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Lx-2 HDR in Black and White [Aug. 23rd, 2008|02:19 pm]
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lx2
You can get quite interesting results by using HDR in black and white:

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HDR with the Lx2 [Aug. 23rd, 2008|08:24 am]
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The Lx2 may not, at first sight, seems like an ideal candidate for HDR shots but it is in fact quite useful. It has an auto-bracket function accessed by pushing the exposure control button (top of the 4) twice. The bracketing only goes to +/- 1 EV but this can be extended by using manual exposure. Post processing can be done with numerous programs - I use Dynamic Photo HDR myself.



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Use Macro for (almost) everything [Feb. 11th, 2008|05:56 am]
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ruhayat
Here's something I first stumbled upon when I had my Panasonic FZ5: the Macro mode is useful for more than just shooting close-ups. If you use it to shoot people in the streets or portraits it can give you some of the sharpest images you can get out of this lens. Here are some examples from my Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/republix/481019904/in/set-72157594157786752/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/republix/481020344/in/set-72157594157786752/

Those were taken with the FZ5, but I recently discovered that my Leica D-Lux 3 behaves the same way. I have no idea what's going on, though.
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Example [Jan. 21st, 2008|01:29 pm]
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randomcause
Here is a 100% crop. Anyone have advice on focusing with macro?
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Posting photos [Jan. 18th, 2008|09:29 am]
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jujueye
 Greetings all.

I am having trouble posting pics to the user group. Any advice? Certainly can't cut and paste into the body of the message.

Thanks
Ken
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Shutter Lag and Manual Exposure [Jan. 10th, 2008|09:17 am]
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lx2
After further examination it seems Manual Exposure does not reduce shutter lag because the camera still needs to meter and display the over/under exposure scale on the LCD before firing.
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Thanks [Jan. 7th, 2008|10:00 am]
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jujueye
Good tips. Great pic. The LX2 surely does macro. Okay, will try those ideas, particularly moving with the image. 

Am wondering where our forum members reside? I am in NYC

Ken  
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10 Tips for Low Light shooting with the Lx-2 [Jan. 7th, 2008|12:32 pm]
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lx2
Here are some tips for low light situations:

1) You can go as far as 400 ASA without the grain becoming impossible.

2) Do you really need a 10 megapixel image? If you are printing it in a box in a box or magazine that is just 1200 pixels across at the print resolution then the grain you see at 4224 pixels (horizontal) will have vanished at 1200 pixels.

3) Use the OIS modes to steady your hand.

4) Rest the camera on something to steady it.

5) Increase the contrast and the noise in the midtones will disappear as they block up to black. In this image the black area on the left of the picture was grey and full of noise/grain. It was shot at ISO 400 by the way and this is a 100% crop.

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6) Use black and white - noise looks a bit more natural.

7) Use flash. Noise is worse in low quality light.

8) Accept that sometimes you can say more with a blurred picture than a sharp one. This is feeding time in a huge fishtank. A sharp, motionless shot would have actually been worse at showing what it was like:

Feeding Time

9) Set the camera to underexpose by 2 stops when shooting RAW then correct it in post-processing.

10) If the subject is moving, move your hand with it. The subject will be much sharper and will stand out better from the background.
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When all else fails .... [Jan. 6th, 2008|10:44 pm]
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lx2






Ideally every shot we take would be perfectly exposed and in focus. However there are times when the light simply won't allow for the 1/500th shutter speed that we need to freeze the action, esp. given the Lx-2's limited ISO performance.

This was the case with the shark. It was behind curved 6cm glass and moving fast. Focus was impossible. Light was low. It was shot wide open at f2.8 on ISO 400 but still I could only get a fifth of a second. So I panned the camera a little as it went by. The framing could be better.

It works.

It's not sharp.

But it works.
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Saving Black and White and Colour together [Jan. 5th, 2008|10:11 pm]
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lx2
If you shoot RAW, the camera saves a Standard size JPG too for quick reference. If you set the camera to take Black and White photos it only affects the JPG. So you get a colour RAW and a quick B+W reference shot to let you quickly see how the scene looks in B+W. This is useful if that is your intended end product.

The same is true of Sepia, of course, but a man has to have some standards.
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