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Old Apr 6, 2005, 12:48 PM   #41
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These are some of mytips.

Use an exposure bias of –1/3.

Avoid extremes, the FZ at maximum ISO, aperture f2.8, maximum and minimum zoom. Use 4X for quick shooting candids.

Use Nikon 6T or 4T for most average micro work. Use Tcon14B, Raynox DCR1540 for telephoto and the Tcon 07 Tcon08 and DCR6600 for wide-angle enhancement. Use step rings with filters not TCs. Yes, they mechanically work but they degrade picture quality.

If you get a TC, use it within the bounds of the best picture quality. Wide-angle lens should only be used at 1-2X. Telephoto extenders depending on their magnification between 6X and 12X.

The least used TC is the wide angle. Wide angles by design will distort. The question is if the addition of the vista and the distortion creates an image worthy of attention. With just a short bit of training, anyone can learn to make a multi shot panorama. This, when done correctly, will always show less distortion.

Other lenses connect to the camera but they sacrifice too much image quality for the achieved goal.

The FZ works great with standard filters like the Hoya dual coated filter line. The camera does not need a circular polarizer it works better with a linear polarizer.

Do not buy an expensive tripod unless you are doing video or cinema photography. Any mid weight 3 - 7 pounds or $30.00 - $70.00 can do the job. The still camera dose not need a super panning unit. It is put on the pod for a rigid surface.

It is not a sun hood or lens shade it is a lens hood, and protects the front element from exposure to ambient light. These rays, which zoom lenses are least tolerant of, can cause visible glare or wash out the colors in your pictures. Use a lens hood except when it gets in the way of your flash. I good lens hood can offer more picture quality then the finest filter. Hama multi-lens collapsible is the best around.

Avoid post card shots. I or we are not that interested in what you saw. We are interested in your impression of what you saw.

Try to imagine the picture and subject from a slightly different angle and then frame it that way in the viewfinder. Use OIS mode 2 and Manual focus.

The more light the better.

Control the light.

Get close and keep images simple.

Learn to take good pictures, before you become the maestro of PP start with trying to get the best possible image straight from the box. PP is just as much an art as the capture it should be used as an invisible enhancement art not the focal point.

It is rewarding but nobody said it was going to be easy.
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Old Apr 6, 2005, 2:34 PM   #42
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1. Be patient

2. Don't expect tons of 'good frames' to choose from while out with the cam; You need to develop an eye for them (by just shooting/experimenting a lot). Don't forget to look back every now and then; An interesting frame could just as well be behind you (be carefull with traffic )

3.Never skip a 'potential good frame'

4. Get yourselves adecent tripod, and use it a lot

5. Take your time for the shot.

6. Use bracket in difficult lightcirumstances (best with tripod), and (learn to) blend

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