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Old Aug 8, 2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what is Flash Exposure Compensation and how do i do it exactly on the FZ38 please?
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Old Aug 8, 2011, 3:48 PM   #2
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Hi eysha - No exactly sure what you mean.... There is exposure compensation using the EV (+/- button on the back) to quickly adjust exposure. Then there is adjustment for flash intensity. Or are you referring to using flash as fill-light for back-lit subjects?
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Old Aug 8, 2011, 3:57 PM   #3
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Hi Saly, i am still struggling as you probably guessed. Anyway it is the intensity of the flash that i was asking about, how to change the intensity of it.
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Hi Eysha, do you mean adjusting the output power of the flash?

In the FZ45 PDF manual (page 69), and I'm assuming it's the same with FZ35/38 it says :-

Adjust the flash output
Adjust the flash output when the subject is small, or the reflectivity is very high or low.
1 Press the (+/-) several times to display [FLASH], and then press (<- / ->) to set the flash output.
• You can adjust from [-2 EV] to [+ 2 EV] in steps of [1/3 EV].
• Select [0 EV] to return to the original flash output.
2 Press [MENU/SET] to close the menu.
• You can also close the menu by pressing the shutter button halfway.

Note

• When the flash output is adjusted, the flash output value appears on the upper left of the screen.
• The flash output setting is memorised even if the camera is turned off.
• You cannot set [FLASH] in the following cases.
– In Intelligent Auto Mode
– In [SCENERY]
– In [NIGHT SCENERY], [ILLUMINATIONS] and [CREATIVE NIGHT SCENERY] in
[NIGHT PORTRAIT]
– In [PANORAMA ASSIST], [SUNSET], [HI-SPEED BURST], [FLASH BURST],
[STARRY SKY], [FIREWORKS] and [AERIAL PHOTO] in Scene Mode
– In Creative Motion Picture Mode
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G'day Eysha

The above post gives you a very good explanation of what it is & how to set it

May I offer you the "when & why" usage ...
The auto flash settings are designed for use in a room of about 3m to 4m in size [ie- an average house-sized lounge room] AND where the subject is more than 1metre away from the camera
Whenever you go outside this environment, you 'may' benefit from some flash exposure + or -
examples ...
1- you might be at a party or function where the room size is much larger than your house lounge room, or even out in your backyard at night ... where the flash will 'get lost' in the larger room > so here you go to flash-exposure +1EV or +2EV
Equally
2- you might be photographing a baby or a close-up of some flowers, and if you leave the flash 'as is', it could be that the subject is then "over-cooked" > so here you can go to flash-exposure of -1EV or -2EV

Hope this helps a bit ...
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Thanks you both so much, i really appreciate that help.
Square one thanks for the directions.
Phil your explanations are great and i am sure others here will learn from them too, much appreciated.
Feel free to offer anything else too, lol.
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G'day again Eysha

Just looked at your on your website
Absolutely fabulous

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Many thanks Phil, that is kind of you.
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No problem Eysha, glad to help

@ Ozzie Traveller, thanks for the follow-up
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