Having problems with your Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera ?

Good book for a beginner?


\015 I bought a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S40. I've taken a few pics, but none\015\012 have been too impressive.\015\012\015\012I bought the camera because I do watch repair and sometimes I need to\015\012 ask questions on message boards and a pic helps with the question.\015\012\015\012All I need the camera for is taking pics of movements, parts and\015\012 complete watches. Lots of up close pics and of very small parts. I'm\015\012 not too interested in printing my pics, but I do plan to save them.\015\012\015\012Any ideas for a book on how to take good pictures, as opposed to many\015\012 books that explain software, or printing? I'd like a book which\015\012 explains ISO, when to use the flash, how to position a tripod, etc.\015\012\015\012I've looked at these books:\015\012\015\012Complete Idiots Guide Digital Photography Like A Pro 4th Edition\015\012\015\012The Complete Guide to Digital Photography 3rd edition\015\012\015\012Digital Photography For Dummies 5th Edition\015\012\015\012I haven't found too many reviews of these books. Any opinions?\015\012\015\012Thanks, Paul R.\015\012flash does not work\015

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Have you set it to macro mode? (little flower icon on the right cursor) this function will allow you to get within about 2cm of the subject, however do not use the zoom as the lens cannot focus close enough. To get results any closer you will be looking at an slr and a budget on a few thousand! If enabling macro and not using zoom to allow the lens to focus doesn't get you close enough in you can always enlarge and crop images. have a look on www.picture-skew.blogspot.com i've taken some macros of flowers and bugs, this camera can capture the hairs on an ants back or the individual lenses of a flys compound lens eye.

persevere with this camera, for a very small budget you will get amazing results, ISO refers to the speed of 'film', it comes from the dark old ages of 35mm film cameras. Basically a low ISO is the lowest sensitivity to light and gives the best image quality, however as the ccd is less responsive to the light the camera holds the shutter open for longer. The higher the ISO the more sensitive the ccd but the greater the noise and lower the quality of picture.

Books, try looking for more photography orientated books and less digital camera based books. An upto date photography book will tell you all the technical information about how to take a good picture for any given senario.

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