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Old Dec 7, 2010, 4:55 PM   #1
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Default Best setting for FZ-35

I am newbie FZ-35 owner. Just got it last week. I used a small Cannon P&S before, 99% in auto mode. Hence, I can be considered as a "beginner" to digital photography.

I wanted to get your advise to get started.

In "P" mode, what would be the best setting for -

01. Indoor photos
02. Outdoor photos

My plan is to save 2 settings in custom, and use this, and gradually play with it. You advise will help me make a good start.

So far I have been able to take only a few indoor photos. They have come out OK, but not spectacular.

All you advises will help me get a jump start in my experience with FZ-35.

Thanks in advance for all your advise, suggestions and guidance.

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Old Dec 7, 2010, 7:28 PM   #2
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There are not much 'settings' in P mode. In P mode, As a beginner, you can first experiment, by either using the flash or changing ISO for indoors, depending on the subject (a still subject would do well without flash indoors; but even slight movement would cause quite a blur, when you have to necessarily use flash). As you get the grasp, you can start experimenting with A, S M and macro modes. You can also try adjusting the exposure by altering EV in steps up or down (the up button in the circular dial on the back).

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Old Dec 8, 2010, 7:47 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Panasonic Folder. Here is a simple FZ-35 Tutorial that I put together for beginners.

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Panasonic FZ-35 beginner’s Guide

The easiest way to get started is to first read completely through the Owner’s Manual and charge the battery. When you are ready to take your first photos, do this:

(1) Set “P” on the Mode Selector. “P” stands for Programmed Auto Mode. It is an Automatic Mode that allows the user to make adjustments to the ISO, to the Exposure Compensation, the Flash Compensation, the WB or White Balance, the Burst Mode, the Scene Modes, and the Focusing Options.

(2) Set to ISO to “Auto ISO. You probably want to consider limiting how far the camera can increase the ISO setting by itself. I would recommend that for outdoor photos that you limit the ISO increase to ISO 400. For indoor use limit the ISO increase to ISO 800.

(3) Set the WB to White Balance to “Auto WB” when shooting out doors. If you are shooting with flash indoors you can keep the Auto WB in place. If you are shooting indoors without flash, use tungsten or incandescent WB, it is indicated by the small logo symbol of a light bulb. Set the Flash mode selector to the Auto Flash position. This is not a perfect mode and there are two instances where the camera can be confused on when to deploy the flash.

(4) Set the focus point initially to center point focus. This allows you to select
exactly where the camera will focus. Focus is attained by gently pressing the
shutter release to the half way point. When the camera locks focus, it will signal
that focus lock to you. Now, while holding the shutter release at the half way
point, re-frame your photo as necessary, using the EVF, or Electronic View

(5) When you at pleased with the photo framing, gently depress the shutter to its full length. The emphasis here is on the word gently. Some users refer to the action as squeezing the shutter slowly. The main thing you want to avoid is jabbing at the shutter, as this will cause sudden camera movement overpowering the IS or image stabilization system and blurring the photo.

(6) After the photo has been recorded, check how the exposure looks on the cameras LCD screen. If it is to light, it is over exposed. If it is too dark, it is under exposed. You are looking for the midway point where the properly exposed photo looks like are properly tuned TV set. A photo that is too light can be correct by using Minus Exposure Compensation. Make the initial Minus Exposure Compensation setting EV-0.7, take the photo, and check the result on the camera’s LCD screen. Then increase or decrease the Exposure Compensation to attain the proper LCD screen appearance. If the photo is too dark, you will have to apply Positive Exposure Compensation. Begin with a setting of EV+0.7, and then again adjust the Exposure compensation again, as required to attain the proper LCD screen appearance.

(7) After the photo is taken, you will notice that a flashing red light will blink on the camera. This is an indication that the camera is recording the image to the camera’s flash memory card.

(8) If you are indoors and desire to take a flash photo using the camera’s built-in flash unit (a) check that the Flash Selector is still selected to the Auto Flash mode. (b) recheck that the WB is still set to Auto ISO. (c) Keep the camera to subject distance at 11.5 feet or less to achieve the proper exposure. If you are photographing a group and you must increase the amount of light projected from the camera’s built-in flash unit so that the Flash Range can be increased from the normal maximum Flash Range of 11.5 feet, to a greater value. The adjustment on the Flash Compensation scale works in the same way as Exposure Compensation did. Positive Flash Compensation increases the flash output and the Flash Range. Negative Flash Compensation reduces the flash output and the Flash Range.

(9) If you want to take a close up photo, where the camera to subject distance is 30 inches or less, you will have to select the Macro or Close-up Mode whose symbol is a small Tulip logo. Again the same photo taking procedure will apply. Gently depress the shutter release to the half way point, the camera locks the focus and give you the focus locked signal. Re-frame your focus as necessary after allowing the camera to focus on the exact point desired. If the photo environment’s lighting is low, select the flash, WB , and Auto ISO, as previously described. The built-in flash unit will reduce the light output of the flash due to the reduced Flash Range between camera and subject in this Macro or Close-up mode. After taking your close-up photo check the camera’s LCD screen for proper exposure. If the exposure is too light or too dark you will use the Exposure Compensation procedures outlined above. If you are taking the Macro or Close-up photo while employing flash, once again check the LCD screen for proper exposure. If the result is too light or too dark, you will use the Flash Compensation feature as described previously.

(10)As lighting conditions change you will have to adjust your camera’s WB to get
the correct color in your photo. There are fixed WB settings for bright sunshine,
cloudy or foggy conditions, tungsten or incandescent lighting, and for fluorescent
lighting (several varieties).

(11)Keep in mind that there are indeed minimum focus distances for each lens
position. In the Macro or Close up mode, the minimum focus distance is 2.5
inches. In the normal focus mode, without any zooming, the minimum focus
distance is 36 inches, or 3 feet. As the camera zooms out further, expect the
minimum focus to also increase. So, if the camera will not lock focus, the
problem is most probably that you are at less than the minimum focus distance
for that lens setting.

(12) The better the light, the better your photos will be. As the light level decreases
measurably you will find the photo quality will fall and the camera will have a
harder time recording your photo. So good light is essential to good photos.

(13) Photographers are like concert pianists: the more you practice and learn, the
better your photos will be.

(14) Take your time and learn how the changes that you make to your camera,
directly affect how your camera records your photo.

(15) Here is a quick review of the options on your Mode Selector:

IA= Intelligent Auto. Keep in mind that the ISO range can be selected in the camera menu as well.
P=Programed Auto. This works just like Full Automatic only it allows you to make some changes to ISO, flash options, Exposure Compensation, Flash Compensation, White Balance etc.
S=Shutter Priority. You select the shutter speed and the camera adjusts for the proper exposure by adjusting the aperture.
A=Aperture Priority. You select the aperture and the camera automatically sets the proper exposure by adjust the shutter speed.
M=Manual Mode. You select the shutter speed and aperture and the camera reports if your selection will produce the produce the proper exposure, by displaying the wrong exposure in red color and the correct exposure in green color. So understand that using the Manual Mode will require some manual adjustments on your part.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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Great post ^ (though I haven't finished reading) XD but here are some pointers:

If you are in a environment with lots of light, try to always use ISO 100.

If you have time and want to learn how to optimize pictures, use the M (Manual mode). In this mode, instead of just changing exposure, you control the exposure's perimeters (aperture and shutter speed). to learn more about these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk78nH3d8hU

Keep in mind the youtube link generalizes, and there is much more to learn, but it is definitively a great start to improve your pictures

If in M mode, with good lighting conditions OR perfectly still subjects, use an aperture of f4~f5.6 and ISO 100, while compensating the exposure with the shutter speed.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 5:32 PM   #5
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nice to see you around again Sarah Joyce!

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Old Dec 8, 2010, 6:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for the beginners info !
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Old Dec 9, 2010, 11:39 AM   #7
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Thanks everybody, and particularly mtclimber for your guidance. I will play around a little more with the camera, and get back.

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Old Dec 10, 2010, 3:31 PM   #8
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hey n-ster good to see you introducing people to our beginners video lol!
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 3:31 PM   #9
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hi everyone,new to this site and an absolute begginner with digital cameras. i took delivery today of a panasonic fz35,turns out its a US import and supports NTSC only. as i live in UK which PAL format,can anyone tell me what problems i will have with and of anyway round the problems? any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you
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Old Dec 28, 2010, 8:33 PM   #10
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Sarah Joyce,

Thanks for all the info. Center point focus is that a setting? ISO I assume is the setting that has sensitivity beside it on the menu. I have read and reread the manual but find it not helpful. For instance what and when to use the FOCUS button, what and when to use the AF/AFtulip/MF button, what and when to use the AF/AE lock button.
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