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Old Jan 16, 2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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I tried these shots today. Spent the day reading the manual for this FZ38 to see what i am missing. Its easier doing a university course than it is understanding the manual,lol.
These were all taken at ISO 80 and spot metering with the flash. The pinecone and dried orange are those colours as they are those dried smelly things, leaves etcetera.
Anyway comments please so i can improvment.
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Old Jan 16, 2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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They look OK but the flash is a bit harsh - try using more zoom with the camera further away so you get the same composition but the effect of the flash is a bit softer.
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Old Jan 16, 2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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Good Eyesha, there is definite improvement. As Martin says, flash is a little harsh, but I am sure you will learn by practice. Keep shooting, that is the most important step to learning.
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Eysha, I agree with Martin and Raghu, there was a marked improvement, and with practice and the good sun light you'll see that everything will become more simple!
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Seeing how determined you are I don't see why you will not become one of the best out there.

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Sometimes just putting a tissue or paper towel in front of the flash will help soften or diffuse the light.
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Old Jan 16, 2012, 1:31 PM   #7
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Many thanks for all the response. I am pleased you think i have improved a little and i will write down all your suggestions too for tomorrow.
Wannaclick i have been trying for ages as Clint and Martin will tell you, i have a poor memory unfortunately but i keep trying,lol.
More tomorrow following all your suggestions.
I know i can change the flash strength but how do i know when it is too strong as in above photos and when it is just right, or does that come with experience only?
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G'day eisha

On the back panel you have the OK button surrounded by 4 other buttons at 12 o'clock -3-6-9

Ok- press the 12 o'clock button [labelled +/-]
1-press you get exposure + [extra] or - [less]
2-presses you get exposure bracketing
3-presses you get flash exposure + [extra] or - [less] *** after the flash has been popped 'up' beforehand
4-presses you are back to the beginning

For me
- with closeups ie- less than 1/2 metre, I set the flash to -1EV
- with large domestic rooms, say of 4-6metres across I set the flash to +1EV
- with outdoors at night OR in large rooms, church etc, I set the flash to +2EV

Hope this helps a bit
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Old Jan 16, 2012, 2:54 PM   #9
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Thanks Phil, i will write that down too, it all helps. E.
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hi eysha,
what camera are you using? i found this neat little divice for my fz 100. but it probably fits any camera with a hotshoe and a pop up flash. its a flash defuser and it helps reduce the harshness of the flash close up and reduces shadow. hope this might be of some use for you. love your pics, keep them coming

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