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When your ready to use the camera more manually, here is a quick
1. Set the iso to 100 and leave it there. If there is not enough light
use the flash.
2. Set the large dial on top of the camera to “A” (Aperture Priority).
3. Set the camera to show your image after you take it even if only for a
4. Set the camera to highlight blown areas – areas of just pure white.
(blown areas will flash on and off after you shoot.)
5. Set the camera shake reduction to auto or on when not using a tripod.
6. The first item on the fz100 menu is film, this is where you adjust
the contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise reduction.
7. Set the film to standard and set Contrast, Noise reduction and
Saturation to -2. Set sharpness to +1. This will give you the best
setting for viewing the images on your tv and the best starting point
for low noise post processing later on.
8. Set the focus to spot focus and the metering to centre weighted. This
will be a good starting point when you are learning.
After you have done these things, shoot your images as follows:
a. Adjust the aperture using the little wheel on the back of the camera –
top right. This will open and close the iris in the lens.
b. Small aperture numbers mean the iris is wider open for more light but
less will be in focus. Eg Portraits often look good with only the face
c. Large aperture numbers mean the iris will close down letting in less
light but more will be in focus. Eg Landscapes often look good with
everything in focus.
d. As you adjust the aperture the camera will choose a matching shutter
speed. Smaller aperture numbers let in more light, so higher shutter
speeds & the opposite; large aperture numbers let in less light, so
slower shutter speeds. Adjust the aperture so the shutter speed doesn’t
go below where the camera can be held steady without the image blurring –
say 1/30sec for anti shake turned on and 1/60 with anti shake off. Test
your steadiness to see how you go.
e. Press the shutter button lightly to focus the image. If the focus
area is not in the centre of the frame, focus on what you want and press
the AF AE Lock button on the top of the back of the camera (left of the
little wheel) then reframe and the camera will remember where to focus
and take the light reading.
f. Take the image.
g. Press the AF AE lock button if you used it, to unlock the metering
h. If the image has areas flashing showing pure white areas, press the
little wheel (you will feel it click). This changes the little wheels
function from adjusting the aperture to adjusting the ev. Turning the
wheel will change the ev from 0 to anywhere between -2 to +2 ev. If the
image has blown areas (flashing areas) adjust the ev down to anywhere
between -1/3 to -1.
i. Click the little wheel to return adjusting the aperture then shoot
j. If there are still areas flashing then repeat “f” above till you get
it right. You’ll get better at this with practice.