Using the Panasonic image app and iPad on location - part 2 - GX7, GM1 and 17mm, 45mm and 12-32mm lenses.



The above was shot by my nephew and myself as a test location shoot for the photographic tours / workshop world wide franchise we are part of that will be launching soon. 

As before, the advantages and benefits of the Wi-Fi remote control system were counterbalanced somewhat by the difficulties of seeing the iPad screen clearly in sunlight. 

For this, I shot mainly stills, my Nephew mainly video. One of the 'advantages' of what this offers can be seen in the top image of the ladies on the bench. I really wanted to take their picture, but didn't want to be intrusive. So I positioned the GM1 + 45mm f/1.8 lens on it's tripod and faced in the opposite direction using the iPad to monitor what was going on. I then took a series of stills and some video when I thought there were some interesting interactions going on. Sneaky? Well I guess I have to admit to that, but I thought the picture was worth it. The four women who were obviously long time friends sitting in front of the children's playground behind them was a nice composition reflecting on age and friendship and I very much wanted it to be an observational yet warm and well-intentioned image showing a positive side to ageing. I hope I succeeded.

All the video was shot on the GM1 which continues to impress. As far as I'm concerned it really is a scaled down GH3 in a smaller form. The video and stills quality is excellent and we were looking at how good the smallest video size was, as we may well be offering instant uploading of both stills and video to social media for the workshops we are planning. While not up to HD standards, it's certainly way better than anything smartphones can offer. And as you can see my nephew was able to get some very smooth focus shifting.

One thing we've learnt is that it is important to position the camera using it's virtual 'spirit level' even though it is difficult to do this when seeing the image properly on the viewscreen or iPad is so difficult. It's possible to use my Carry Speed screen loupe as a hood for the cameras live view screen and I've ordered one of these http://www.hoodivision.com/#!products-ipad-sun-shade/c4jv
which looks light and hopefully will work for the tablet. It's not expensive and hopefully will make working with the iPad outdoors a lot easier. 

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