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Camera advice please
Thu 5-Aug-10
2:11 pm
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bobbyW
East Suffolk almost near the sea and the Castle on the Hill.

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If Fiona has Elements, then no problem duplicating what I did although I used Paint Shop Pro.
"Use Auto Smart Fix" then choose Enhance > Unsharp Mask
Settings are:- 

Amount 175% (if this is too much, back it off a bit)

Radius at 2 pixels 
Threshold at 4 levels

For books I recommend Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera  by Bryan Peterson, Available from Amazon for around £11. That's the one I use for reference. It's a culmination of all of his other books and written in a way that's easy to understand so no need to buy his other publications. 

On the web take a look at the free videos here from the same author http://www.ppsop.com/vtips.aspx.

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Some very useful information there Bob, thanks for posting the link.  cheers

I'll try that again!

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We finally made the leap and invested in a little camcorder.

Fiona scouted around and saw that this one was just over £100 and has received excellent reviews

Flip camcorder on amazon

We want to start shooting short videos for the site. And to record some highlights of July 23rd too.

Can't wait to get started.

Can anybody recommend good books for beginners?

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Sun 19-Jun-11
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Ask Danuta  but I think most start with John & Janet nowadays .whistle     runaway

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wave  Janet and John was I how I learned - happy memories.  Thanks Seth smile

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I think Dummys came before Janet and John and there's bound to be one out there...big_laughbig_laugh

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Danny, are you looking for books on shooting videos? I kind of learned by trial and error but basically it boils down to:

  • Hold the camera steady and try to avoid moving from subject to subject too often
  • Avoid too many zooms in or out while recording
  • Hold the camera on a subject for at least 10 seconds (and edit it in the computer later if necessary)
  • If you are videoing something against a bright sky and the subject is in silhouette, if the camera has a 'backlight' or 'brightness boost' button, it might help brighten the foreground.

That's about it really - the rest is practice and to review your own videos and see where they might need improvement. If you get used to thinking about the final 'edit' while shooting, it can give you ideas about what to shoot, what angles to use etc.

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Yes, Mike, that's what I want - just some simple beginner tips.

That's great - thank you very much

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No problem. The great thing is how easy it is to edit home videos these days. When I first started it, I bought one of those video fader boxes to help make neater cuts between edits. Then I bought a video editing card for my PC (sometime in the mid 90s) where I had to digitise the video before editing it. Now with digital camcorders and basic editing software built in to every computer it's so easy to do. Things have improved a lot in 15 years.

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