The Mini DSLR: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

I’ve long waged a personal war against overweight, over-sized digital SLRs. As the effective digital film frame is mostly stamp-sized why on earth does the body and lens of every camera maker’s DSLR have to be so bulky?

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When the Micro Four Thirds cameras began to appear I wept tears of joy. At last, a totally digital approach to quality digital capture! And in a small form factor.

Features:

The GF1 goes one step further than the PEN E-P1 in having a retractable flash cell; the Live MOS sensor can capture 12.1 megapixels; the rear 7.6cm LCD screen has 460,000 pixel resolution; internal body optical image stabilisation means you enjoy steady shooting with any lens; seven preset effects — Expressive, Retro, etc; face detection of up to six faces; auto dust reduction; stills and HD video shooting.

The Technology

Olympus and Panasonic announced the new, mirrorless format / lens mount based on (and compatible with) Four Thirds in August 2008. The Micro Four Thirds system uses the same sensor size (18 x 13.5 mm) but allows slimmer cameras by removing the mirror box and optical viewfinder. The new format has three key technical differences: (1) roughly half the flange back distance (distance from mount to the sensor), (2) a smaller diameter lens mount (6 mm smaller) and (3) two additional contact points for lens-to-body communication (now 11 points).

Removing the mirror mechanism allows this shorter flange back distance, meaning lenses for the new mount can be considerably smaller than current Four Thirds designs. The format will require framing to be carried out using Live View on either the LCD monitor or an EVF. Existing Four Thirds lenses can be used on Micro Four Thirds cameras using an adapter.

The Lenses

The DMW-MA1APP adapter allows existing Four Thirds lenses to be used with the Micro Four Thirds mount. The adapter is not designed to work with other accessories, such as tele-converters and extension tubes. You’ll also be able to use the Olympus OM adapter on the GF1,as well as a wide range of other mount adapters that are becoming available.

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Using the adaptor, the G1 can mount the full range of legacy Four Thirds lenses. However, its smaller size can result in combinations that are less well balanced than would be the case with Four Thirds DSLRs.

25 Examples of a Dreamy Rocks Photography

A landscaped is something that will surely be a lifetime inspiration for all photographer. Aside from Mountain, Ocean, plants, trees and flowers, natural rocks and stones are also can give a dramatic expression for every landscape photographs. These some examples of a photography that involving rocks, which are creating a dreamy effect to the whole natural concept and stunning contrast to the nature landscape photography.


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Photography Jorgen Schon


Photography Mel Brackstone



Photography Jim Patterson Photography

Photography Shuggie



Photography Angus Clyne


Photography Jordi Gallego

Photography Jim Boud

Photography Bobby Bong

Photography Tomasito



Photography Tropical Living


Photography Maloephoto

Decoding The File Types in Photography

In past times, photographs would be captured onto light sensitive film. Then, after development in the darkroom, a negative would be produced. With digital photography, images are stored as a digital file. For viewing, the file is decoded – and there are 3 main types of file used – JPEG, TIFF and RAW.

Before we look at these file types, it is pertinent to explain the difference between “lossy” and “lossless” files. When a picture is taken, the camera records the data onto the memory card as a file. If all of the data is stored, this is known as a lossless file. These files are large in size. RAW files are lossless. To reduce file size, the camera can discard part of the data not easily perceptible to the human eye. A JPEG is a lossy file. A TIFF file is, in principle, a flexible format that can be lossless or lossy.

JPEG

JPEG the most common file format used by amateur photographers, mainly because so many pictures can be recorded on one card. Whilst the actual number will vary depending on the camera used, it is possible to take over 1500 images using just one 2GB memory card.Because this is a lossy file, the images are compressed.

This results in a greater amount of pictures possible when compared to lossless files. The camera will allow you to set the level of compression, so more, or less, photos can be taken. Just bear in mind that the overall quality will be affected the more compressed the file. So, if you were looking to print images above standard sizes, you would need to choose less compression.

RAW

These files take data straight from the camera’s sensor. This means they are not processed by the camera at all and represent the purest image, as taken. They are sometimes referred to as a “digital negative”. Using the optimum (i.e. least) compression level, you could expect to record just 100 images, or less, on a 2GB card, using a 15megapixel camera. The major plus here is that you will be able to produce high quality prints of A3 size and over. Professionals and serious amateurs use RAW files.
Unlike JPEGs, RAW files are not universal across different manufacturers. For example, Canon uses the term RAW, whilst Nikon’s equivalent are known as NEF files. These are not compatible with each other. However, each manufacturer will supply software with the camera to enable you to process and print the images. RAW files are excellent for post production image manipulation, because all of the original data is still intact, and can therefore be worked with.

TIFF

In practice, TIFF is generally used as a lossless file format that uses no compression. Consequently, file sizes can be large, but retain their data, and subsequent quality. However, the file size is huge when compared to the identical JPEG file. A common use of TIFF is as a working format for editing digital images in Photoshop, or equivalent. With JPEG editing, slight degradation occurs with each new file save. TIFF is lossless, if no compression is selected, so there is no loss of quality each time a file is amended and saved.
TIFF should not be used for displaying images on the web, because of file size. Most web browsers will not display a TIFF image.

Conclusion

Hopefully this beginner photography article has helped to clarify the difference between the file formats. In summary, if ultimate quality and large printing is not required, JPEG files will more than suffice, and can also be used on the internet. RAW files are excellent for serious photographers who want the maximum quality, and ability to make detailed changes in post production. These files can be amended to TIFF or JPEG when ready. TIFF files do not lose quality (if uncompressed) so are good for working on in post production, before final saving as a JPEG.

Freezing Time On The Streets

Photography is all about freezing time through lenses. A photographer captures those memorable instances of time, which go unnoticed, otherwise. That’s why the photographs are also called “memories’”. Talking about taking the best photograph, there are no rules defined. But interestingly, the magic lies in breaking the rules and giving your creativity, a leap into the time. And today, I am going to tell you how to walk on streets, capture unnoticed moments and create magic.

Photography: publikaccion

  • Notice The Unnoticed – Probably the most important aspect of street photography. While on streets, you don’t look for people posing and neither have you looked for perfect lightning. It’s all raw. What you see, is what you get. So, to make the most out of your street photographs, you should notice the unnoticed. The things, which are very casual from a common man’s perspective. Yet, when they’re captured, they look stunning.

Photography: sydneywalker

  • Look For Groups – More than one people give the photograph, a sense of completeness. And on the streets, there always is a crowd. Mostly, friends hang out in groups on the streets and that is the perfect time to click the moment. The photograph of a group always look better than the photograph of an individual (leaving some extreme cases, as exceptions)

Photography: fchouse

  • Look For Expression – People are busy and their faces reflect that. If you happen to wander around in the streets more than often, you can easily spot a gloomy person in a group of cheerful young lads. That makes it more interesting. To give your photograph an extra edge, look for that exceptional expression.

  • Change Your Perspective – There isn’t any rule written that you only have to click photographs while standing upright and keeping the camera at your eye level. To make your photographs more interesting, you have to get your pants dirty. By this, what I mean to say is, you should change your perspective and viewing angle while clicking on the streets. Many times, just a change of perspective changes the whole scene and can make the most ordinary looking thin, the most creative thing down there.

Photography: chewie007

  • Look For Frames – Framing is the art of preserving photographs and making them stand out of the crowd. But framing is not always done after the photograph is taken. You can find frames everywhere around you. Just like how the above picture is framed by a heart shaped railing, try to create frames around your photographs to make them interesting.

Photography: frustratedphotographer

Well, these are the points that I keep in mind while I’m down the streets, looking for interestingness. If you have more to add out of your experience, I’ll be more than happy. Do drop in your comments and feedbacks.

30+ The Most Beautiful Smile Photography

A smile is a facial expression formed by flexing those muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth.It is customarily an expression denoting pleasure, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it is known as a grimace.
In photography, smile is one of the most beautiful expression that you can capture,and the smile is not just a smile,the most beautiful smile is the one that comes from the heart and naturally bring another smile to others.
I found some of the most beautiful smile photographs, and i hope it will bring smile to your face.

Cheers (ˆ?ˆ)

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