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Hi Donovan. I've got your question. I'll meet you back here at around 2:30 EST so we can continue.
Post a message here when you are online so I know to get back to the chat. Thanx
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Hi Donnovan. I'm back now
Give me just a couple of minutes to review what modes we haven't discussed
We'll start with those, then go on to f-stops and the light meter
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.
no go ahead
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.
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.
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
for every stop up or down it effectively doubles or halves the amount of light seen on the sensor.
do you use them much
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.
i will get it just a minute
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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.
That will be the A mode on your dial
Ok. Here's what to do. pick something to focus on that's approx 8ft away.
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
Let me know what that f stop number is
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.
Great. Ok let go of the shutter. Then press it again to refocus then take the shut
Then go up one f stop at the time and take a shot
All the way to the highest that you can get to without the shutter speed showing up red
stoped at 4
Sorry this is so complicated, but it's the best way I know of to explain depth of field
Ok. Are you comfortable with transferring these images to your computer.
never have take them to ritz so far
Ok. We're going to do it so it's something else you can be comfortable doing
Do you have the USB cable that came with the camera
have go get it
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
ok do i do it after we finish
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
ok go for it
Ok. power off the camera and then connect it to your computer, then power it back on in the playback mode.
Let me know if you get any prompt on the camera screen with any choices
where the freaking plug in on the camera
Just a sec
sorry to be such a pain in the neck
It's no problem at all. That's what I'm here for.
It's on the opposite side of the camera from the shutter
There will be three terminals. It's the one in the middle
got it its now hooked up
Ok. it should display USB on the screen when you power it on and press the play button
ok shoot me where is the play button
Bottom right of the screen
under the arrow buttons and the ok button
arrow pointin right
Is the camera powered on
Do you see your images that you've taken on the screen
no says ubs
that's what we want
Ok now to the computer. Is this a windows computer
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:
e not found
It may not be e depending on your computer and how many drives you have. do you see one that says removable disk
said e not found
it says e tho when i hit it thats what it says
Ok. That's most likely your CD drive. Do you have an F
my cAMERA IS PICTURED AS AN ICON
Ok. Click on it and see what happens. There should be one folder inside called DCIM
says external memory and won't play when i hit the button
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
yes i do
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
its on a screen behind this one now
That will be the autorun window. Close this window out and then click open folder and view files
There should be one folder inside called DCIM
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
Welcome back. That was my fault. I was talking about the computer window when I said close it out. Sorry
Were you able to get to your pictures on the card this way?
Great. Once you get to them, you can copy and paste or either drag and drop them into your pictures folder on your compuer.
2.8 showed more clear than 4
4 was closer
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
That's what I meant by depth of field
ok i will relook at them later good focus on all
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
back to modes?
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
i will work hard at it it is my biggest weakness
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
You don't have to go there now but here it is. LINK
We've discussed most of the modes already. The Macro mode is one that we haven't
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
It's best used with a tripod, since you will be more apt to camera shake when in this mode.
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.
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
how do i exit out of the screen
Press the left button again and then set it to off
I have to step out for about an hour or so. I'll post back here for you as soon as I return
sorry for the delay, but i have something that I must take care of
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