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Old Jul 27, 2010, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default FZ35 - Long exposures? and settings question

hey, i am a new fz35 owner. I had asked a few questions in a previous post about settings and didn't really get any answers. i followed Sarah's settings but i am still wondering what is everyone's settings set at. I understand they change depending on the shot but i haven't seen a lot of the settings in p mode.


Picture Size: 12m
Quality: Stock settings for highest quality
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
ISO intellegent ISO: on
Sensitivity [ UNEDITABLE IN GREY]
ISO limit set i have it on auto, but i read 400-outside & 800- inside...what should i be using?
White balance AWB which i understand i can edit on lighting
FACE RECOG OFF
AF mode - [ . ] spot
PRE AF - Q-AF
AF/AE Lock AF/AE
Metering mode [{.}] spot
I EXPOSURE off -dont know what this is
MIN SHUTTER SPEED [ UN-EDITABLE IN GREY] why is this non-editable?
Digital Zoom [off] [ UN-EDITABLE IN GREY]
Color effect [off]
Picture ADJ
Contrast +1
Sharpness +1
Saturation +1
Noise Reduction -1
[Read these setting on sarahs post and have adjusted them depending on light]
Stabilizer AUTO
AF ASSIST LAMP on
FLASH SYNCRO 1st
RED EYE REMOVAL off
CONVERSION off
CLOCK


Im going on a trip in 3 weeks across country and really want to try to figure out what settings to use besides the IA

What would i do if i want to take pictures of scenery? in p mode above would you change anything?

and what about close ups of people?


how do you take long exposure photographs? when i go away i want to take some long exposure shots with my tripod.


i see a lot of people who take them a lot and dont know how to do them

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Old Jul 27, 2010, 3:57 AM   #2
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You want the ISO as low as possible to get clean, noise-free pictures. Outside where it's light you shouldn't need to go above 400. Inside where it's darker you might need to go up to 800. I personally leave it at 800 and use Topaz Denoise if I need it.

You have metering mode on area, not spot. The icons are counter-intuitive. I use area.
[{.}] = area
[{ }] =centre-weighted
[ . ] = spot

I-Exposure is like a very weak HDR in-camera - it lightens the shadows a bit (but not worth bothering about in my experience)

Min-shutter speed is uneditable because you have Intelligent ISO on - this controls the 'speed of the film' and the shutter speed to get a properly exposed photo.

I set contrast,saturation,sharpness to 0 and noise reduction to -2 because I prefer to tweak in post-production.

On your other questions, if using the tripod, turn of the image stabilizer.

The above settings will work well for most stuff but you might as well just try them before you go so you're practiced. Also, try the built in scene options. There are good presets for scenery, portraits and long-exposure star-trails. For other long exposure work I think you want to be in shutter priority mode (S) but I haven't used that much myself yet.
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Picture Size: 12m
Quality: Stock settings for highest quality
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
ISO intellegent ISO: OFF! I ALWAYS use iso 80 to get free noise results. Anything above ISO100 will get to much noise, becoming really awful with ISO 400 or higher.
Sensitivity [ UNEDITABLE IN GREY]
ISO limit set: ISO 100
White balance Custom WB (the kelvin scale)
FACE RECOG OFF
AF mode - spot and 11 point AF
PRE AF - Q-AF
AF/AE Lock AF/AE
Metering mode: Multi
I EXPOSURE off
Color effect [off]
Picture ADJ
Contrast 0
Sharpness +2
Saturation +1
Noise Reduction 0
[Read these setting on sarahs post and have adjusted them depending on light]
Stabilizer AUTO and OFF when using a tripod
AF ASSIST LAMP on
FLASH SYNCRO 1st
RED EYE REMOVAL off
CONVERSION off
CLOCK

An example of a long exposure.
F 3.6
ISO 80
Shutter speed: 60 sec
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Edufloyd - Thats just an outstanding shot. Makes you feel just like you are standing there. Great existing light/flash assist work.

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thank you so much for the replies.


edufloyd - is the settings you listed above for a long exposure shot? or is it for all the time? setting the iso to 80?


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I just set the camera in P MODE and proceeded to shut off ISO. Min shutter speed is now editable so i went through it and it has from 1/250th - 1 second


how do you obtain longer exposures? I went into the star mode and was able to set 15/30/and 60 seconds. is that what people are using?

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Edufloyd - Thats just an outstanding shot. Makes you feel just like you are standing there. Great existing light/flash assist work.

Kenny
Thanks Kenny for your words!
Actually I didn't use the flash in this shot. It's incredible how much light the sensor captured, cause the shot was taken in nearly complete darkness, the only light I could see it's the one at the end of the tunnel.
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thank you so much for the replies.


edufloyd - is the settings you listed above for a long exposure shot? or is it for all the time? setting the iso to 80?


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I just set the camera in P MODE and proceeded to shut off ISO. Min shutter speed is now editable so i went through it and it has from 1/250th - 1 second


how do you obtain longer exposures? I went into the star mode and was able to set 15/30/and 60 seconds. is that what people are using?
The settings listed above are the ones I use all the time.
As for the iso, yes, I always use ISO 80 because of the noise problem. I wish I could use a higher ISO, but i think this is only possible with a DSLR.
But as you could see, this shot (and others long exposures that I take) are noise free with ISO 80. Of course I use a tripod.

As for how to take a long exp. i more or less proceed this way: I set the camera on M mode, set the desire F number, in the tunnel shot f3.6.
You will find a line from -2 to +2 EV at the bottom of the lcd, move the joystick up/down to choose the proper speed, till the yellow mark is placed on 0 EV, then use the 2 sec self timer to prevent shaking when pressing the shutter.

Hope that this helps you Jonny and sorry for my English

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@edufloyd..do post some pix clicked with the given setup
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Not the best long exp. but...
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