Could I please Get some help ? UPDATE With Picture

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Cassandra83's picture
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Could I please Get some help ? UPDATE With Picture

So the camera I was using the Canon power Shot A480
Regular P & S
Well it went out on me and the warranty I had through staples , They could not fix it so.. They sent me a cash card to get another..
Of course that camera was on sale when I got it and it was not enough to get something compatible So of course i had to put money with it.

I bought the Canon Power shot Sx130 Si.

It has a manual,Aperture priority & shutter speed stetting on it

The manual explains nothing on how to use it. So how will I know what this mean & when to apply .. Is there a site that will explain this ?

Right now I'm Kinda clueless on what i'm doing.. The camera is most certainly a upgrade from what I had

CANON PowerShot SX130 IS

Ok so I don't how and what I did to get this picture to look like this... And i know it has something to do what the Aperture... I always wanted to be able to focus on the subject and blur out the back.. But what ever i did I can't seem to do it again Sad
Oh i was lying in my bed and took this picture about 5ft away .. YES its hanging on my wall . IDK y .

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Are you familiar with shooting in manual at all? If not, I'd try out YouTube tutorials on aperture & shutter speed. I had a Canon Power Shot before I got my DSLR so I am familiar with most of the settings, feel free to PM me with any specific questions. Smile

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I would suggest tutorials here and reading online. The BEST thing though, is just to practice b/c if you are like me, you can read and read until you are blue in the face, but once I picked it up and played, I caught on.

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CONGRATS on the new toy!!! I know you will have a lot of fun with it.

As you are just learning the new camera, I would probably try one of the n-priority modes to start out with. Like, set it to aperture priority mode. Then set your aperture and fire away to see what kind of results you get. Once you get comfortable with what your camera sets for the shutter speed and iso, you can bounce over to manual mode with an idea of what kinds of settings to use.

Be sure and post some pics from your new camera! I can't wait to see them!

Best,
GiGi

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"sadieruth" wrote:

I would suggest tutorials here and reading online. The BEST thing though, is just to practice b/c if you are like me, you can read and read until you are blue in the face, but once I picked it up and played, I caught on.

Yeah I got a headache yesterday and had to put the camera Down ..LOL

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"misskaci" wrote:

Are you familiar with shooting in manual at all? If not, I'd try out YouTube tutorials on aperture & shutter speed. I had a Canon Power Shot before I got my DSLR so I am familiar with most of the settings, feel free to PM me with any specific questions. Smile

Nope not at all ... so ill look up some Tutorials
Its not easy if you don't know.. but once i understand it Then I know it will be a Breeze
I was thinking what I'm going to do when I get my Dslr and I cant even function this P & S
it have features on it that my old camera didn't. I happy about But getting these headaches everyday due to the pregnancy is making it hard to focus

thanks

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You need the book "Understanding Exposure" Also read your manual. Both those together will explain so much!

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I wish I could help, but I don't know that camera. But, a quick look at the manual shows you have complete manual controls over the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. I'd suggest moving the dial to M (manual) and pressing the +/- button and it says that changes the shutter and aperture.

Some quick suggestions on settings that seem to be the norm. Quick children require a shutter speed of 125 or greater (the greater the better). The LOWER the aperture number (f stop) the shallower (more blurry) the background and foreground will be. Change your ISO up to allow for more light and a lower number to lessen the light.

Don't know how helpful I was, but have fun learning your new camera!! I looked at that one before I ultimately decided on a DSLR.

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Cassandra, I have the Power Shot S5. My DH bought me this book off Amazon with a LOT of very detailed information specific to that camera and it helped tremendously. I see that the author also has a similar type of book available for the SX10, which seems to be basically a newer version of the S5.

I looked on DPReview.com and it appears that your camera and the S5 have virtually identical features (I just have a few more auto-focus options, a lower maximum aperture, and a few odds and ends like that). So perhaps the book I have or the SX10 book would be useful to you as well.

If you have specific questions, let me know, as my camera is very similar.

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"Jeffininer" wrote:

I wish I could help, but I don't know that camera. But, a quick look at the manual shows you have complete manual controls over the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. I'd suggest moving the dial to M (manual) and pressing the +/- button and it says that changes the shutter and aperture.

Some quick suggestions on settings that seem to be the norm. Quick children require a shutter speed of 125 or greater (the greater the better). The LOWER the aperture number (f stop) the shallower (more blurry) the background and foreground will be. Change your ISO up to allow for more light and a lower number to lessen the light.

Don't know how helpful I was, but have fun learning your new camera!! I looked at that one before I ultimately decided on a DSLR.

Thanks that did help a lot

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"Jeffininer" wrote:

I wish I could help, but I don't know that camera. But, a quick look at the manual shows you have complete manual controls over the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. I'd suggest moving the dial to M (manual) and pressing the +/- button and it says that changes the shutter and aperture.

Some quick suggestions on settings that seem to be the norm. Quick children require a shutter speed of 125 or greater (the greater the better). The LOWER the aperture number (f stop) the shallower (more blurry) the background and foreground will be. Change your ISO up to allow for more light and a lower number to lessen the light.

Don't know how helpful I was, but have fun learning your new camera!! I looked at that one before I ultimately decided on a DSLR.

OMG I did It and it worked...
I focused on my big toe.. ROFL
my dresser in the back was blurry I just keep changing the setting and OMG it did what I was hoping it would do .. but i'm not posting the picture ...:ROFL:

It came out perfect with the flash but I dont want to use the flash ... when I do it comes out dark so more playing i go