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Old 09-23-2012, 08:20 AM   #16
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okay, so i currently have a Canon Powershot A1100IS, and i want to take the best pictures possible of DD15 at her band competition next saturday. we'll be outdoors, early afternoon (about 2:30-3:00pm), and, unfortunately, facing into the sun. if anyone has any tips on how to get the best shots, i'm open to any and all suggestions!

oh, and any more tips on the best new camera to buy, i need those too! i'm still seriously considering replacing this one!
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #17
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okay, so i currently have a Canon Powershot A1100IS, and i want to take the best pictures possible of DD15 at her band competition next saturday. we'll be outdoors, early afternoon (about 2:30-3:00pm), and, unfortunately, facing into the sun. if anyone has any tips on how to get the best shots, i'm open to any and all suggestions!

oh, and any more tips on the best new camera to buy, i need those too! i'm still seriously considering replacing this one!
To be honest, that is a difficult shooting situation regardless of camera. Even with a very very expensive advanced camera, you'd really need to know what you're doing. With a more advanced camera, you could try shooting in the raw, and using post processing to recover the shadows and highlights.

How far away will you be?

You can hope for a cloudy day. But if the sun is above and behind the action, you're going to have trouble.

You're camera is a bit limited, but as I said... It's a challenging situation regardless. Just get as close as you can, and find an angle where the sun is less problematic.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:01 AM   #18
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That's tough, I hate it when the only seating is into the sun because pictures are spooked much better with the sun behind you.

If the sun I slightly to the left, then you might want to be to the left so you are working more with the sun than into it.

You can get less of a sun flare (those odd red glowing orbs) in photos if your camera is in the shade

I bump down the EV if the sun is turning the top of DS's hair into a blown white highlight.

Like sunset pictures, you probably want a high f/value and low ISO or landscape mode if there is no manual control.

And avoid the sky in the background as much as possible it will just be blown and white.

But have fun! I'd rather have a marginal picture of DS making a good play than look at a great picture of some random kid
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:22 PM   #19
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my camera has landscape mode. yes, the shooting conditions are FAR from ideal. the stadium where the competition is being held has its pressbox facing the afternoon sun, and, of course, the bands always play facing the pressbox.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #20
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Thinking about it, I would also try a beach or snow mode and see which one works best.
Basically you are trying to get a somewhat dark picture to avoid blown highlights (patches of white) on DD. On a point and shoot JPG file you can usually bring detail out of shadows, but white patches will forever remain white in post processing.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #21
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i'll try those too, thanks! not sure my camera has those modes, but i'll look.

my other issue is the zoom - it zooms up to 12x, but, at that setting, photos are VERY blurry. without a zoom, i won't be able to get a decent photo of her, but i can't go higher than about 6.8x before everything gets too blurry.
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i'll try those too, thanks! not sure my camera has those modes, but i'll look.

my other issue is the zoom - it zooms up to 12x, but, at that setting, photos are VERY blurry. without a zoom, i won't be able to get a decent photo of her, but i can't go higher than about 6.8x before everything gets too blurry.
That's the mechanics of the camera. I believe your camera only has an optical zoom of about 4x. Once you go past the optical zoom limit, you lose quality.
They make affordable cameras now with optical zoom of 15-20x or higher.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:56 AM   #23
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so, for the past few days, i've been looking up all the cameras y'all have mentioned, and some that were mentioned on other threads, and now it's opinion time. if y'all were going to buy one of these cameras, which one would you choose, if your needs were: shooting marching bands in afternoon and night settings outdoors; disney trips (indoor and outdoor shots, plus fireworks) and inside the superdome; oh, and your average, indoor shot?

these are the cameras i've been looking at:

Canon SX260
Canon SX40

Sony HX20
Sony RX100

Panasonic TZ30
Panasonic FZ200

With a budget of about $400 (can go slightly higher, for the right camera), which one would you choose? Or is there another one that would be better? TIA! :
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If you need a good zoom, and don't mind the size and price:
FZ200 because nothing else on the list can compare to its f/2.8 at full zoom. Plus all initial reports its very nice overall, shoots in RAW, works very well down to great macros and a great movie mode.

For a more compact camera with zoom I still really like my HX30 (HX20) and have not seen anything to indicate that the SX260 or TZ30 would be vastly superior overall. they are all quality choices, each camera has slight differences that may work better with some users.

But if you do not have any great desire to get close ups with zoom, the RX100 has the best low light performance at wide angle and Image quality of any camera in your list.
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One other tip that might help is to try to get the light polarized. Ideally, you'd use a good polarizing lens, but for this, you might get decent results simply by holding a good, *CLEAN* pair of sunglasses right in front of the camera's lens. It won't help with the backlighting problem, but should cut down on glare.
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okay, so i currently have a Canon Powershot A1100IS, and i want to take the best pictures possible of DD15 at her band competition next saturday. we'll be outdoors, early afternoon (about 2:30-3:00pm), and, unfortunately, facing into the sun. if anyone has any tips on how to get the best shots, i'm open to any and all suggestions!

oh, and any more tips on the best new camera to buy, i need those too! i'm still seriously considering replacing this one!
2:30-3:30... the sun is still pretty high in the sky this time of year, unless you're really far north, so backlighting isn't a huge issue.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:21 AM   #27
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If you need a good zoom, and don't mind the size and price:
FZ200 because nothing else on the list can compare to its f/2.8 at full zoom. Plus all initial reports its very nice overall, shoots in RAW, works very well down to great macros and a great movie mode.

For a more compact camera with zoom I still really like my HX30 (HX20) and have not seen anything to indicate that the SX260 or TZ30 would be vastly superior overall. they are all quality choices, each camera has slight differences that may work better with some users.

But if you do not have any great desire to get close ups with zoom, the RX100 has the best low light performance at wide angle and Image quality of any camera in your list.
the FZ200 is a little more than i wanted to spend, but it is a great camera. i like the HX30, the size and price is right. i really do need zoom, although i'm not sure how close-up i'd want to get, but the RX100's price is pretty much out of my range (guess i'm wishful thinking, lol).
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #28
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i bought the book mentioned on page 1. got it on my nook, now i just have to find time to read it! marching band season doesn't leave me much time for anything else!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #29
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alright, guys, i've got my camera set just like y'all told me, and DH and i are about to leave to watch DD15's 2nd band competition of the season!

he's going to be taping with the camcorder, and i'll be taking pics. :

oh, the book-i can't really use it, since it gives instructions for a type of camera i don't own...lol. it tells how to set shutter speed and all that, and my little P&S doesn't do that. DH has given me the go-ahead to buy a better camera, but i'd like to wait until black friday for a good deal, if possible. will there be any BF deals on decent cameras?
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Understanding what those shutter speeds do works for any camera. Even if your camer doesn't have any type of manual mode it does have different auto shooting modes that give priority to certain settings. Understanding how shutter speed, aperture and ISO work and affect the image will help you know which mode to use when. It will also help you self diagnose problems with your images.
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