Intro by Skip Cohen
This is definitely a fun video to share, because it's from the Luminary Team Leader himself, Tom Curley. If you haven't met Tom, you'll usually find him in the Panasonic booth at virtually every major photographic convention. He's a great guy with a lot of industry depth and a solid contributor to Panasonic's campaign of "Changing Photography."
On a recent trip to British Columbia, Tom put together this series of time lapse images, which he shared recently on his Facebook page. He was shooting with one of my personal favorites in the LUMIX family, the GH4.
I've written a lot about time lapse photography, especially in terms of a finished product you might present to a client. Think about the impact a time lapse video would have with a day-in-the-life children's portrait session. Even better would be the set up for an event like a wedding or anniversary. Or, closer to everyone would be documenting the preparation for next Thanksgiving's dinner. It's a great creative element to add to your ability as a storyteller.
You'll find a lot more images in the LUMIX Lounge from all the members of the Luminary team. It's just a click away.
Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to describing Panasonic's Luminary team. In fact, I'm not sure there's any photographic specialty at least one of them hasn't ventured into sometime in their career. Each member of the Luminary team should be on your radar. So, what better way to introduce you to the team than to share one of their favorite images each week.
One of those "Masters of Diversity" is my good buddy, Bob Coates. Based in Sedona, in the fifteen years or so that we've been friends, I've enjoyed Bob's wedding, and portrait images, architectural, landscapes, fine art, and the list is virtually endless. I'll let you be the judge of your favorite of the two images below, but I love the richness of the black and white.
You'll fine more of Bob's work and wisdom at Successful-Photographer.com and also with the Luminary team in the Lumix Lounge. And, if you see Bob on the schedule to be speaking in your community, run don't walk to grab a seat. He's also a terrific instructor!
This is one of my favorite images from when the Lumix GX7 first came out. Like most Lumix cameras it has a very low profile so is not intimidating to subjects when doing street photography. (check out its newer cousin the GX85!) I knew I wanted this to be in square format so I set the camera to show me the one to one crop .
"What you see is what you get" rocks when trying to fill the frame.
Intro by Skip Cohen
Everyday technology is changing and making it easier for photographers to be truly creative artists. In searching through the archives of "Mirrorless Photo Tips," I found this post by my buddy Mark Toal. I'm sharing two different videos along with his post. The first is under two minutes and a "how-to" demo of time lapse photography with a LUMIX LX100. The second video is an example Mark did for a company in Oregon.
Both videos are a kick to watch, especially when you start thinking about other applications. For me, I see it as an ideal add-on with a bridal client capturing the set up for the reception. Think about how many hours the couple has spent planning their reception. From centerpieces to food to the seating and room decorations, typically there have been what seems like an endless number of hours in the planning process. They rarely see anything until they walk into the room after the ceremony.
Then there's children's photography. If you offer "day in the life" coverage, there's an opportunity to capture ten minutes of a child with their favorite toy, the family pet or their siblings. Again, it's the perfect addition to the coverage you're already providing.
Remember your primary goal. You need to exceed every client's expectations and make yourself habit-forming! Photography is a word of mouth business, and surprising a client with a time lapse memory maker might just be what gets them talking about you to all of their friends and more potential clients!
Interested in seeing more of Mark's work and enjoying more tips on building a stronger technique? Check out Mark's work along with his "partners in crime", Joe and Mary Farace, put Mirrorless Photo Tips on your radar.
You'll also find lots of great images and helpful content in Panasonic's Lumix Lounge. Check out Mark's work as well as the work of Panasonic's Luminary team. They're all just a click away.
By Mark Toal
I never thought I would have any use for the time-lapse feature that’s built-into my Lumix camera. Then I meet a group of guys in Hood River, Oregon that asked me to record 30-days they had to build a Rat Rod car for a competition.It’s easy to set up in any Panasonic Lumix camera that supports time-lapse. The directions shown in this video are for the Lumix LX100 but are the same for other Panasonic cameras.
I went on-line and learned as much as I could about time lapse, set up a Panasonic Lumix G6 that was clamped to a support beam in their garage in Hood River and took over 14,000 images over a 28 day period. I set the camera to shoot a photo every two minutes. Twice a week I would go out and put in a new SD card.
I learned that the easiest way to assemble the images is by using Apple’s QuickTime Pro software for the Mac OS or Windows. I found this tutorial on YouTube that perfectly explains the process . You can easily edit the finished time lapse video in QuickTime Pro or any video editing program.
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