Thursday, July 28, 2011

Messing with settings

Frustrated by last nights camera failure, I decided it was time to mess with the settings and see if I could figure out something. This camera had to be able to do a better job. I read some threads on TMP and followed some suggestions there.

I brought a florescent desk lamp out to provide better lighting. I also removed the white background. Normally, I paint with black primer. I figure the white primed models on a white background was a recipe for disaster. I set the camera to its lowest ISO setting. I played with the white balance until it looked right. Then there was an exposure option with 3 settings. I didn’t know what they meant, but that’s not the kind of thing that would stop me. :)  The first two, of course, didn’t help much. On the third, a neat little thing happened, no idea what it’s purpose was, but a little cursor went tracing around the models when I held the button down to focus. I let it run around for a little bit and then took the picture. I am guessing it was doing some kind of range finding to determine distance to the models. That’s my guess anyways. Here are the results:



  1. Original Comments from

    Dan says:
    July 29, 2011 at 12:07 am (Edit)

    Hi Shawn, it sounds like the macros feature, it may be represented by a little tulip like flower symbol, and allows the camera to focus on close up objects, I have a crappy cybershot camera with this feature and it takes fairly decent photos of minis.

    arrivalvengeance says:
    July 29, 2011 at 2:41 am (Edit)


    Yeah, the little flower icon is the one I was used to with my old camera. It was a little frustrating that I had to dig into the settings, but not that big of a deal in the end. I may have to dig up the manual and try to get a better understanding of how this camera works. (Before it goes bad or replacement batteries become impossible to find, and I have to buy a new one). :)

  2. Original comments from

    lasgunpacker says:
    July 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm (Edit)

    Much better picture! I think you need to figure out what your focal distance is though, since it looks like the back figures are in focus, and the close ones, are too close.