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Is my camera dieing?

by spectrakid / September 18, 2008 1:43 PM PDT

I am not a wiz at cameras however enjoy to take pictures of my new Hot Wheels of which I collect. I tried taking the same picture atleast 7 times. All of the pictures have yellow in them, I tried other cars same thing. I have a Kodak Easyshare Z760 6.0 MP at Walmart in 2005. Still have the box and dock from Black Friday. I know it is a mid range camera if that. I have taken well over 5k cameras. Do cameras die? I tried editing in Photoshop, no luck.

What mine are looking like....

with photoshop...

What I want my pictures to look like....

I also might be using the wrong type of lightning and set up to take pictures. I am using a 5 gallon white bucket with a light on it and a 100 watt light bulb, "Works great for loose cars". If I go outside and take pictures under the sun it is also a success.

I am using macro setting as im close to the item im taking a picture of.

I cant really spend money right now but would like to know if my camera is dieing or if im using the wrong set up. If you know of an affordable way to make a set up that would work please let me know.

Thank You for your time!

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by spectrakid / September 18, 2008 1:45 PM PDT
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Not sure how to edit my post.

"I have taken well over 5k cameras" not cameras ... I meant pictures.

Thank You

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by spectrakid / September 19, 2008 5:22 AM PDT
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How do I change the settings on aperature to F8?

It is at F2.6

I think I got the rest figured out. Both of your folks help was greatly appreciated!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 7:47 AM PDT
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When you are in Aperture Priority mode, you can change the aperture setting to f/2.8, 3.3, 4, 4.8, 5.6, 6.7, 8 if you have the camera set for no optical zoom.

The aperture setting is shown in the lower left corner of the LCD.

According to the User's Guide (page 11) you use the "Jog Dial" to change the aperture settings while in Aperture Priority mode.


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by HTHMAN / September 18, 2008 2:09 PM PDT
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White balance is off, focus is off and it is underexposed. Set white balance to incandescent and bracket your exposures. Stop the lens down to increase DOF to help your focusing. Try backing off and zooming in-you can always crop the image. Shoot at the highest resolution of your camera if you are not already.

I can not see the Exif data on your image so can't do more than guess.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 18, 2008 2:42 PM PDT
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I believe your camera has manual controls.
Use the Aperture Priority setting with the aperture set to about f/8.
This will likely result in a slow shutter speed, so use a tripod to support the camera.
Set white-balance to incandescent (tungsten).
Make sure that the ISO setting is set to minimum (100 or less).
Use a white drop cloth behind the target (draped to eliminate folds).
Try using two lamps instead of one.
A translucent white cloth between the lamp and the target will help defuse the lighting and soften any shadows.

Here is a link to a free short course on table-top photography:


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simple fix
by B123456H / September 22, 2008 6:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Is my camera dieing?

its a lighting problem (try a diffuser for the lights)

also, i think your white balance might be off a little bit.

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