Use your camera’s creative modes, and have more fun taking photos!

 

Since my switch from dSLR to mirrorless, I’ve enjoyed playing with the built-in creative jpg features of my Lumix cameras.

This is part of my goal to pre-process my jpg photos in the camera, as opposed to opening each file and doing work on it. I find that I’m shooting raw files less and less, the more I learn the capabilities of my mirrorless cameras. And I’m having way more fun too!

It’s very creative and liberating to be able to create a final image in-camera!

In this age of Instagram, we are quite used to seeing highly filtered photos. Sometimes these dramatic filters work, and sometimes not.

Lumix GM1 Orange

Yes of course, I got the orange one!

 

I recently bought a fun camera. A Lumix GM1.

The GM1 has the same M4/3 size sensor as my Lumix GH3 and also the new GH4, but it’s a puny little thing that easily fits into a coat pocket or purse. And yes, I got the orange one! There is also the even newer Lumix GM5, which is the same size, but doesn’t have a built-in flash.

A lot of people like using their cell phone cameras to take everyday photos.

I don’t. I like the creative control that a real camera gives. And I happen to think that the quality of the lenses on a traditional camera, are better than a cell phone. Yes I know, you can get apps to help with your cell phone photos, but they are clunky to use, and when you want to be spontaneous, you need a camera that is ready for action.

Marlene skateboarding

Yes, I do like to have fun in my life and with my photography! And in this shot they both happen at the same time!

And, I can hand this camera over to anyone to use, and I know that the photos will be great. Just like this one of me skateboarding.

Most of the time when shooting for fun with the Lumix GM1, I’m using the Intelligent Auto Mode. Yup, 100% automatic. I can adjust exposure using exposure compensation (+/-) and the white balance by using a warm <–> cool slider.

Composition is key to good photography

This year I’m not worrying about technical stuff. And really at this point, I shouldn’t have to! Instead I’m solely concentrating on creating images with great composition, and I’m letting the cameras do their job!

Here are some photos taken with the GM1 from a photo walk in my favourite park. They use various creative modes, which are totally automatic. I also set them up in square format. Another advantage of the Lumix cameras. (Yes this might seem like an advertisement for Lumix cameras, but if something works well, I’m going to let you know about it.)

Want to learn how to have more fun taking photos, with any camera?

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If you’re interested in taking photos just for fun, check out my online course called Point Shoot Wow! I liberate you from worrying about the camera settings, and get you creating photos for the right reasons.

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