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Old May 30, 2011, 3:05 AM   #1
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Default FZ40: Lowlight shooting & 60 second exposure

Hello Everyone,
I'm here totally brand new for FZ40, please advice me how to set up 60sec exposure on camera & the best settings for lowlight shooting.
Check out my flickr album & and I'm open to any suggestions!
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Old May 30, 2011, 3:39 AM   #2
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G'day UJ

The metering system of the FZ [along with most other cameras] is okay for down to about 8 seconds - after that other things come along to confuse things
To get shutter times longer than 8 seconds you need to go to Manual - and use the joy-stick-toggle to go down thru 10-15-20 to 30 seconds.

It is shown as 10" - 15" - 20" & 30" where " = seconds

Hope this helps a bit
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Old May 30, 2011, 4:12 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot for advices. By the way how do you take the pics in your flickr 2011everyday image #1 & 3. Can you share some clues?
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Old May 30, 2011, 5:40 PM   #4
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G'day UJ

You ask...
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By the way how do you take the pics in your "flickr 2011 everyday set, images #1 & 3". Can you share some clues?
Two answers here mate - the images are long exposures of Star Trails
1- I'm using continuous burst of long exposures & software to stack them all together
2- I'll post a new thread with images & explanations 'cos others may be interested too

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Old May 30, 2011, 11:32 PM   #5
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I'm guessing that Ozzie is using something other than an FZ40.
The FZ40 has 2 modes that allow you to select a 60 second exposure: Manual mode and Starry Sky mode.

The general recommendations I've seen are to set an ISO limit to no more than 400 and preferably lower to minimize noise.
Use a flash indoors, where permitted.
Avoid iA modes and shoot in A mode (aperature priority).
Of course lower light with lower ISOs means slower shutter speeds and either very steady hands or a tripod.
Additional settings are
Contrast +1
Sharpness +2
Saturation -1 or -2
NR -2


I'm still playing around with my camera and haven't done any indoor photos so I can't tell you what works best indoors from any personal experience.
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Appreciated it Ozzie and Dabbler. Please keep posting more images and explanations includes used software as well. I'll look forward to improve my fz40 experiences. Thx.
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UJ, I've used the fz40 quite a lot for shots in the 40 to 60 second range; manual mode, usually 80 ISO. This thread shows a few of them:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...ht-outing.html
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Wowww! These images are absolutely Great. I loved all of it. How do you take the low exposure with light painting? I would try to take some pics like that. Thanks for sharing your great images.
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UJ, it's a matter of finding a nice interesting, dark place, then:
- Get the camera steady on tripod or on a rice bag etc.
- Manual mode, 80 ISO, somewhere between 30 and 60 seconds.
- 2 second timer so you don't shake the camera.
- Start the exposure and do stuff with light, making sure you don't stand in one place in the frame too long. The orbs just involve swinging an LED on the end of a string - takes practice, I can't do it very well.
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Thanks Mick. I'll try to take some pics and post it on soon.
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