A ShortCourse Book
Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Photography

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Photography

Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Photography

This clearly written and easy-to understand short course on your Olympus C-5050 Zoom explains step-by-step how, why and when you use your camera's controls for better pictures. This guide is available as a traditional 116 page large-format (8.5 by 11) spiral bound book printed in black and white, and as a full-color, fully searchable PDF eBook you can order on a CD or download instantly.



New, a Short Courses digital photography book for people who own the Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom digital camera and want to get better pictures. This beautifully written and illustrated guide, drawing on the much more comprehensive information on the ShortCourses Web site, pulls together answers to the questions you might have about using the C-5050, including the following:
  • Using Programmed Mode
  • Using Menus
  • Using Quick View
  • Reviewing Images Frame by Frame
  • Managing the Displayed Image
  • Erasing All Images
  • Giving a Slide Show
  • Displaying Picture Information
  • Changing Image Size and Compression
  • Changing Exposure Modes
  • Choosing Situation-related Shooting Modes
  • Using Shutter-Priority Mode
  • Using Aperture-Priority Mode
  • Using Manual Mode
  • Selecting ESP or Spot Metering
  • Using Exposure Compensation
  • Using AE Lock
  • Turning Autoexposure Bracketing On/Off
  • Using Multi-metering
  • Displaying Histograms in Playback Mode
  • Displaying Histograms in Shooting Mode
  • Using Histograms
  • Using the Self-timer/Remote Control
  • Increasing Sensitivity (ISO)
  • Increasing Sharpness of Moving Objects
  • Turning Fulltime AF On and Off
  • Using Focus Lock
  • Using Manual Focus
  • Selecting iESP or Spot Focus
  • Moving the AF Target Mark
  • Increasing Depth of Field
  • Using Focus Lock for Maximum Depth of Field
  • Using Focus Lock for Minimum Depth of Field
  • Reducing Depth of Field
  • Conveying Motion
  • Selecting Auto or Preset White Balance
  • Using One-touch White Balance
  • Storing and Using a Custom White Balance
  • Turning Noise Reduction On and Off
  • Zooming the Lens
  • Turning Digital Zoom On and Off
  • Using Auto Flash
  • Setting the Flash Intensity Control
  • Using Red-eye Reducing Flash
  • Using Fill-in Flash
  • Using Slow Sync Flash
  • Selecting the Slow Sync Flash Mode
  • Turning off the Flash
  • Using Extension Flash
  • Using Macro and Super Macro Modes
  • Increasing Depth of Field in Close-ups
  • Taking Panoramas
  • Using Sequential Photography
  • Shooting a Movie
  • Playing a Movie
  • Creating an Index of Movie Frames
  • Editing a Movie
  • Scrolling through Movie Frames
  • Turning Sound Recording On or Off
  • Adding Sound to Still Images
  • Using Special Effects
  • Adjusting Sharpness, Saturation, and Contrast
  • Editing Images
  • Using the Setup Menu
  • Restoring Default Settings
  • Formatting a Card
  • Creating a Print Order

The book is designed to work with the www.shortcourses.com site. The book explains how to get better pictures but you'll find more on that subject on the site. In addition, there is lots of information on the site about what you can do with your pictures after you've taken them.


Chapter 1
Getting Started with your C-5050

The C-5050-An Overview
Jump Start: Using Programmed (P) Mode
Good Things to Know
Using the Viewfinder and Monitor
Using Dials and Buttons
Using Menus
Managing Your Images
Selecting Image Quality and Size

Chapter 2
Controlling Exposure

Understanding Exposure
Choosing Exposure Modes
Using Situation-Related Shooting Modes
Using Shutter-Priority (S) Mode
Using Aperture-Priority (A) Mode
Using Manual (M) Mode
How Your Exposure System Works
How Exposure Affects Your Images
When Automatic Exposure Works Well
When to Override Automatic Exposure
How to Override Automatic Exposure
Using Histograms

Chapter 3
Controlling Sharpness

Eliminating Camera Movement
Sharpness Isn't Everything
How to Photograph Motion Sharply
Focus and Depth of Field
Controlling Depth of Field
Capturing Maximum Depth of Field
Using Selective Focus
Conveying the Feeling of Motion

Chapter 4
Capturing Light & Color

Where Does Color Come From?
White Balance
Color Balance and Time of Day
Sunsets and Sunrises
Photographing at Night
The Direction of Light
The Quality of Light

Chapter 5
Understanding Lenses

Zoom Lenses
Normal Zoom
Wide-Angle Zoom
Telephoto and Digital Zoom
Portraits with a Zoom Lens
Perspective in a Photograph
Olympus Lens Accessories

Chapter 6
Using Automatic Flash

How Automatic Flash Works
Using Automatic Flash
Portraits with Flash
Using Fill Flash
Using Slow Sync Flash
Using Available Light
Using the FL-40 Dedicated Flash

Chapter 7
Exploring Close-up Photography

Using Macro and Super Macro Modes
Focusing and Depth of Field
Exposures and Backgrounds
Arranging Lighting
Using Flash in Close-ups

Chapter 8
Other Features and Commands

Panoramic Images
Sequential Mode Photography
Shooting Movies
Recording Sound
Special Effects
Sharpness, Saturation, and Contrast
Editing Images
Using the Setup Menu
Initializing Settings-Restoring Defaults
Formatting Cards
Creating a Print Order
Using My Mode


A great photograph begins when you recognize a great scene or subject. But recognizing a great opportunity isn't enough to capture it; you also have to be prepared. A large part of being prepared involves understanding your camera well enough to capture what you see. Getting you prepared to see and capture great photographs is what this book is all about. It doesn't matter if you are taking pictures for business or pleasure, there's a lot here to help you get better results and more satisfaction from your photography.

To get better, and possibly even great photographs, you need to understand both concepts and procedures; the "whys" and "hows" of photography.

  • Concepts of photography are the underlying principles that apply regardless of the camera you are using. They include such things as how sharpness and exposure affect your images and the way they are perceived by viewers. Understanding concepts answers the "why" kinds of questions you might have about photography.
  • Procedures are those things specific to one kind of camera, and explain step-by-step how you set your camera's controls to capture an image just the way you want to. Understanding procedures gives you the answers to the "how" kinds of questions you might have.
This book is organized around the concepts of digital photography because that's how photographers think. You think about scenes and subjects, highlights and shadows, softness and sharpness, color and tone. The procedures you use with the Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom camera are integrated throughout the concepts, appearing in those places where they apply. This integrated approach lets you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use the C-5050 in all kinds of photographic situations.

To get more effective, interesting, and creative photographs, you only need to understand how and when to use a few simple features on your camera such as focus, exposure controls, and flash. If you've previously avoided understanding these features and the profound impact they can have on your images, you'll be pleased to know that you can learn them on a weekend afternoon. You can then spend the rest of your life marveling at how their infinite variety of combinations makes it possible to convey your own personal view of the world. You'll be ready to keep everything in a scene sharp for maximum detail or to blur it all for an impressionistic portrayal. You'll be able to get dramatic close-ups, freeze fast action, create wonderful panoramas, and capture the beauty and wonder of rainbows, sunsets, fireworks, and nighttime scenes.

As you explore your camera, be sure to have fun. There are no "rules" or "best" way to make a picture. Great photographs come from using what you know to experiment and try new approaches. Digital cameras make this especially easy because there are no film costs or delays. Every experiment is free and you see the results immediately so you can learn step by step.

This book assumes you've mastered the mechanics of your camera. It's about getting great pictures, not about installing batteries and connecting your camera to your computer. That information is well presented in the user guides that came with your camera.

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