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TO READYRMCA CAMERA AND VIDEO EXPERT LETS GO THRU THE REST

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TO READYRMCA CAMERA AND VIDEO EXPERT
LETS GO THRU THE REST OF THE MODES OF THE FUJI HS20 AND PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT F STOPS IF YOU USE THEM I HAVE A LIGHT METER BUT IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME.. I WILL BE BACK ON LINE AROUND 3.30 EASTERN TIME DONOVAN
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Roger replied 3 years ago.

Readyrmca :

Hi there. My name is XXXXX XXXXX it would be my pleasure to help with your issue.

Readyrmca :

Hi Donovan. I've got your question. I'll meet you back here at around 2:30 EST so we can continue.

Readyrmca :

Post a message here when you are online so I know to get back to the chat. Thanx

Customer:

I am back roger

Customer:

checking in

Customer:

im here

Readyrmca :

Hi Donnovan. I'm back now

Customer:

good

Readyrmca :

Give me just a couple of minutes to review what modes we haven't discussed

Readyrmca :

We'll start with those, then go on to f-stops and the light meter

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

Actually on second thought we need to discuss f stops before we finish the modes. We've already talked quite a bit about f stops, we were just calling it aperture. An F-stop is the unit or measure for aperture. I don't know how much you know about it already so just ignore me if I'm telling you something that you already know.

Customer:

no go ahead

Readyrmca :

Shutter speed and aperture (f-stop) both relate to the amount of light that is exposed to the camera sensor. Aperture (F-stop) is the size of the hole in the lens that lets light through, and shutter speed is the amount of time that that light is exposed to the sensor.

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

Aperture works just like your eyes. If it's dark outside, your pupils get larger to allow more light in. If it's bright and sunny outside your pupils get smaller to allow less light in.

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

Now for the confusing numbers. The higher the number the smaller the hole that lets light in. The smaller the number the more light gets let in. For example an f/2.8 lets more light in than an f/5.6

Customer:

why

Readyrmca :

for every stop up or down it effectively doubles or halves the amount of light seen on the sensor.

Customer:

ok

Customer:

do you use them much

Readyrmca :

Ok. now for a little test. Do you have the camera where you can get to it. i want you to see how changing the f stop affects your images. Absolutely. The way that it will affect your images is in depth of field.

Customer:

i will get it just a minute

Customer:

i am back

Readyrmca :

Ok. power it on and put it in the aperture priority mode. This will allow us to change the F-stop while letting the camera choose the shutter speed.

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

That will be the A mode on your dial

Customer:

got.it

Readyrmca :

Ok. Here's what to do. pick something to focus on that's approx 8ft away.

Customer:

f,5.6

Readyrmca :

What I want you to do is stop all the way up as far as it will let you and take a shot. that will be the lowest number

Readyrmca :

Let me know what that f stop number is

Customer:

how

Readyrmca :

press the shutter halfway then rotate the command wheel. You should see the f stop changing. If you go too far the shutter speed will show up red.

Customer:

ok

Customer:

2.8

Readyrmca :

Great. Ok let go of the shutter. Then press it again to refocus then take the shut

Readyrmca :

shot

Readyrmca :

Then go up one f stop at the time and take a shot

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

All the way to the highest that you can get to without the shutter speed showing up red

Customer:

stoped at 4

Readyrmca :

Sorry this is so complicated, but it's the best way I know of to explain depth of field

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

Ok. Are you comfortable with transferring these images to your computer.

Customer:

never have take them to ritz so far

Readyrmca :

Ok. We're going to do it so it's something else you can be comfortable doing

Readyrmca :

Do you have the USB cable that came with the camera

Customer:

have go get it

Readyrmca :

You may be able to see what I'm talking about by viewing them on the screen, but it would be better on a computer

Customer:

ok do i do it after we finish

Readyrmca :

You can do it now or after we finish. It would be better now, so that I can walk you through getting them off your camera and onto your computer

Customer:

ok go for it

Readyrmca :

Ok. power off the camera and then connect it to your computer, then power it back on in the playback mode.

Readyrmca :

Let me know if you get any prompt on the camera screen with any choices

Customer:

where the freaking plug in on the camera

Readyrmca :

Just a sec

Customer:

sorry to be such a pain in the neck

Readyrmca :

It's no problem at all. That's what I'm here for.

Readyrmca :

It's on the opposite side of the camera from the shutter

Readyrmca :

There will be three terminals. It's the one in the middle

Customer:

got it its now hooked up

Readyrmca :

Ok. it should display USB on the screen when you power it on and press the play button

Customer:

ok shoot me where is the play button

Readyrmca :

Bottom right of the screen

Readyrmca :

under the arrow buttons and the ok button

Customer:

arrow pointin right

Readyrmca :

That's it

Customer:

nothing happened

Readyrmca :

Is the camera powered on

Customer:

yes

Readyrmca :

Do you see your images that you've taken on the screen

Customer:

no says ubs

Readyrmca :

USB?

Customer:

yes

Readyrmca :

Great

Readyrmca :

that's what we want

Readyrmca :

Ok now to the computer. Is this a windows computer

Customer:

windows 7

Readyrmca :

Ok. Go to the windows icon at the bottom (start)>then click computer from the list. There should be a removable disk that shows up there in devices with removable storage. It should have a drive letter like E:

Customer:

e not found

Readyrmca :

It may not be e depending on your computer and how many drives you have. do you see one that says removable disk

Customer:

said e not found

Customer:

it says e tho when i hit it thats what it says

Readyrmca :

Ok. That's most likely your CD drive. Do you have an F

Customer:

my cAMERA IS PICTURED AS AN ICON

Readyrmca :

Ok. Click on it and see what happens. There should be one folder inside called DCIM

Customer:

no f

Customer:

says external memory and won't play when i hit the button

Readyrmca :

Ok. You may have to have the Finepix viewer software that came with the camera installed. Do you know if you have a memory card slot in the computer so that you can remove the card from the camera and install it in the computer

Customer:

yes i do

Readyrmca :

That would be much easier. Try that for me. power down the camera and remove the card from it. Install the card directly into the computer and it should show up there in computer as a removable disk

Customer:

its on a screen behind this one now

Readyrmca :

That will be the autorun window. Close this window out and then click open folder and view files

Readyrmca :

There should be one folder inside called DCIM

Readyrmca :

Sorry about that. I meant close out the computer window. I'm still here. Inside the DCIM folder will be at least one other folder. Inside of those will be your images. From there you can drag and drop the images into your pictures folder on your computer. Eiter that or select all the pictures and then copy and paste them to your pictures folder

Readyrmca :

Welcome back. That was my fault. I was talking about the computer window when I said close it out. Sorry

Readyrmca :

Were you able to get to your pictures on the card this way?

Customer:

yes

Readyrmca :

Great. Once you get to them, you can copy and paste or either drag and drop them into your pictures folder on your compuer.

Customer:

2.8 showed more clear than 4

Customer:

4 was closer

Readyrmca :

What to look at is the focus point. If they were all taken in focus, then the object you were focusing on should be in focus on all of them, but the background should go more and more out of focus

Readyrmca :

That's what I meant by depth of field

Customer:

ok i will relook at them later good focus on all

Readyrmca :

Ok. That's f stop in a nutshell, and you learned how to get your images to your computer in the process. You can load the software that came with your camera later if you want and then you can do it by just connecting the camera

Customer:

ok

Customer:

back to modes?

Readyrmca :

The f stop is the most confusing of any of the settings, and it will take a lot of practice to learn how it affects your final product. It used in combination with shutter speed will just give you different effects in your images

Customer:

i will work hard at it it is my biggest weakness

Readyrmca :

I'm going to post a link here for you to a page that goes into a lot more detail about it. It's really good reading and it's got sample images to show u what they're talking about

Customer:

great

Readyrmca :

You don't have to go there now but here it is. LINK

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

We've discussed most of the modes already. The Macro mode is one that we haven't

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

With the camera on and in the shooting mode, press the left button on the arrow pad, and turn on the macro mode. What this is used for is taking close up pictures

Readyrmca :

It's best used with a tripod, since you will be more apt to camera shake when in this mode.

Readyrmca :

In this mode you can use the zoom ring to zoom in really close. it's used primarily for things such as insects and wildlife close ups. It will be worth trying out when you make the trip to the butterfly house.

Readyrmca :

You actually have two settings in macro, they are macro and super macro. The super macro will be almost impossible to use without a tripod unless you are really steady

Customer:

how do i exit out of the screen

Readyrmca :

Press the left button again and then set it to off

Customer:

ok

Readyrmca :

I have to step out for about an hour or so. I'll post back here for you as soon as I return

Readyrmca :

sorry for the delay, but i have something that I must take care of

Customer:

i am not back till 9 pm so i will accept and sign on in the morning really thanks for all the backbreaking work you did shows how little i do know or how much i can learn is a better way of saying it

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Satisfied Customers: 2079
Experience: 12 Yrs Exp. Video, CCTV. If you need to see what's happening I'm your guy.
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Thank you for the accepts and your confidence in me to help you. I'll be here any time you need a hand.
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