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What is the difference between spot metering and spot focus?
What is the difference between spot metering and spot focus? and what situation I better use one instead of another?.

For example I want to get a picture where only one small part in focus and the rest of the photo is blurred. So what should I use? I tried different combinations but can't get results that I want. My camera is Panasonic TZ5...

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Dimka448 wrote:.

What is the difference between spot metering and spot focus? and whatsituation I better use one instead of another?.

Spot metering is when your camera meters the reflective light value in the center of the view (usually indicated by a central spot, cross or dot) to get the overall exposure value for the image..

Spot focusing is where you select a single point out of your camera's focus points to possess the sharpest focus and your camera will then attempt to ensure that holds true..

You don't have to use one or the other... you can actually use both at the same time..

For example I want to get a picture where only one small part infocus and the rest of the photo is blurred. So what should I use? Itried different combinations but can't get results that I want. Mycamera is Panasonic TZ5..

What you're describing is a combination of a lot of things happening to get the end result to look the way you want. This may be difficult to accomplish due to th the size of the sensor in your camera, limited aperature size, and limited focal length... all of which are required to work in harmony to create the look you're wanting.TANK.

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Dimka448 wrote:.

What is the difference between spot metering and spot focus? and whatsituation I better use one instead of another?.

For example I want to get a picture where only one small part infocus and the rest of the photo is blurred. So what should I use? Itried different combinations but can't get results that I want. Mycamera is Panasonic TZ5..

Metering in your example has nothing to do with what will or won't be in focus..

Metering = how the exposure of the photo (dark vs. light) is setFocus = what we see as sharp, not blurry.

To get what you're looking for, you need to focus on the specific part of the scene you want to be in focus, and make sure the camera is letting the lens be at a WIDE (low number) APERTURE. This gives you out-of-focus blur away from the point on which you are focusing...

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For example I want to get a picture where only one small part infocus and the rest of the photo is blurred. So what should I use? Itried different combinations but can't get results that I want. Mycamera is Panasonic TZ5..

This might not be the answer you are looking for, but I know there's a really easy way to do this with software... particularly Picasa...

Comment #3

Thank you all for the replies! Actually I got the answer I was looking for. So it is a spot focusing that I need to use but due to sensor size I wont be able achieve the results I need. Also TZ5 does not allow to change aperture manually so I can not open lens wide enough. I might borrow my friend DSLR just to see if I can get the result I want..

..Or maybe it is time for me to step up to DSLR world?..

Comment #4

Dimka448 wrote:..

..Or maybe it is time for me to step up to DSLR world?.

I think that may be the case..

You have demonstrated a need for control of DOF, and that you now understand how it is done..

If you're not careful, you may turn into a photographer..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

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Aletheia wrote:.

I think that may be the case..

You have demonstrated a need for control of DOF, and that you nowunderstand how it is done..

If you're not careful, you may turn into a photographer..

It seems like I'm ready for DSLR, but size of the camera is what holding me back. I really like Sony A300 (due to live view function that is properly implemented and it is very comfortable in my hands), but is still too big to put it into pocket and it is heavy enough to carry all day long while you on vacation. Oh well... decisions and compromises.....

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