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Old Jun 23, 2011, 7:29 AM   #1
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Default Which Settings do you NOT USE and why? (FZ38/35)

I would like to pose the above question to everyone who is willing to reply.
For example do you use any of the Intelligent modes or the Auto modes like Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Exposure, ISO Sensitivity, those kinds of settings?
If not why not?
What settings do you avoid and why?
Yes i know the settings you use should match the setting/conditions/weather etc outside/inside to the set-up you want but i was thinking that as this camera (fz38/35) has so many bells and whistles that there must be some that are avoided by the more advanced photographer here.
I am sure this question applies to the other models too, so chip in with your replies.
I am still trying to get to grips with my camera, after a long delay, so i guess i am asking this question to learn and i am sure it will help others too.
Thanks in advance to those who do reply as it will all be good information.
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Old Jun 23, 2011, 8:04 AM   #2
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I try not to use the IA mode, even tho it's pretty good at dectecting settings, it uses higher ISO for night shots which causes noise in photos. That said, since I haven't practiced much with night shooting, I do use it, for night shots and then just edit the niose out with Denoise that's a plug in program for photoshop. I plan on practing night shots with other settings a bit later this summer.

I do see the use of IA mode until you get useto the camera's settings however for someone just learning the camera. I however quickly out grew the IA mode and started using P, M S, and A modes mostly.
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Thanks for your reply Beli. I am interested in how to edit noise out but know nothing of plug-ins and only have photoshop 7, would they work and where woul di get plug-ins?
I think i maybe didn't make myself clear in my first post. I meant do you/peope here use Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Exposure, ISO Sensitivity, those kinds of settings?
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I won't use digital zoom - It ruins the quality
I don't use RAW - I've really found no need to to date
I don't use the conversion setting even if using a macro or telephoto extension - it disables the flash which is I still sometimes want to use
I only use S,A,P modes - I find M too much hassle and the scene modes too restrictive.

I also try not to fiddle with any of the settings between shots because I've ruined too many shots by forgetting to set them back again.

So pretty much I have a set of settings I like for just about everything and then use P for most shots, S when I know I need to freeze the action and A if I want to isolate a subject from the background. I use a similar approach with my DSLR as well.

Edit - the settings I am using:
Page 1: 12M, High quality Jpeg, 4:3, Intelligent ISO Off, Auto ISO
Page 2: ISO Limit 1600, AWB, Face recog. Off, Spot AF, Q-AF
Page 3: AF/AE, Centre-weighted metering, High intelligent exposure, -, Digital zoom off
Page 4: Effect off, contrast+1, sharpness+1, saturation+1, noise -1, auto stabilizer, af lamp on, flash synchro 2nd
Page 5: red-eye on, conversion off
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Thanks Martin for that info, all very interesting.
Why do you use those settings? You didn't say.
What does Q=AF do for you?
Why high on Intelligent Exposure?
What is your minimum shutter speed set at?
I am not familiar with the AF assist lamp or the Flash Sync so why do you use those too?

I think others are gonna be interested int his thread, i certainy am,lol.
Thanks again Martin for your reply.
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Thanks Martin for that info, all very interesting.
Why do you use those settings? You didn't say.
What does Q=AF do for you?
Why high on Intelligent Exposure?
What is your minimum shutter speed set at?
I am not familiar with the AF assist lamp or the Flash Sync so why do you use those too?

I think others are gonna be interested int his thread, i certainy am,lol.
Thanks again Martin for your reply.
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Q-AF I *think* uses less battery than C-AF
Intelligent Exposure is sort of in-camera HDR. When the camera converts to JPEG it will cut down the information it has in the RAW which can clip highlights and shadows. Using the intelligent ISO should retain more information in the JPEG.
Min shutter speed 1/4
AF assist lamp is the orange light that helps you focus in low-light
Flash sync 2nd apparently gives 'more dynamic lighting' - I think it just lets the flash reach the background a bit more.
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Very interesting Martin and again my thanks. I am sure others will read this with interest too.
I have set my camera settings to yours as above, too see if they do make a difference to my photos. It is all a learning curve and since you take better photos than me i am happy to try.
I want to try in RAW too but need a FREE programme to do that, do you know of any? Thanks
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I use....

A, S, and M camera modes

Menu settings
Aspect ratio 4:3, because it allows 14 million pixels
Quality top one in the list (down pointing arrow with two lines under it) is this the best setting?
ISO sensitivity AUTO
ISO limit set 200
White balance AUTO (unless shooting indoors)
Face recognition OFF
Meter mode SPOT
I Exposure OFF
Burst OFF (except if taking moving objects)
IR Resolution OFF
Digital Zoom OFF
Color effect STANDARD

Picture adjust (as suggested by mtclimber)
contrast 0
sharpness +1
saturation -1
noise reduction -2

Stabilizer MODE2 (only active during picture taking, saves battery)
Flash AUTO
Flash sync 2nd
RED eye removal OFF

Lens conversion (don't always use)

Quick menu
Auto power LCD (auto adjusts brightness depending on lighting conditions)
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Thanks for your reply Beli. I am interested in how to edit noise out but know nothing of plug-ins and only have photoshop 7, would they work and where woul di get plug-ins?
I think i maybe didn't make myself clear in my first post. I meant do you/peope here use Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Exposure, ISO Sensitivity, those kinds of settings?
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http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise/

and a understanding of what plug-ins are http://kb.iu.edu/data/aaxs.html

Sorry I didn't respond earlier, we had a busy day at work and just now getting home.
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Thank you so much Square One, i apprecate your input.
Thanks Beli, no problem here, i just appreciate your time and your help.
Thanks again.
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