Friday, November 23, 2007
I turn the instant review off during astrophotography as it messes with my night vision. You can dim the display as we will discuss in the set-up menu.
I'm a bit confused why you would need a digital preview on a digital camera, I mean, just take a photo, check it in playback and if it's a keeper then you're good. If not just delete it (or not) and take another. Keep at it till you get it right. Once you get a keeper, protect the image so you can perform a delete all later if your card gets full. What would annoy me is if the preview was a keeper since it can not be saved. Maybe we can request this in a later version of firmware.
The black and white filter converts the color image to grayscale. You can use the rear thumbwheel to choose to convert all 3 color channels evenly or you can convert each color channel independently. You can not however mix your own levels of each color channel. That would be a nice feature for a later firmware upgrade.
However in the color tinting section I will show you how you can create black and white images with varying tones.
Not much more to say about that filter.
You can color tint any image, be it color or greyscale. Use the front thumbwheel to select which color tint you want to use and use the rear thumbwheel to select the amount of color from subtle to vibrant in 3 concise steps. :)
You can save each filtered image and add additional filters to it to create mid-tones and mid-tints.
To create 2 greyscale images with different tones, first create a greyscale using all 3 channels. Save it. Preview the new image and color tint it red. Save it. Preview the new image and color tint it cyan. This turns the image back to greyscale.
Now repeat the same process on the original black and white image and use magenta and green as the 2 colors.
Now compare the 2 converted images in playback by quickly switching between them and you will see the subtle differences. You can create other tinted black and white images by using different colors other than the complimentary secondary colors and fine tuning can be tweaked by adjusting the amount of the filter with the rear thumbwheel.
Me personally I do not like the results on people, but you may.
Don't forget to hit OK to save any of these filter effects.
You can select the interval to be 3, 5, 10, or 15 seconds. The repeat playback setting puts the slideshow in a continuous loop.
This is nice if you have spent all day photographing a group event and what to show the images at a gathering afterwards. Weddings, regattas, sports/field day all come to mind.
Don't forget to pack your PC/Video cable in your camera bag before you leave for the event.
And that rounds out the Playback menu.