Using Lumix Intelligent Auto Modes

Do you have a Lumix camera with Intelligence Auto Plus Mode (iA+)

If you do and you are new to photography or even an experienced photographer, you will find this mode useful, here is why…

Lumix intelligent auto modes (iA mode) optimises your camera’s settings depending on the scene that you are capturing. It uses scene detection technology to do this.

Scene Recognition

Scene recognition may work with some or all of the following scenes, depending on your camera, Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby, Sunset and Lowlight.

New to Photography

If you have not yet mastered all of your cameras functions and are still trying to get to grips with ISO, Exposure, white balance etc, and you are shooting JPEGs, then leaving your camera in iA mode will let you concentrate on capturing images while your camera attempts to optimise settings for the scene be shot.

You should still learn to use your histogram and exposure compensation dial to adjust exposure when needed.

If you are feeling more confident, you might want to switch to iA Plus Mode. This mode provides you with a little more control over your camera settings in that you can

  • Adjust white balance.
  • Select a combination of Aperture and Shutter speed.
  • Apply exposure compensation.

For the Experienced Photographer

Even when shooting RAW, when using the iA modes, scene recognition is performed . Furthermore, when shooting RAW and JPEG at the same time, the JPEG files will be processed using all the cameras iA functions.

Intelligent Auto Plus Mode (iA+)

As a more experienced photographer using your camera in iA+ mode means that you can focus on your picture taking but use your histogram and exposure compensation dial to adjust exposure as necessary. If appropriate you can also override the suggested aperture and  shutter speed settings.

Post Processing

If you plan to post process your images you can shoot in RAW, leaving your camera’s scene mode to apply the best settings for the picture you are taking.  Or, you can shoot both RAW and JPEG. The camera will process the JPEGs using all of the cameras iA functions.

  • Scene Detection Backlight Compensation
  • Face/Eye Detection]
  • Auto White Balance
  • Intelligent ISO sensitivity control
  • [Red-Eye Removal]
  • [i.Resolution]
  • [i.Dynamic]
  • [Long Shtr NR]
  • [Shading Comp.]
  • [Diffraction Compensation]
  • [Quick AF] [AF Assist Lamp]

This way, you have a RAW file to post process and a JPEG file as reference for each shot.

As experienced photographers, we can receive help in creating images by using our camera’s advanced technology and know that at any time, we can switch to full manual mode if the need arises. We have the best of both worlds when working this way.

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