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Offline benshannon

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Photography in caves advice
« on: January 27, 2019, 12:53:08 pm »
Hey guys,
wondered if I could get a few pointers please.
I bought a second Olympus tough TG610 off of ebay. I know its old, but it was cheap and a start. do you guys leave the camera on auto settings or select other modes for cave pics?
im sorry to say that im one of those people that take pics with their phone, so id like to try a get in photography a bit more for them instabangaz.

thanks for any advice.

Offline JTebbutt02

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 12:56:31 pm »
I always have my camera in manual mode when shooting in caves.

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 01:01:10 pm »
can I ask why please mate?

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 01:44:34 pm »
can I ask why please mate?

it gives you more control over the settings, and as most cameras are not designed to go underground you can change the settings until you are happy with the photo, settings like iso and shutter speed.

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 01:57:22 pm »
Not sure what modes the TG610 has but I tend to mostly use Handheld Starlight on my TG4. It takes a load of snaps at slightly different exposures and stitches them together to give a sort of 'best' result. I find manual settings too awkward and time consuming to use on a compact like the TG4. Seems to work more often than not and occasionally I get something I'm quite happy with, such as the one below, taken on the last trip I did. It's straight off the camera, with no tweaking. I just try to be creative with the lighting and composition but try to work quickly as it's usually just snaps taken on standard trips, not specific photo trips.

Offline Ian Ball

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 02:43:15 pm »
https://www.wildplaces.co.uk/11-photographyhttp://bcra.org.uk/pub/cs/?j=4


Descent editor Chris Howes knows his onions


Cave Studies series 4 is from before digital cameras but might be worth a read

Offline andys

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 02:49:58 pm »
https://www.wildplaces.co.uk/11-photographyhttp://bcra.org.uk/pub/cs/?j=4


Descent editor Chris Howes knows his onions


Cave Studies series 4 is from before digital cameras but might be worth a read

I think those should have been separate URLs:

https://www.wildplaces.co.uk/11-photography and
http://bcra.org.uk/pub/cs/?j=4
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Offline The Old Ruminator

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Re: Photography in caves advice
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 06:54:57 pm »
The TG 610 came out in 2011 and appears to be a robust and good camera for caving use.

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-tough-tg-610-digital-compact-camera-review-16440

Most of my stuff is pretty immediate and unposed so generally I use Programme Auto. I Auto can give some good effects but the camera automatically opens the shutter and ramps up the ISO which can give a grainy appearance. Working with the adjustable Yongnuo slave fired flash can give good results and back scatter can be illuminated with the flash exclusion box we posted on here. Of course the TG 4 works with Olympus Live Composite mode with which you can light paint larger areas. Always aim to take a load of photos with this sort of camera then eliminate the bad shots. It helps to be handy with an editing programme as well. Best advice is to play around with it and get used to the settings.