Micro Four-thirds – A Wi-Fi Update
special guest post by Mark Toal
A few months ago I wrote about my first experiences using the Wi-Fi feature that’s built into newer cameras. Since then I’ve mainly used in-camera Wi-Fi to transfer photos that I take on trips to my cell phone or tablet to post online or email to friends.
I recently started using a Panasonic Lumix GX-7 with built in Wi-Fi and decided that I needed to figure out how to use Wi-Fi for shooting photos. I couldn’t come up with many situations where I needed to shoot remotely from my phone or tablet until I wanted to take photos of a steam train for a group where I volunteer. I’ve always been frustrated that I couldn’t get a higher view of the train without dragging out a ladder. It doesn’t help that I’m afraid of heights.
I went to my local camera store and bought a Rode Boom Pole. I put a tripod ball head on top of the pole, attached my Lumix GX-7, connected to the Panasonic Image App on my iPhone and instantly gained a whole new angle of view. In the photo you can see me with the boom pole on top of the SP&S700 steam engine. I’m controlling the GX-7 from the iPhone in my right hand to shoot the photo that you see here of Larry working on the engine. The photo of the train from the front shows how I got a different, less distorted view by just raising the camera about 8 feet above me head.
If you like taking photos of trains as much as I obviously do, the SP&S700 steam train will be running in Portland, Oregon for three weekends starting on Thanksgiving weekend. The best location for photos is across from the Oaks Park Amusement Park in Sellwood, which is just a few miles south of Portland. Check out the website for details.
Mark 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 on his web site at www.marktoalphotography.com. Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org