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Learn how to Optimize the Panasonic G1/GH1 for people-in-landscapes scenes in this digital Photography tutorial from LBGuides.
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Cameras don’t have a mode for taking pictures of people in front of landscapes, but this is actually are very popular pictures that I see a lot of people taking.
Basically, the idea with this picture is to have the person and sharp as focus. It also has the background in focus. You’re going to use the flash to illuminate any shadows on the person. Is of course, is assuming the person is closer than about ten to 12 feet or about three or four meters from the camera.
If there any further way than that don’t bother using the flash and make it a simple landscape because the flash is not going to help anyway, so what you do first of all, is pop the flash. Now what you want to do is make sure the flash is going to be used. If the flash is set to automatic the camera sees the whole lot of light, and I’ll choose not to use the flash, so press the quick menu button at the top. Use the right or left navigation button or the dial up in the front to move the highlighted icon over to the flash then go down to say force flash on. Press the set button to escape now the flash will be used regardless of how much light is entering the camera.
Now you want to set the ISO press the ISO button and go down to 100. You don’t want the camera to be anymore sensitive to light because there’s a whole bunch of ambient light available. You just want the flash to be used to eliminate any shadows. Allow it for a set.
Now the white balance press the WB button and choose daylight assuming we are outdoors and it’s broad daylight. If it’s a cloudy day or if you are in the shade you can choose this options and that’s just help warm up the tones a bit. I’m going to stick to daylight and press set to escape this menu. Now my white balance and ISO are properly set and my flash is being used.
You might want to consider using the intelligent exposure. This will help brighten up some of the dark shadows on your subjects face. It will also decrease the amount of contrast in your picture, which may come in handy on a very bright sunny day, so again, press the quick menu button. Move over to the intelligent exposure option and turn that up a bit normal or high is just fine. The low setting doesn’t really seem to do very much at all so you won’t see that effect. I would go with the high just to see if you like the effect or not.
Now we’re pretty much ready to take a picture. Finally, what you want to do is make sure everything is going to be in focus. You can do that by shifting the program settings. Before you focus on your target just go ahead and compose the scene the way you want to come out in the picture press the shutter button halfway. Notice that my aperture is 6.3 and my shutter speed is 160th. 6.3 is okay in that grid if you want to get everything in focus, so what you do release the shutter button. Use the dial up in the front to shift these values so that the aperture is a bit higher.
Now my aperture is ten or 11 and I can still hand hold this shot because the shutter speed is above 138th of a second, so now I know I should be set up just fine. Now I can continue and take the picture as I would any other. Press the focusing brackets over my subject, press the shutter button halfway. Recompose the image and press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture.
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