Starting Over

Yesterday while still in Dunedin we chose a new camera that I’ll be able to start learning how to use. So exciting! To be honest I hate learning anything new but I’d got really frustrated with the lack of detail and poor colour rendition in my basic cellphone camera. This afternoon back home I ventured out into a not-very-nice day to try it out for the first time. It was really gusty outside and threatening to rain any minute – not the best for taking my first pictures but I was thrilled with the results achieved with simply using the ‘Intelligent-Auto’ setting. These are my first three photos and the only ones I’ve taken so far. I don’t even know how to shift the focus from the centre yet!

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This Cornus or dogwood a few blocks down the road from home has been looking stunning, although a bit past it now. Still a beauty in my eyes. I haven’t edited this at all, just resized and saved. It was the last photo I took (used the zoom).

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Same Cornus, this is the second photo taken. Got blown out in some of the white so I’ve adjusted for brightness and saturation.

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And now my very first photo taken, a church just up the road. Slightly increased the saturation.

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The camera is a Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ220.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Wow. I checked out the specs of your new camera, Liz, and see that it has lots and lots of features. You should have fun exploring them, although I must confess that I tend to use the same features on my camera over and over again and don’t, for example, even know how to take videos with my camera (or my phone for that matter).

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    1. It’s been daunting enough making myself get it out of its bag, use it, and learn the most basic things! It’s set on ‘intelligent auto’ and I’m just doing point-and-shoot plus operating the zoom, and then I edit later for correction. Thanks for taking an interest!

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      1. I have a LUMIX DMC-FZ300 that I have barely used, which is more capable than my Canon SX50 all-in-one that I carry with me a lot. I think the growing pains you are experiencing are similar to those I am experiencing with my new iPhone. I feel totally clueless about taking photos with my phone and have yet to use most of its features.

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    1. The yellow pohutukawa shots in my other post were taken with the new camera. I get it out when I have a bit of time. If I’m time-constrained like on the train trip I use the cellphone camera.

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  2. My old point and shoot just died and I finally upgraded to a DSLR so I feel you! I’m enjoying it a lot so far. I hope you are enjoying your new camera ๐Ÿ™‚ Photos looks great! I think you’ll have lots of fun with it.

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  3. Go you!! It’ll be so much fun but alas the housework will be neglected – Lol. I got my new camera about a year ago and am still learning it. I’m going to do a short photography course next year. Go to the next level – ๐Ÿ™‚

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