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Can anyone help me take better pics on my KODAK v570?

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Can anyone help me take better pics on my KODAK v570?

JADavis9
I have had a KODAK v570 for quite a while. I love this camera especially since it also has a wide angel lense which I need sometimes. But there are so many people running around with camera's these days that it has made me realize that some setting must be wrong in my camera. Unfortunately, KODAK doesn't think they need to provide any support for this model for some reason. I can't even find a user's forum where I would ask this question. Here is the camera:
http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/V570_Dual_Lens_Digital_Camera/productID.146586300
When I am indoors and take a pic with or without flash, the area lighting is captured worse than what I see. Way worse. But I see parents around me holding up their silly cell phone cameras or other cameras taking nicely lit pics without a flash.
I'm no photography buff so I don't have a clue what to change. I've scrolled down into the Menu and I see lots of things that I could set. Some are set on Auto, which is probably a good thing for folks like me.
Can anyone jump in and help me?
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    seanferd

    You will have to be a lot more specific. Too dark? Washed-out? Lens flare?

    Some lighting tips, something may address your situation.
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2301026&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=36146

    Basic camera usage:
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=38/13915&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=36144

    Support:
    Chat
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/chat/index.jhtml?pq-locale=en_US
    Email
    http://support.en.kodak.com/app/ask_egain
    Phone
    http://support.en.kodak.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1779

    I don't know if you can manually adjust f-stop or shutter - I don't find a copy of the user guide at all.

    Edit: You may want to check your White Balance and Color Mode, but I'm not sure, as the problem you report is not well-defined.

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    JADavis9

    I try to give as much info as I can think to give, but I guess it wasn't enough. I've thought about it and played with it and realized that my pics display pretty nicely on the viewing screen on the camera. They look plenty bright. But when I put them on my pc they look dark. So probably that is the case with those pics that I see on other people's cameras also. Maybe they are all too dark when viewed on a pc and I just hadn't realized it!
    Anyway, maybe I should just forget about it. I really think I should just leave it set on Auto on most of the settings. I posted my latest pic on my Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=212556225441367&set=a.186644734699183.41767.100000609734900&type=1&theater
    I think that anyone should be able to see it without Friending me. In fact, I don't accept Friend Requests from folks that I don't know personally.
    Here is more info about the camera:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_EasyShare_V570

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    JamesRL

    I will try and take a look tonite, can't use Facebook at work.

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    While that was a great camera back about 6 years ago, it wouldn't take the kind of picture most of us see when flicking through pages like facebook. Even some cell phones have a higher than 5MP these days. I'm of the thought that it's just old and may need replacing. I could tell you to take in to your local camera store to have it looked at, but that usually costs more than buying a new one. Cameras aren't that expensive for the everyday picture taker, maybe nice to invest in a new one. I'm a big fan of tigerdirect.ca they ship in a reasonable amount of time and their prices are pretty good. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=7

    edit to add: while i'm not in the habit of adding folks i don't know either...you;re facebook is an open book, you would be way too easy to find.

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    JADavis9

    Thanks for the input on my Facebook account being too open. That is assuming that were talking about my FB account and not just FB accounts in general. Can you give me advice to shelter myself a bit? I had it wide open on some stuff so that I could have some help resolving a video that wouldn't upload and so my son's Friends can see their school orchestra pics without Friending me. So what and where might I want to shut things down?

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    seanferd

    on how you view the images. They may look significantly different when viewed on different devices.

    It also depends on how you take photos and the lighting conditions. Changing position and angle can make a huge difference.

    Purple also makes a good point about the camera technology. Possibly also a good point about FB , but I don't have an FB account, so I cannot view the pictures.

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    JADavis9

    I think that I'll just stick with what I have for now. I really like the wide angle lense in this camera since I'm in the real estate business and Realtors should use a wide angle to get better shots inside homes to show more of the room and not just the wall on the opposite side of the room!

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    seanferd

    Certainly nothing wrong with that. When you have the opportunity, see what the images look like on other people's devices. If the images always look too dark, use flash when appropriate, and possibly lighten the images in post processing - it isn't a big deal.

    Note also: If you are viewing anything at all on an LCD monitor which looks too dark or light, try viewing the screen from a perfectly level position. LCDs look different depending on the viewing angle due to their nature.

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    JADavis9

    Seanferd. Thanks for telling me that about the LCD monitor and how the viewing position can affect the view. I'm pretty sure that the viewing angle was the difference that I was seeing. I looked at my camera and a pic that I took looked fine on the camera's display but it was a little too dark when I uploaded it to my pc. So that same thing was probably happening when I saw someone standing in front of me taking pics without flash (since flash isn't allowed at some of our kid's school activities like at plays). I would see their pics in the display on their camera and it looked good.
    I'd mark yours as the answer but I don't see a link to do that.
    But I'm sure I could learn to brighten it with my Paint Shop Pro v6.01. Any quickie tips on that?

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    WorkingGirl

    Go to this link: http://support.en.kodak.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18648/selected/true

    It has support with online Chat.

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    chriscmtc

    Probably need to reduce the brightness of the LCD when indoors a bit. Remember that even DLSR's struggle without expensive, "fast" lenses in dim light - If you're not using a flash then you are definitely going to struggle to get a shot that isn't too dark without a lot of motion blur. I suppose the automatic settings on your camera are geared towards getting a crisper image and leaving you with under-exposed pics.

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    JADavis9

    I appreciate your jumping in with some info. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about even what a DLSR is. Oops!
    I do know that this was not a cheap camera when I bought it about 5 or 10 years ago. In fact, it was one of the more pricey digitals and had this nice dual lense thing which added the wide angle feature.
    So I don't know anything about reducing the brightness of the LCD. I wouldn't even know what you mean when you say that.
    Maybe I shouldn't worry about trying to get good shots indoors in a dark room without a flash. I just thought that I was seeing folks around me get nicer lighting on their flashless shots than I was. But maybe they were just being displayed nicer and once they upload them to their pc, theirs will also be too dark.

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    laura.walker

    Your camera's flash is quite small, therefore you need to be within 10 feet or less for the object/person you are photographing. For dark areas, Kodak specs that your camera flash occurs at ASA 200, but you actually need ASA 800 or more for a dark room (newer cell phone cameras can do this). And Kodak says that at ASA 800, your camera has a reduced resolution of 1.8 MPixels (not nice). So, my recommendation, since you like Kodak - look at their Z981 camera (it's on sale $250 - and no I don't work for Kodak). The Z981 is a 14 MP (4:3 format) or 10 MP (16:9 format) digital camera, 720p video, ASA 1600 for dark rooms (at ASA 3200/6400, Kodak again reduces to 5MP), 26x optical zoom (impressive), and a larger stronger flash (remember to stay within 20 feet of your subject), And please, use the viewfinder to compose your photo and avoid using the 3" display - you will find yourself taking better pictures. Have fun.

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    seanferd

    You will have to be a lot more specific. Too dark? Washed-out? Lens flare?

    Some lighting tips, something may address your situation.
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2301026&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=36146

    Basic camera usage:
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=38/13915&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=36144

    Support:
    Chat
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/chat/index.jhtml?pq-locale=en_US
    Email
    http://support.en.kodak.com/app/ask_egain
    Phone
    http://support.en.kodak.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1779

    I don't know if you can manually adjust f-stop or shutter - I don't find a copy of the user guide at all.

    Edit: You may want to check your White Balance and Color Mode, but I'm not sure, as the problem you report is not well-defined.

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    JADavis9

    I try to give as much info as I can think to give, but I guess it wasn't enough. I've thought about it and played with it and realized that my pics display pretty nicely on the viewing screen on the camera. They look plenty bright. But when I put them on my pc they look dark. So probably that is the case with those pics that I see on other people's cameras also. Maybe they are all too dark when viewed on a pc and I just hadn't realized it!
    Anyway, maybe I should just forget about it. I really think I should just leave it set on Auto on most of the settings. I posted my latest pic on my Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=212556225441367&set=a.186644734699183.41767.100000609734900&type=1&theater
    I think that anyone should be able to see it without Friending me. In fact, I don't accept Friend Requests from folks that I don't know personally.
    Here is more info about the camera:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_EasyShare_V570

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    JamesRL

    I will try and take a look tonite, can't use Facebook at work.

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    While that was a great camera back about 6 years ago, it wouldn't take the kind of picture most of us see when flicking through pages like facebook. Even some cell phones have a higher than 5MP these days. I'm of the thought that it's just old and may need replacing. I could tell you to take in to your local camera store to have it looked at, but that usually costs more than buying a new one. Cameras aren't that expensive for the everyday picture taker, maybe nice to invest in a new one. I'm a big fan of tigerdirect.ca they ship in a reasonable amount of time and their prices are pretty good. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=7

    edit to add: while i'm not in the habit of adding folks i don't know either...you;re facebook is an open book, you would be way too easy to find.

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    JADavis9

    Thanks for the input on my Facebook account being too open. That is assuming that were talking about my FB account and not just FB accounts in general. Can you give me advice to shelter myself a bit? I had it wide open on some stuff so that I could have some help resolving a video that wouldn't upload and so my son's Friends can see their school orchestra pics without Friending me. So what and where might I want to shut things down?

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    seanferd

    on how you view the images. They may look significantly different when viewed on different devices.

    It also depends on how you take photos and the lighting conditions. Changing position and angle can make a huge difference.

    Purple also makes a good point about the camera technology. Possibly also a good point about FB , but I don't have an FB account, so I cannot view the pictures.

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    JADavis9

    I think that I'll just stick with what I have for now. I really like the wide angle lense in this camera since I'm in the real estate business and Realtors should use a wide angle to get better shots inside homes to show more of the room and not just the wall on the opposite side of the room!

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    seanferd

    Certainly nothing wrong with that. When you have the opportunity, see what the images look like on other people's devices. If the images always look too dark, use flash when appropriate, and possibly lighten the images in post processing - it isn't a big deal.

    Note also: If you are viewing anything at all on an LCD monitor which looks too dark or light, try viewing the screen from a perfectly level position. LCDs look different depending on the viewing angle due to their nature.

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    JADavis9

    Seanferd. Thanks for telling me that about the LCD monitor and how the viewing position can affect the view. I'm pretty sure that the viewing angle was the difference that I was seeing. I looked at my camera and a pic that I took looked fine on the camera's display but it was a little too dark when I uploaded it to my pc. So that same thing was probably happening when I saw someone standing in front of me taking pics without flash (since flash isn't allowed at some of our kid's school activities like at plays). I would see their pics in the display on their camera and it looked good.
    I'd mark yours as the answer but I don't see a link to do that.
    But I'm sure I could learn to brighten it with my Paint Shop Pro v6.01. Any quickie tips on that?

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    WorkingGirl

    Go to this link: http://support.en.kodak.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18648/selected/true

    It has support with online Chat.

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    chriscmtc

    Probably need to reduce the brightness of the LCD when indoors a bit. Remember that even DLSR's struggle without expensive, "fast" lenses in dim light - If you're not using a flash then you are definitely going to struggle to get a shot that isn't too dark without a lot of motion blur. I suppose the automatic settings on your camera are geared towards getting a crisper image and leaving you with under-exposed pics.

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    JADavis9

    I appreciate your jumping in with some info. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about even what a DLSR is. Oops!
    I do know that this was not a cheap camera when I bought it about 5 or 10 years ago. In fact, it was one of the more pricey digitals and had this nice dual lense thing which added the wide angle feature.
    So I don't know anything about reducing the brightness of the LCD. I wouldn't even know what you mean when you say that.
    Maybe I shouldn't worry about trying to get good shots indoors in a dark room without a flash. I just thought that I was seeing folks around me get nicer lighting on their flashless shots than I was. But maybe they were just being displayed nicer and once they upload them to their pc, theirs will also be too dark.

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    laura.walker

    Your camera's flash is quite small, therefore you need to be within 10 feet or less for the object/person you are photographing. For dark areas, Kodak specs that your camera flash occurs at ASA 200, but you actually need ASA 800 or more for a dark room (newer cell phone cameras can do this). And Kodak says that at ASA 800, your camera has a reduced resolution of 1.8 MPixels (not nice). So, my recommendation, since you like Kodak - look at their Z981 camera (it's on sale $250 - and no I don't work for Kodak). The Z981 is a 14 MP (4:3 format) or 10 MP (16:9 format) digital camera, 720p video, ASA 1600 for dark rooms (at ASA 3200/6400, Kodak again reduces to 5MP), 26x optical zoom (impressive), and a larger stronger flash (remember to stay within 20 feet of your subject), And please, use the viewfinder to compose your photo and avoid using the 3" display - you will find yourself taking better pictures. Have fun.