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cc_rider

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 - 8:39am

 MsJudi wrote:
Ok, I've decided that I want to start shooting art tutorial videos with my camera and I have an awesome tripod but I need to do top-down shots and my tripod just won't go in that direction. Anyone have any suggestions beyond buying an expensive lateral tripod??

 
Okay, crazy idea here (I know, you're shocked). What if you could take the center post out of a tripod and put it back in upside down? With the camera platform on the bottom? Probably not possible with most tripods, but maybe a cheap one could work. Goodwill seems to have tripods pretty regularly.

You might still have a problem getting the camera perpendicular to your table, depending how far the platform tilts.
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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 - 8:32am

 buzz wrote:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687328-REG/Oben_AC_2320L_AC_2320L_3_Section_Aluminum_Lateral.html

I have never heard of this brand, but it has good reviews. If I was looking for a new tripod, I would consider this.

B&H is a good place to buy. Good prices and good service.

 
I've been looking at the Oben line... and that's a great price, too, thanks buzz! {#Hug}
buzz

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 - 8:17am

 MsJudi wrote:
Ok, I've decided that I want to start shooting art tutorial videos with my camera and I have an awesome tripod but I need to do top-down shots and my tripod just won't go in that direction. Anyone have any suggestions beyond buying an expensive lateral tripod??

 
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687328-REG/Oben_AC_2320L_AC_2320L_3_Section_Aluminum_Lateral.html

I have never heard of this brand, but it has good reviews. If I was looking for a new tripod, I would consider this.

B&H is a good place to buy. Good prices and good service.


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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 - 8:06am

Ok, I've decided that I want to start shooting art tutorial videos with my camera and I have an awesome tripod but I need to do top-down shots and my tripod just won't go in that direction. Anyone have any suggestions beyond buying an expensive lateral tripod??
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 4:29pm

 katzendogs wrote:

I have the S3IS. same as you. Zoom very slow to a certain point and then *poof*. Restart, shot is gone!

 
Oh, that's right. Well I guess I should google and see if it's fixable.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 3:02pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

OURS is old & worn out. Had it several years and beat it up, really. Just thought it was interesting that ours does the same thing as yours. We can zoom verrry sloooowly and it'll stay on. But just bump the zoomer button all the way over and it shuts off. Ours is a Canon.

 
I have the S3IS. same as you. Zoom very slow to a certain point and then *poof*. Restart, shot is gone!


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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 2:56pm

 katzendogs wrote:

For $350.00 how do they wear out? If I want a disposable then shit! I'd have bought one. Cameras. Can't have anything nice.
 
OURS is old & worn out. Had it several years and beat it up, really. Just thought it was interesting that ours does the same thing as yours. We can zoom verrry sloooowly and it'll stay on. But just bump the zoomer button all the way over and it shuts off. Ours is a Canon.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 2:51pm

 Manbird wrote:

FYI - If you zoom in low light, you'll really slow down the shutter speed and get jpeg artifacts and motion blur. 

 
I'll look into that. thanks.

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 2:50pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Our camera does this too. It's old and worn out, IMO.

 
For $350.00 how do they wear out? If I want a disposable then shit! I'd have bought one. Cameras. Can't have anything nice.

Manbird

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 1:45pm

 katzendogs wrote:

except for the zoom part, which makes me have to get up off my lazy ass, I think I'm getting it under control. thanks for her compliment. I hope to have more later.
 
FYI - If you zoom in low light, you'll really slow down the shutter speed and get jpeg artifacts and motion blur. 
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 1:17pm

 katzendogs wrote:

When I zoom in the camera shuts down. Well goes black. I have to shut it off for the lens to retract. Geez I really slacked off on using this camera.
 
Our camera does this too. It's old and worn out, IMO.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 1:00pm

 katzendogs wrote:

except for the zoom part, which makes me have to get up off my lazy ass, I think I'm getting it under control. thanks for her compliment. I hope to have more later.
 
The zoom part isn't normal, obviously.  There's a tiny little chance that some sort of firmware upgrade (do-it-your-selfable via your memory card and your computer) might fix it.  Might be worth some Googling.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 12:58pm

 Xeric wrote:

As Scott said, the only hope is to force a lower ISO.  Except for the other hope, which is to get more light on the subject.  Haul the kid outside, or turn on every light in the room and then some, and/or force the cameral to flash whether it wants to or not.  (This is really a second way of doing the same thing—more light will let the camera pick a lower ISO.)  Damned cute kid, though!

 
except for the zoom part, which makes me have to get up off my lazy ass, I think I'm getting it under control. thanks for her compliment. I hope to have more later.

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 12:53pm

 katzendogs wrote:
OK. For a long while I have found that the photo's  I have taken are grainy. I'm wondering if this is because over the years I have taken the camera in from cold ac to ambient conditions and visa versa. Any thoughts on this?
Here is an example of grainy to me. i admit it is not the steadiest of shots but you all can see what my issue is.

Smile

 
As Scott said, the only hope is to force a lower ISO.  Except for the other hope, which is to get more light on the subject.  Haul the kid outside, or turn on every light in the room and then some, and/or force the cameral to flash whether it wants to or not.  (This is really a second way of doing the same thing—more light will let the camera pick a lower ISO.)  Damned cute kid, though!
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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 - 12:46pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Yes. If you have manual options, take it off of auto, fix the ISO at something like 200, open the aperture as wide as it will go and slow down the shutter as much as you need to to get the shot. 9 out of 10 will be blurry because you shake or the baby moves, but sometimes it works out.

 
When I zoom in the camera shuts down. Well goes black. I have to shut it off for the lens to retract. Geez I really slacked off on using this camera.

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Posted: Jul 30, 2011 - 10:51pm

 Leslie wrote:

You suck, too.
 
... eggs. I know. You told me about 315 times already, thank you. 


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Posted: Jul 30, 2011 - 10:02pm

 Manbird wrote:

my camera sucks. there's no way around low light grainville. 

 
You suck, too.

Manbird

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Posted: Jul 30, 2011 - 9:52pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Maybe it depends on the camera but sometimes if I can keep the ISO low enough it all works out. 
 
my camera sucks. there's no way around low light grainville. 
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Jul 30, 2011 - 9:48pm

 Manbird wrote:

.s. with a butt load of jpg artifactos
 
Maybe it depends on the camera but sometimes if I can keep the ISO low enough it all works out. 
 
edit: eh, yeah, I can't find a good example so maybe it's 999 out of 1000 are noisy junk. 
Manbird

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Posted: Jul 30, 2011 - 9:43pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Yes. If you have manual options, take it off of auto, fix the ISO at something like 200, open the aperture as wide as it will go and slow down the shutter as much as you need to to get the shot. 9 out of 10 will be blurry because you shake or the baby moves, but sometimes it works out.
 
.s. with a butt load of jpg artifactos
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