Micro Four-thirds – New Year’s Photography Resolutions

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

You originally got this small Micro Four-thirds camera because you were tired of carrying that huge digital SLR but now what? How is this going to change or improve your photography?

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My favorite thing about using small cameras is that the camera is always with me. I know this sounds like a cliché but I can’t stress how important it has been to changing the way I take photos. For a while, I suggest that you stop thinking about megapixels, lens tests, depth of field, etc.  Just take your camera everywhere and shoot. Don’t think about where you’re going to shoot or what location you’ll need to go to get photos that will impress your friend and family. Don’t think about what lenses to bring, just grab one. Don’t shoot flowers or cats for the next couple of weeks.

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Instead focus on things that catch your eye and excite you. It can be an old rusty car, steam trains in my case, or anything you see during the day. Ask the person you’re with to be patient while you take the photo. Shoot in the camera’s Intelligent Auto mode (if it has one) or Program if you don’t want to spend much time on each photo. Just shoot!

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A lot of photographer’s talk about finding their personal vision. This approach has worked for me since I got my first Panasonic Lumix G1 and started having a camera with me all the time. Check out what I’ve found along he way on my blog at http://www.mtoal.wordpress.com

seld-portrait © Mark ToalMark 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 photo blog at www.mtoal.wordpress.com or at www.mtoallumiximages.wordpress.com. Mark can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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