - reading the EXIF information
This is the compilation of extended data extracted from my photos.
* depends on zoom (ISO 141 on W side / ISO
200 on T side)
You might want to study the readings from the EXIF viewing program and find out how the brightness, noise level and sharpness of your pictures is related to these factors.
Aperture : maximum aperture lets more light in and makes depth of field shallow(not obvious with P1).
: Slower shutter speed amounts to more light. Even with no zoom,
hand-holding the camera for exposures longer than a shutter speed of under
**1/30~1/10sec will easily blur the image due to camera shake. Zooming
in demands even higher shutter speeds for a sharp image.
: Higher ISO suffers
from more noise.
BLUR - Why?
IMAGE LOOKS DIFFERENT ON THE MONITOR
Digital Photography Glossary
EV adjustment/compensation :
zoom effects aperture and shutter speed:
depth of field:
Memory and batteries
what I have to say about..
I haven't quite figured this one out yet.
If you are new at photography, you may want to know more about the basics. Check out the many excellent photography tutorials on the web, and go through the list of basic photography terms first. Surf the sample forums and photo contest websites to see what other peoples work look like.
Three guidelines of my own:
I believe small cameras provided with large storage devices can gradually change the way we record our lives today. In the future, we will be able to record everything we see to our heart's content with more compact devices and near-infinite storage capacity.
Today, I tend to use my digital camera much more than my other SLR film cameras (Canon EOS5 and A1), even though they are more capable in many ways. In the long run, portability and reusable storage media seem to be the more benefiting factors by giving me extra opportunities to experiment and capture at the right moments.
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me know if this page has helped you in any way. Thanks in advance!