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Old Feb 6, 2011, 5:59 PM   #1
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any suggestions on how to make this better out of the camera?

EXIF : Filename - P1000470.JPG
Make - Panasonic
Model - DMC-LX5

DateTime - 2011:02:05 20:46:41
Artist - MARK

ExposureTime - 1/3.2 seconds
FNumber - 2.00
ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ExifVersion - 0230


ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 2.00
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 5.10 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB

SceneType - A directly photographed image
CustomRendered - Custom process
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 0.00 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 24 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
GainControl - Low gain up
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal


Image Quality - High
Focus Mode - Auto
Color Mode - Normal
Faces Detected - 0
Face Info -
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Old Feb 6, 2011, 8:19 PM   #2
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The real photo, only in my estimation, mind you, is what you see in the attachment. if I were taking the photo, I would have:

(1) Moved in tightly on the "focus" group.

(2) That moving in tightly would have eliminated the bright wall lights that confused the camera metering.

(3) Then because you would have been within range of the LX5's built-in flash unit, I would have added the built-in flash to the photo, which would have both sharpened the camera's focus, as now you were closer, got rid of that very slow shutter speed which caused camera blur, and auto flash would have gotten a more workable ISO setting, which would have prevented the camera blur as well. You see it appears that the ISO was locked at ISO 200, that was the biggest problem creator. Using "Auto ISO" would have really helped you a lot, as it would have chosen an ISO setting that would have allowed you to effectively hand hold this photo.

(4) I would have un-clutter the foreground of the photo

For starters it is not a bad photo, but you asked how the photo could be improved, so that is why I tried to layout in detail what could have been done.

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Old Feb 7, 2011, 9:22 AM   #3
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When I went to bed last night, I decided to work some more on your problem, and I have come up with a even easier way of capturing that photo.

I know that you are reluctant when it comes to flash with your LX5. So here is a way of eliminating the need for flash, while still pushing up the shutter speed to prevent photo blur.

(1) Make sure the WB is appropriate for the Lighting within the proposed photo.

(2) Select the High Sensitivity Scene Mode

(3) Clear any distracting elements from the foreground, and frame tightly on the group.

(4) Take your photo.

Now, hopefully that is much simpler for you.

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Thank you very much Sarah as I would like to learn as much as I can and get better at this. I really appreciate your suggestions. You are right I am reluctant to use flash for 2 reasons it takes away from the atmoshere as I see it and I hate the way flash usually blows out the colors.

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When flash is used properly, it does not blow-out the colors at all. Also, my second suggestion does not use the LX5's built-in flash unit.

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