Intro by Skip Cohen
For the past several years I've been shooting exclusively with Panasonic's LUMIX cameras. Yes, they're SCU partners, but that has little to do with my love for the craft, yet everything to do with my love for mirrorless technology. Panasonic's tagline is "Changing Photography," and for me, nothing could be more accurate.
Thanks to the technology in every LUMIX product, I'm almost never without a camera. From their weight, to compact size to low-light capabilities to in-camera features like focus-stacking and 4K video they've helped me raise the bar on the quality of every image I capture.
But it's not just LUMIX that's changed photography for me, but the friendships from working with the LUMIX Ambassadors and the staff. Recently at WPPI my buddy Mark Toal and I were in the Panasonic booth and talking about the fun of working on something together. Well, here we are, launching "Mirrorless Mark Mondays."
Mark's on the road all the time and never without a LUMIX camera. We've started this new series to share his thoughts and his images, starting with today's post. And, just to help you get to know him a little better check out his "Why?" episode from September 2016. And, you can check out more of Mark's images and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
by Mark Toal
Who am I and why am I here are two questions that I ask myself every morning when I wake up.
My grandfather worked for George Eastman at Kodak for his entire career. I’ve been in the photo business since my first job out of high school selling cameras in a department store in Miami, Florida. After years in the photo processing industry and a short stint as a working photographer, I went to work for my current employer, Panasonic. I’m a technical support rep for LUMIX cameras and based in Portland, Oregon.
The intent of these blog posts is to show my love of photography that has only grown stronger over the years. I use only LUMIX cameras, but I’m not here as a representative of Panasonic. As a disclaimer, I have to say that the views in these blogs are my own and not Panasonic’s. I appreciate Skip giving me this small corner of the internet to share my views. You can see my previous blog posts at MirrorlessPhotoTips.com .
Let’s start with a new photo since this blog is hopefully more about taking photos than tech talk about cameras. I love small mirrorless cameras because they allow me to take a camera with me everywhere that I go. I came across this Airstream trailer on the street in downtown San Jose, CA.
My cameras are always set to Program, so I’m ready to shoot without thinking about the settings. I quickly changed the ISO to 2500 on my LUMIX GH5s. I was shooting with the Leica DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18MM, F2.8-4.0 lens and snapped this photo on the way to dinner.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.