Intro by Skip Cohen
It's Monday morning at SCU! For over a year I've started every week with a post in Luminary Corner, but I think it's time I shared why...
I've spent my entire adult life in the photographic industry. While I love it dearly, my main passion is helping photographers with marketing and the business side of imaging. I've always loved photography, but I've never made my living as a photographer. While I know more than I let on sometimes, in all honesty, my profile is more like that of serious hobbyist...passionate, but a little insecure now and then about my own images.
Well, LUMIX, together with Panasonic's Luminaries, have simply inspired me back to shooting more. They're an amazing group of diverse and talented artists and I now find I'm rarely without a camera. While Luminary Corner is a feature on SCU for my readers, it's just as much for me personally. Putting together a blog post from any one of the Luminaries or now and then sharing some of my own experiences with a GH3, for example, energizes me for the week.
What could be better for a blog about photography, even if it's about marketing, than to kick off every Monday morning sharing outstanding images and talking about the technique or gear involved in their capture?
This morning's post is from Panasonic Luminary, Bob Coates, but I want to share one more sidebar story. Bob is one of my oldest friends in photography. He's my "go-to" buddy every time I've got a question about photography or find myself in over my head, taking on a challenge beyond my skill set. LOL The fact that he's also shooting with LUMIX cameras has added a terrific new dimension to our friendship.
I know this sounds a little like an infomercial this morning, but you owe it to yourself to check out the GH4 and take one out for a test drive. Panasonic's slogan is "Changing Photography" and for me, no company has lived up more to that commitment!
You can check out more of Bob's work along with the other Luminaries with a quick trip to the new LUMIX Lounge. You'll never be disappointed!
by Bob Coates
I was beyond pleasantly surprised when I took the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f4.0-5.6 Lens out for a spin chasing birds in Sarasota, Florida while I was on holiday.
While I wouldn't have minded a slightly faster lens, the 100-300mm has quite a reach. It is the equivalent of a 200-600mm in 35mm full frame. The lens has stabilization that is helpful when tracking birds as they take off and exhibit different behaviors.
I used the Lumix GH4, as the burst capture speed of 12 frames per second for RAW files, helps to capture specific moments.
I photographed in many different situations from dawn to dusk and all times in between. With a lens price tag under 500 bucks this is a great value lens. BTW there's currently a $200 price reduction on the Lumix GH4 bringing it down to $1500.
Click on any image for the link to more information about their capture and/or processing.
Intro by Skip Cohen
I've talked a lot about the diversity of Panasonic's Luminaries. Each member of the team offers something just a little different, yet they all overlap in their passion for the craft, along with their understanding and appreciation for technology.
On the Facebook page for Skip Cohen University, I never noticed messages in my mail box. I had started the page and then didn't stay on top of it, something I won't do again. In going through old email I found some great images from LUMIX Luminary and good buddy, Rick Gerrity.
There are two things I want to point out. First, the quality of both images. These are right out of the can. Second, is about marketing. So many of you post images all the time and never think about how they might reach into another community or simply put, be of interest outside your normal circle. Rick went ahead and shared the image on a trucker site on Facebook and check out what he wrote.
A big thanks to Rick for putting up with me and still sharing the images with me six months later! Also a big thanks to Brian Sames for pulling off the road for a couple of shots!
Interested in seeing more of Rick's work? Check out his site along with the new Lumix Lounge!
by Rick Gerrity
On my trip back from Cleveland I made contact with a trucker with my trusty CB radio and convinced him to get off Route 80 and let me photograph his yellow custom Peterbilt. I then posted it on the "10-4" Magazine's Facebook page. It has gone crazy!
The photos were made with the GH 4 with an in camera filter. There is no retouching at all, straight out of the camera.
Images copyright Rick Gerrity. All rights reserved.
Intro by Skip Cohen
I met Giulio Sciorio while in the Panasonic booth at WPPI almost two years ago. Since then he's shared a number of posts here in Luminary Corner and they're always loaded with great information.
On December 4, he did a presentation about 4K video at B&H in NYC. It's one of the best presentations on the subject I've seen. As Giulio says in the beginning...
" This is an introduction to 4K video, but it's specifically for photographers. There's a big difference in how a photographer sees things and a filmmaker sees things....There's really a different mindset as a photographer when you shoot video..."
Giulio's presentation is all from a photographer's perspective and it's excellent.
Technology is constantly changing and Panasonic has been leading the way. Giulio does an outstanding job explaining 4K video, as well as sharing many of the applications for video and micro 4/3s technology. This is going to be well worth your time...so, grab a coffee and sit back and meet my buddy Giulio. You won't be disappointed.
Make sure Giulio is on your radar along with all of the LUMIX Luminaries. You'll find everybody hanging out at the NEW LUMIX Lounge, just a click away.
Intro by Skip Cohen
I can't think of a better way to kick off a new year in Luminary Corner than with a post like this from Daniel J. Cox. What I really love about it is the diversity of the topic...you're used to seeing Daniel's work in the wild. Well, he's almost stayed true to his primary passion in photography, only we've moved from the outdoors and onto the "wild" of the ice with a little lesson in hockey and some fun family history.
However, regardless of whether or not you're interested in sports photography, that's really not what this post is about. Daniel's point is - still images from 4K video. His short tutorial at the very end is well worth watching.
Make sure Daniel is on your radar along with all of the LUMIX Luminaries. You'll find everybody hanging out at the NEW LUMIX Lounge, just a click away.
by Daniel J. Cox
This past two weeks of the Christmas season has been a whirlwind of family activity. The gift of being together is better than anything I could ever imagine under the Christmas tree. Along with family comes the opportunity for lots of pictures, but more on that in a later post. Today it’s all about taking still images out of video clips.
A few nights ago I had the chance to try the 4K Photo Mode on the new Lumix LX100, my new favorite, carry it everywhere Micro Four Thirds camera. For those not familiar with 4K Photo Mode, you can read more at Lumix GH4’s 4K Photo Mode – Publishable Stills From Video is Finally Here. That Blog post was about the 4K Photo Mode with the GH4, but we also have the same capability with the Lumix LX100 and that’s what this post is all about.
My dear wife Tanya has a bit of a celebrity on her side of the clan, Nathan MacKinnon, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche hockey team. A “bit of a celebrity” might be understating it since he was voted Rookie of the Year in 2013 (video below) and broke one of Wayne Gretzky’s records by scoring a point in 13 consecutive games in his rookie season. Nate is the nephew of Tanya’s Uncle Ian and as hard as we’ve tried, we still can’t quite figure out the exact title of the relationship, but I like to refer to Nate as Tanya’s cousin-in-law Nate’s not only amazingly gifted handling the puck, but he’s considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL. See his speed for yourself in the video below where hockey skate company CCM Tacks pits Nathan MacKinnon against three time Olympic gold medal winner, Charles Hamelin, in a speed skating challenge. Keep in mind how much gear Nathan is wearing. This young nineteen-year-old is a rocket on ice.
Back to the photography part of this post. Tanya planned our night with the Avalanche many months out and she scored fabulous seats just three rows behind the plexiglass, a few feet left of the Avalanche team box. I would have loved to be right on the glass, since shooting ten feet back or so picked up marks on the plexiglass. Any time you have to shoot through plexiglass or glass, you should always put the lens as close to the surface as possible to eliminate reflections and other imperfections in the transparent surface.
I shot most of the game capturing normal stills but eventually I thought about the 4K Photo Mode and realized this might be an excellent opportunity to see what it could do. Setting it up is easy by going to the Video tab on the Main Menu and selecting the 4K Photo on the first page.
Select this option and and push the menu button. Up pops another screen that says, “Change the video quality settings used for 4K still images?” with a Yes box and a No box. Select the Yes box by pushing the menu button again. You’re now in 4K Photo Mode. The next item is to set your exposure properly. I set the LX100 to manual exposure and selected 1/1000th of a second with a corresponding aperture for a proper exposure based on my histogram. In 4K Photo Mode you can shoot as fast of shutter speed as needed to stop the action thus the 1/100oth of a second. That’s one of the main benefits of 4K Photo Mode. Typically, video is shot at 1/30th or 1/60th. of a second. A shutter speed that slow, for a rocket man like Nate MacKinnon, would certainly capture nothing but a blur so you have to shoot a fast shutter speed to get more than a vapor trail so to speak.
That’s the capture part. The next step is to pull those individual 8 Megapixel stills from that video. To explain that I produced a semi-short “how to” that gives the details. You can see it below. Let me know if you have any further questions and once you’ve given it a try, stop by and let us know how it went, what you shot, and your thoughts on this new technology. I think it has phenomenal potential for the world of capturing pictures.
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