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.
These photos are stunining! So your reading was profitable. As we say in French, si vous ne savez pas comment ça marche, essayez de lire le mode d'emploi!ReplyDelete
In my Silicon Valley days, when somebody said he or she couldn't figure out how the software worked, we'd day R.T.F.M. "Read the fine manual!" Substitute the F-word of your choice.Delete
My problem is that I've read the manual, but since manuals do not come printed out any more and even if they did, I doubt I'd have it on me when facing the flower to photograph, I read it on my computer the day after I bought the camera. I keep forgetting when it is that one should select speed and when aperture. I really should experiment more.ReplyDelete
I keep the PDF files on my laptop. I look things up, change my camera settings, and then go out to take photos. Since I take photos most days, I don't forget as much as I would if a week or two went by between photo outings.Delete
peu importe vos réglages(auxquels je ne comprends rien), vos photos sont toujours très belles.ReplyDelete
C'est gentil de votre part de dire ça. Merci.Delete
KEN and WALT, yesterday, I drank some of the wine from the vineyard in your backyard. It was wonderful! I toasted you both.ReplyDelete
Where did you find that wine? Was it from Domaine de la Renaudie?Delete
All three are great pictures. I'm partial to the marigold.ReplyDelete
Me too. The wisteria comes close second!Delete