How to Use the Sony “Cyber-shot” by Abby McCary


									             How to Use the Sony “Cyber-shot”
                   Digital Still Camera
1. Getting the camera. First, you will need to acquire the camera. See Janet
   Bodner, Nina Pardi, Jerry Paris, or the Technical Assistant to learn its secret
   hiding place.
2. Camera power. Turn the camera on. The power switch is on the right of the top
   panel of the camera—it is under what is called the “Mode Dial” where you see the
   letters M, A, S, Scn, and other symbols. To turn the camera on, simply turn the
   power switch in a counter-clockwise direction about ½ inch and hold it there
3. Camera Modes and “Mode Dial”. Once the camera is on, the most important
   component for new users is the aforementioned “Mode Dial.” This little dial
   determines the mode of camera: picture-taking mode, memory mode, set up
   mode, etc.
4. Verifying battery power. If you will be running the camera on battery, you now
   need to verify that you have sufficient battery power. (If you will be plugging the
   camera in during use, skip to step 6). You can determine how much battery
   power you have by checking the small, rectangular screen at the top of the back
   panel. There is a battery-shaped symbol there.
5. Charging battery. If the camera is inadequately charged, it needs to be
   recharged. To do this, use the AC Power Adapter and accompanying cords. One
   end of the cord goes into a wall outlet and the other end goes in the “DC in” port
   found in the bottom left corner of the back panel.
6. Snapping photos. Once you have a fully charged camera in tow, all you need to
   do is go take pictures. Still pictures are taken with the “Mode Dial” turned to the
   little green camera. To take a picture, point the camera, pause to allow auto-
   focus, and then push down the shutter button near the “Mode Dial.” Warning!
   The camera takes an extra moment in preparing itself; therefore, it is imperative
   that when snapping a photo you hold the camera steadily pointing at your target
   until after you see the word, “Recording” in bright red letters on the large screen
   on the back of the camera. You can, alternatively, press down the shutter button
   only partly (you will see a green light), waiting to fully press it until you see a
   clear image in the monitor.
7. Reviewing photos. After you have taken all the pictures you want, you can
   review them by turning the “Mode Dial” to the one shaped like a square with a
   triangle inside (it looks like the “Play” mode on a stereo). You should now see on
   the monitor your most recently snapped photo. Use the forward and back arrows
   located just above the upper-left corner of the main screen to scroll through your
8. Deleting and saving photos. You will probably only want to keep a certain
   number of the photos you take. Scroll back to your first photo (we are still in the
   same mode as in #7). If you want to keep the photo, do nothing. If you want to
   delete the photo, start by hitting the button marked “Menu” (back of the camera)
   while the photo in question is on the main screen. You should then see a small
       task bar on the bottom of the screen. Use the arrows to highlight “Delete” in
       yellow. Then, press the very center of the same button (the one with the arrows).
       Doing so will confirm that you really want to delete the photo. HINT! Press the
       center of that disk-like button very gently—doing so seems to lead to more
       efficient use. Go through all of the photos you took, deleting each one that you do
       not want.
   9. Transferring your photos to a computer. To transfer your photos to a
       computer, you will need to use the 2½’ gray cord. Insert the smaller end into the
       USB port located on the left panel of the camera. The larger goes into the USB
       port located on the bottom of the back of the CPU (the main brain-works of the
       pc). Next turn on the camera. In a moment, a new drive will pop up—usually this
       drive is labeled “Drive G.” (If the “G-Drive” does not pop up, look for it in “My
   10. Locating your photos in the G drive. Once you locate and open the drive
       marked “G,” click on “DCIM.” You should then see a list of each of the photos
       you took in handy file form.
   11. Moving your photos from the drive to their own folder. Because we will not
       be leaving the camera plugged into the computer forever, you next need to move
       your photos to a folder. To do so, simply highlight all the photos (right click and
       drag) and copy and paste them into a hard drive folder.

         Advanced Directions: Changing the Settings
Recommended Camera Settings for OneShot360
*Use the Zoom to exactly fill the digital camera LCD viewer screen with the circular
image. This is done by using the zoom on the back of the camera. If you zoom in too
much, you will lose part of the field of view. If you zoom in too little, you will not get
maximum resolution. Note also that the OneShot image may not be exactly centered in
the LCD screen this is normal.
*Make sure the flash is disabled by pressing the flash section (lightening bolt symbol) of
the control button located to the left of the LCD screen until you see the "flash off" icon
on the LCD.
*To focus your OneShot image with the Sony DSC-S85 camera, press the focus button
and adjust the jog dial until the desired distance is shown on the LCD panel. We
recommend a setting of 3 meters (or 9 3/4 ft.)
*Put your Sony DSC-S85 in aperture priority mode by turning the top mode dial to A
mode which is the symbol for aperture priority.
*Then adjust the jog dial when you are at the f-stop setting press in on the jog dial and
rotate up or down to adjust to an f-stop of 7.1.
*Note: aperture priority mode may not be suitable for low light or some indoor shooting
conditions because the camera will not allow a shutter speed slower than 1/30 of a
second while in this mode. This would mean the image would not be properly exposed if
using a small aperture. To work around this limitation, you can use shutter priority mode,
and use a shutter speed that would give you the desires f#. Also, make sure you are
using a tripod when shooting with a slow shutter speed.
Press the MENU button and use arrow buttons to:
*Under the CAMERA menu, set the white balance. Auto is usually fine for most shots.
*Under the FILE menu, set the image size to 2272x1704 for best quality.
*Under the CAMERA menu, set the Sharpness to "0" for best compromise between tonal
range and contrast.
*Select the self timer by pressing the bottom arrow on the control button.Pressing the
bottom arrow again will shut the timer off.

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