Meeting Sunday July 10, 2011

Liquor Store

Local scene in Orange, Ca

SIG Leader: John Krill, NOCCC 3160

Using the Web to find equipment.

  • Use DPReview to find equipment that fits your requirements.
  • Then go to any one of several online photo stores to find out if you can STILL get what you want. Check for availability and price.
  • Call your local camera store or search the Web for the best price.

Warning: Using the Web to purchase equipment may be a risky business if you have no knowledge of the company you are dealing with. I would advise staying with the better known brands such as:,,,, and some of the larger and better known local photography stores. I learned the hard way what can happen when you go to a online business that have prices to good to be true. I will never to it again. I personally stick with the online businesses that I mentioned above.

Question: Using a flash and setting the correct flash mode. One question that gets asked frequently is: How do I eliminate Red Eye automatically in the camera?

Answer: Many digital cameras have the option to elimenate Red Eye at the time the flash image is recorded but it’s not the default setting. This means you must set Red Eye elimination from the camera’s menu. With the Nikon D40X it is an option from the Flash settings.

Flash mode / flash compensation

Press this button and turn the command dial to change flash mode.

In P, A, S or M modes:
• Flash on
• Red-eye reduction
• Red-eye reduction with slow sync
• Slow sync
• Rear-curtain sync

In Auto / Vari-Program mode:
• Auto flash
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• Flash off

Question: What is the difference between Program Mode and AUTO Mode?

Answer: When you select Program Mode the camera will control the aperture and speed settings. In Auto Mode the camera controls: the ISO, the White Balance, Shutter Speed, finally the Aperture. In short when you use Auto Mode your camera becomes a Point-and-Shoot. Auto Mode controls everything.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.



New Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft SkyDrive. A link will be put here every month to the folder with that months photos.

SkyDrive Photos: Click this link for July 2011 Photos

Picasa Photos: