SHOOTING TIPS

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

COLDPLAY ROADTRIP WITH THE HORNS: FIELD TESTING OF MY NEW LX3

Our friends Jeremy & Denise Horn asked us if we wanted to make a road trip to see Coldplay 3.5 hours away in Birmingham, Alabama. Of course we said yes. I did not fully think through what going to bed at 4am and getting up the next morning was going to feel like. The last time I did that I was sporting a much earlier version of Jeff. 


I was very happy to get in my new best friend for the trip. The Panasonic Lumix LX3, is arguably the very best point and shoot camera on the market today. It was so hard to find that people are selling it on ebay for $200 more than the price listed on Amazon. I did not pay the ebay price. I was patient and picked it up on Amazon. For the techies here are the cameras specs: 24-60mm f/2.0-2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens 24mm Ultra-Wide-Angle in Multiple Aspect Ratios / 1-cm Macro  / 4.5x Extra Optical Zoom

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The Coldplay concert was awesome. They played for about 2 hours and came across like genuinely nice guys. Chris Martin (the lead singer) on several occasions thanked the audience for attending the show on a Monday night. The best part was when they left the stage and came to the middle and performed a couple of songs on a mini stage a couple yards from our seats.

Here are some pics I took with the LX3. It was the trial run of the camera so I was experimenting with a lot of different settings. Mostly I stuck with going aperture priority at f2.0 and letting the camera tell me what the ISO should be. Then switching to manual and adjusting those settings. There are some video clips of the trip as well and I will post those later in the week.

Enjoy! 

Thanks Jeremy and Denise for the invite!

COLDPLAY

Comments: 3

Alex (05-21-2009 at 8:44am):

Your new camera shots look pretty sweet, and that show was awesome. Looks like yall were up near our seats in the 307 range . . .

Tell J Horn ECS Class of '00 represent


PaulB (05-22-2009 at 4:42pm):

I'm up for changing my Canon G7 for a new digi compact but I can't decide upon the Canon G10 or the Panasonic LX3. A tough decision. Do you have any thoughts?

I love the pic with ColdPlay at the bottomg of the frame and the Viva balloon in the top left corner - great pic.

Jeff Rodgers (05-28-2009 at 1:45pm):

Paul, I LOVE the LX3. It is by far the best point and shoot camera I have ever owned.

Friday, April 06, 2007

My new POINT-N-SHOOT

People say all of the time : "I bet you have so many pictures of your kids." And sadly the answer is "no." I do shoot the girls quite a bit in the Studio, but when it comes to the day to day stuff, I'm usually without a camera. After my week is over, it's really hard for me to pack up my gear and want to take my big cameras everywhere I go. So, when I'm with family I usually steal someone's camera and shoot - or I just say - hey can I get copies...

Well NOT anymore!!! We purchased a little very tee-tiny point-n-shoot camera. Yes, it does have just a few bells and whistles, but not many. Are you ready to hear what it is???

It's the Canon SD800 Digital ELPH. And I really like it. I've posted an image of it below. What I like about it most is that it's easy and I can take it anywhere. It shoots well in low light, and have a great deal of control over what I tell it not to do - like not shooting with the flash on. Even if I'm in auto mode. Finally, I can shoot images of my family any time I want. We've already hit the 1500+ mark... I'm going to need large photo albums. And where would I get those? http://kolo.com/

I have moms ask me all of the time what kind of camera they should buy. And truthfully, it really depends on what you are shooting. I've considered offering a basic class on teaching you how to get better images of your children - but it's still just one of the many thoughts running around in my brain. If you've read this post and your interested, then post a comment.

We'll be traveling tomorrow - so if I don't have internet access, then I won't be able to post until Saturday.
But please check back - bc we have a big Easter surprise coming up :)

Here is an image of the camera (its also a link - so click on it for more info) and some images from it - Enjoy!

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Comments: 11

katie weaver (04-06-2007 at 4:18pm):

wow those are really good pictures..i need to get me that camera..it felt so weird not coming in to work today, i missed it and esp. not seeing Ever and Fable. I hope you guys have an amazing Easter weekend. See you Tuesday!

wade hinton (04-06-2007 at 9:26pm):

I'll take that class:)

Ashley Jones Bodie (04-07-2007 at 12:29pm):

Hey Alli!
Thanks for posting the info about the camera. I've been wanting to get a new one for a while, but with the grad school schedule I have no time to research the best cam to get. Now I can use your advice instead.
Heard the bridal photo shoot went well yesterday. Hope to see you all soon.

Christa Carson (04-08-2007 at 9:33am):

I would love the class! The blog is great and I really appreciate the camera info. I have a Minolta Dimage Z1 and I really love the pictures, but it is kind of large (although not as big as one of your cameras!). However, the 2 things I am worried about are the zoom (my daughter is in a LOT of school things and I need to be able to get good shots of these) and motion (my little one is always moving and I always end up with blurred images). Any thoughts on how your camera is with these? My camera does have a motion setting, but they still come out blurry.

Anne Caraway (04-11-2007 at 4:23pm):

I would be interested. Depending on day, location, cost, etc..
Most new parents probably would.
Thanks,
Anne

Rell Farris (05-04-2007 at 5:42pm):

Hi Allison,
I love the new website! I don't think I've ever cried while looking at a photographer's wedding gallery before! It's the music that gets to me. Maybe Matt and I will get married all over again just so we can have you shoot the wedding. I have been working for Holliday's Flowers and we do all the Bonne Terre weddings. It is so cool to look at all the great shots of our flowers. I would love to take a class and so would my friend Kellie. So, sign us up. I need to learn to take better shots of my kids. Unless we get a permanent ice rink, I won't be able to afford you anymore! Haha!
Love your work, Rell

Rell Farris (05-22-2007 at 10:25am):

Okay, I bought the camera, now I just need a class! I love it, but I'm still trying to figure out all the features.

Jeri G (08-31-2007 at 12:16pm):

I would also be very interested. Just let me know if you decide to do it and I will be there.

Tammy (07-26-2008 at 2:04pm):

Hi Allison,
I'm about to become a mom in a week or so and I just developed a love for photography in the past year. (I took it as a fun elective in college my last semester and it ended up falling in love with the art).
If you offer a class to teach how to get a better shot of your child I would LOVE to find out more!!!

Kaye Cates (04-02-2009 at 5:42pm):

I would absolutely love to take a class!!!

John (04-26-2009 at 8:50pm):

I love seeing these great example of real photographic skill. They're just hard evidence that you don't have to buy a fancy expensive dslr camera to get great shots. It's all about exposure and composition. Great job!!!