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'[TECH] The secret to taking sharp pictures of circ'
2009\03\24@181045 by olin piclist

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Benjamin Grant wrote:
> this is now a very long post with many people interested, so, per
> usual olin if you're not interested, stop responding. However, as a.)
> people
> consistently post subpar pictures of circuits and b.) people have had
> a lot
> of interest in this post, the fact that you are disinterested is
> largely irrelevant. My congratulations on your discovery of macro
> mode prior to vitaly, i'm not sure what other response you'd like to
> your post.

I wasn't looking for any response, only trying to point out that macro mode
is hardly a "discovery", and most people are quite a aware of it.

However, that alone doesn't make for good pictures.  I agree, there are a
lot of horrible pictures out there, whether done with macro mode or not.
Things to consider are:

- Eveness of lighting.

- Direction of lighting to avoid bad reflections and abscuring shadows.

- Resolution.

- Proper framing.  It's amazing how many people don't think about this.

- Color ballance.  Your eyes adjust to ambient color.  Although most digital
cameras do to, most also don't do it well enough for you to ignore it.
Vitaliy's picture was a great example.

- Shadow detail.  Most cameras are tuned to make a picture look more
"snappy", which makes shadows look darker than they should, obscuring any
details in dark areas.  I usually have to brighten (exponential sloshing
towards white with the ends of the range held constant) pictures from my
office camera before they are acceptable.

- Depth of field, and how to control it if the camera doesn't automatically
do what you want.

- Equivalent film "speed" versus graniness.

- Proper cropping.

As with most things technical, if you want to do a good job you will have to
take the trouble to anderstand what you're doing.  This starts with reading
the manual for whatever camera you have, but also requires some common sense
about photography.  Anyone that can understand the workings of a PIC should
be smart enough to understand the basics of photography.


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2009\03\24@223156 by Vitaliy

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Olin,

I *could* say that a person who misspells "evenness", "obscuring",
"balance", "too", "graininess", and "understand" in a single post, is an
illiterate moron and a technically incompetent idiot who cannot use a spell
checker. However, I won't say it, because I think that it is wonderful that
people are different, and as Carnegie put it, "every man is, in some way, my
superior".

I explained what the purpose of my OP. Can you explain what is the purpose
of your belittling and nitpicking?

Vitaliy




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2009\03\25@075924 by olin piclist

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Vitaliy wrote:
> I *could* say that a person who misspells "evenness", "obscuring",
> "balance", "too", "graininess", and "understand" in a single post, is
> an illiterate moron and a technically incompetent idiot who cannot
> use a spell checker. However, I won't say it,

Phew, good thing.  ;-)

> I explained what the purpose of my OP. Can you explain what is the
> purpose of your belittling and nitpicking?

I don't think I was nitpicking, but geesh, macro mode is **really basic**
stuff that I think everyone here was already aware of.


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2009\03\25@110754 by M. Adam Davis

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On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM, Olin Lathrop <spam_OUTolin_piclistTakeThisOuTspamembedinc.com> wrote:
> macro mode is **really basic** stuff that I think everyone here was already aware of.

Assumptions are funny little creatures.  Too small to be noticed
unless you're actively looking, but they can really gum up the works.

-Adam

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