Being a Lazy Photographer

In a previous post I referred to myself as a lazy photographer. I’ve never liked using a tripod, I quit my first photo class when they wanted us to use a 4×5 view camera. When one-hour photo came along I left the darkroom behind. When digital cameras came along I was more than happy to stop using film.

Comic Con red heroes

I was made for small Micro Four-thirds cameras; camera that is always with me either over my shoulder or on the car seat beside me. I can pick it up and shoot without people even noticing me. I also find that shooting from the LCD screen as opposed to the viewfinder lets me get closer and communicate better with my subjects. They seem to be less intimidated when I don’t have a large camera in front of my face. Here are some examples of photos that I’ve shot lately as I travel around Portland, Oregon.

iPad at Comicon

As I’ve written before, I walk around with my camera on Program Mode and the ISO set to Auto so I’m ready for any situation. As soon as I see something I can raise the camera and shoot.  Then if I want to stop and adjust the shutter speed, ISO or aperture at least I have the photo in case the moment that caught my eye changes. I do shoot in the Raw format and process the files in Lightroom and Photoshop which I’m pretty lazy about too.

new.Mark.headMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos at Mark can be contacted at

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