The Learning Curve to taking better wildlife photos

Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

I’ve had clients that come on my workshops that get so bogged down in the technical aspect of photography they miss taking photos because they are too focused on their camera settings. It is important to know how to technically achieve a good photo, i.e. what shutter speed to use to freeze motion, how aperture impacts your backgrounds, and how to use ISO to acquire a good photo, no matter the lighting conditions. That experience comes from taking photos and learning from your successes and your mistakes, not trying to match what you read in a magazine.

I always will explain my settings on my workshops and then tell the clients to take photos with me and adjust on the fly to attempt to achieve what they are trying to capture… sure, I’m always there giving input and guiding them, but at the end of the day… it’s not until you make a mistake, or dial in the perfect setting to take that great photo, that you will really learn.

Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Don’t read too much into the number; take note of the message here. I highly doubt that in Henri Cartier-Bresson’s day a serious hobbyist would take 10,000 photos in their lifetime. I assume he used the quote as a memorable way to say that it takes a lot of experience and perseverance to develop your technical aptitude and your creative eye.

By: Kevin Allen Pepper
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The Learning Curve to taking better wildlife photos
more at Lumix Stories

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The LUMIX People’s Choice Award

The Natural History Museum has chosen 25 of the best images from the WPY 2019 competition shortlist. Which one captures your imagination?

Beak to beak
by Claudio Contreras Koob, Mexico

Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick is less than five days old – it will stay in its nest less than a week before it joins a crèche of other youngsters who wander around the colony searching for food.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + Canon 300mm f2.8 Lens + Canon 2X Teleconverter II; 1/160 sec at f11; ISO 1600; Camo throwover blind.
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The unwelcome visitor
Salvador Colvée Nebot, Spain

Over several months, Salvador watched different species of bird use the dead flower spike of this agave in Valencia, Spain as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors though each time they came magpies would hassle them.

Nikon D500 + Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens; v1/400 sec at f6.3; ISO 5000; Tripod and cable release.
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Station squabble
Sam Rowley, UK

Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London’s Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways.

Nikon D500 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f2.8; ISO 1000.
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Winter’s tale
Valeriy Maleev, Russia

Valeriy encountered this Pallas’s cat while it was out hunting in the Mongolian grasslands – it was -42°C (-44°F) on that frosty day, but the fairy tale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects.

Nikon D4 + 80-400mm lens; 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO 1250.
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A suitable gift
Marco Valentini, Italy

Marco was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary when he spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behaviour. Here the female has just received an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw.

Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 500 IS ii lens; 1/640 sec at f.8; ISO 500.
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The LUMIX People’s Choice Award
more at Natural History Museum

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# make your best shot

Make Your Best Shot

“As the sun went down and the light began to fade, I felt at ease knowing that I had a camera that is perfect for low-light photography. Photographing the workers mining the sulfur through the night I thought would be challenging, however, shooting with the new LUMIX S 24-105mm lens I was easily able to capture their work. Focusing with precision in low-light, as they broke apart the solidified sulfur with metal poles, breaking it into slabs. After gathering the pieces by hand, battling the billowing fumes, they broke down their bounty into sizeable pieces. The continuous focus helped me get a precise lock, capturing them against the lunar landscape, as they labored up, carrying the sulfur laden reed baskets, greater than their own bodyweight, up the steep ascent”
—Daniel Berehulak
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“As a professional fashion photographer, I didn’t expect a mirrorless camera to have such incredible quality. There is a sharpness as well as a softness of colors, a very dynamic range this is really impressive. You can shoot with high ISO and get minimum noise. The pictures are very soft yet cinematic. The lenses, they were a dream. My favorite Lens was the LUMIX S 24-105mm! One other thing to mention, the camera itself reminds me of those cool looking classical film cameras. Very stylish! I truly enjoyed shooting with the new LUMIX! A great choice for any professional photographer.”
—Ekaterina Belinskaya
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“From the very first moment you hold the LUMIX S1 you can feel the difference. The craftsmanship and attention to detail become very clear. This is a very well-made piece of gear. Then there are the images. The LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50) lens produces super sharp photographs with beautiful Bokeh, enabling the photographer to creatively decide where the focus should reside in an image. We recently traveled to exotic Cartagena, Colombia where we had an opportunity to photograph a bride and groom in locations that were historically amazing and full of vibrant color. The LUMIX S1 recorded these scenes with accurate color and detail. The LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105) lens was a versatile workhorse capturing portraits, wide angle location images and close ups of details. It is the type of lens that can spend a great amount of the wedding day on your camera.”
—William Innes
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“I could tell Panasonic really put thought into building theLUMIX S1R.While building this camera, they seemed to consider the typical issues in camera performance photographers run into, and created solutions for the ones we have just been settling for over the years.First off, as someone who loves shooting on location, it’s extremely convenient in size. I never had the anxiety of worrying if I was going to be able to carry it with me to places.
The superb image quality and color rendition is competitive to the nostalgic feel a film camera gives you, and is ultimately,a more cost-efficientoption. The number of autofocus options were overwhelming, their facial recognition AF was extremely helpful while shooting models, especially models in motion. Which brings me to their stabilizer… Needless to say, it’s a beast of a machine in a small package.”
—Oriana Layendecker
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“ Having a camera that can capture the magic of these places without any compromise in quality, durability, or flexibility gives me the opportunity to really focus on my creativity and story. It’s important to be able to trust your camera and feel confident that it will deliver your vision no matter the conditions. I love the fact that I can switch between making photography and creating 4K 60P video films all inside the S1 camera. Also the 4K HDR video mode (HLG) gives me new creative opportunities and make my films ready for the future. These high end technologies give me the opportunity to be flexible in my approach and choose the best way to visualize my story. Whether I want to photograph a scene with lots of details, create an impressive portrait of the amazing people or make a short 4K 60P film, on the traditions of Hula, the camera assists me without compromise.”
—Daimon Xanthopoulus
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more in the Lumix S series Gallery
at make your best shot

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Test hybride: Lumix G9 | Un Panasonic à l’assaut des reflex

Extérieurement, il a tout d’un reflex… Intérieurement, même constat… Et même un peu plus…

En utilisant l’obturateur électronique, la mise au point avec AF passe à 20 i/s sur 50 vues Jpeg et à 60 i/s avec AF uniquement sur la première vue. Les reflex sont loin derrière. Sans compter que le 1/32.000s est aussi accessible.
Le G9 propose une autre manière d’aborder la photo rapide, grâce au mode Photo 6K: il enregistre un flux de photos 6K (18Mpix) à la cadence de 30 i/s dont on peut extraire la ou les images que l’on souhaite. On peut aussi le faire en 4K (8 Mpix).
Comme d’autres Panasonic, le G9 dispose du Post Focus. Dans ce mode, une série de vues est prise en faisant varier la mise au point. Puis, d’une touchette sur l’écran, on pointe l’endroit où l’on désire faire la mise au point finale. L’appareil extrait ensuite la ou les photos de la vidéo.
On n’oubliera pas le mode Haute Résolution et la réalisation d’animations à partir de photos enregistrées (stop motion). Si la section vidéo est plus bridée – dixit Panasonic –, elle offre quand même la 4K 60p et les assistances qui vont avec (zébra, focus peaking, etc.). Je pense que beaucoup d’appareils s’en contenteraient.

Reconnu par les vidéastes pour la qualité de ses appareils, Panasonic livre ici un produit à l’intention des photographes utilisateurs de reflex typé action.

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Test hybride: Lumix G9
encore plus dans Chasseur d’Images #401 – Mars 2018

Puissant, léger et discret

Le Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) en test.
Banc d’essai Chasseur d’Images
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Quand un appareil photo connaît un grand succès, celui qui lui fait suite reprend le même nom, mais complété par le signe Markl-II, Mark-III…

Le mois dernier, vous avez fait un succès au numéro 388 de Chasseur d’Images, dont le thème principal était “Le Guide des appareils photo”. Ce mois ci-, voici donc la version Mark-II sous la forme d’un Chasseur d’Images n°389 dont le thème principal sera “Le Guide des Objectifs”.

Ce numéro est la synthèse de plusieurs centaines de tests d’objectifs, réalisés par le Centre d’Essais Chasseur d’Images. La rédaction a retenu les 150 plus intéressants du moment et vous livre à la fois ses mesures de labo, son commentaire technique sur les performances pures et les conclusions des essais de terrain.

Le “Guide Chasseur d’Images des objectifs” n’est pas juste un tableau listant ce qui existe: ce sont des tests, basés sur une procédure sérieuse et parfaitement stabilisée, permettant donc des comparaisons fiables. Vous y choisirez zooms et focales fixes en connnaisance de cause et non pas au hasard.

Mais ce numéro 389 ne se limite pas aux objectifs: il est aussi très complet et aborde quantité d’autres sujets, à la fois techniques et pratiques, sans oublier une grande partie culturelle, avec la liste de toutes les expositions du moment.

à voir dans Chasseur d’Images

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review

LumixFZ300The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 (aka FZ300) is a 12 megapixel bridge camera, which updates the FZ200, and features a bright f/2.8 aperture 24x optical zoom lens equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm terms, 4K photo and video recording, a high resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), a vari-angle touch screen and a weather-sealed body.

PanasonicFZ300Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review

full review at: ephotozine

Panasonic Lumix G7 | Test hybride Chasseur d’Images

Panasonic Lumix G7
L’appareil qui tire plus vite que son ombre

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Chasseur d’Images N°376 – Aout-Septembre 2015
Leader européen de la presse photo, vidéo, téléphonie et nouvelles technologies. Chaque mois, des tests techniques, des leçons de photo et une multitude de conseils pour choisir votre matériel et améliorer votre vie pratique photographique.
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