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Learn how to set the program (P) function using the Panasonic DMC-LX3
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The program mode is the mode that I use most of the time with just about every scene. This camera unlike many other cameras, with the scene modes, it does have about 24 different scenes modes which are great. Each optimizes the camera for a different scene and within some scene modes we even have access to things like wide balance. But none of the scene modes nor the auto mode will give you the amount of flexibility like the program mode will give you, so I’ll show you why and how to use the program mode right now. Basically with the program mode you have the quick menu completely accessible. Press the quick menu button right here, hold that down for a second to bring up the menu. I have control over the intelligent exposure which can come in handy especially in backlit subjects. I have control over ISO, I have control over my wide balance and this can be very, very handy. This will give me the color that I’m looking for in the picture. To know a lot more about the advantages of setting your own wide balance and more about what wide balance is, check out the glossary section at LBGuides.com. And also change my focus point which can be very nice and choose a very small focus point if I’m tuning it in macro. Or I can even have face detect and tracking, if I want to lock the focus on a certain target and then reposition the camera. Normally however I really don’t choose any of these. I’ll just stick to the standard area focus. I can change my metering which this can come in very handy for backlit subjects. If I choose spot meter, it’ll just look at a small portion in the center of the screen in order to judge the proper shutter speed and aperture opening for that specific subject as oppose to looking at the entire picture. This can also come in very, very handy. The other thing you have access to in the quick mode are these different film modes and normally I just go with standard because this is something I like to play with in the computer later on. But you can go ahead and scroll through this different film modes when you’re taking your picture and see the effect it has in the screen. The vibrant colors are great for landscapes for example or sunsets. Basically each film mode will give you a slightly different look and feel in your picture. Normally however as I said, I just go with standard and stick to that. Go ahead and press the quick menu button down to escape. The other thing I can do with the program mode as oppose to the auto mode is when I press the shutter button halfway, I can see my aperture and shutter settings down here. And when I release the shutter button you’ll notice the values have a yellow square around them, which means I can use my quick menu joystick to push or pull or basically just change these values to different settings while maintaining a balanced exposure. So you can see that both the aperture and shutter are changing simultaneously and I may want to change these settings depending on the type of picture that I’m taking. For example, if it’s a sport picture, I would want a faster shutter speed, but if it’s a landscape that I want, what I need is actually smaller aperture opening. So changing these values using the quick menu joystick allows me to further optimize the camera for the specific scene that I’m shooting. To find out much more about Digital Photography and your Digital Camera, go to LBGuides.com.