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Old Mar 1, 2010, 6:37 PM   #11
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You have similar results to the TZ-7 shots because you are doing the very same thing. When shooting without flash the WB has to be adjusted Incandescent/tungsten indicated by the light bulb. You will find this on page 2 of the Shooting Menu.

I realize there is a risk of giving you too many instructions: However, let's do this.

1. Mode Selector to P for Programed Auto

2. Put the ISO to auto ISO, it is the last item on page 1 of the shooting menu.

3. Set the WB to Auto WB, it is on page 2 of the shooting menu.

4. Use the FZ-38's built-in flash unit

5. Keep the camera to subject distance at 12 feet or less.

Please do not attempt no flash shots until we get the Flash Shots under control.

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Old Mar 1, 2010, 6:38 PM   #12
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thank u sarah. Because i've messed with a lot of settings, before i can go ahead with ur recommendations, is there any way of resetting the camera back to factory defaults?
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 6:56 PM   #13
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After following your settings sarah, the images do look much better. Although if you look at the baby photos, the baby, blankets and cot stand out compared to the dark background and it still is kinda dark and a bit dull, don't u think?...i think this is due to flash?


FYI, the following are the settings that the AUTO mode selected for each image

88 - f2.8 1/30 - awb iso400 - flash enabled
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/2318/p1010088bj.jpg

89 - f2.8 1/30 - awb iso320 - flash enabled
http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8454/p1010089bg.jpg

90 - f3.4 1/40 - awb iso200 - flash enabled
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/8631/p1010090ey.jpg

91 - f2.8 1/30 - awb iso320 - flash enabled
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/5889/p1010091s.jpg
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they look about right for a pop-up flash in mixed lighting. you ambient room light seems pretty dark, so asking for studio results in this type of dark situation from a pop-up flash is asking alot.

if you want them a little brighter, find the "flash exposure compensation" in your manual and turn in up to +1/2 or +1 if you need.
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 8:10 PM   #15
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Dustin beat me to it. But, let me show you were the Flash Compensation Menu is located.

1. Power on the FZ-38 with the Mode Selector in "P."

2. Make sure the camera is set to Auto ISO

3. Make sure the WB is et to Auto WB.

4. Slowly and deliberately press the top button on the 4 way controller that is marked with the +/- symbol 4 times, that brings you to the flash compensation menu.

5. While on the Flash Compensation Menu, use the right hand button on the 4 way controller, slowly and deliberately 2 times. Notice that the vertical marker on the Flash Compensation moves two small bars to the right. That indicates that you have commanded a 0.67 F stop increase in the flash output.

6. To dismiss the Flash Compensation Menu, depress the shutter release 1/2 way down. That will return you to your camera's home or capture screen.

7. Now take your photos as I instructed previously, being sure that you are no more than 12 feet from camera to subject.

These instructions are contained right there in your FZ-38 Owner's Manual. You will be amazed at how much you can learn from reading that manual. I seriously recommend reading the Owner's Manual.

And you said you wanted to go to a Nikon D-5000! The FZ-38 is very, very simple, when compared to the D-5000 camera.

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Hi
To reset the FZ38 camera to the default settings
Remove lens cap
Switch on in camera mode
Using the touchpad buttons around the menu/set button follow these steps.
Press menu/set button
Press the left button once
Press the down button twice to select the spanner symbol (setup)
Press the right button to enter the setup menu
Press the down button to scroll down to page 5 - Reset
Press the right button to select reset record settings
Press up to select yes
Press menu/set button to reset to camera defaults
It will then ask if you want to reset setup parameters - select no. (this is the initial camera settings date/time etc)
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 4:43 AM   #17
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For that baby shot , you could also try night potrait mode.I use it quite a lot, results are pleasing.
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thanks alun and hrv.....i'm gonna try some shots and see how it looks...i will get back to you guys in a couple of hrs with the results. Btw, i've got very shaky hands, so which is the best STABILITY mode?
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I have my "stability mode" set to auto.
I suffer from the shakes as well and i have found by using the view finder a big improvement because your holding the camera against your face.
It will feel terrible at first but you will soon get used to it.
Press EVF/LCD
Turn the small focus wheel until the viewfinder gives a nice sharp picture.
Hold the camera properly, not like a tourist!
Support the camera base flat in your left hand with your thumb and forefinger around the barrel, be careful not to cover the auto focus light with your thumb. After holding it this way i have found i get far more "keepers" and less camera shake.
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One more thing you should try after you reset the camera settings to default.
Tonight, when you have your energy saving light bulbs on, set the custom white balance.
In "P" mode press the joystick to bring up the menu
Scroll across to AWB
Scroll down to a "1" with two triangles underneath.
Press display (a square will appear on the LCD)
Point the camera at a white piece of paper or envelope to cover the square (at a distance about 8" to 12")
Press menu set button.
Take some photo's (without the flash) and see what they look like. I found a vast improvement with indoor photo's with this setting.
If you decide to use the flash change back to AWB with flash setting or if you go outside change back to AWB.
The P mode on this camera is very good and usually gives very good results.
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