Molly is going on ten years old and is in remarkable shape. I'm convinced it's a combination of never having had people food and her love for tennis balls. There's nothing Molly won't do for a few minutes chasing tennis balls being bounced off of the driveway.
Over the years I've repeatedly tried to capture the action and the intensity of her ability to never miss a catch, but not until playing around with 4K video yesterday, did I really get the images I wanted. While there are those of you who will frown at my approach, there's a place for still images from 4K video in everybody's life. Here's how it fit into mine.
I was shooting with a LUMIX LX100. I set it up on a tripod in the driveway and hit the button to shoot 4K video. Remember at 4K, each single frame is an 8 mp file. Before downloading the video, I edited in camera and simply captured the frames I wanted.
Most of you know that I am not a professional photographer. And, while I know more than I let on, my profile is more like a serious hobbyist. I love the creative tools technology has given us and especially Panasonic with the LUMIX family of cameras.
The images below are jpegs right out of the can and I'm sharing them, just to make a point about the capabilities of these cameras.
Now, think about those of you who truly know what you're doing with a camera in your hands and the ability to go from still images to video at a touch of a button - back and forth - telling a story about a particular event or subject you're about to capture.
Here's a program just launched this week that you need to make sure you don't miss, but I need to give you a little background.
Guilio Scorio and "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke are both nuts! Yeah, you heard me say that, but it's a compliment I use sparingly and only for those artists I respect the most. In fact, the whole Luminary Team is a bunch of crazy artists who are setting a standard for creativity, unmatched in the industry. Together with Panasonic, they've not only raised the bar on imaging, but they're adding an element of "fun" to the business of photography.
On just this tour alone, Giulio and PhotoJoseph are hitting topics like 4K video production techniques, in-camera editing, natural, studio, and LED lights, hybrid still+video concepts and post-processing techniques. It's called "Shoot Anything" for a reason. Here's a great example with an image posted by PhotoJoseph just a day or two ago.
Giulio and PhotoJoseph are two LUMIX Luminary Team members presenting a series of workshops as they tour the west coast of the USA demonstrating how to get the most out of LUMIX cameras. But this really isn't just about LUMIX though - this is about pushing the envelope of your own creativity. They're outstanding educators and over the last year, the team of Luminaries has been as responsible for my renewed passion to have a camera in my hand as the LUMIX cameras themselves.
They're in Bend, Portland and Kenmore, Washington today, Saturday and Monday. Just click the location to sign up. I can promise you won't be disappointed!
Cascade Center of Photography, Bend, OR | Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm
Pro Photo Supply, Portland, OR | Feb 14 @ 1 pm
Kenmore Camera Seattle, Kenmore, WA | Feb 16 @ 5 pm
On the Road With the GH3
I don't post my own images very often, but when I do it's always thanks to a member of Panasonic's LUMIX family. I've said this before... While I don't make a living as a professional photographer, after all these years, I know more than I let on. I know if I was in business today as a photographer I'd sure be following what's happening in the world of mirrorless cameras and especially Panasonic.
What I love most is the size and weight of the gear. Heading to PhotoPro Expo in Covington, KY, weekend before last, I carried my favorite backpack for travel from Lowepro. I had my MacBook, the GH3, three lenses and my usual supply of plugs, adapters etc. No weight, no big deal to pack and simplicity when it came to getting the shots I wanted.
I was doing a presentation at the hotel for a group of teachers as part of the convention's PPN charity program on Saturday morning. Because there's no real weight to think about, I had just left the camera in the bag with my laptop. Well, the sun was just coming up on Cincinnati across the river. I was using the 12-35mm f2.8 lens, which is pretty much the lens I use most of the time. The only limitation I see with this camera is my skill set...and I'm always working on that.
Co-hosting with good buddy, Matthew Jordan Smith on SPTV, I wanted a couple of grab shots. Matthew's new book, Future American President is scheduled to be released February 17, the day after President's Day. We had just finished the show for the day and it was the perfect opportunity for a quick grab shot, with the star, his new book at center stage.
He didn't have that copy with him for very long though. I talked him into giving it to my grand-daughter, Belle. She's eleven years old, loves to read and loved the concept.
I know she's probably the first kid to see the book, but she was totally into it. The premise for the book is capturing the dreams and aspirations of future presidents, all kids, with the oldest probably being about twelve. Belle got so into the book that she started critiquing each kid's comment on what they would do if they became president.
During the two day broadcast, we had Tom Curley from Panasonic on as a guest to talk about some of the things going on with LUMIX. If you're headed to any of the big shows, wander over to the Panasonic booth. You won't be disappointed with anything you see or for that matter the staff and Luminaries you get to meet.
As I've told Tom, numerous times, LUMIX has totally revitalized my passion for shooting. Panasonic's tag line is "Changing Photography" and over and over again, that's exactly what they're doing.
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