by Skip Cohen
My passion for professional photography lies in the business and marketing side. I don't make my living as a photographer, but that doesn't mean I don't have an incredible passion for imaging with a camera in my hands! I recently started shooting with a LUMIX FZ300, and I'm blown away by the technology packed into this relatively small SLR.
We were in Ohio a few weeks ago and wandered out to some of the vineyards. There was a little man-made pool in the corner of the restaurant's patio, and I started playing with the camera. I didn't have a tripod with me, so I had to do the best I could handheld.
It reminded me of an early lesson my good buddy Tom Danielson taught me scuba-diving years ago. We were shooting with a new underwater housing for the Hasselblad. On one dive I came up and commented there wasn't much to photograph. Tom just looked at me and laughed. He suggested on the next dive I just hang out at the first coral head I came to and photograph everything I saw.
The little pond below, complete with garden hose wound up being a lot of fun to photograph and reminds me of that coral head. I played with the camera in and out of macro and then for the image above used the in-camera soft focus filter. There's so much we walk by every day and never notice the detail.
The FZ300 has a 25-600mm fixed lens, touch screen, 4K and splashproof/dustproof technology. Plus, this little gem has most of the features that have made Panasonic's LUMIX family a leader in mirrorless technology - all, right at your fingertips. And, it's smaller and lighter than the FZ1000.
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