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Re: New camera was Lenten Prayer- Pearl

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: New camera was Lenten Prayer- Pearl
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@comcast.net>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 08:34:50 -0700

Hi Pearl,
If your camera is similar to mine - (after the camera is turned on for still pictures) there is a menu at the bottom of the screen.  If you click on the word "camera" - it'll bring up a new menu consisting of 6 items. (white balance, flash level, sharpness, among others.)  Move to the word "sharpness" and click on it.  It'll bring up a side menu with the number 0 and up/down arrows.  To sharpen more - click the up arrow to +1, or +2, etc. until you reach the desired setting. 
That should work for correcting any defienciency in sharpness ............ let me know. You may contact me off list if you'd like.
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 5:57 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: New camera was Lenten Prayer/Margie

Margie, I saved your instructions before on using the camera. I have followed your instructions but I seem to have trouble with the focus. I have looked through all the menus and cannot find any setting that says "sharpness".Can you expand on that detail? My camera is a Sony DSC P10 Cybershot so I realize it may not have the same settings.
I get some very good scenic pictures, but close-ups are not sharp even using the macro setting. I think it is my methods and not the camera. I could get very close with the Mavica (within inches) but I think the recommended 18" is going to be mandatory with the Cybershot then I have to do a lot of cropping to get the close-up I want. If I had the time I would go back to my old Pentax K1000 with the macro filters. I got some super pictures from that one.
Thank you for your help.  I will keep working til I get it figured out.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 5:30 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: New camera was Lenten Prayer

Pearl -
Here are a few tips I learned.
1.) Digital zooming deteriorates the picture quality.) So....... it's best not to zoom in, or if you do, only slightly.
2.)  I find the best photos are taken when I use a higher Image size/resolution ( like 1280x960 or even higher).  It does take up more space on the memory stick and the size is quite large, but it's worth the clarity. Investing in a larger memory stick is definitely worth the investment.
3.) Using the Sharpness Level option in conjunction with the higher resolution - - makes for great computer photos, reproduced photos on photo paper, as well as poster size print-outs.
4.) Rarely do I use the focus and AE options, but when I do - - that can make a difference in the photo as well.  
5.) Later, on the computer I can cut away the excess, without cutting away the size of the desired subject or reducing the quality of the photo.  If I do reduce the total size of the photo it's still better quality than beginning with a lower resolution/Image size - like 640x480.  The program I use to help with cropping etc. is Paint Shop Pro 7.
6.) Photo quality IS compromised a little though when compressed for displaying the photo on Iris-Photos, so expect some deterioration.  
 I hope these hints help. 
The Carl Zeiss MTF lens does a top notch job reproducing the subject for clarity and contrast.  (I don't know if yours came with one or not.  The older models of Sony Cyber Shots did.) Many cameras also have a built in microphone - so you can record the names of the iris (or whatever) as you take the photo. (that comes in handy) 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 3:12 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Lenten Prayer

Hi Margie, I suspect I have a lot of misnamed irises. I bought several "collections" when I first moved here about 12 years ago and so far few have been the correct iris. Still I have some very pretty imposters and I don't do any hybridizing so I'm not unhappy. Thanks for the kind words about the pictures. These were taken with a Sony Mavica 83 digital camera. I got a new Sony cybershot for Christmas and so far I'm not as pleased with it. I hope I learn, or it gets easier before iris season.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 12:52 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Lenten Prayer

Hi Pearl,
That's a very nice picture of Lenten Prayer.  Your iris was well framed, well done!  I hope you post more.  :-)   (alas.............. I have my suspicions that the Ruffled Ballet you have - may be misnamed.  I have received mis-named iris too - it is always so disappointing.    However, even that photo was pretty - well framed too! 
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 8:20 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Lenten Prayer

This is my picture of Lenten Prayer (Shcreiner 98). I really like this one because it bloomed after everything else had quit and extended my season. It was an extra in my Schreiner's order, a very nice surprise.

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