It all started when the days started getting shorter. The sun rises later. Last week I went out for a walk with the dog and took my camera with me. I got too many blurry photos. There wasn't enough daylight.
Walt said I should take my photos in shutter-priority mode and see if that worked better. Until now, I've used the camera in more or less automatic mode, letting the camera itself choose the shutter speed and the F-stop. So I tried shutter priority, where you set the camera's shutter speed (it's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18/ZS8) to take pictures at 1/60th or 1/100th of a second, for example, and let it automatically choose the F-stop (aperture). I got better results.
Then I thought, what about the newest camera I have, the one I never use? I tried taking pictures with it in shutter-priority mode. I got much better results. Then I did some reading on a couple of internet forums where people discuss issues with that camera. Like me, a lot of other people were having trouble getting good sharp photos out of it.
One contributor to that forum said to try the camera (it's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60/ZS40) in aperture-priority mode (mode priorité ouverture in French). He said the results might be surprising. Well, at this point I think he was right. That's how I took these images of flowers — wisteria, hortensia, and marigold — around our house.