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Learn how to optimize the Panasonic DMC-LX3 for a backlight scene
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With backlights scenes what is happening is you have a tremendous amount of light coming from behind your subject and that causes the camera to darken down the image, so the subject actually comes out black while the background light is more properly exposed.
Basically what you can do is a couple of things. One, you can just use the flash; turn the flash on by moving the open flash switch and you can’t use the auto mode, because the auto mode forces the auto flash and auto flash is not going to work in this situation. Because as I mentioned you have a lot of light coming in so the camera doesn’t realize the flash is necessary.
So what you need to do is turn your mode dial to the program mode, the program mode will give you the flexibility necessary to force the flash. Press the flash button here at the right and use the up or down navigation buttons to choose first flash on, and go ahead and press set.
Now with the flash force, no matter what laying condition the flash will be used in order to illuminate the subject. Now that may not be enough because this is a pretty small flash and if the subject is more than ten feet away, this flash really won’t have the effect you’re looking for. So the other thing you can do, press the quick menu button here, hold it down for just a split second so the quick menu will come up then move over to the muttering mode and instead the multi muttering option they down to spot meter. With this does is look at just a very small portion in the middle of the screen to judge the lightning and there for what the right settings should be for that subject.
Before we escape from the quick menu, let’s just go ahead and make sure the white balance is set up properly. If your out doors, you can just go up choose day light, if you are in the cloudy and a shady situation then just go down to choose cloudy of shade, this will help warm up the tones in your image. Now if you’re in doors and mostly what is illuminating the subject is actually in condescend lights and you can just go down and choose halogen. This will compensate for the yellowish cast from halogen or tungsten lights.
The last thing you can go ahead and choose is if you move over to the intelligent exposure option and then go down to choose one of these three settings, I would go with high in this situation because your dealing with a very, very contrast image. What it does is help reduce the amount of contrast by brightening up the dark shadows. So you can try this as well, this is something that you can add later on in a program like photo shop or a photo, but if you can do it prior to the image being recorder then it may produce a little bit better quality image. Go ahead and press the quick menu button to escape the menu and you can see now with the spots meter selected I have is small plus sign raging a center of my screen and if I move that spot over a dark part of the image, the rest of the picture will brighten up.
So focus on your target, just press the shutter button half way, you can recompose the image and the press the shutter button the rest of the way to take a picture.
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