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07-09-2006, 03:52 PM
When using a digital camera with 12x optical zoom (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30K) – what zoom and technique would be good for taking headshots? I’d like to get to a nice telephoto portrait equivalent and still make use of the fill-flash (during late afternoon outside or inside with good light from windows). I’m clueless and very new to photography – so any advice or information is welcome.
07-09-2006, 04:03 PM
Use the regular lens setting so you can best use the flash. The flash on most cameras (P&S) doesn't work well when the zoom is at maximum. It doesn't allow the light to fully travel to the subject and back again.
From there I would crop your picture and then have it developed.
07-10-2006, 03:43 AM
The FZ30 isn't exactly a P&S camera. Best is not to use full tele, but something in-between so you can still crop later.
The FZ30 allows you to use an external flash, so if the built-in flash isn't good enough you might try getting one (buy one, or ask friends if they have a good one lying around).
07-10-2006, 12:47 PM
Thank you for the feedback. As best I can determine the 5x or 6x zoom would put me close to or slightly above 150mm (for undistorted flattering faces) - so I'll give that a try with the built in flash - and determine if I should try an external one. I know what you're saying about this camera not really being a P&S... In fact, I'm hoping that this camera will be close to SLR. At least as close as I can get for now, I'm a novice with budget restrictions and this was the very best value I found for me. I've never used an external flash either - any general tips?
Get a Sunpak 383 Super as your flash. I have one and used it on my Pana FZ20 and also my Nikon D50. Its powerful and very easy to use! I'm selling mine BTW;)
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