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Old May 16, 2014, 11:58 AM   #11
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What PP software do you use?
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Jachol - Thanks for the great tip - To be honest, I've solved the shaking problem, by either placing the camera on a still surface or holding the camera very close to my chest.

Jjdog2 - I've got Photoshop CS6 and Corel Paint Shop Pro x5, but I used PSP x5 due to it's ease of use to pp the images. Why do you ask?
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Jachol - Thanks for the great tip - To be honest, I've solved the shaking problem, by either placing the camera on a still surface or holding the camera very close to my chest.

Jjdog2 - I've got Photoshop CS6 and Corel Paint Shop Pro x5, but I used PSP x5 due to it's ease of use to pp the images. Why do you ask?
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Lol....what do you think? What further advice can you give me? Also are the photos you post on this forum post-processed or original? Lastly do you use jpeg or raw?
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Lol....what do you think? What further advice can you give me? Also are the photos you post on this forum post-processed or original? Lastly do you use jpeg or raw?
My advice would be:

Read and understand the manual.
Read a basic book on photography.
Practice.
Have fun.

I PP my shots and use jpeg captures.

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Old May 16, 2014, 12:44 PM   #16
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How do you PP your shots just with jpeg captures? surely you end up losing a lot of quality? Also in your honest opinion, what do you think of the photos I've taken so far?
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BTW, more photos have been added to the album

https://plus.google.com/photos/10304...IWzkM2tvf6gjAE
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G'day Billy

I - and most of the people I meet - shoot JPG for much of their photo taking. There is nothing 'wrong' with shooting JPG and almost every image can benefit from a minor tweak here or there ~ especially if shot under less than perfect conditions

Also, there is no visible image quality loss between JPG & RAW for most of us ... yesterday I had 6x prints made to 12" x 18" in size, from JPG images and they are all nice 'n sharp. One image is of 'Bobbie' posted here a few days ago ~ have a look at it if you wish

To come back to you and your FZ38 [and I had an FZ35 for many years too]

The FZ38 does not have any Image Stabilisation - so the camera shutter speed to lens mm's 'formula' mentioned earlier is critical. However the formula relates to film camera lenses [ie- 300mm = 1/300sec speed] whereas your FZ has a 5mm to 88mm [from memory] zoom lens. You may need to create a little spreadsheet table that goes like:

zoom .......... FZ ...... Film camera - Shutter equivalent
..... 1x = ....5mm = ..28mm ........... 1/30sec
..... 6x = ..30mm = 105mm ........... 1/100s
... 12x = ..60mm = 320mm ........... 1/300s
... 18x = 108mm = 475mm ........... 1/500s

This will be the start of getting camera shake under control
You might also benefit from using a monopod for long-lens stuff

As to pp editing - there are a dozen or more software products out there and each of uses the one that suits our needs, with PS & PSE probably coming in 1st

Hope this helps a bit
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The FZ38 does not have any Image Stabilisation.
Yes it does.

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The free paint.net software, can give excellent results in PP, and somewhat easier to learn than PS.

It allows you to work in layers and has a lot of similar PS functions.

... Jack.

http://paint-net.en.softonic.com/
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