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03-14-2002, 11:16 PM
I'm no advocate of digiphoto, at least not yet. Anyway the problem here is that I have to be. OPur highschool is swithcing yearbook companies and goingi all digital, including the camreas. Being the editor and main photographer, I was asked my opinion o cameras, and so I'm asking yours. I'm a Nikon user with an F100 adn N80. The school won't go for the $5,000 combo Mikonm D1x. so I'm shooting for the Canon D30. It would be primarily used ofr sports like football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and so on through the highschool sports realm. Also, we would use it for the around school candids and homecoming, graduation, and all that stuff. I was just wondering, nver shooting with digital, if it would be adecent camera for this type of use, and the lenses and accesories you would recommend. Any help is greatly appreciated.
03-17-2002, 03:47 PM
I've been pondering this for a few days now and I may have a few ideas as to why they would prefer files straight from the camera.<BR>
I teach desktop publishing, and of course we scan pictures all the time. I am amazed at how many problems people have scanning. They have a hard time understanding the scanning software, they can't get the pictures straight, they can't get the resolution right or crop correctly. And this is AFTER they've been shown in class, given handouts, had individual instruction and received papers back that have so much red on them it looks like I performed ritual sacrifice on them.<BR>
If you look around the net at peoples personal web sites, you'll see that the average joe can't manage to use a scanner properly. Don't believe me? Go look at hotornot.com.<BR>
Then, when it comes to placing the file in the layout I see all kinds of aspect ratio problems, where people try to make the picture fit (usually becuase they can't use the scanner they have to make the pictures the right size to begin with).<BR>
If the files came out of the camera, I bet a lot of that problem would go away.<BR>
Look at it from the yearbook company's perspective. Would you want to deal with the output produced by computer-graphics illiterate high schoolers (or anybody else for that matter)? All they want to do is print, bind and distribute and get paid.
03-18-2002, 11:03 PM
Camera was manufactured around 1970. The GN stands for Guide number. When you attach a flash, set the guide to appropriate GN number and aperture ring on lightning bolt. Focus ring will now couple to aperture which will stop down to appropriate flash exposure. Pretty neat little system.
04-01-2002, 03:51 PM
First, I would start out with a guide number that is a little lower than what the flash manufacturer tells you. Second, the 1/30 sync speed was only for the old-fashioned flash bulbs. You can use any shutter speed with a normal flash, as noted on page 30 of the manual: "When using electronic flash, any shutter speed setting up to 1/500 sec. is available."
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