New guy here, and noob question

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  1. Nappy

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    Hello, I'm new here and needed some help with my (old newb camera =/ ) anyways I have a Sony DSC-W50. I have to take some photos for one of my classes. I need to photograph my car, now I know tricks/techniques to photograph vehicles. But I'm stuck with this camera for the time being. What would be the best settings. I'm assuming that the Auto Adjustment setting isn't the best way to go. If anyone could tell me what settings to use that would be much appreciated. Attached is a link to the camera and possible settings I can change.

    http://www.cameras.co.uk/cameraimages/sony-dsc-w50-back.jpg
     
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    Ether use auto or "P". Lower the ISO as far down as it will go.
     
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    Correct, Nappy, 'Auto Adjustment' (whatever that may adjust automatically...) isn't the best way to go. To shoot a car with a W50 any other way than as a snapshot you would need to use a tripod, and an aperture priority setting for sufficient (and controllable) DoF, which the W50 doesn't have....
     
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    It all depends on what kind of picture you want to take.
    Usually on P&S, i recommend using the scene mode. They are pretty self explanatory.
    Also, don't forget to set up the white balance accordingly.
     
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    So I thought, as for your replay applefanboy, when i use the "P" setting programmable I can change the ISO down to 80, but anytime I take pictures w/ "P" my photos are "grainy and noisy" I realize my camera is terrible but any other suggestions?
     
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    If your pictures are noisy at ISO 80 you should definitely buy a new camera!!
     
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    Lol yeah, I am in the market for one, I just need to get this done for my class for right now. It's noisy when I auto set it to 80-1000 on mode "P" otherwise in different settings there is no noise. Is my camera just dying ?!
     
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    If you have to use that camera, make sure you have fresh batteries or at least ones you know are still very good before your shoot. Don't ask me how I know this...but weak batteries have made for some crappy shots in some of my previous p&S cameras.

    Derrick
     
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    First Nappy, are you familiar with the basics of photography, like what aperture, shutterspeed and ISO have in common? Why don't you play around with some of the manual settings. There's no real easy way for us to say shoot at f5.6, ISO 100 at 1/125th of a second when we don't know where you're shooting etc....
     
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    There is no manual settings on this camera.

    to OP:

    Since you are in P mode, your camera probably adjusts the ISO and the pictures are not taken at ISO 80. If you can put some limit on how high it can go, i would not go any higher than 200.
     

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