|Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f1.7 lens. Killing time in the pub before the Sandy Puc Seminar|
Well, I'm back. About 3 hours ago I finally arrived back home after the long trek to Seattle to spend some time with one of my photographic idols Jerry Ghionis. He was taking part in Sandy Puc's Power of Passion Tour and with the opportunity to learn from him and meet him being only about a 2 hour ferry ride and 3 hour drive away I had to jump at it. Before the seminar I had no idea who Sandy Puc was, but I must say that the passion and business knowledge she has is first class. The drive and ambition she has almost becomes visible like steam emanating from her. But lets be honest, I was there for Jerry. And as it turns out, so were all the ladies in the room. For a newly married guy, he sure attracts female attention. But he is also the ultimate gentleman and frankly I wasn't disappointed in the message he delivered. Jerry is, simply put, awesome. He is at the top of his craft. His message, the art of photography is being forgotten or neglected by the new crowd of photographers. We need to get back to proper posing and lighting that flatters our client. We need to take time to learn our craft, not just how to liquify in photoshop and add textures. I ate it up. If I hear one more "I'll just fix it in Photoshop" comment, I think I'm going to puke. The business and photographic knowledge you can get from this tour in about 6 hours of your time is very much worth the $100 investment. I believe they have about a dozen more stops before it is done, so please do yourself a favour if you live near one of the remaining cities and are a boudoir, wedding or portrait photographer, go see them. Don't miss it. I promise you'll love me for it.
|The MF-2 OM to Micro Four Thirds Adaptor attaches the 24mm f2.8 Olympus OM lens to my GF1|
When I returned home I had a little present from the postman in the mail. My Olympus OM lens to Micro Four Thirds mount adaptor was waiting for me (the MF-2). I immediately took off my 20mm f1.7 and put on my OM 24mm f2.8 lens. I'm not entirely sure how you are supposed to use it, because like most men I didn't read the instructions, but I simply put the camera in shutter priority mode and adjusted the aperture on the ring on the lens as well as the in camera ISO to get a proper exposure. It really is in effect shooting in manual mode. You can easily focus with the big LCD but to get fine focus you just press on the rear scroll wheel and it zooms in nice and tight. I also shot some video with it just for giggles. For fun I put the camera beside my Canon 20mm f2.8 lens for you to judge the size. The Micro Four Thirds really are a nice compact camera to use. I had taken it on the trip with the 20mm f1.7 lens and used it as well. The only thing I just can't get used to is the lack of a viewfinder. I've decided I need to have the external electronic one and hearing that the Panasonic viewfinder is very much inferior to the Olympus one I believe I will be picking up an Olympus EPL1 and the external viewfinder for it.
|Size Comparison, the Canon 20mm f2.8 lens beside the Panasonic GF1 and Olympus OM 24mm f2.8 lens with adaptor|
The GF1 certainly isn't a pocketable camera, but it is a fun little guy and creates some great images. The ability to use those old film lenses is going to be pretty addicting I can tell you. Is it going to focus as fast and create the same quality of file as my 5D mkII? Nope, not even close, but it is fun and photography my friends is supposed to be fun. Plus it won't hurt your neck if you hang it there on a strap and that is a nice change.
We ended up meeting some vendors at the trade show attached to the Sandy Puc tour. Smugmug was there, the company we use to host our images and sell photo prints online as was Bay Photo, B&H Photo, NILMDTS, DWF and Finao Albums. Smugmug was great and we are going to be working with them to open up some Smug meetings here on Vancouver Island. If you are interested in that keep an eye out on this blog for more information at some point. We were so impressed by Finao that we are going to be using them in our studio from now on and ordered up a sample kit on the spot. B&H had the 1D mk IV and 135mm f2.0 by Canon there which has been a combination I have been dreaming about. Playing with it in person pretty much sealed the deal for me on the decision to attempt to reach for that gear and put it in my bag this year. Also Bay Photo was great (we order through them in our Smugmug gallery) and was able to answer some questions for us and show us some new products. We have been having some problems with the quality of our float mounted metal prints and the rep was really good at talking to us about it. I definitely had the sense that this was a company that cared about it's end product. And that is one of the benefits of these photography seminars, the vendors. If you actually take the time to go and talk with them, you can make friends, get to know them by name and realize that they are invested in helping you to succeed. When your studio does well, they do well, and those personal relationships go a long way to helping you deliver solid products to your customers.
|Panasonic GF1 with Olympus OM 24mm f2.8 lens wide open and straight from camera|
I hope you all have a great week planned. We are having a busy one for sure with some spring portrait and engagement sessions. I can't wait to put some of the information I learned into practise right away and I'll be sure to share some tips as I use them and see how they work for me. Thanks for dropping by the blog, I appreciate the time you spend reading it and as always comments are welcome.
|My kid caught eating potato chips. GF1 and Olympus OM 24mm f2.8 lens|
|Panasonic GF1 and 20mm f1.7 lens. Beer breaks at Photography Seminars are pretty mandatory!|
|Video from GF1 and Olympus 24mm f2.8 lens wide open hand held processed in iMovie. Click on image to start video|