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E30 settings help please.

Was checking my E30 before going away for a few days and on the main screen I opened sharpness and contrast symbols and found the settings were both set at -1. I have never set these and they must have been like this since new can anyone help me by suggesting a setting or am I better at zero. Can anyone also tell me what effect the settings were having on my pictures up to now?
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Re: E30 settings help please.

I have found that Wrotniak has the best set of recomended settings for most Olympus cameras. His article for the E30 even has a "cheat sheet" which you can print out and use for reference. You will find the article at:

http://wrotniak.net/photo/43/e30-sett.html

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Re: E30 settings help please.

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I have found that Wrotniak has the best set of recomended settings for most Olympus cameras. His article for the E30 even has a "cheat sheet" which you can print out and use for reference. You will find the article at:

http://wrotniak.net/photo/43/e30-sett.html

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I have found his articles very informative & helpful too. I would recommend them.

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Re: E30 settings help please.

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Was checking my E30 before going away for a few days and on the main screen I opened sharpness and contrast symbols and found the settings were both set at -1. I have never set these and they must have been like this since new can anyone help me by suggesting a setting or am I better at zero. Can anyone also tell me what effect the settings were having on my pictures up to now?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Wee Man

If you shoot in RAW, these settings have no effect at all. They are the settings applied only to rendered jpg's you see on the screen of the E30 and the images (if jpg) out of camera.
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Re: E30 settings help please.

Thanks Petebirder,Ross the Fiddler,The Music Man and Forester.
I have checked my print out and looked closely at it. The settings are linked to each picture mode. I now have those set as suggested I will do some test shots and see what happens. I have only started using RAW as my IT skills are not great when it comes to PP.
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Re: E30 settings help please.

I don't use other programs (much) to play with the RAW files, but I like to be able to change settings, WB etc in Olympus Viewer 2 with more editing tool/functions available in it than what it was in Master 2. I would suggest if your IT skills aren't fantastic, to get familiar with adjustments in Viewer 2 first before moving onto something like Photoshop. You can see the amount of destruction that occurs when editing JPEGS in the histogram at the top right of the screen. Wrotniak's advice on settings can help with understanding the subtle differences between models & that of other brand cameras too.

Have fun with your E30.

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Re: E30 settings help please.

Thanks have seen some change (for the better) now I need to get out with the camera more.
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Re: E30 settings help please.

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Thanks have seen some change (for the better) now I need to get out with the camera more.
That's good, what have you done differently then...? How have things changed...?

If you shoot in RAW, none of those settings are applied to that file... only to the JPG that is rendered to display on the viewfinder.

If you want to make your RAW images once imported, look like the they have received the equivalent settings as set on the camera, then you need to develop the RAW file with similar settings using ACR or LR for example.

I made a few presets that emulated the E-3 settings (Vivid, Portrait, Natural etc), but never really used them so kulled 'em!!

More or less... each shoot requires different processing.
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Re: E30 settings help please.

I noticed you have the ZD35 as well as the LED ring light. Is the ringlight any good & do you have any nice macro examples using them together.

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Re: E30 settings help please.

John I have set my camera as per Wrotniaks suggestions and if you look at my other thread shooting macro I have found a great difference they are much sharper. I normally shoot JPeg's but a friend has given me Lightroom 2 as a thank you for a favour so I will be learning to use it and will start using RAW in anger then.
Ross I find the LED ring light works best with bellows and static subjects I have not really given it a good tryout but think a ring flash would be better especially for macro work. It does tend to eat batteries (2 double AA's) bit like FL36 I find I switch it on and forget about it between shots. It is useful in that there are three settings all on left only, right only but much better used static even light but not much range. Since getting the Sigma 150mm macro I do not use the 35mm much; may part with it.
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