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Learn how to Optimize the Panasonic G1/GH1 for portraits in this digital Photography tutorial from LBGuides.
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Setting up your camera for portrait pictures is really quite simple. You have a few different options to choose from.
Go ahead and your modes dial to the portrait icon. This will help you somewhat automates the camera. In the back you have a few different options. Go ahead and choose normal a set here, and by default the settings for normal portraits are face detect in the auto focus mode, and ISO of 100. Your white balance can be adjusted and so can the flash.
So I’m going to zoom we’re taking this portrait outdoors, so I’ll use the flash to eliminate any shadows on the person’s face. I don’t want the flash to be automatic, so press the quit menu button up here. And I’ll use the right or left navigation button or again the dial in the front to move the selection over to flash, and now I’ll go down to force the flash on. Because we’re outdoors there’s a plenty of light and the camera may assume there’s so much light that it doesn’t need to use the flash. What I’m trying to eliminate shadows I want to force the flash, press set.
Now I want to set my white balance I’ll press the WB button here and here to press either the right or left navigation button, or the dial in the front to move the selection over. I want to with daylight here in a shady or cloudy situation you can choose one of those two options that will help warm up the tones and the image a bit, press set to escape. The ISO is forced to 100 which for the most part is fine, but if you’re indoors that’s not going to be good. There is an indoor portrait setting and we’ll get to that in the site, but assuming we’re outdoors this should be just fine.
The face detect auto focus is not my personal favorite. If the person is not looking straight at the camera, the camera may not recognize the person’s face, therefore, not really know where to focus, so press the auto focus mode button right here, and move over to the right to choose the single area auto focus option, press set. Now we have the brackets back in the center of our screen, and we’re ready to take a picture, press menu, outdoor is another option I’ll press set. The ISO is forced to 100 and the white balance is forced to auto. And this is something I feel is very important to choose set properly. So go ahead and press menu again, move over to indoor, press set.
Now because we’re indoor and there’s less light the ISO is set to audio ISO, which is fine. However, again, the white balance is set to auto white balance and especially with indoors situations I find that the auto white balance are really not adequate. Press menu again, we move over to creative, press set. Now with the creative part of mode it allows you to actually set the aperture. And by setting the aperture you’re changing the depth of field. As you can see by the icons right here this person has a blurry background behind them. This person has a sharp background behind them, so a white aperture such as 4.5 is very good if you want to blur the background just exactly the point with portrait images. You can press the right or left navigation buttons, move the slider or you can use the ideal up in the front. When it set the way you like it you can just press set to accept.
As with the other portrait options, I’ve changed my flash setting from automatic to forced on by pressing the quite menu button here. My ISO is forced to 100 which again if we’re outdoors that’s fine, and I can control the white balance setting by pressing WB here. Choose daylight for example then press set. It seems like the only thing this mode lacks is the ISO in which case, I really don’t see too much of a point of using this mode.
Another you can do is just used the A mode this is aperture priority and with these options set your aperture is highlighted in yellow down here which means you can use the dial in the front to adjust that, so I’m going to move that down to F4.0 which is a nice wide aperture it’s going to blur really well. My ISO needs to be set, so I’ll press the ISO button right here. Choose 100 again, I’m assuming we’re outdoors, press set, press the WB button to choose the white balance. Again, outdoors I’m going to daylight. I can also choose shade or cloudy to help warm up the tones a bit in the image, press set. Make sure my flash is forced done, and I’m ready to take my picture.
So because normally I’m using the program mode and the mode dial. The white balance, ISO, and flash are already set, so really the only thing I need to do here is turn the mode dial to A and set up my aperture. My auto focus mode is already set because that too is consistent with what I have set in the program mode.
So now, just like with any other picture I place the brackets over the subject’s face press the shutter button halfway to lock focus. Recompose the image with the shutter button pressed halfway, and then press the button the rest of the way to take the picture.
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