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Old Mar 3, 2010, 12:21 PM   #41
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A blurred background occurs very infrequently with small imager P+S cameras. The is a feature that is unique to DSLR cameras.

The expectation among posters is that fellow posters will indeed read the Owner's Manual to learn basic elements of the camera. That is an important issue. Program Shift is right there in the manual.

For now, please, let's just focus on the basics. Use the camera in the the "P" for Programed Auto mode, and make adjustments as needed. Build up some experience.

On a camera of this caliber, and far more so with the Nikon D-5000, there is no one size fit all kind of setting, that will properly handle every photo situation. You are going to have to learn to make a few adjustments, and to develop some experience.

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As u said sarah, i'm gonna stick with P mode for now. Out of interest, can i not make a person stand further back, then use macro zoom? Also i'm sure i've read somewhere, that the camera can be forced to focus on one subject and the rest of the background would automatically be blurred out.
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Ignore this post. I came in way late on this conversation!

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As u said sarah, i'm gonna stick with P mode for now. Out of interest, can i not make a person stand further back, then use macro zoom? Also i'm sure i've read somewhere, that the camera can be forced to focus on one subject and the rest of the background would automatically be blurred out.
Unfortunately, macro modes require your being very, very close to the subject and are pretty much useless for shooting anything bigger than flowers/insects, etc.
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As I am positive you will find in the Owner's Manual, the Macro Mode begins at the minimum focus distance for the camera lens, when in the Macro Mode, and extends out to only 30 inches.

Macro Mode is not something you use when you are more than 30 inches from your subject.

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Old Mar 3, 2010, 6:48 PM   #46
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My view is that just about any camera can take a good PIX when the lighting is good, but indoors & especially low light separates good cameras from not as good & good photographers from not as good.

Try to squeeze good photos out of a small sensor (ie, non-DSLR) indoors & in low light is an art form. Amazing results can be accomplished, but not easily. In such situations, one needs to know their camera well & be able to assess & use the available light. This will take time & hands on practice. When you think about it, cameras are quite complicated & photography requires juggling three or more parametrics in ones mind (Shutter, WB, ISO, F-Stop, EV, Flash Intensity, etc.). In a sense, to get good PIX with a small sensor system in difficult conditions, YOU must become the camera (derive the settings mix in your mind). Just my two cents.
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Why not take your picture with normal setting (IA or P mode) at the distance your prefer. Try with flash and without. Then edit the picture as Sarah suggested by "blurring" the background in your Corel Paint Shop or Adobe?

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I don't have the FZ38 but I assume it's similar to the FZ28, which I have. You get to Program Shift by half-pressing the shutter button and then the joystick. A box will enclose the aperture/shutter speed values. Use the up/down keys to change the values. This is on page 51 of the FZ35 user manual. One thing the FZ28 manual does not tell is that you must make sure iISO is set to OFF otherwise PS is not available. The same may be true for the FZ35, so you might want to play with this setting to see whether it works or not.
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Try to squeeze good photos out of a small sensor (ie, non-DSLR) indoors & in low light is an art form............
Well put - Could not agree more... thus the reason I disable the "Auto"
& "Intelligent" functionality of the camera as much as possible!!
Since doing that I've been able to vastly improve my low light images.
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Just a follow-up, how's the camera coming along amateurman?
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