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In Topic: Nikon Minolta - Dimage Z5

09 May 2006 - 05:54 PM

QUOTE (davidp2 @ May 2 2006, 09:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If any one can help I will be very happy.
I own a Di mage Z5 and every time when I lift the flash up to activate it the camera won't respond to the "shot trigger" and it won't even focus. I checked the settings and that the batteries are strong enough but nothing.
Not sure what to do?

Hi, I started with Z3 and then z5 and never had a problem, are you waiting for the flash indicator to tell you there is full charge before trying?... I would go into a camera shop which stocks them and ask to look at another shop model, try it out, and if that works ok with what you are doing, then you will know its your particular camera and see about getting it fixed, or ring Konica minolta, you can get technical help, if you go to the website you can find the details....

good luck

In Topic: Photographer Of The Year....

08 May 2006 - 11:49 AM

QUOTE (stewart bywater @ May 7 2006, 12:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's a nice idea, but when you get people like Piddling Pete, who award 1/10 for pictures which are clearly better than that, it ruins everybody's fun. Perhaps if there was a select panel of judges chosen from respected members of the community it could work. You would have to look at every single photo submitted in the year though, and rate it! ohmy.gif

ah, what I meant was that Mark (or whoever) chooses a top ten (or five) or whatever, on a monthly basis, and they are voted on by members of the blog in the same way as POTW, who have contributed to that category, eg macro and then over the year , say if I had 10 pics chosenin macro, and they had come fifth in voting, I would get 10x6 points to go towards my annual total . so theoretically, someone with two good photos (they would get a '10', the scale would have to be reversed) going down to 10th position (a '1') eg
1st = 10 points towards annual total
2nd = 9 points
3rd= 8 points
down to last position with 1 point (or joint positions if scores are tied)
eg five firsts would be 50 points, but if I had one chosen for POTM (or however often it ran) 10 times and come 6th, I would also be equal on 50 points at the end of the year. This is to make sure a couple of one-hit wonders would not steal all the thunder, and someone who regularly contributed good quality shot on a regular basis would also be recognise. Phew. I know that makes a simple theory sound complicated, but its not, honest!

Hope that clarifies it, but I've a feeling I've just muddied the water!! lol

j. laugh.gif

In Topic: Exposure For Newbies?

06 May 2006 - 02:05 PM

QUOTE (explorationredwing @ May 1 2006, 06:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey there. I'm a relatively new member who has tried to be active on this site. I've posted some pics, and I have been looking forward to hearing what people have to say and learning from their advice. I have posted on this forum, and left comments on a few other users' photos, but have so far had only one member who dropped by and took the time to comment on my own work. I'm not sure how much activity one ought to expect, but my real question is two-fold:
1) what else can I do personally to try and "promote" my gallery (which is small just yet, but will hopefully be growing)? and
2) could some program be put into place, like a "new member of the week" for example, to help newcomers become part of the community and generate traffic to their gallery?

Thanks so much,

Laura (explorationredwing)

Hi Laura, I have been thinking along similar lines, and posted a comment under title 'photographer of the year'... its sort of along those lines. It would be nice for new members to have a specific 'bit', but you would have to realise that not all members just joining are 'newbies' in the true sense, some may be quite established photographers in their own rights. I think you've just got to keep leaving comments and feedback, and what goes around comes around, folk will visit you in return, and as you learn and improve, the comments and ratings will improve with them.

good luck wink.gif

In Topic: Ratings Lately

04 April 2006 - 09:37 AM

Hey, that's what it's all about! biggrin.gif

In Topic: Competitions- Being Fair

04 April 2006 - 09:31 AM

cheers, paul 77

the ratings are tricky, I think because very poor photos can be from very young or inexperienced photographers it would be aweful to dicourage them from what can be a very rewarding absorbing hobby, passtime or possible vocation, and not generally a hazard to health,like some of the stuff young folk get into these days! I rate more generously with new posters who are obviously on the learning curve to give encouragement, and harder on the folk who regularly put in top class shots, so I nit pic more on the small faults as I see them (and I am only able to do this as folk have done the same for me).

when I started posting on the blog, someone mentioned 'noisy' and I had no clue what they meant. chromatic aberration was another. I only just twigged that from a comment on one of my landscapes which specifically pointed it out so I understood. now I know and try to make sure this does not feature in shots!

also, there is huge difference in the ability of various different formats and types of cameras, mp count etc. I have noticed that my early pics with the z3 had their limitations, but also produced some pretty nice shots, even if they could not have been enlarged to any great degree with success. but I learnt mostly from looking at great shots here, the comments made on them, and my own. now I regularly get highish ratings for pictures that in my opinion are ok, so at least my thinking is relatively in tune now!(I hope) and my ability to recognize a good shot is one hundred percent better than 12 months ago.

but taste differs widely. and the time I am able to spend glued to dozens of pics without the whites of my eyes turning the colour of chopped liver, so I tend to stick to the thumbs that stand out for me before I comment!

the funny thing is, the poorest shots are not the ones attracting the low ratings from these folks! its the better ones, so I leave it for the enlightened to work out what their motives are!

best wishes