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David Busch’s Panasonic Lumix® DMC-GF1: Guide to Digital Photography

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DAVID BUSCH'S PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GF1 GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY shows readers how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the new Lumix DMC-GF1 camera to take great photographs of anything. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, and tips and techniques that can be applied to any type of photography will help readers take better pictures with their new camera. Whether they are new to digital photography or experienced pros, this book will help readers maximize their camera's capabilities so they'll quickly learn how to their Lumix DMC-GF1, and use it well.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Family Resemblance
    2. Who Are You?
    3. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. A Quick Look at Navigational Controls
      2. Setting the Clock
      3. Battery Included
        1. Charging the Battery
      4. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Mounting the Live Viewfinder
        3. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        4. Inserting a Secure Digital Card
        5. Formatting a Memory Card
    3. Choosing a Release/Drive Mode
      1. Using the Information Display
        1. Using the Q(uick) Menu
      2. Drive Modes
        1. Single
        2. Burst
        3. Auto Bracket
        4. Self-Timer
    4. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      1. MyColor Mode
      2. Scene Mode (SCN)
        1. Choosing a Scene Mode
      3. Using a Custom Mode (C1 and C2)
      4. Choosing an Advanced Mode
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
      1. Choosing Autofocus Area Mode
      2. Pre AF
    7. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Roadmap
    1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1: Front View
    2. Going Topside
    3. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1’s Business End
    4. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Playback Display
      2. Viewing Thumbnails
      3. Working with Calendar View
      4. Working with Photo Information
    5. Lens Components
    6. Underneath Your Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
    1. Anatomy of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1’s Menus
    2. Rec Menu
      1. Film Mode
      2. Aspect Ratio
      3. Picture Size
        1. 4:3 Picture Size Settings
        2. 3:2 Picture Size Settings
        3. 16:9 Picture Size Settings
        4. 1:1 Picture Size Settings
      4. Quality
      5. Face Recognition
      6. Stabilizer
      7. Flash
        1. Manual Mode
        2. Shutter-Priority Automation
        3. Aperture-Priority and Program Automation
        4. C1 (Custom 1)
        5. C2 (Custom 2)
        6. SCN (Scene)
      8. Red-Eye Removal
      9. Flash Synchro
      10. Flash Adjust.
      11. Metering Mode
      12. I. Exposure
      13. Long Shutter Noise Reduction
      14. ISO Limit Set
      15. ISO Increment Set
      16. Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
      17. Digital Zoom
      18. Burst Rate
      19. Auto Bracket
      20. Self-Timer
      21. Color Space
      22. Audio Recording
    3. Motion Picture Menu
      1. Rec Mode
      2. Rec Quality
      3. Continuous AF
      4. Movie Metering Mode
      5. I. Exposure
      6. Wind Cut
      7. Digital Zoom
    4. Custom Menu
      1. Cust. Set Mem.
      2. LCD Display Style
      3. Histogram
      4. Guide Line
      5. Exposure Meter
      6. AF/AE Lock
      7. AF/AE Lock Hold
      8. Preview Hold
      9. Pre AF
        1. Q-AF
        2. C-AF
        3. Direct AF Area
      10. Focus Priority
      11. AF Assist Lamp
      12. AF + MF
      13. MF Assist
      14. Picture/Motion Picture Rec Area
      15. Remaining Disp.
      16. Motion Picture Button
      17. Dial Guide
      18. Menu Resume
      19. Pixel Refresh
      20. Sensor Cleaning
      21. Shoot without Lens
      22. LVF Display Style
    5. Setup Menu
      1. Clock Set
      2. World Time
      3. Travel Date
      4. Fn Button Set
      5. Economy
        1. Power Save
        2. Auto LCD Off
      6. Auto Review
        1. Review
        2. Zoom
      7. Highlight
      8. Monitor
      9. LCD Mode
        1. Auto Power LCD
        2. Power LCD
      10. Scene Menu
      11. Beep
      12. Volume
      13. No. (Number) Reset
      14. Reset
      15. USB Mode
      16. Video Out
      17. TV Aspect
      18. HDMI Mode
      19. Viera Link
      20. Version Disp.
      21. Language
      22. Format
    6. My Menu
    7. Playback Menu
      1. Slide Show
      2. Playback Mode
      3. Favorite
      4. Title Edit
      5. Text Stamp
      6. Resize
      7. Trimming
      8. Aspect Conversion
      9. Rotate
      10. Rotate Display
      11. Print Set
      12. Protect
      13. Audio Dub
      14. Face Recognition Edit
  9. 4. Fine-Tuning Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Understanding Exposure
    2. How the GF1 Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Multiple Metering
      2. Center Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture-Priority
      2. Shutter-Priority
      3. Program Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Dealing with Noise
    7. Bracketing
      1. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
  10. 5. Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Locking in Focus
      2. Focus Modes
      3. Adding Circles of Confusion
    2. Using Autofocus with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
    3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      1. Autofocus Mode
        1. AFS
        2. AFC
        3. Manual Focus
      2. Autofocus Method
        1. Face Detection
          1. Face Registration
        2. Autofocus Tracking
        3. Twenty-three Area AF
        4. One-Area AF
        5. Pre AF
          1. Setting Pre AF
    4. Burst Mode
    5. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    6. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    7. Movie Making with the GF1
      1. AVCHD Lite
      2. Motion JPEG
      3. Quality Settings
      4. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
      5. Shooting Video with the GF1
      6. Tips for Shooting Better Video
        1. Shooting Script
        2. Storyboards
        3. Storytelling in Video
          1. Composition
        4. Lighting for Video
          1. Illumination
          2. Creative Lighting
          3. Lighting Styles
      7. Audio
        1. Tips for Better Audio
  11. 6. Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
      1. Crop or Not?
    2. The Four Thirds/Micro Four Thirds Sensor and Lens Design
      1. Where Four Thirds/Micro Four Thirds Came From
      2. Advantages of Micro Four Thirds
    3. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    4. What Lenses Can You Use?
    5. Available Four Thirds Lenses
    6. What Lenses Can Do for You
      1. Zoom or Prime?
    7. Categories of Lenses
    8. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    9. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    10. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Converters
      3. Image Stabilization
  12. 7. Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Ghost Images
        2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      2. Determining Exposure
      3. Guide Numbers
      4. Flash Control
      5. Flash Metering Mode
      6. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
    4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
    5. Working with Panasonic Flash Units
      1. Panasonic DMW-FL500
      2. Panasonic DMW-FL360
      3. Panasonic DMW-FL220
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Connecting External Flash
      1. Off-Camera Flash
    8. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
        1. Basic Flash Setups
        2. Studio Flash
        3. Connecting Multiple Non-Dedicated Units to Your Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Softboxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
      4. Painting with Light
  13. 8. Useful Software for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
    1. Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO
    2. SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0
    3. Other Software
      1. DxO Optics Pro
      2. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
      3. Bibble Pro
      4. Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
  14. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Battery Powered
    2. Update Your Firmware
      1. How It Works
      2. Getting Ready
    3. Protect Your LCD
    4. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    5. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Air Cleaning
        2. Brush Cleaning
        3. Liquid Cleaning
        4. Tape Cleaning
        5. Checking Your Work
  15. Glossary