Do we really need to carry that tripod?

Author David Goodell


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.

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.
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: and