Micro Four-thirds: The Nerdographer

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

Last week I was trying out two new Panasonic point-and-shoot cameras. The FZ70 has a 20mm-1200mm zoom lens and the other is a pocket camera, the LF1. The LF1 has Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication). Not only did I shoot almost 3000 photos and a couple of hours of video I applied filters to the images in the LF1 and then sent them to my iPhone via Wi-Fi and uploaded them to Facebook. I loved every minute of it but it wears me out to just write about it.

In camera wi-fi demo from Mark Toal on Vimeo.

At the same time Adobe Lightroom told me that my hard disk where I store my images was too full and that I couldn’t add any more images to my current catalog. Plus, did I mention that my copy of Lightroom 5 is arriving on Monday?

Zoom Vista house final

Don’t get me wrong, I love all this technology but it got me thinking if it’s distracting me from the images that I’m trying to take. No, I’m not going back to film but I decided to go back to my one camera, one lens philosophy. I got out my Lumix GH3 with my favorite lens, the Lumix 7-14mm. The photo of Vista House on the Columbia River Gorge was made with the7-14mm lens from a trip two years ago.

Next week I’m going on a work/pleasure trip to Idaho and northern Washington and this is all I’m going to shoot with. I’ll share my thoughts and photos about simple vs hi-tech in two weeks. Joe will fill in for me next Monday.

Mark-MToalMark 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 marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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