Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book description

This Snapshots book will teach owners how to take great shots using their new Panasonic GX7 or GM1 camera. Users learn how to create the type of photos that inspired them to buy the camera in the first place. Featuring beautiful images; clear design; and a friendly knowledgeable voice, everything in the book is in service of creating a great image.

Starting with the top ten things users needed to know about the camera, photographer Rob Knight carefully guides readers through the operating features. Owners get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and even end of chapter assignments. The book will also include coverage of shooting video. Both the GX7 and GM1, which have the same sensor and are similar in operation, will be covered.

Significant new features:
16MP Live MOS sensor
In-body image stabilization (works with any lens)
Front and rear control dials
Flip-up, 1024 x 768 pixel (2.3M dot equivalent) electronic viewfinder
3-inch tilting LCD
3-level focus peaking
1080 video at 60p/60i/24p in MP4 or AVCHD format
Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
Magnesium-alloy frame
1/8000 second max shutter speed, 1/320th flash sync speed
Highlight and shadow curve adjustments
Built-in pop-up flash

The Pansonic GX7 is now available for MSRP $999 (body only).
The Panasonic GM1 is now available for MSRP $749 (with kit lens)

Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. The Lumix GX7/GM1 Top Ten List
    1. Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
    2. Poring Over the Camera
    3. Poring Over the Camera
    4. Poring Over the Camera
    5. 1. Charge Your Battery
    6. 2. Take Advantage of the Touchscreen
    7. 3. Custom Functions
    8. 4. Configure Your LCD and Viewfinder
    9. 5. Set Your JPEG Image Quality
    10. 6. Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting
    11. 7. Set the Correct White Balance
    12. 8. Set Your Focus Mode
    13. 9. Review Your Shots
    14. 10. Hold Your Camera for Proper Shooting
    15. Chapter 1 Assignments
  8. 2. First Things First
    1. A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Choosing the Right Memory Card
    4. Formatting Your Memory Card
    5. Updating the GX7/GM1’s Firmware
    6. Cleaning the Sensor
    7. Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEG
    8. Lenses and Focal Lengths
    9. What Is Exposure?
    10. Motion and Depth of Field
    11. Chapter 2 Assignments
  9. 3. The Auto Modes
    1. Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Intelligent Auto Mode
    4. Intelligent Auto Plus Mode
    5. Creative Control Mode
    6. Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Creative Control Mode
    7. Scene Guide Mode
    8. Chapter 3 Assignments
  10. 4. The Professional Modes
    1. Taking Your Photography to the Next Level
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. P: Program Auto Mode
    4. A: Aperture Priority Mode
    5. S: Shutter Priority Mode
    6. M: Manual Mode
    7. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
    8. Chapter 4 Assignments
  11. 5. Moving Target
    1. The Tricks to Shooting Sports and More
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Stop Right There!
    4. Using Shutter Priority (S) Mode to Stop Motion
    5. Using Aperture Priority (A) Mode to Isolate Your Subject
    6. Keep Them in Focus with Continuous AF and Autofocus Tracking
    7. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
    8. Keeping Up with Burst Mode
    9. A Sense of Motion
    10. Tips for Shooting Action
    11. Chapter 5 Assignments
  12. 6. Say Cheese!
    1. Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Automatic Portrait Mode
    4. Using Aperture Priority Mode
    5. Metering Modes for Portraits
    6. Using the AE Lock Feature
    7. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
    8. Using Face Detection and Registration
    9. Classic Black-and-White Portraits
    10. The Portrait Photo Style for Better Skin Tones
    11. Use Fill Flash for Reducing Shadows
    12. Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
    13. Chapter 6 Assignments
  13. 7. Landscape Photography
    1. Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get the Most out of Your Landscape Photography
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Sharp and In Focus: Using Tripods
    4. Selecting the Proper ISO and White Balance
    5. Using Noise Reduction
    6. Photo Styles for Landscapes
    7. Fine-Tuning Exposure with the Highlight/Shadow Curve
    8. Easier Focusing with the Touchscreen
    9. Using Manual Focus Assist
    10. Shooting Beautiful Black-and-White Landscapes
    11. The Golden Light
    12. Shooting Compelling Sunrises and Sunsets
    13. Making Water Fluid
    14. Directing the Viewer: A Word About Composition
    15. Chapter 7 Assignments
  14. 8. Mood Lighting
    1. Shooting When the Lights Get Low
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Raising the ISO: The Simple Solution
    4. Using Very High ISOs
    5. Stabilizing the Situation
    6. Focusing in Low Light
    7. Shooting Long Exposures
    8. Using the Built-In Flash
    9. Compensating for the Flash Exposure
    10. Reducing Red-Eye
    11. 2nd Curtain Sync Flash
    12. Using an External Flash
    13. Chapter 8 Assignments
  15. 9. Creative Compositions
    1. Improve Your Pictures with Sound Compositional Elements
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Depth of Field
    4. Angles
    5. Point of View
    6. Patterns
    7. Color
    8. Contrast
    9. Leading Lines
    10. Splitting the Frame
    11. Frames Within Frames
    12. Focal Length and Composition
    13. Chapter 9 Assignments
  16. 10. Lights, Camera, Action!
    1. Getting Professional-looking Video from Your LUMIX camera
    2. Format, Size, and Frame Rate
    3. Focus Settings for Video
    4. Creative Video Mode
    5. Tips for Better Video
    6. Watching and Editing Your Video
    7. Chapter 10 Assignments
  17. Index

Product information

  • Title: Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Author(s): Rob Knight
  • Release date: April 2014
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780133845181