Question about Olympus FE-280 Digital Camera
Did You ever use a SLR back in the stone age when all we had was film?
Film was/is rated with a ISO number, the higher the number the faster the film.
Fast film had fewer and larger grains of silver iodide, (the particles that changed tone, color etc.when exposed to light), therefore it took less light to take a picture.
The down side was a increase in grain. Large grains meant that blow ups, 8x10, 11x14, posters, etc were not as sharp,
as with slow ( low ISO film)
Most outdoor photos had plenty of light so the film had more grains ( high ISO) to capture the available light, and the result was a much sharper image.
Portrait photography used very very slow film ( your 50 ISO setting) but in a studio you had all the artificial lighting you needed, so your portrait came out with very fine detail.
Now the FE-280 does not have a shutter setting, but we can compensate by changing the ISO setting, and the overall effect will be.
Fastest= 1600 ISO for very little light and poorest picture quality.
Slowest=50 ISO for plenty of light and the highest picture quality
200 ISO was the most popular because it worked well outdoors and indoors with a flash, with very good overall picture quality.
400 ISO was a good choice for gloomy days and medium lighting conditions.
Your ISO settings on the FE-280 will have a similar effect.
My best advice is to play around with the different settings until you develop a knack for it, we used to use light meters and a lot of guesswork, quite expensive when you had to buy film and pay for processing.
OK enough history. heres how....
Turn dial to (P) PROGRAMAUTO
The camera menu in center is bracketed, Press (OK)
Scroll down one bar on the on screen menu to (ISO)
Scroll up or down to desired ISO
TAH DA !
All other functions will be automatic or any other setting that you might choose..
If you change the dial and later go back again to (P) it will retain your selected ISO setting, which is displayed, on screen.
I hope I was help full, and you enjoy some of the special effects that you will now be able try.
By the way... good taste in cameras.
Best regards, Paul
Posted on Jun 11, 2008
First off, welcome to the world of photography! Good luck and have fun!!!
Like any slr, you have the option of Manual exposure. I'm not familiar w/ modern Canons (I use Nikon). According to this page, however, you also have aperture priority and shutter priority. I'm pretty sure ALL modern Canons have bracketing modes as well (Use this for HDR).
I couldn't find the 450 manual (I'm assuming Canon's web devs are behind), but I did find the instruction manual for the 400 :
Should be similar, probably w/o some of the functions. Although you SHOULD have a book w/ your camera ;). Read it thoroughly.
Ok, according to the 400 manual, put your camera into Manual mode, then adjust the regular dial to adjust shutter speed. Then, to adjust aperture, hold in the A/V button while you adjust the same dial.
Like I said, may be a bit different. I think the dial may even be digital buttons rather than analog...
hope this helps!!!
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
First select AV (Aperture Mode) to select the required aperture then switch to M (Manual Mode) and spin the wheel until you get the right speed.
Posted on Jan 22, 2010
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