Awesome In Camera Jpegs
How to get killer jpegs in-camera with your Panasonic Lumix
Want Jpegs that look awesome?
Want to do less editing and more sharing?
Want great colours in-camera?
I think Panasonic is generally underrated as a photography system, most people think GH5 and Video when it comes to the brand. However if you spend some time deeper in the settings and customise a few things – they become a photo centric system that can keep up with any brand out there.
I’m focusing on Panasonic Micro Four Thirds range in this blog – such as the Lumix G7, GH5 and G9 as they are the cameras I use in my professional work.
Now as a professional photographer and designer I shoot RAW for all of my professional work, as we know RAW files are king in Photoshop and Lightroom. However how about just day to day shooting and capturing the family outing or BBQ?
- Do we need the big RAW files?
- How do we get great in-camera results?
- Can we capture awesome colours as we shoot?
- How can we share and upload our photos almost instantly?
Well the key is optimise your camera and set it up for capturing killer jpegs!
Step 1: I might be stating the obvious here? But it’s knowing how to use your camera and being able to work that all important exposure triangle!
– ISO – SHUTTER – APERTURE –
Being able to shoot in Manual and dile in your exposure is one of the most important things if you’re going to capture killer Jpegs. Because remember that mindset “I’ll just photoshop it later” is out the window, we’re aiming to get it right in-camera. If you’re not comfortable in shooting manual either Aperture priority Or Shutter priority is fine too – but as long as you have most of the setting under your control and not just leaving it up to the camera to decide.
Step 2: COMPOSITION – Again we’re not going to be relying on photoshop or lightroom for any cropping or adjustments, so understanding some basic composition rules is going to aid your killer jpegs. Understanding the rule of 3rds and how to place subjects in your frame, using background and foreground elements and knowing the distance between your subjects are all things to consider.
Step 3: Lens choice – Choosing the correct lens and knowing how to use its focal length and aperture is going to help get it right in camera tremendously. If you know you’re going to be using your leica 42.5mm f1.2 on your GH5 – You know you’re going to be getting amazing boke and buttery blurred out backgrounds and you can really use the f1.2 to your advantage. If you’re using a telephoto lens then you can use its compression to really draw out your subject and make things larger than life.
Step 4: Now we get into setting up your Panasonic Lumix to take killer Jpegs (Finally) So with this step we have to dive a bit deeper into our camera setting AND I must point out this section can be pretty subjective and will take a little bit of experimenting to find what your personal taste is and how your want your jpegs to stand out.
First of all you want to set your camera to shoot both fine JPEG and RAW files – Just in case you actually want to do some deeper editing in Lightroom.
Then depending on what you’re going to be shooting? Decide on what aspect ratio is going to work best for your needs? For example most of the time people are going to be shooting on 4:3 as it fills up most of the frame and is a common ratio. However you might be thinking posting straight to Instagram so a 1:1 ratio is going to be perfect and you can work your compositing around it. But then you might also be thinking more cinematic – so working with the 16:9 ratio is going to give that kind of vibe. No matter what ratio you go with and like I say to my students you don’t have to stick to one, feel free to experiment.
So now’s the part you have to play around and actually get out there and take some photos to work out your killer JPEG settings. First of all go into your lumix camera menu and go to Photo Style and scroll over until you find your preferred photo profile – For me I like shooting in Cinelike V or I also use one of the Blank Custom Profiles to tweak my colours and setting to get my JPEGS looking the way I like.
This is my personal preference and a starting point for anyone keen to have a go.
Camera – Lumix G9
Lens – Olympus 12 – 40mm f/2.8
Photo Style/Profile – Cinelike V
NOISE REDUCTION +4
SATURATION +5 (This one I change up a lot depending on situation, light and tone)
Ratio – Varying depending on situation.
As I have mentioned before this is all personal taste and driven by the results you want from your JPEGS – For myself, I like lots of punch and depth that’s why I have my Saturation up so high and my Contrast boosted. It’s just what I like…
Many of my students don’t even know their camera can do things like this and there surprised they can get such good colours and JPEGS in-Camera and even skip the editing process completely!
Finally the other GREAT thing shooting JPEG is the smaller files, you can get them off your camera and onto you phone quickly and easily using the Panasonic Image App – One of the best transfer apps I’ve ever used, just sync up your camera over wifi and you can quickly get your images onto your phone. Any Lumix users out there that don’t use this App I highly recommend you look into it, it’s not only a transfer system but you can control and use your camera remotely from your device.
NOW – To all my professional photographer readers out there. How good would it be if you could deliver JPEGS straight to your client? How much time would that save? If you spent a good amount of time practicing dialing in your settings and getting your JPEG game down it could be a game changer for your business and workflow.
Now I’m aware this would not be suited for every photo shoot or situation, however a family portrait session or engagement session could certainly work Or perhaps event photography? The time saving benefits could be massive, not to mention the skills you would develop! But hey, this topic could be another blog.
How is your JPEG game? Does anyone else have any JPEG tips? I really hope this helps my fellow Lumix photographers out there and gives you some ideas and options to play around with.
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Thanks for reading my latest post – My name is Grant and I’m a Freelance Photographer based on the Gold Coast.
Specialising in Branding, Family & Lifestyle Photography – Ranging from Families, Kids & Couples to Content Creation for Local Brands & Businesses, I’m always available to take any inquiries you might have.