Help Please! I Need All Photo Buffs Out There In Mylotland To Come to My Rescue!

@Opal26 (17690)
United States
December 27, 2009 6:55pm CST
Hey! It's me Opal! I just got a new camera finally! And for all you photo buffs I really need some serious help! I got a Sony Cyber Shot 8.1 Mega Pixels and I only got a really short lesson on how to use my new gift! So, can anyone please try to give me some pointers on everything they know! I know that it's alot to ask, but I am so not a "camera person" to begin with! And I have been waiting so long for this opportunity to show my friends pics of me, and my cats, Star & Luna! So the sooner I get some serious tips, the sooner you guys will see me! Thanks!
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11 responses
@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Sorry Opal, I'm the WRONG person to be telling you how to use your camera!!! I bought mine for myself over 2 years ago & I still can't get a decent picture out of it!!! AAARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!! The one thing I might suggest is to NOT use any of the specialty features at first. When I first got mine I used the Zoom feature on almost everything. Of course I didn't get a decent picture...not even the ones out of the airplane window. I was just sure those were going to be good, but they weren't. The BEST thing about it is you don't have to worry about buying film & paying to get them developed just to find out they are NO good. You can take them & look at them & delete the ones you don't like. Actually, that sounds so easy, I might pull my camera back out & start learning all over again!!!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Hi LadyM! Happy New Year! I messed with the camera and now I really don't know what I did! My friend had it set to just point and shoot! But, I started touching stuff and now everything is too dark! I'm such a dork when it comes to stuff like this!
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
3 Jan 10
Then that makes us BOTH dorks!!! Seems I did the same thing. So, I touched some things again until it went back to point & shoot. The way I look at it, if I can't take a pic with the way it is, I can't hurt anything if I keep on experimenting. In the end, if I still can't take a pic, I've lost nothing. If I can, I FIXED it!!!
@derek_a (10902)
28 Dec 09
It's very difficult to give lessons in photography as I believe it is an art, and with all arts, it is something you learn more and more about by actually doing it. I would say to look at a scene in front of you whether it be a person a landscape or some object. Imagine how nice it would look in a frame to yourself. Ask yourself if you would like it hanging on your wall. If yes get it into the frame of your camera and take it. If you just want to put it on line, then choose a lower pixel setting. For printing, use a higher pixel setting. After taking the shot, ask yourself how attractive it is. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I believe this applies to photography also. Very difficult to explain but sometimes other people can see the beauty also, and then you will know that you have taken a good photo. Hope this helps.. - Derek
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Hi derek! Thanks for the tips! So far all the pictures I've taken are awful!lol I have no idea how to adjust the camera to the right settings and the more I read the manual, the more confused I get! But, thanks for the advice! Now if I could just find how to work those pixel things!
@minx267 (14645)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Dec 09
I only have one suggestion.. since each camera is different.. and I don't have the one you have.. Have you tried reading the manual.. They really do help.. LOL Start with the easy stuff. How to take a picture. How to upload the photos to your computer.. There may be a Disk you need to put in to install before you can upload. I'm Just Sayin'.. reading the manual worked for me. :-)
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hey minx! Thats for the help! There just is a tiny card thingy that I take out of the camera an put it into the adapter thingy that's plugged into the computer! You can see how "high tech" I am!
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@minx267 (14645)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Dec 09
LOL. You gotta love those "thingys". They're just everywhere nowadays! Well, those and the whatchamacallits and the whosadunks..
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@BarBaraPrz (21374)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Dec 09
Don't forget the doohickeys, thingamajigs and widgets!
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
28 Dec 09
The best advice to a newcomer with a camera is to take as many photos as you can until you're comfortable with using it..and then look them over and see which ones turn out good,and which are not so good...You have a number of advantages over a film camera with a digital one,in that any that don't turn out the way you expect can be instantly reviewed on the screen or deleted,so you tend to end up with more good quality photos,and you don't need to send them away for developing and printing..unless of course,You are prepared to use an online printing service..if you have a colour or photo printer already,all you will need is a connector cable to transfer the photos to the computer so you can free up the camera memory,print the photos on paper,or email them to those you'd like to share them with..or post them on Mylot and earn some with your new hobby!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hi Shepherd! Thanks for all the tips! I have been wanting to be able to show everyone some pictures of my cats! As soon as I get a little more familiar with taking the pictures and transfering them online I will start posting them! I am just starting to take the pictures and haven't tried to transfer any yet! My friend gave me a really quick lesson, but way too quick for me to know what I'm doing!
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 Dec 09
So long as you have a recognisable photo of a cat,You're nearly there! plugging the camera into the computer with the cable is like plugging in a pen drive..you can look at your photos on the computer then,nd then use mylot's upload tool to show us! Good Luck :)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
31 Dec 09
Now You've started this discussion,you could upload some of the pix using the "Add a picture" link on the discussions,and earn some mylot credit..looking forward to seeing them soon! Thanks for best response!
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
28 Dec 09
The site that I am about to post, I post because it says "You got the camera you wanted now learn how to use it"... http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&categoryId=16161&langId=-1&storeId=10151 I hope that this helps. I am not camera buff either, but I figured going right to the source would help a bit. What exactly is it your having trouble with, the functions or just taking an awesome picture?
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hey Cowgirl! Thanks so much for the info! I am just so scared of everything! I don't know what I'm doing! I can snap a picture, but that's it! It seems so easy when my friend does it! He just points and shoots and the pics come out perfect! I know it's just me trying to learn how to get used to the camera and then putting them online!
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Your nervous and excited about the new camera, and probably a little to hard on yourself. I hope you can get it figured out soon, but in the meantime maybe you could ask your friend to go in slo mo with ya! lol! I know how it is, I've been on the receiving and giving end on what seems a fast lesson only because we're not sure what is what!
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
28 Dec 09
That's great! I'm so excited that you have a camera and we can all get to see pictures of you and your cats! My best advice to you would be practice, practice and more practice. That's how I learned how to use mine. Talk to you later.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hi Jen! That's about all I can do is practice and hopefully one day you just might get to see pictures of my Star & Luna! My friend already took some pictures of Luna making some interesting faces! He just gave me such a rushed lesson! Maybe the next time I can get him to show me just a little slower!lol
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Since I don't have one I can't help but I can't wait to see pictures of you....and Star and Luna! I bet you are sooooo excited to get a good camera! Woo Hoo!
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hey jill! I am really excited! My friend took some pictures of my crazy cat Luna already and they are so cute! He was making silly faces already! That's the only pics I have so far! Not really sure I want to reveal myself! My cats are so much cuter!lol
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@taurisca (104)
• Indonesia
28 Dec 09
Hi Opal, Maybe I can help you, but your request was not specific so I'm confused where to start. Perhaps it's better you ask me one by one about what you do not understand yet so my explanation will be more focused. Usually, in the packaging there is a complete hand book and application CD (For Sony Cyber Shot 8.1)
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hi taurisca! Thank you for your advanced help! I am reading through the manual now so I will get back to you with my exact questions! It is a slightly used camera so I just got the manual today and a new adapter for the computer! My friend had given it to his sister a year ago and she used it about 3 times and didn't want it so he gave it to me! So, I am very happy and grateful and he gave me a quick lesson so I will see what parts I need help with!
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• Philippines
28 Dec 09
I'm pretty sure your camera is a point-and-shoot, so you should be familiar with it in no time. All settings are set to automatic unlike a DSLR where everything is set to manual. Point, and shoot.. that's the trick.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hi jay! You are absolutely right! It is pretty much a point and shoot! Buy, it still scares me anyway because I'm not sure what to do after I shoot!
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@drannhh (15241)
• United States
28 Dec 09
What a nice present! I should follow my own advice better but my first tip is READ the Manual!!! LOL, I have not ever actually finished reading the manual on my Canon PowerShot, but someday I will as I want to learn how to do time exposure shots so I can capture the lights on next year's Christmas trees! The second tip is just to take your new camera everywhere and have FUN. The third tip, and this should have been first, is to put a leash on the camera (lanyard ring + cord?) so that it doesn't get dropped or missplaced. Again, congratulations on having received a fine gift!
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hey drannhh! Thanks so much! I am so happy too! I wanted a digital camera so much! It is a slightly used camera, but so what! My friend had it about a year and it was hardly ever used by his sister and he was nice enough to give it to me! It is pretty much brand new and I wouldn't know the difference anyway! It takes amazing pictures even in almost darkness! He took a picture of my livingroom with all the lights out and it came out incredible like the whole room was well lit up! I will post some of them as soon as I figure out how!
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@BarBaraPrz (21374)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Dec 09
I'm right there with you, Opal... I got a Pentax digital for Christmas. Gotta read that manual! I was going to read it on the bus to my cousin's Christmas day, but wouldn't you know it, I forgot to take it with me.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Hope you do better than me! The manual just confuse me even more! Happy New Year!
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@BarBaraPrz (21374)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Jan 10
No kidding. The "quick guide" for my camera is about 12 pages long. The actual manual is on a cd and over 200 pages.