Originally Posted by pickledLSD
Looks like you almost got that camera dialed in. Love the last pic
Originally Posted by HatchBrew
Pictures are heck a lot better than mine come out.
I think I will keep this camera after all. At the end of my first set of photos with the new camera I was ready to return it. It didn't do what I wanted it to do at all. I hated the color of the "tungsten" preset on white balance, which had worked moderately well for HPS photos with other cameras. The auto-focus was horrible at moderate zoom and close range, which was how I had learned to shoot macros in the past.
Then I tried the manual preset for white balance, which uses a white piece of paper to get a reading of ambient light and makes adjustments from there. Oh yeah.
Things seemed overexposed in macro, so i reduced the exposure by half a notch. better.
The biggest difference with this camera, however, is that it likes to shoot macros in wide angle, with the lens right up close to the subject. this is completely opposite of my SLR and my old point-and-shoot which could only focus close-up with a moderate telephoto (which i think is still the conventional wisdom regarding macros).
Since I use the same settings every time I shoot under HPS, I was also very happy to find out that the presets in Program mode are still there after turning the camera off and on. With my old main camera I had to start from scratch each session.
With this new point-and-shoot, once i have the desired settings I can use Auto mode for most everywhere else, and Program mode for HPS, just flip the switch. When I switch to a different white balance preset (say "fluorescent") will my custom presets be remembered?