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Re: anybody know how to help? E-410

Originally Posted by catherine View Post
I bought an E-410 a few years back, it was fairly cheap (I got the single lens kit), but I know very little about photography. I get the basic functions and things but there are some things which always annoy me;
. Sunsets, or photos with the sun in never ever ever come out right the sun just whites out, with previous cheaper cameras the sunset has always come out well but it's annoying when the sun is just a white blur.
. Night photography is always too yellow, red and/or bluury even with a slow shutter and tripod.
. Shooting in relatively dim conditions never comes out well either, even in the "candlelight" mode.
Those are the main problems I have it with it. I'm going to Africa and South America for a gap year as of september and really would like to take some great photos without having to buy new kit for it. Are there anythings I can do, settings, changing things, different filters? And has anybody else had these problems.

P.S . I don't know if this makes any difference but I only have 1 lens; 14-42mm

attached are two examples of the sun blurring white, and the moon blurring yellow.

Welcome to the forum. Two good compositions that are exceptionally difficult exposures, to get right.

The sun being the brightest thing in the image will always set the limit of the upper range and everything else will be dark because it is so bright. I know you will say (that blindingly obvious ) but so is the sun, which is why when we look into the sun we don't look at it, because it hurts and all you can then see is green spots.

So you have to consider the exposure in the same way that your eyes work, if you want more detail in the shadows, then spot meter them and compensate the avarage exposure towards the exposure for the shadows. This will make the sun even more "burnt out", so under exposing a second image for that and combining the two as an HDR image, is one way to get what you want.

Another way is to use graduated ND filters, that will hold back the brightness of the sky allowing the darker back lit ground to be better exposed.

As for the "Colour" issues that you describe, this is almost always down to incorrect White Balance settings or the Auto WB getting it wrong, by not being used correctly.

Blury candle light images is again almost always down to using Auto Focus in dim light. To get good focus in dim light, have a sheet of paper with a black cross printed on it and hold that at the point where you want to focus an light it with a torch so that the camera can get a good lock. Better still set manual focus, you will be surprised how well (with practice) you can set focus manually.

The 14-42 is a good lens but better used at between f/5.6 and f/11

For all the subjects you have described, I would only ever consider shooting them fully manually. Even with my little Auto Everything Point-n-Shoot, I still push the compensations, white balance and use B&W focus targets to get the shot right. Auto is good for avarage daylight but everything else is often done better by learning some skills and doing it manually.

It's also more fun and much more satisfying than just pressing the button.

Have a wonderful Gap Year and do please show us the pictures from where ever you get to.


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