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Kuka Ramos

Where does a beginner start?

I am a true 65 yr. old beginner and just got a Canon G5 dig camera. I have been using the automatic mode but notice there is a lack of sharpness in those photos so really want to learn about photography. What is the way to start learning? I've read the manual but somehow it doesn't help me. Any recommendations? Thanks. KR

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10/19/2004 3:25:46 PM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004
  You've found the right place. Better Photo has a multitude of courses designed for photographers of all levels. These courses are taught online by some of the highest qualified and helpful instructors ANYWHERE. You would want to take a beginners course and although I'm sure they are all good the one I can recommend is by Neil and Susan Silverman. Hope this info helps.

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10/19/2004 4:17:14 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  There are a number of causes for "unsharp" photos. Among them -

(a) unsteady hold, especially at very close focus and/or long telephoto setting. Use a faster shutter speed (set directly in Tv mode or use "sports" mode), use better technique to brace yourself and gently press the shutter button w/o moving the camera, or use a tripod.

(b) In digital cameras there is a "lowpass" filter in front of the digital sensor to help alleviate digital artifacts such as moire. This filter softens the picture quite a bit and then there are settings in the camera (or routines in editing software) to correct it. Check your G5's "Photo Effect" settings, especially for Contrast and Sharpness. You may want to adjust them from the default settings.

(c) Autofocus may not be focusing on the point that you want.

(d) The shutter speed may not be fast enough to stop subject motion.

(e) The depth of field (range of acceptably "in-focus" distances) may be too shallow at large lens apertures.

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10/20/2004 6:28:40 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  oops, forgot for (a) and (d) you can get faster shutter speeds by setting higher ISO, at the expense of more digital "noise" - equivalent to increased grain in film.

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10/20/2004 6:31:53 AM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  If you can't take a course, try reading everything you can! Search the internet and your local libraries. And practice, practice, practice!
Good luck!

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10/23/2004 3:20:29 PM

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