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what settings are best on my finepix S4530 camera for a clearer photo.
I was experimenting with different settings here

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S4530
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jun 2013 - 11:45 AM
Focal Length:129mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/350sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:funny the things you find on your washing line
Username:Mototaur Mototaur
Uploaded:25 Jun 2013 - 11:41 AM
Tags:Birds wildlife, General, Humor/fun
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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 12:54 PM

V2 looks pretty good, but I'm no expert.

Tish

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25 Jun 2013 - 2:04 PM

I will stay with V1, as its the only one the exif data pertains to.

One of the downsides of using the Program mode is what you see here. The camera makes a decent exposure, BUT it may have a limited choice of settings to use at max zoom depening on how auto ISO is set. You have used maximum zoom, and are at an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 720mm. Using a shutter speed of 1/350 is optimistic, even with its image stabilization, so its likely you have some camera shake. So when using max zoom, I personally would select S mode, and set the shutter speed closer to 1/720, - at least 1/600 for this. Set the ISO to auto/maximum ISO. I dont know if you limited auto ISO to 400 with this shot, which would cause the camera to select the settings it did. Look out for the shaky camera yellow warning too, - it will mean your speed is slow.

There are numerous scene recognition modes on the camera too, so experiment with them and see what looks best.


Ive uploaded a mod of V1 with a lot of sharpening and noise reduction, cropped to remove the peg.



Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 25 Jun 2013 - 2:13 PM

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Mototaur
Mototaur  126 forum posts England
25 Jun 2013 - 6:09 PM

Many Thanks Willie I will have a play with your suggestions. I was experimenting with modes in the sport (sp) setting in landscape ,flower and beach modes This time.
Some very useful tips Smile Smilemuch clearer modification. Greatly received.

Last Modified By Mototaur at 25 Jun 2013 - 6:15 PM

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2013 - 9:16 AM

Forget modes on this camera and others. They give you what some programmer wants, not what you want. You have huge enlargement here in most shots and thus camera movement. We have to assume your lens is capable of sharp results - some are not at very long focal lengths.

You need a fast shutter speed or you need camera support. The best buy for a general photographer is a monopod. You can get one for 30 new and it is like a single leg of a tripod. Google 'monopod'. It allows the camera to have a firm base and gives you several stops faster shutter speed in effect. Much more effective than any OS, VR, IS system.

The time to be careful is using a monopod on a moving vehicle or boat. It can transfer vibrations to the camera. Better hand hold then.

The bottom line is shots like your here must be sharp. You need the chase the reasons for lack of focus. Is it focusing, or is it camera movement - or both?

I suspect movement.

Paul

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Mototaur
Mototaur  126 forum posts England
26 Jun 2013 - 2:49 PM

Thank you Paul very interesting reading. I was trying to use my tripod. Not quite got hang of it yet. First time I have had a proper try. Will check out the monopod sounds interesting . I think the focus was off as I was trying to capture the birds quickly before they flew off. Will take more time and try and focus better as well.

Many thanks for tips
Zoe Smile Smile

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