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So, i've just bought an Olympus E-400 second hand, and figured I'd use it to photograph my upcoming buildlog.

I've only ever taken photos on vacation or when I'm drunk, so I've never really put too much into tweaking the settings to achieve the best quality.

I do however know what the different settings are and to some extent also what they do, but I was wondering if anyone could help me by recommending some settings that'll work when taking detailed closeups of my parts and case?

Thanks!
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Never. Ever. everevereverever use the AUTO function. Shoot in Manual mode or one of the others. Shoot in RAW format if the camera supports it. JPEG is very lossy.

Those are the two most important parts.

Did it come with a manual? It should explain most of the modes. Generally you will want to shoot in Manual and learn to play with all the various settings to get the pictures you want. To be honest, some of my best shots were the ones where I wasn't even trying.

Oh. And a monopod.
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Do ALOT of reading and start practicing.

A good light source and tri/mono pod will be a great asset as well.
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Might want to check this out. how-photograph-your-rigl
    
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Light is very important, make sure to take the pictures in a well lit environment.
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Don't use the flash -- as others have said, setting up some lighting makes a huge difference. Getting a tripod or something lets you use slower shutter speeds and more creativity with lighting.
    
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