what i have learned...

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jhunna Contributing Member • Posts: 752
what i have learned...

I have spent a lot of time and money on my GX85 regarding lenses and accessories.  Here is what I have learned.

1.  Photo = light.  Pay attention to bright lights, shadows, flashes, sparkles, people squinting, shimmering, dynamic colors.  This hobby is about capturing light in all its various forms.

2.  There is good and bad light. I used to focus on having enough light, but with high iso and image stabilization, I almost always have enough light.

3.  Until you figure this stuff out, auto is ok.

4.   I only used manual and had a LOT OF HORRIBLE shots.  Auto would have been better.

5.   Because I used manual I figured out how to capture light a lot sooner.

6.  Use only one focal length when starting out.

7.  Zooms are handy for finding that focal length.

8. Aperture is for depth of field.

9. Shutter speed is for freezing action.

10. ISO is for clarity.

11.  Shoot lots of pictures in manual so you can know how to balance Aperture, Shutter, or ISO when you don’t have enough light.

12,  When composing expose for the whitest object in the composition.

13.  Expose then focus.

14.  Shooting jpg is ok.

15.  Modern electronic zoom is ok.

16.  Where are you going to put all those pictures?

17.  Poorly exposed pictures can be saved after you take them.

18.  White balance cards are important.

19.  After shooting with expensive lenses you will be able to shoot your kit lens.

20.  Take LOTS of pictures.

21.  Your understanding of light matters more than your equipment.

That’s all for now...

 jhunna's gear list:jhunna's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8.0 Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 II ASPH +2 more
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
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