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I am THE worst photographer, always have been.
I CANNOT take a good car picture and I could use some help.
If I leave the camera on "auto" they almost always turn out awful.
I need to know what settings to set the camera at to take a decent car pic in the DAYLIGHT.
I also have a question:
Can a memory card just go bad? If so this could be one of my problems.
Bought a new camera but used my old card, should I buy a new one?
JRL
 

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Re: Need help! (JRL)

A card can go bad - you can pick up a good quality, fast card from ScanDisk (BestBuy, Circuit City, maybe Walmart). Its a storage device and shouldn't affect the quality of your image.

Have you tried reformatting the card?

What camera are you using?
 

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Re: Need help! ([email protected])

Bought a new Canon, 5.1, same (bad) pictures. (Well, a bit better than my Kodak) Kodak was easier to use and download
How do I format the card?
 

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Re: Need help! (JRL)

put the card in the camera and look in the settings. There should be a format option in the same menu as where the pictures are deleted. By the way, stay away from SANDISK. Had two thumb drives of theirs and they both went kaput.

Modified by deep60 at 7:48 PM 5-14-2006
 

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Re: Need help! (deep60)

Phone?
 

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Re: Need help! (JRL)

Jim:

I have a Canon Powershot S30. It's a little old, but takes great photos.

What seems to be the issue with the images? Too light, too dark, not good color saturation, blurry?

My Canon wasn't that expensive but has all different kinds of settings. The specific problem will help determine the settings to change to remedy.

Ironically, my pictures always come out great for clarity, but I have a terrible eye!
 

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Re: Need help! (needsdecaf)

All of the above plus when I shoot cars, many times at the crease lines of th side of the car the pictures look like someone took a scissors on that line and cut little hash marks, very wierd.
 

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Re: Need help! (JRL)

Quote, originally posted by JRL »

I need to know what settings to set the camera at to take a decent car pic in the DAYLIGHT.

Can you get the car out of direct sunlight? A shady spot next to a building?
 

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Re: Need help! (JRL)

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All of the above plus when I shoot cars, many times at the crease lines of th side of the car the pictures look like someone took a scissors on that line and cut little hash marks, very wierd.

This usually happens when you shrink the original picture, or if you try to oversharpen it.
With a 5.1 camera you have a very big image, so I assume you are decreasing the size of it. If you make it too small (say 800x600) you will get jagged lines.
 

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Re: Need help! (flybynight)

Jim,

As the post above said sometimes what you are talking about comes from re-sizing, what program are you using to re-size the image?

I would recommend downloading Picasa from google. It is the best free photo editing software I have used. http://picasa.google.com/

Second on my camera I have two different settings one that sets the size of the pictures (Resolution), 1600x1200, 1024x768, or 800x600. And a different setting for the quality. Extra Fine, Fine, Good, Low or whatever. I set my image size down to 1024x768 because I usually don't use pictures larger than that but I have the quality all the way up at Extra Fine, this seems to reduce the problem of re-sizing a very large image down to 800x600 for the web, but it still gives very nice pictures (for a cheap camera on automatic).

That said, Adobe Photoshop can take a picture of any resolution and down-size it by any amount and not effect the quality, it just has to do with the software algorithm that is used. My guess is you are using either the built in windows software or the software that came with your camera and it is just a cheap algorithm.
 

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Re: Need help! (Kaizai)

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That said, Adobe Photoshop can take a picture of any resolution and down-size it by any amount and not effect the quality, it just has to do with the software algorithm that is used. My guess is you are using either the built in windows software or the software that came with your camera and it is just a cheap algorithm.

photoshop is the best for stuff like that, but if you don't have access to it, you could try going to microsoft's website and getting the powertoy "image resizer" which is just an extension built into the shell that simply lets you right click on an image file, and resize it accordingly. the quality is fine.
 

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Re: Need help! (phuz)

JRL....

You have gotten some good advise on how to resize and improve the image.... Sounds like you have the right camera and all the tools you need....but.......you still have to have a decent original photo to work from.
Here are few tips that might come in handy.
1-try to get the source of light behind you. You can "confuse" a camera by putting the subject in the shade and having a bright light just behind the subject.
2-try to avoid getting reflections from chrome and glass...even from a flash. That tends to "wash out" the color as well as loose the contrast.
3-When shooting cars...try to get the camera as low to the ground as possible. You want to focus on the lines of the car...not the lines of the roof. Keeping the camera lower will help to make the car look bolder.
4-Take pictures at various angles to see which ones look best...practice makes perfect
 

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Re: Need help! (universityvolvoOSD)

If you need a quick lesson; I could swing by.

I have taken quite a few photo classes; and have a general idea what im doing.

[email protected] for contact, and I can show you sometime later this week.

And YES; memory cards CAN go bad. If jolted or dropped, or just plain OLD; they will stop working after so much.

Here's one I took the other day:



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