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How to take better shots woth a regular 6.0 meg

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I am useing a 6.0 megapixel SanyoVPC-S600. Does any one have some good tips for this simple camera?



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Koala, I find it interesting that you recently made a post saying "Why are people so immature?" and you go and make a post like that one.

JWERNER, try focusing on the head of the caudate and not so much the body and you'll see that the picture may come out to your liking. This has a lot of good info too: http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/photographing.shtml



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Thanks i_love_necturus.

My problem is not just with the animal but with allot of things I take shots of. Like my tank for instance, the lighting is always just off. I am part of a car forum and I take some sweet shots of my car and of other things out doors but I suck at indoor shots or something.

Ill check out that site.

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JWERNER, I've had problems with flash as well. I've done many things. I found that if you take a shot close enough the flash usually makes it through the glass to what your photographing. But hey, I'm no photographer so maybe some one with better background could help you.



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Don't use flash, and use lots of outside lighting. That'll help.



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Here are some other pictures that I have taken in the past with this camera.Click the image to open in full size.
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They seem to have turned out ok I think especialy compared to ones like this.
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JWERNER, I've had problems with flash as well. I've done many things. I found that if you take a shot close enough the flash usually makes it through the glass to what your photographing. But hey, I'm no photographer so maybe some one with better background could help you.

I read about this advice here a few days ago and I tried it, It works good but not as well as one woulkd think and I also cant get the whole picture like I preffer.

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Jwerner, I think the last picture has too little light. Try using a supplemental light when taking pictures. Flash will probably just wash out your pictures.



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a little off topic but, is that an eastern milk?



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Yes, I found him in my apartment on the 4th of July night. I take the fireworks drove him out from the wall cause the display was staged literally next to my apartment. I ironically it is my Favorite of all snakes, especially out of the locals.

I'm working on a permit for him now.



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Ahem, okay folks.... instead of making off comment topics back to someone who is being disruptive let the moderators know and we will deal with it... ignore this hint at your own peril....

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Back to the photography….

In the last photo of the newt I can’t see any area of the photo that is in focus. This suggests to me that the cameras focal distance can’t cope with taking shots that close (Unless you had shaky hands). Normally most cameras will “beep” when they think they have the shot in focus. Practice taking shots of something newt sized and see how far away you need to be for it to be in focus.

If the camera has a macro function (normally the setting has a picture of a flower) make sure you have it set to this for close up shots.

The main thing to understand is that with most basic point and click cameras many of the actions are automatic and you have little or no control over which part of the photo is in focus or how exposed the picture is. They make all the decisions for you and it’s not always the decision you want. The camera was not designed to take close ups of small animals so you have to figure out it’s limitations and work within them.



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The camera was not designed to take close ups of small animals so you have to figure out it’s limitations and work within them.

Thanks for all the help guys, I think that this is my main problem. I think I am trying to hard to get something I cant out of this camera. I have tried everything suggested and this is the only good shot I came up with...


BTW, he seems to have healed well ( I am definitely saying it was a abrasion ) so I put him back in his tank till the water in his new tank has cleared up.
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If your camera has an option where it shows what you are looking at on the screen on the back then you can use this to get a better shot as you can tell when you are too close for the lens to focus.
I use this method to get shots and while I take a lot of lousy ones I do get the occasional good one.

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It looks like Im getting the hang of it!
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Very good! It does look like you've gotten better at this. Nice ones!



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Hey nice pictures. Looks like I will have to follow Ryans advice too. All my closeups are also out of focus.



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Compared to the first two pictures, its as if you have it in automatic mode right? The ISO(film speed) is bumped way up to cope with the low lightning situation you have with your sillymander. Also it went ahead and automatically slowed the shutter speed down to let more light in... If your going to use automatic mode set the camera on something/ make sure your sillymander isn't moving too much also. You should be good. Hope that helps.



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