Now guys, please be gentle!
I've never really been one for pic taking but a friend of mine in New Zealand sends me pics of what he gets up to and I'd like to do the same for him.
I've recently purchased an Olympus Camedia C-5000 4.9 megapixel camera (2nd hand and excellent condition) and have been having a play around with it.
The main problem I'm having is getting good quality pictures down to a sensible file size.
I'm just using it on 'auto' setting for now in order for me to master the basics but some really simple things are puzzling me, like for example TIFF files, then HQ, SHQ, SQ1, SQ2 etc. What's this all about ? Wild guess at 'high quality', 'super high quality' etc etc, but both HQ and SHQ say 2560x1920 resolution, why are they both the same?
I took some pics at top resolution on SHQ (2560x1920) and transferred them across from the camera into the Camedia Master photo editer but you need a 42 inch wide-screen monitor to view them! When you reduce it down to a size that fits on the screen the picture loses it's quality and becomes 'jagged', even though the file size stays the same, why is that? Surely if the picture is excellent quality at full 'blown up' wide-screen size then it should be outstanding quality at 'normal' size ? I don't understand it. The pic size is around 1.1 Mb
I tried the medium resolution setting (1600x1200) and although the pic was smaller at 'full size', it was still two monitor screens wide and around 500Kb per pic - still far too big for dial-up users.
Last resort tried the 640x480 resolution but although the pic is a sensible size and fits nicely on the screen, the quality is poor (file size around 80Kb).
What am I doing wrong ?
I have ACDSee and also Adobe Photoshop 2.0. but the editing functions in these don't seem to do anymore than the options I've got available to me in Camedia's own editer.
The pics in this thread (for reference only) http://www.onlinetruckers.co.uk/inde...hpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=28&start=30 is the kind of thing I'm after - 450x340 pixels is the right size I want, but this guys pic quality is spot on (for pic size) but his file sizes are really small. When I reduce mine from full size to this kind of size the quality becomes horrendous! Someone please help before I go insane !!
Finally, can someone tell me what changing the ISO does? I have choices of 40, 80, 160 and 320 I think.
Sorry for being so 'dumb' but as you can see, I know f'all about cameras, digital or otherwise!