Panasonic micro fourthirds GF1 successor?

Since a couple of weeks micro fourthirds camera forums on the net are mentioning a new Panasonic patent which displays a Panasonic GF1-like camera with a built-in EVF. Such a camera, expectedly named GF2, would be the dream successor of the already very desirable GF1. Estimates are that the GF2 might be officially announced by Panasonic in September 2010. But it’s rumors only, nothing official.

Braindump

It has been a while since I posted something new. Over a month or so? In the meantime I did only one more shoot for SG and I edited and ordered a series of photos for a giant kitchen wall project. Every now and then I edit some US pics (at the current pace the book will take decades to complete). Oh, my camera has some competition as well. I ordered Cakewalk Sonar so I can bring back my music composing/recording/editing passion back to life. If  time were not such an issue!

Henrike set online

I just uploaded the pics from my shoot with Henrike to PBase. They are marginally edited, mostly because the light and colors were nearly perfect, both outside and inside. Again, the low light capabilities of the D700 helped a lot (I did bring a tripod but I prefer working with the camera hand-held).

Henrike
Henrike

Blog background

I created a new image to use as a background on community sites, blogs, twitter and other purposes. It’s made up of 64 images from my photo archives, including most of the models I’ve worked with in recent years and my favorite travel destinations. I’ve a black and white version too, but I like the colorful one for the time being.

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Editing: obtaining the same result twice?

Do you recognize this: you start working on an unedited RAW image from your camera and try to tweak it in Photoshop as good as you can. When you are really satisfied, you save the image and start all over again. Then compare your results, are they identical? In my case they rarely are. Nearly always, I can clearly see differences in contrast, tone, saturation and so on. While in both cases I tried to get the best possible image. I wonder why this is. Am I satisfied too easily? Should I follow a strict editing method (white balance first, then levels, then color etcetera). Or does my mood change while I’m editing? So quickly?

Here’s a couple of things I’ve been considering:

  • Do everything to make your RAW image as good as possible. You can tweak a lot in your RAW converter, but try to capture your image as you want to have it.
  • Batch process RAW images. Don’t adjust settings for each individual image if you want to obtain a consistent series of photos. Same color temperature, same contrast, same curves (assumed all photos were made under identical conditions, such as in a studio setting)
  • If you’re working on multiple images, keep a reference photo open in Photoshop so you can compare (intermediate) results with the reference photo. This really helps to obtain consistency throughout a series of photos
  • Check your light conditions: are you working in natural light? Your environment impacts the way you perceive colors. If you work at night like me a lot, have a look at your photos the next day at daylight. Do you still like what you did? Or, while you’re working, take a short break, read something, watch some video and take a fresh look. Do you still like the picture like you did before?
  • Work on a neutral background. Don’t let you windows/Mac color schema distract you. Choose a theme with neutral grays of maximize your photoshop window to get rid of unnecassary window borders

Maybe I’ll come up with some more. But this is a couple of things I try to obtain consistent high image quality.

Photo frames

Today I received the Halbe photo frames that I ordered earlier this week from monochrom.com, my favorite German internet store for photography presentation supplies. I tried some IKEA frames for a small photo project in my kitchen but these frames suck in every possible way. The Halbe frames instead are extremely well-made, easy to handle and come with the nearly reflection-free Mirogard glass. Recommended!

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