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Took the camera to work and headed to the roof. I'm trying to get this zoom figured out. I have still only used the "simple" mode, am I missing out not using the other modes?
What do you think?
Star Flight was probably 1/2 mile away.
 

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Very good pictures.

I generally use the P mode on my FZ5. It does everything automatically, but gives you more menu options I believe, like changing the ISO, changing the white balance and many others. Simple mode is a good way to start learning the basic funcitons of the camera, but you're definitely missing out if you leave it there. I found (and everyone else seems to back this up) the best way to learn all of the features is to read the manual. Then read it again. I find myself always referencing it for something.

Thanks for sharing the photos, and please continue. I found that as I continued to shoot and look for advice, my skill went up. This board right here has made a big difference in my photo quality. There are some real pros on here.
 

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I found (and everyone else seems to back this up) the best way to learn all of the features is to read the manual. Then read it again. I find myself always referencing it for something.

I have had to reference the manual for everything. The salesman told me 2 or 3 times DO NOT READ THE BOOK!! Said it would just be confusing the way it is laid out, he said some read it from cover to cover 2 or 3 times and are so confused they don't know what to do.

I really like it so far, thanks for the recommendation.

Bill
 

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yes I agree about reading the manual. It doesnt matter how much you know (or dont know) about photography.. none of it matters if you cant press or dial the right button without knowing what you are doing.

When I rode the bus into work. I would pick a chapter in my manual and read it. I read my manual on the way to work for probably 3 weeks. Many times I was re-reading what I already knew.. but also many times I would pick up just a nugget of info that I didnt absorb on the previous readings.

Knowing the manual and applying what it says to your shooting is the best way to get ahead of the curve. Congrats on the cam.
 

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Well said Cutter!!! When I bought my new camera, many things were familiar from the old one so I didn't look at the manual very much at first. I was just dying to get out and shoot with what I knew. I did start reading my manual and haven't stopped yet. For me, it seems best to continually read about the features I don't use regularly. You never know when that once in a lifetime photo op is going to present itself and require you to do something differently than you "normally" do. It would be a shame to miss that shot just because you didn't learn all of your camera's functions - or remember them.


Great pics of the chopper by the way!!!
 
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