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Old 11-25-2013, 11:07 AM
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Default Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

I am trying to take fly tie PICs and they aren't turning out well (extremely burry). Not sure if it's the camera, or perhaps I need different lighting or technique? Here is the camera......

Kodak Easy Share Z915
10X Optical zoom, 10MP
Lense is labeled Kodak Retinar Aspheric 10X Optical Image Stabilized
Probably about 5 years old

I'm not really interested in buying an expensive camera to take pics of flies so hopefully this cam has some potential to get it done.
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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

If it's blurry then make sure the image stabilization (IS) is on. I would also use a mini tripod (Gorillapod) and set the camera to a 2-3 second delay. This will give the camera time to stop vibrating after you hit the shutter button. Also make sure you're not too close and within the min distance for shooting. It should have a F3.5 lens which fast enough to capture the details you want and come out clear. Good luck.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:30 AM
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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

Look on your camera modes for a flower symbol or "macro" mode. Turn this setting on, and take the picture of your fly from 3-12" away, depending on how your autofocus works. Having a plain colored background will also help the camera find it's subject. DO NOT use the digital zoom feature. That just pixelates your image more.

If you feel the fly is too small in the image, open up Paint, or other simple photo editor and crop the area that you want to showcase.



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Click the first link to the PDF here called "KODAK EASYSHARE Z915 Digital Camera" and go to page 13 and 14 for an explanation on how to turn on Macro mode.
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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

Thanks guys. I will try your tips. I just noticed it has a reset mode which should take it back to factory settings. My daughter has been using this camera a lot for social media so I have no doubt she jacked with adjustments and possesses no camera expertise. Not that it is a high end camera, but it wasn't 79 bucks either and I thought a 10X optical zoom should have some potential for this.

Also, I am getting in real close, then hitting the zoom. It momentarily looks good on the lcd screen but quickly blurs before I can snap a pic.
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All you need is a macro setting or a macro zoom setting then use the system I outlined here:


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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

My flies are supposed to fit in a coffee cup?

J/K I'll try that today. I got the camera in macro mode now. Optical zoom not a bit helpful at this point.
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go to my blog or GOOGLE and search for "my take on fly photography"

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a light box or whatever else is not needed to take fly photos

read the manual
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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

If you have a high end smart phone such as a galaxy SIII for iphone5, etc most of these phones are 8 megapixels or more and have macro settings.

Besides that with your camera make sure macro setting is on. If you are in macro setting and your image is still blurry without zoom and youre as close as you can get, try zooming in a little and holding your camera out further away. I use my phone with macro settings and get exceptional macro, detailed, photos. I know your camera is better than my phone so you can do it!

heres a macro pic of two stoney nymphs i took with my phone, then cropped it so they fill almost the whole picture. Now i know the one on the right is a little blurry because it focused on the guitar pick but it works pretty good! Macro setting is a must! Good luck! plus everyone elses advice should get you set just fine!

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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

It is nice to have a formal light box for photographing flies. However, when I need to take good photos of flies at a fly tying expo or conclave, I get out my styrofoam cup and clip and use the tiers lamp to get a macro photo of the flies I want to tie later on. You can't do that with a standard light box.

When I demo tie, I have a cup with a larger porthole for the camera lens and I let folks who want photos of my flies to use it to take their own macros with their own cameras.

You can use a larger styrofoam or white plastic cup from the gasoline convenience stores for larger flies. Any cup that diffuses light will work as a mini light box.
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Default Re: Minimum camera features to take a fly PIC?

Thanks to all. Macro, no zoom and the Styrofoam cup trick got me 80% of where I need to be with a couple minutes effort. I only had one cup handy so I will experiment more later using the light I have. Right now I am taking pics with hacked cup holes in the background so I may not be doing it quite right yet. The pics look nearly good enough already.

The fly/cup size comment was more directed at Ted. His musky flies would require a 5 gallon bucket and stadium lighting to use your trick.

Flytire I will check your site for methods.
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