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  1. tbrownarcher

    tbrownarcher TPF Noob!

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    I just bought an Olympus SP 550 uz camera and have been playing with it quite a lot. I was turned from film years ago because of the money to develope and the cost of film.

    Well now I have my very own digital which I decided on because of the ability to take 15 pics / second. I already got a really good string of pics of a Blue Heron leaving the shore and going across the lake. the bird flapped one cycle of it's wings and I got 4 shots in that cycle. To me it was amazing.

    However. This is supposed to be a low light camera and I am having trouble getting low light right. Any help would be appreciated.

    Also I know this is not an SLR and I"M pretty sure it's not a point and shoot camera so what is it. I don't understand the terminology very well at all.

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    Hi Nate,

    To increase the light sensitivity of your camera you might want to try upping the ISO setting. From what I can find on Google it will go all the way up to a whopping 5000 ISO, which should give you some great low-light response, although you may find you get a lot of noise to go with it!

    Alternatively, does it give you any control over the aperture size? If so, try opening that as wide as the conditions will allow.

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    Yes it gives me control over the aperture size if that is the Fstop. I have control over the Aperture, the shutter speed, the ISO. There must be a thousand different settings on this camera.

    I will try the ISO. I think your right about it.

    Will let you know!


    Also! On the 'M"setting I get a dark screen and view finder when I try to open up the aperture and work with the Shutter speed and can't get the screen to brighten after it goes dark. Is this a problem with the camera or am I not resetting it correctly or what ?


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