Much has been discussed on about the Panasonic Lumix GH5 as a video camera and understandably so, it excels as video. Not that much has been covered on the Panasonic GH5 as a stills camera to which it also excels at. While I plan on covering the GH5 for both stills and video when possible, check out this excellent review by David Thorpe on the GH5 as a stills camera.
In today's environment of IOT we have to actively make time to get away from notifications constantly nagging us to interact. What's worse is that many of us feel that we have to participate 24/7 for fear that we'll miss out on something #FOMO which can lead to bouts of anxiety. What we need is presence of mind and reality.
As a young boy I was heavy into painting and other artistic endeavors. Creating something, I would loose track of time and space. I would be in my own reality, manufactured of imagination and thought, separated from the reality of my environment which was at times unpleasant. Growing older, I lost touch with my creative side a bit choosing to go down a different path with some people that were not so nice. When they took their activities to the next level I quickly realigned my path to do something more productive and legal. I got into photography as a young adult and found that sacred space in my own mind when I was behind the camera. Looking through the viewfinder of my SLR was like looking through a peep hole, I felt detached from the world while at the same time hyper focused to my environment. Once again I was creating not just art but my own world and I was happy being lost in that mindspace. I loved the act of photography so much that I chose to dedicate my life to it.
Like many people, in 2008 business got scary slow. It was during this hard time that I decided to add an additional element to my work - video and shortly after social media. What I was not expecting was that my gateway to the drug of social media, the iPhone, would also be my worst temptation to break that connection with photography. Between the constant nagging of notifications, the illusion of a connection with people on Facebook, I felt compelled to check my device constantly. This time in my life was probably the worst in terms of creative development. Checking my device constantly meant that I had little time to explore my creative mind with photography. That peephole into the world became a screen and my creating within this tiny world was nearly impossible. I had destroyed that sacred space and the relationship in my mind was fractured.
Thanks to the smartphone, Facebook and the illusion of connecting with people, I began to dislike photography. There's been two times in my life when I almost gave up the profession of image making: When the economy got slow and there simply was not budget for photography. If you have a business and there's not much of a market for the goods or services being sold it's understandable that you would consider pulling out. The second time was due to my addiction to the smart phone, social media and an overwhelming feeling of #FOMO. Business was ok but this time I wanted to leave the business because I associated photography with smart phones and social media both of which have no place in the sacred space of my mind.
Because I spent years being present to what's in front of the camera and within my mind I took notice of what was happening with me. The idea of giving up photography because of an inanimate object or some lines of code was an exercise in madness. The #FOMO was also a bullshit fallacy, an illusion in my mind, the same mind that held such power to transform my life was being manipulated to make myself believe in the illusion. That was worse than a smart phone or social network because #FOMO didn't start with with socials, it began long ago with television and advertising. I've not had any broadcast television for over a decade which has been one of the best decisions in my life. I'm still able to watch as much crap programs (or good ones) as I like but I'm not angry at the TV if I don't like how I feel after I watch a episode or movie. It also helps that my my household is free of any TV's.
Armed with this knowledge I took a month long social media detox which reset my mind and cleared out that scared space for good stuff. It was like getting out of a shitty relationship: at first it sucked but eventually you realize it's for the best.
For the last couple years I've been moving back to the basics of photography and rebuilding that sacred space in my mind. It began with embracing minimalism in my home, a move that my wife and I embraced wholly. We do enjoy being good consumers but we don't over consume. If we forget we had a product of if we lost something we donate it when we find it. How many pairs of shoes do we really need? How many camera bags do I have to have for an assignment? Do I have to be connected to the Internet to make a photograph?
Being present to life in general is a skill that takes time to develop. We're born with presence but overtime we can become a sleep walker, not even knowing we've become so.
Like meditation, the act of making a photograph can put you in touch with that sacred place in your mind. Few things in modern life can do this but when you're able to be present and in touch with your mind note that activity so you don't forget. You'll want to do that often.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has been getting a ton of coverage from the filmmaking community and rightfully so. It's an impressive camera for those that want killer video under $10,000 but what about photography? Today Adobe released Camera RAW 9.9 with support so let's dive into how Adobe Lightroom handles GH5 RAW files.Read More
Shoot Film - beauty of film is it forces you to slow down and think. This is very important to help you visualize what you want to capture in the given scene in front of you. Shoot JPEG - don't have film? Shoot JPEG. Set your JPEG recipe once and don't touch it again.
Leave your camera at home - take a journal with you and write down what you see. Try to get as much detail as you can with 5 minutes. When you're 5 minutes are up describe what you see next.
Get off the computer and do something else creative - ...wait!! First share this article with your friends and leave a cool comment. Seriously though if you shoot a lot like I do sometimes a fresh creative outlet will help you to break through a rut.
Photograph a subject you don't normally capture - When I want to grow I'll shoot landscapes, nature or still life photographs. It's not my speciality but shooting something that you normally don't can help you become better at your speciality.
What do you do to get back that loving feeling when its gone? Let me know in the comments.[hr]
Bonus! Cover up your LCD screen. Don't have an EVF? Go ninja! Just close your eyes and "feel the photo" :roll: Why not? Nikon made pros do it back in the day with their D1 cameras.
Note - We really do love Nikon but we could not resist.