HOW TO TAKE REALLY GOOD PHOTOS??

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Found 7th Apr 2011
Hi All,

Last Month i purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 which was on offer on this site - the camera does take really good clear shots, but im a complete new user with cameras and whilst it has many settings i just use "automatic" option as this does all the settings for you and is what beginners should use.
However i have seen some awesome photos that it can produce where basically you focus on the image that you want (say a person or an object), and then all the surroundings/background blurrs out which makes your image even more striking...........HOW DO THEY ACHEIVE/DO THIS????

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tip:- stand further back for portrait shots and zoom in

The effect you're referring to is shallow depth of field where only the subject is in sharp focus and the rest is a soft blur. Unfortunately in short, you can't do it with a Panasonic FZ38 in normal circumstances (you can only get it when shooting macro subjects) as it has a small sensor which means a lens with a very short focal length (actual focal length, not equivalent). To get shallow depth of field you need a camera with a big sensor such as a DSLR or a mirrorless compact (Olympus/Panasonic micro 4/3, Sony NEX or Samsung NX) with a wide aperture (small F number like F2 or F1.4) lens.

John

I'm still learning with mine. Maybe it was photoshopped or they used a good photo editing kit.

play.com were doing photoshop elements 6 for around £20. Its not the latest one but a brill prog which will give you the effect you want

I use PaintshopPro that does this and other effects.

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Ive been on those links and again there are soma amazing photos....all that talk about apature and shutter speed etc has blown my mind, i think i need to grasp the basics first but i know those that know what they are talking about can take some beautiful shots.

richp

lol, I bought the same camera from that thread, trying to get to grips … lol, I bought the same camera from that thread, trying to get to grips with mine as well, search youtube for the camera as there are some tutorials on there, also have a look at these sites Panasonic / Leica forum the FZ35 is the same camera just badged as FZ38 for Europe & Digital Photography Tips for Beginners,how to get that blurring effect Shutter Speed& when you get some pics put them up in this thread Show us your Photos! 2011 April theme & comp 'POWER'



nick1981

Ive been on those links and again there are soma amazing photos....all … Ive been on those links and again there are soma amazing photos....all that talk about apature and shutter speed etc has blown my mind, i think i need to grasp the basics first but i know those that know what they are talking about can take some beautiful shots.



I know what you mean Nick, its a learning curve, especially if you've only been used to just a pocket sized point & shoot !

Edited by: "richp" 7th Apr 2011

You really need to understand the basics to get the best from your camera, depth of field is quite easy to grasp once you read why it does it. Get yourself a book on photography to also help you with composition, you cannot learn it all from books you did need some aptitude for seeing a
memorable photograph from everyday scenes. don't rely too much on photoshop to make your photos look good, it may make a good photo great but seldom does it make a poor one any better.
Consider a club if you really want to get better, nothing helps more than being able to talk things through.....
good luck

Edited by: "mosskeeto" 7th Apr 2011

mosskeeto

You really need to understand the basics to get the best from your … You really need to understand the basics to get the best from your camera, depth of field is quite easy to grasp once you read why it does it. Get yourself a book on photography to also help you with composition, you cannot learn it all from books you did need some aptitude for seeing a memorable photograph from everyday scenes. don't rely too much on photoshop to make your photos look good, it may make a good photo great but seldom does it make a poor one any better.Consider a club if you really want to get better, nothing helps more than being able to talk things through.....good luck



That's really good advice. I have been going to a photography class...and really love it...although I still have so much to learn.....photoshop won't make a bad photo good.....but can make a good one fantastic....and it's so much fun to learn with others. Good luck

mosskeeto

You really need to understand the basics to get the best from your … You really need to understand the basics to get the best from your camera, depth of field is quite easy to grasp once you read why it does it. Get yourself a book on photography to also help you with composition, you cannot learn it all from books you did need some aptitude for seeing a memorable photograph from everyday scenes. don't rely too much on photoshop to make your photos look good, it may make a good photo great but seldom does it make a poor one any better.Consider a club if you really want to get better, nothing helps more than being able to talk things through.....good luck



That's still not going to help get shallow depth of field though as anyone who understands depth of field will know because the very short focal lengths on small sensored cameras (actual, not equivalent) means you can't get shallow depth of field effects in normal shooting.
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