The most important aspect of working with any digital camera is learning the
limitations of the camera and figuring out a workaround. It is crucial to test
the camera in a wide-variety of situations, learn what effect those situations
have on the images and then learn how to get what you want out of the image.
In order to get the best results from any low to midrange digital camera, you
must use some type of image editing software. I use Photoshop, but I
am sure most people don't want a $600 program for a $200 camera. One option
is that you could look for a version of Photoshop 5.0 LE (Limited Edition) bundled
with a scanner or purchase it separately on Ebay for around $50. For all of
the adjustments I have made with the images here, I could have used the LE version.
There are also a number of other image editing applications that can perform
the same changes. Check your hard drive, you may already have one.
Lighting - The biggest limitation I have found with the EyeModule2 is
the fact that it takes poor images in low-light. If you really want the image
and the lighting is poor, you will find that there are three "contrast"
settings built into the camera (upper right hand corner of screen - Brighten,
Normal, and Darken). Set the camera to Brighten and be very still while taking
the shot. Later, you'll find that you can probably improve or rescue the image
Focal distance - Although the E2 is rated at 18" to infinity, you
will find that images in the far-off distance will not have much detail to them.
Unless you are taking a picture of something that is enormous (Shaq, for example),
you can expect images that are a considerable distance will lose quite a bit
of detail and seem to "run together." The fix for this is simple,
don't take the shot or get closer.
DON'T MOVE - the E2 threw me for a loop the first time
I used it. I figured that it would work exactly like the original, so I slid
it in, and started taking pictures. Not one of them turned out. Each one looked
distorted and blurry. With the original EyeModule you just point and click,
you instantly grab the shot. With the E2, there is a short delay between when
you press the capture button and when it takes the shot. Until the Visor asks
you if you want to save the image, for goodness sake don't move a muscle. Once
I figured this out, every shot I took came out perfect.
Take Three - If the lighting or other variables aren't
ideal, then I suggest you take at least three shots. I always take two shots
in case one doesn't turn out, plus if I am not sure about the lighting, I will
take another with a different contrast setting.
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