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nanobettaman 09-27-2012 02:34 AM

New Camera, new to high MP digital photography
 
Years ago in high-school I played with a 35mm and developing photos in a darkroom. I enjoyed it and even had a couple of my photos used in some local publications. However I didn't have time or money to keep up with the hobby once I graduated.

I've played around with photoshop here and there for a number of years for graphic design, and I use GIMP now for resizing and cleaning up some photos, but using these tools for more advanced stuff has been beyond my ken. I've never played with a raw file and the terms and jargon are pretty alien to me.

After years of point and shoots in the 3MP range, I was looking seriously at a DSLR but the cost was a bit much for the wide range of photos I wanted to take - macro shots and long-range wildlife.

So I decided to split the difference and pick up a Panasonic FZ-200 which gives me pretty decent macro, 24x optical zoom, and f2.8 through the zoom-range, plus most of the bells and whistles save for interchangeable lenses.

So anyway, here's the first (usable) pics I took tonight after I got the camera. I'm having a little trouble getting them really crisp. At 3MP these would have looked fine, but at 12MP it seems that even the slightest movement can cause blur.

I'm going to have to work on my techniques. Any advice would be appreciated and helpful, critiques of the photos below, and if someone could point me to information about how to work with RAW files to do interesting things and/or clean up photos (I'm using GIMP with ufraw) that would be helpful as well.


http://imageshack.us/a/img222/8120/amanol.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img15/8794/cherrysnail.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img254/6500/margaritatus.jpg

blink 09-27-2012 05:41 AM

Nice shots, I really like the shrimp and snail combo.

T1T4N1UM 09-27-2012 06:08 AM

I am immensely surprised at the quality of photos of this... considering it's a superzoom, on top of that it's a Panasonic, which did not perform that well with their previous generation (FZ40, FZ47)
A bit noisy, but brilliant color reproduction.
Amazing camera :D

As for working with RAW files, I've always used Lightroom, it lets you increase the efficiency of your workflow a huge amount. Much much better than say PS or Gimp.

Patriot 09-27-2012 09:15 AM

To take better adcantage of RAW file I use Lightroom 4 for editing

nanobettaman 09-27-2012 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by T1T4N1UM (Post 2024597)
I am immensely surprised at the quality of photos of this... considering it's a superzoom, on top of that it's a Panasonic, which did not perform that well with their previous generation (FZ40, FZ47)
A bit noisy, but brilliant color reproduction.
Amazing camera :D

Yea, I was leery of going with what is essentially a souped-up point and shoot, but their previous model the FZ150 got very good reviews from cameralabs and dpreviews, so I decided to go with this.

The noise is partially because I was using higher ISOs. I wasn't using tripod and the only light was the aquarium's so I had to keep the shutter speed up a bit.

Quote:

As for working with RAW files, I've always used Lightroom, it lets you increase the efficiency of your workflow a huge amount. Much much better than say PS or Gimp.
I'll have to take a look at that, thanks!

nanobettaman 10-16-2012 03:28 AM

A couple more images now that I've had a month to play with the camera and learn how to use lightroom:


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8464/8...108fc857_c.jpg ghost on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8185/8...3e7d29ca_c.jpg sunset shrimp on Flickr

Scars 01-23-2013 04:13 PM

Really nice images man! Nicely editted as well. Keep em coming


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