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Learn how to optimize the Panasonic DMC-LX3 for a fireworks scene
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To optimize your camera for fire works there are couple of things you can do.
One thing, like m any other scenes is simply turn your mode down to SCN stands for scenes and in here you will get a menu with a lot of different scenes. You have 24 different scenes you can choose from.
If you go to the second page, you can use your zoom level put it to the right, and then use either the quick menu joystick or your navigation buttons to move around, until you get to fire works. Choosing fire works will optimize the camera that chooses a long quarter of the second chatter speed, and chooses the best white balance and also for you just go ahead, press set, and you are basically ready to take the picture.
Even the focusing is already pre set to in front of you, just press the shutter button half way and then you will see that the auto focus indicator is green then in the picture is I focus and ready to go. Down here, you can see the ISL set to 80, which is fine. But I do not have any control over my white balance. And that maybe okay with fire works you do not need to set it to a particular color temperature, but you can enhance the color in the fire works if you want too.
If you choose to use this mode, keep in mind that the quarter of a second is a very, very long shutter exposure and it won’t be able to very simply handhold the camera. If you do not have a try pad with you to set the camera down you can try setting the camera down on some thing else and just point up, if you hold the camera very steady and prop your head against something else. Then you may be able to hand hold the quarter of a second. If the quarter of the second is not long, enough and you want to get really long strong effects out of the moving fire works then. What I would really recommend doing is do not use this mode but instead change you mode dial to S. S stands for shutter priority and this will allow you to set a shutter speed that you want in the camera which is the right aperture and everything else.
The number where shooting fire works and focusing will be very, very difficult so what would I recommend doing is just use a manual focus instead of tune infinity. Let us go ahead and do that, if you are focus, switch right here just move right down to enough, and in the back you can use your quick menu joystick to go all the way up until it is up to infinity. Now using the quick menu joystick again, I am going to the left in order to highlight my shutter speed and then go down to slow down the shutter speed, until I get to about 2 seconds. This should be a nice long shutter speed so you can get that brilliant affect out of the moving fire works. Make sure your ISL is set to 80, just press the quick menu button for a second until the menu comes up, move over to ISL and move the joystick down or up to get to 80, and if you are done go ahead and press set.
It is one more thing I want to make sure I said right, if I move over to white balance, you can set this to daylight and this would get you a very accurate colors out of the fire works, if you want to enhance those colors, if you want to make the red more reds, then you can choose shady or cloudy in order to warm up the tons and the lights. I am going to stick to day light for now and just press the button to escape.
Now I got my two-second shutter speed selected and then your focus had been set to infinity, my white balance is set to day light and my ISL is set 80. All I have to do now because I am using a very, very long shutter speed is set the camera on a try pad that will help a lot. Again, if that is not possible then set the camera down and try not to hold it to tight. You do not want to set something like the two-second timer mode, so you can let go of the camera because the two-second timer mode, it won’t let you time the fire works properly.
So basically, because timing is of the essence. What you have to do is press the shutter button half way, remember the focus is set in manually so you do not have to wait, compose the image the way you want it, and as soon as the fire works explode press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture.
Remember hold the camera very, very steady. Try and lean up against a light post or a wall, again try pads are absolutely the best but if it is not available then press the camera against the whole and hold it and steady as possible.
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