Can the X20 be saved? :-)

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
lensez
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Re: Can the X20 be saved? :-)
In reply to nradd, Apr 6, 2013

nradd wrote:

As for the smearing/noise reduction, I would suggest that Auto setting will work well outdoors in daylight as long as the subject isn't moving too fast.  For fast subjects consider "sport" mode.  For people consider "portrait" mode.  You can expect these will automate ISO, shutter speed and aperture well for their stated type of shots.  Taking shots in poor light indoors pushes any camera toward its limits, especially with difficult subjects, so Auto doesn't always work well for that.  Finally, you can also turn down noise reduction setting in the menu to eliminate smearing.

Gary K

thanks so much for bearing with me. i'm really just getting to know this cam and my photo skills aren't too good but i'm willing to learn.

i kept experimenting with the settings available to me in auto mode and realized i could still set the white balance even though the cam is set to "auto" i finally got the brilliant idea that every photographer learned the first day in school which is to use a grey card to set the white balance. ha! you can basically set the white balance and affect exposure at the same time with by half pressing the shutter while pointing at the card (which you can angle to be brighter or darker in front of the lens to affect exposure)  brilliant!

this improved the results a lot but not only that, i changed the film simulations setting from "standard" to "pro neg/ Hi" and the smearing is GONE. Apparently provia/standard applies a lot of noise reduction to the during the jpeg rendering process

Glad to hear it, you're on your way.  Experimenting with X10/X20 is easy and will pay off in better pictures.  Guaranteed.

The pro neg/Hi setting is giving you more contrast which is helping with fine detail.

As for exposure, if you decide to go for more control one nice feature of the X10/X20 is the exposure knob makes it so easy to adjust exposure in modes such as A or S.  You just set the display to always show the histogram and turn the exposure knob to move the histogram most of the way to the right.

It can be a lot of fun developing photography skills with an enthusiast camera such as the X10 or X20.

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Gary K

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