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Old Apr 15, 2010, 1:35 AM   #1
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Default Yes, I finally bought an FZ38...some help pls

Hi everyone, finally after reading and reading, and thinking and studying, I decided not to start with a DSLR but got the FZ38 instead.

First impressions, thoughts:
  1. Wow this camera is small but complicated!!! (Im a complete starter so pls forgive me). Glad I didnt start with a DSLR.
  2. Ive been taking shots indoors on P mode and IA mode. Not so nice, nothing worth posting here....
  3. Pls help me with focus...I seem to be struggling with that one...any particular setting I can keep the camera on to get those lovely sharp photos I am seeing here?
Well let me keep trying to figure this out...Im sure my pics will improve with time.

Hints and tips MOST WELCOME!!!
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 3:12 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new purchase!

For good close ups (macro) you want to use the macro function on the dial, which looks a bit like this:



One thing to bear in mind when doing close ups is that the focus area is extremely small so you need to carefully choose which part of the subject you want to be in focus. Here is an example of some pens in a tin, using the close up mode in a sunlit room, point and shoot - notice how small the area of focus is, but it's SHARP!




Experiment with the different modes and do as much research as you can - things like shutter speed, ISO speed, and aperture are the "bread and butter" of photography and you need a good understanding of them to make good use of the FZ38!
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 3:56 AM   #3
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Davi,

Thats a lovely photo. For me the challenge seems to be with focus, I understand aperture and shutter speed and ISO, I took a few classes before buying, but this autofocus seems to really confuse me.

I will endeavour and lets see if I can post a photo as good as yours!!
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Spot focus in the P mode helps a lot.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 9:48 AM   #5
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few more shots, pls give me feedback... thank you!!!
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They look pretty good to me - looks like you're budding into a fine photographer.
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Agree with Clint, your photography is really blossoming.
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Thanks for the compliment. It's worth mentioning that the AF can be a weakness of the FZ38, so take comfort in that! Since returning from my holiday I've been able to properly scrutinise my snaps on the HD monitor and, to my disappointment, back-focus has reared its ugly head in some of the pics. But I'll probably be parting with the camera anyway so it's no biggy.
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Thanks, Clint, Greg...

Davi, whats back-focus?
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One more pic I took last night, any thoughts, hints, feedback?
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