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cj jones

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iconnumber posted 01-08-2007 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cj jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a large collection of sterling flatware - I have a very hard time photographing the manufacturers marks/hallmarks. Seems like they are always fuzzy & tiny. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have a Olympus digital(about 7 years old - 3.2 megapixel) and use the Microsoft Digital Image Suite. Is there a better software program or any tricks to a successful photo shot. I am an amateur - so pls be specific. Thnx cj

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iconnumber posted 01-08-2007 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There have been a number of discussions with useful tips on photographing silver. See How to Post Photos where their links are listed.

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cj jones

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Thanks Swarter...I am still new to the forum and appreciate the info. CJ

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Does your camera have a "Macro" setting? You should use it if it does. Also, since it is an older camera it would not have image stabilization like many of the newer ones are starting to have. Do you have a tripod or some other way to make the camera rock steady when you take the picture? Finally, be sure to use plenty of natural daylight as low light and most ordinary artificial lights will cause a point and shoot camera to automatically adjust itself to a higher ISO setting which typically results in less detail and more "digital noise" than a lower ISO setting which is what it would automatically go to with more light. Strong indirect daylight is best (direct sunlight is too much light).

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