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Instruction/Coaching for new M4/3 users?

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by lakibler, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. lakibler

    lakibler New to Mu-43

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    Feb 1, 2015
    My husband bought me a Panasonic M4/3 camera two years ago and I would like to become more expert at getting the most out of it. Is there a "For Dummies" kind of guide out there - something that is an instructional handbook or video guide?
     
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  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi, are you looking for model specific instruction, or general digital photography info?

    If the former, please state the model of your camera.

    Barry
     
  3. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    Mike
    If it's the actual camera manual you're after you should be able to download a PDF version from the Panasonic website. Otherwise there isn't a great deal that is specific to ยต4/3, any photography guide should help you understand the settings.
    Cambridge in colour http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/ is a good on-line one, that IIRC covers both basic settings & more advanced techniques.

    When you're after micro 4/3 specific information this forum is probably the best place! :biggrin:
     
  4. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    718
    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Any person new to photography should read the "Understanding exposure" book by Bryan Peterson. It's comprehensive (about the basics) yet easy to read. the ISO, main rules of photography, etc...

    There are multiple youtube and other videos on the subject, if you're facing time constraints, but i still prefer that book to any other short video.

    Apart from that, things specific to m43 are mostly related to (arguably) relatively small sensor (less subject isolation than full frame DSLRs, slightly higher noise, crop factor of 2 times etc), it being contrast based (as oppose to phase detect sensor in DSLRs, meaning there are people saying it's slower focusing for e.g. faster moving subjects) and the bodies/lenses being much smaller than DSLR counterparts...
     
  5. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    771
    Nov 16, 2012
    Emily
    There are some books that are specific to particular camera models, although not every model. As someone coming from a point-and-shoot background, I found the books easier to use than the camera manuals.

    Otherwise, any good book on digital photography (and many books from the days of film-only photography) will be fine. I agree with the recommendation of "Understanding Exposure."

    What's your level of experience with photography? I think people will be able to make more relevant recommendations if they know where you're coming from.
     
  6. Pixelpated

    Pixelpated Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 29, 2015
    Midwest
    What model camera is it?

    There are some training available for a couple of models of Panasonic.