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Old 03-04-2016, 14:58   #1 (permalink)
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- and possibly out of my depth. I have just joined this online community but, alas, my understanding of photography is dire. However, I do admire beautiful images, especially of landscapes, and I would like to be able to create a few of my own.

In 2007 I was given an Olympus E-410 which, to my shame, I have still not properly mastered. Chiefly, I found that even in 'auto' the exposures could be wildly incorrect.

More recently I have bought myself a Nikon D3200, which is truly an amazing piece of kit and, once the rain stops, I am eager to do some gentle walking in the local countryside and get to know this camera. Meanwhile, I am using the E-410 for taking B&W photos of my home town in an attempt to create a visual record of changes that have occurred, for my grandchildren's grandchildren.

Might I end by asking a question? I have come across some landscape photos taken using infra-red, and they are truly stunning. Could I fit a Hoya R72 filter to my E-410 (using lengthy exposures), or would the camera's anti-IR sensor prevent any images being recorded?
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Old 03-04-2016, 16:17   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum, Patrick. Jump on in and share your work, the members here will provide you with friendly and honest evaluations, and helpful tips. Sorry, but I can't help you with the IR question.
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Welcome to Pixalo Patrick

Your wildly inconsistent pictures with the 410 are as a result of using auto mode The camera does not know what your subject is and will just average the whole frame.

You can get fair results by using an IR filter, but it is not easy. Most people use cameras that are converted for IR use. We have some members here that do a lot of IR so they wll be able to assist you in this.

Photography can't be mastered quickly. Don't try to run before you can walk. You might find it advantageous to join a local club if you have one or go on a beginners course at a local college.
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Re: Taking the plunge

Patrick. Make yourself at home. Any questions about posting images and getting feedback, you can find answers to in the http://www.pixalo.com/community/site-guides-rules/.

As already said automatic modes are for general use and can often leave a feeling of wanting to achieve more. It is that gap between what the camera will do for you and what you want to achieve that means delving into the operating manual to understand the camera and getting some good guidance on how to convert that knowledge into the result you are happy with. Although some will lay down fixed rules to be followed, remember first and foremost it is your picture and what you want to see that counts.

IR is a fascinating world but requires quite a bit of experimenting to get the results you like.
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More recently I have bought myself a Nikon D3200, which is truly an amazing piece of kit and, once the rain stops, I am eager to do some gentle walking in the local countryside and get to know this camera.
My primary body is a D800, but I picked up a secondhand D3200 about 18 months ago because the price was just too good to pass up, and i have been quite impressed with the quality of the camera. Sure, it's not a pro body and won't stand up to what my D800 will do, but in all honesty it will do 90% of what I need a camera for that other 10% is mounting non AF-S glass and pro ports like shutter release instead of IR controls and better low light quality. (amongst the things I can remember)


I have a person I am mentoring, using a D70, which is an old body now and am quite impressed with the quality it is providing.


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Your Olympus camera could be used with a Hoya Filter and will work. As the filter on your camera

There's info on it here wrotniak.net: Infrared Photography with the Olympus E-510 - so it looks like this camera you can compose with the LCD. So that is good as you won't have to take the filter off to view what you are taking, and put it back on.

Note with a filter it will be difficult to hand hold the camera with a filter as the exposure will be longer. That is the advantage of a converted IR camera - as blocking filter is removed and speeds up exposure considerably.
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Welcome Patrick, always nice to have someone to ask fresh questions. It really helps for some to stop and think about what they have learned. I can't help with your Nikon but I can with your Oly. I have the C5050Z with a cool f/1.8 aperture. Anyway I made a tripod that holds the camera about 6 inches off the ground, flip the lcd up and use the remote to trip the shutter. I have the IR on what is on mine a 43mm tube with a 77mm step up ring. You must know about the screw on tube already. All I hade to do with mine is read the manual about setting a custom white balance. Set you settings white balance to custom and your controller to A for aperture, it will then automatically set your shutter. This set up is the one good way to take good IR and long exsposure for soft flowing water. Another nice thing is your camera will see through the filter and the focus works. Your set to go, have fun and post any questions on the community page at the top. . When shooting your custom white balance.aim at some bright green grass.
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