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Old Sep 3, 2010, 4:52 PM   #1
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FZ38 , how do i adjust the depth of field ?
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 4:57 PM   #2
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Basic and quick answer is for a shallower depth of field you want to do one two or preferably 3 things which are.

1 use a longer focal length
2 use the widest aperture (smallest f number)
3 get closer to the subject

If you are trying to get the background out of focus then you also want your subject as far away from the background as possible.

Now comes the problem, due to the small sensor and short focal length of the lens on the FZ38, getting shallow depth of field shots (which I assume is what you desire) is tough for anything other than a head shot or smaller. Small subjects are easiest to get a shallow depth of field on as you naturally use a longer lens and are closer.
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 5:18 PM   #3
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Basic and quick answer is for a shallower depth of field you want to do one two or preferably 3 things which are.

1 use a longer focal length
2 use the widest aperture (smallest f number)
3 get closer to the subject

If you are trying to get the background out of focus then you also want your subject as far away from the background as possible.

Now comes the problem, due to the small sensor and short focal length of the lens on the FZ38, getting shallow depth of field shots (which I assume is what you desire) is tough for anything other than a head shot or smaller. Small subjects are easiest to get a shallow depth of field on as you naturally use a longer lens and are closer.
Ok Mark thanks for your explanation but how do i physically adjust the aperture (can't find in the menu)
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I don't have the camera but if you go to aperture priority then using the control dial you should be able to increase and decrease it.
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I don't have the camera but if you go to aperture priority then using the control dial you should be able to increase and decrease it.
Got it Mark , thanks again
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Great. Have a play but like I say, it is hard to get a shallow depth of field with most of the subjects that you would like due to the limitations of this sort of camera.
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