This week I have been continuing to explore my new camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7. Like most point and shoot cameras today, it has an amazing offering of automated, intelligent picture-taking options. However one of the key features that attracted me to this model was the potential for manual control (and good macro capability).
I used the camera for capturing the initial images and then Capture NX2 software for playing around with the color (contrast, cropping etc.). This next image was, I believe, generated from some natural discoloration on a light pole
A common theme in this experiment and set of photos was deliberate blur of the images. I slowed down the shutter speed , so that I could move the camera during the exposure to create a directional blur.
This last photo was primarily about the color play but started from a landscape image where I moved the camera in a vertical direction during the relatively long exposure
I was pleased by this set of photographic experiments but feel I still have a ways to go until I can use this little camera to it’s full creative possibility. There are some definite limitations with this camera compared to a DSLR but for something I can carry with me most of the time, I will find it very useful.