Do we really need to carry that tripod?

Author David Goodell

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Technology has advanced digital photography on all fronts, but an area that has shown one of the greatest leaps is image stabilization.

_1050291My camera, the Lumix GX8, has a dual image stabilization system which takes advantage of both the in-body image stabilizer as well as the optical image stabilizer in the lens. Reviews have reported sharp photos at one half second shutter speed.
Last week I took a Jeep trip in Colorado with a friend. All of these photos were taken while being bounced around the Jeep on roads which were rougher than any I have ever driven (or hiked). As we bounced my seat belt kept getting tighter and tighter.
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Given the sharpness of the images, which were taken at ISO 200, I wonder if, in the near future, advances in image stabilization (and ISO) will allow us to leave our tripods at home when we do daylight photography.

David Goodell is a trip leader for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops

The Panasonic Lumix GX8: My Results Are In. . . Great Decision!

Author: David Goodell

A few weeks ago, after I purchased my Lumix GX8, I posted a blog stating that Lumix’ post focus was the reason I chose this camera.

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After spending a great deal of time going through the camera manual, setting up the menu choices, and deciding on the uses for the many function buttons I finally was able to test post focus.

The verdict: post focus is a winner and really fun. And it works — using my new Panasonic 45mm macro lens I have taken fantastic images.

Here are some of my images which, by the way, were all taken in my back yard:

David Goodell is a trip leader for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

Panasonic Lumix GX8 – Is it a good decision?

Author:  David Goodell

Is my purchase of the Lumix GX8 a good decision??

A few days ago I purchased a Lumix GX8 which will be delivered tomorrow. Why buy this camera instead of a Sony,  Olympus, or Fuji? One feature separated this camera from the others – post focus.
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I plan to use post focus for my macro photography because it will allow me to increase the depth of field of my close-up photos. Briefly, post focus uses 4K video to take photos at each of the cameras 49 focus points and then allows the photographer to pick the photo which focuses on the point I want. Or, and more importantly for me, you can pick several or all of the photos and focus stack them using Photoshop or another program. There is a negative however – post focus creates 8 MB JPEG files which could be a problem. We will see. For sure I will have to be careful in selecting my white balance.
Will it work for me? I will let you know in a few weeks.  If you want more information about post focus check out these websites: youtube.com/watch?v=oAhOC9ta36Q and youtube.com/watch?v=6wFRy8VQKuQ