One of the most important things with a digital
camera is to get one that offers lots of features and manual over-ride. It's
like comparing your old SLR to a cheap snapshot camera.
If you can afford it, get a SLR digital that will
take you lenses. Make sure you get adjustable white balance, macro, full manual
A and S and a minimum of 5Megapixal aand at least 500MB of memory.
I have nonSLR Fuji 7000 and like it's results very
much. Just as the type of film you use will alter the final colour eg make your
blues more purple, various brands of digital do other minor colour alterations.
I tend to shoot things on a range of different white balance settings and then
take that which is closest and adjust from there.
Also make sure you have a good software package
Adobe Photoshop Elements and Jasc Paintshop are good programmes. The cutdown
software versions that come with cameras often make things like resizing and
adjusting levels cumbersome.
Practise lots when you get your new camera.
Remember that it doesn't cost you extra to take a whole series of shots from
different angles and different settings. Once you get hooked on digital you
can't go back to film.
Adelaide Hills AUST
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Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2005 12:38 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT: red
Here's a first-time blooming red
amoena. The cross is AURA LIGHT x ROMANTIC EVENING, and a red amoena was
what I was aiming for. There are also two red amoena siblings, neither
as good as this one.
The photo was taken by a friend with his
digital camera after the light meter on my SLR went south. (Strap came
unfastened and camera hit the pavement. I was sure the meter
was zapped, and development of the film confirmed it.) It brings up the
subject of digital photography. With my SLR, this flower would
stand out from the background, and the rich velvet texture of the falls would
not be semi-washed out, as is the case here. One hopes that there is a
way to take such photos with a digital camera, but I couldn't afford to spend
the time to learn at the height of the bloom season, so have bought
a cheap SLR to replace the dropped one.
The stand-out effect results, I believe,
from my use of a slow exposure -- usually 60 or 125, even if the
day permits faster -- which I prefer because it brings out the color. Do
any of you digital users have advice on how to get the same effect?
(I'll start shopping after bloom season is over.) --
zone 7 in Virginia
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