Lightroom Subject & Sky Select

Lightroom Masking Feature – Subject and Sky Select


AWESOME NEW FEATURE


With the new Sky and Subject Selection in Adobe’s Lightroom – Detailed masking edits have never been easier. With this fully automatic feature quickly select your sky or subject and bring out the best in your photos.

More details in the video below.




Hello and thank you for checking out my latest blog post – My name is Grant and I’m a freelance photographer based in South East Queensland. My work revolves around Lifestyle, Branding and Social Media Photography and the odd family portrait session. I’m located in Logan Village and service the Jimboomba, Tambourine and Northern Gold Coast areas.

While also being a working freelance photographer – I’m also passionate about photography education and conduct workshops and one on one session around the Logan and Northern Gold Coast areas.

If you would like to know more about myself and my work please feel free to drop me a line anytime.


Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 Review

Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm f/2.8 Mk II Lens

Photography Review & Sample Photos 202


Is the Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm f/2.8 Mk II Lens still good vale in 2021 moving in 2022? Well the short answer is Yes, this is one of the best micro four thirds lenses money can buy. With a full frame equivalent of 70 to 200mm f/4 this make it a very practical telephoto lens and with the small micro four thirds build makes it very compact on any Panasonic body.

For more details and to watch my full review – check out the video below.





Hello and thank you for checking out my latest blog post – My name is Grant and I’m a freelance photographer based in South East Queensland. My work revolves around Lifestyle, Branding and Social Media Photography and the odd family portrait session. I’m located in Logan Village and service the Jimboomba, Tambourine and Northern Gold Coast areas.

While also being a working freelance photographer – I’m also passionate about photography education and conduct workshops and one on one session around the Logan and Northern Gold Coast areas.

If you would like to know more about myself and my work please feel free to drop me a line anytime


Panasonic Leica 12mm f1.4 Summilux


Panasonic Leica 12mm f1.4 Summilux Lens

– Photography Image Samples –



Video Showreel


Hello and thank you for checking out my latest blog post – My name is Grant and I’m a freelance photographer based in South East Queensland. My work revolves around Lifestyle, Branding and Social Media Photography and the odd family portrait session. I’m located in Logan Village and service the Jimboomba, Tambourine and Northern Gold Coast areas.

While also being a working freelance photographer – I’m also passionate about photography education and conduct workshops and one on one session around the Logan and Northern Gold Coast areas.

If you would like to know more about myself and my work please feel free to drop me a line anytime.


Mountview Alpaca Farm

Mountview Alpaca Farm Canungra

A Great Day Out In The Scenic Rim


Recently my family and some close friends spent the day at Mountview Alpaca Farm – An amazing experience where you can not only feed the alpacas but you can also walk them around the farm.

The farm is located within the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards about 6 minuets drive from Canungra Town Centre, officially in the Scenic Rim Shire of Queensland – However is also very close and neighbouring the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards are stunning – Lush and green with an amazing view of the mountains and the Canungra creek running along side. It’s the perfect setting to purchase a bottle of wine and a picnic hamper from the vineyard caffe and hit the relax button.



Now this is a “Photography Blog” so lets get into it – Armed with my Lumix G9 and 2 lenses the Lumix 35 to 100mm f/2.8 and my Leica 12mm f1.2 – I was set out to capture some great images of our day.

We got to the grounds around 11am and it was a HOT and Bright spring day in Queensland, so it made for a very challenging photographic experience, however I love the challenge of shooting right in the middle of the day and working to my environment.



I always try to protect my highlights and not blow out the sky or other bright element! So under exposing was the name of the game and I do also try and get thing correct in camera as much as I possibly can – However I knew in such bright conditions shooting in RAW and post production work was certainly on the cards. I also forgot my ND filter… … … GREAT… … …



Wrapping things up – The day at Mountview Alpaca Farm Canungra was a fantastic time for the family and a great photographic opportunity. The food the setting and most importantly the Alpacas all made for a super fun experience we will all remember.



Hello and thank you for checking out my latest blog post – My name is Grant and I’m a freelance photographer based in South East Queensland. My work revolves around Lifestyle, Branding and Social Media Photography and the odd family portrait session. I’m located in Logan Village and service the Jimboomba, Tambourine and Northern Gold Coast areas.

While also being a working freelance photographer – I’m also passionate about photography education and conduct workshops and one on one session around the Logan and Northern Gold Coast areas.

If you would like to know more about myself and my work please feel free to drop me a line anytime.


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Second Shooter Brisbane

Second Shooter Brisbane

Brisbane | Gold Coast | Scenic Rim


As I generally stick to Branding, Family and Lifestyle photography booking weddings and wedding photography is not really my main focus – However in saying that I LOVE to shoot weddings as a Second Shooter and assisting.

Working for seasoned wedding photographers is always such a great experience and the skills I have developed shooting weddings has been incredible and invaluable – It’s also good fun and a great little sideline business aside from my own professional projects.

Having a different approach and mind-set to many photographers getting into second shooting, I’m not looking to become a full-time wedding photographer or build up my portfolio – Its all about the role of the second shooter and the business of supporting the lead photographer helping them get the best results and performance on the day.

Over the last 2 years I have branched out and developed myself into a dedicated second shooter in the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Scenic Rim Areas.

I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing photographers and wish to continue to offer this professional service moving into 2021, hopefully developing more relationships with established wedding photographers to help them provide first class results for their brides and grooms.



Why Hire a Second Shooter?

– You Get A Dedicated Assistant During The day

– Being Able To Get Shots In 2 Different Places At Once

– Someone To Capture The Details At The Reception

– Candid Photos & Reactions Of Couple, Family & Friends

– More Photos From Different Perspectives

– A Greater Volume Of Photos To Choose From & Deliver

– Someone To Help Promote Your Business On The Day

– Allows YOU The Primary Photographer To Perform At Your Highest Level



Gear


My background Canon but I partially changed from DSLR cameras to Panasonic LUMIX & the micro 4/3rds systems about 3 years ago – The light weight factor of the cameras mean I can move quicker and be more inconspicuous. It also enables me to carry more gear equaling more options.

My Set-Up Includes:

– Lumix G9 – 12 to 60mm 2.8 and 35 to 100mm 2.8 Zooms

– Lumix GX8 – 25mm 1.4 and 42.5mm 1.7 Primes

– Lumix G7 – 60mm 2.8 Macro

– Canon 6D mk ii – 24mm to 70mm and 50mm 1.4

– Godox Flashes

– Aputure LED Lights

– SanDisk SD Cards



If you would like to know more about my services and availability as a second shooter or assistant? Please feel free to drop me a line anytime.


Contact:

MB: 0414 524 912

EM: grdphotography.goldcoast@gmail.com



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.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Comparing



Comparing

I do this ALL the time.


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Comparing myself to other creatives/photographers and I really got to watch myself that I don’t go down too deep into their creative rabbit hole.

I’ll get totally into their “Thing” Style, Look, Persona and even Gear. And it’s ok for a while but I find it can really affect my work and creative output! Instead of getting out and creating my own stuff I’ll get myself wrapped up in their work.

I’ll think “Well Such and Such is doing X, Y and Z so I better do that too” Instead of just getting out with my camera and creating and developing my own photography. 

It might happen every couple of months that I get like that, but I’m aware of my thought process when it starts to happen and I’m quick to snap out of it. 

I think it’s great to have influences and get inspired from other creatives – but when you start comparing yourself to others that can be super draining on your creative output and the development of your own style.

Especially now and in these times it’s more important than ever to have your own style and groove – Have influences but don’t be influenced.

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD



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.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Improve Your Photography

How I Personally Improved My Photography With Micro Four Thirds


  • It’s bad in low light…
  • The sensor is too small…
  • There is no dynamic range…
  • You can’t get a blurry background…

The Limitations Of Micro Four Thirds.

However it’s those so-called limitations that opened up my skills as a photographer, the lessons I’ve learnt and the stretching of my creativity has been amazing since I converted over to the system nearly 3 years ago.



In 2017 I was – Let’s just say a semi professional using a full frame professional DSLR and everything was ok, I thought I knew it all about photography. 

I wanted to try a mirrorless camera, in particular the micro four thirds system as the small size appealed to me. Olympus and especially Lumix were really kicking goals with the micro four thirds range, so I began my research in mid 2017 – Pretty much the same time the GH5 was getting released.

I knew I wanted to go “All In” so I sold my DSLR and purchased a new Lumix G7 with two kit lenses and put the rest of the profits from my DSLR aside to fund any future pro level lenses. 

I remember getting it home and taking it out of the box and thinking this is a Toy!!! However as soon as I loaded up the battery and took a few shots around the house I knew I made the right decision and the photography lessons were about to start.


All Shot On Micro Four Thirds


At this stage I was still a guitar teacher and not really shooting professionally, only doing semi-professional gigs on the side, and even though I have always loved and pursued photography I was still very much getting used to the idea of becoming a professional photographer and still had many lessons to learn.

Up to that point I used Aperture Priority mode maybe 80% of the time and Manual mode the rest of the time. Like many photographers aspiring to become a professional I knew I needed to start shooting in manual mode to take full advantage of my camera – But how easy is it just to put it on Aperture Priority and shoot and spray, especially on a full frame!!! 

Aperture and Auto ISO = Instant Awesomeness.

This is when I really had to change my attitude and take the deep dive into manual mode as the limitations of the small sensor on my G7 were starting to show very quickly and leaving two of the three exposure settings (Shutter and ISO) on auto to do their “thing” was not going to be a option.

Just a gentle reminder too I was using the kit lenses at this stage with apertures of f/4 to f/5.6 – So yes pretty slow, prior to that I was using a fast prime of f/1.4 on a full frame camera so the learning curve was massive and I had NO idea how much I relied on a full frame with fast prime to get my so called awesome shots.



Using my little G7 more and more on personal projects, with the family and on the streets – forcing myself to shoot 100% of the time in manual mode I started to feel a shift in my photography and the way I took photos. I really had to think about how I was going to take certain shots as the limitations of the tiny little sensor and slow lenses made me work for my shots.

You had to chase the light and work the shadows, find ways to steady your hands and really take into consideration your shutter speed and your ISO working in conjunction with your selected aperture. This was really the first time I started to grasp the “Exposure Triangle” and started to get some clarity, making me explore other functions like metering and setting my white balance – Things I would always leave the camera to decide.

The G7 is not a stabilised camera and the lenses were also not stabilised so handshake and capturing images crisp and clear was a challenge especially when the light wasn’t great. This then made me rethink ISO because as we all know on full frame systems we can keep the ISO relatively low and it works well in low light.

However not so much on the G7, the micro four thirds sensor made me experiment with ISO more and made me realise you don’t have to keep low, if you want to get sharp shots you might just have to boost that ISO to speed up that shutter.



After about a year of continuous practice and only shooting on manual mode I honestly felt more like a “Real” photographer. The little G7 and its limitations forced me to rethink my skill-set and made me really work for my craft. My photos were now starting to take their own charter and I felt like my own style was starting to form.

At this stage I started to look into other cameras in the Lumix lineup as I felt like a little bit of stabilisation could come in handy. Also If I wanted to start picking up more professional work I would need a 2nd camera. 

After doing more research I decided to look into a Lumix GX8 and with a quick browse on eBay I found one locally for $400 and I jumped on it. Win-Win… I still had about $1000 left over from my full frame sale so I invested in a stabilised lens, the Lumix 35 to 100mm f/2.8

Now loaded up with what Lumix calls its Duel-IS – I could really expand out and I found my photography reached yet another milestone. I could now do handheld shots in all kinds of situations, the Duel-IS giving more stops to play with and options to work in low light and the GX8 soon became my primary camera.



Now in 2021 and with a few extra bits of kit in my photography bag – Most notably a Lumix G9 and a variety of pro level Olympus and Lumix glass. My little G7 still sits amongst it all and I continually use it to this day. If it was not for its so called limitations and its tiny little micro four thirds sensor I don’t think I’d be here today working as a professional photographer and writing this article.

When I sold my full frame camera many people would consider that a downgrade, but for me it was an upgrade – an upgrade on SO many levels! It made me research and educate myself on the technical side of photography because up to this point I was heavily relying on the creative side and letting the camera do the work.

I guess you could say it’s kinda like a musician who can’t read music – sure you can create music (and GREAT music EG: The Beatles) but it’s something that plays on your mind and once you get your reading down an entire new world opens up.

That was me – I really wanted to become a professional photographer but still was unsure of my technical skills and the language – However by changing my gear to a totally different system that made me work a bit harder was a game changer.

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


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.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Lumix G9 ISO Hack

ISO Hack For Your Lumix G9

How you can easily control your ISO on your Panasonic Lumix G9


We all know that ISO is a BIG thing, It’s one of the three core functions of the exposure triangle. Along with Aperture and Shutter it dictates the outcome of our images.

The Lumix G9 like many cameras has a dedicated ISO function button on the top of the camera – You push it down and you can control your ISO via any of the dials on the camera.

However, what if we didn’t have to push a seperate button on the camera and we could control our ISO the same way we control our Aperture or Shutter via the front and back dials? (In The Moment)

We’re very lucky as G9 users that we have the added scroll wheel on the back of the camera around the Menu/Set button, mostly used to scroll the menu or browse through our shots.

However the other lucky thing about being a G9 user is the customisation – The way you can set the camera’s many dials and buttons to suit your own style is fantastic, and this is where the “Hack” comes into it.

I don’t know about you but I like to be in the moment when I’m shooting, pushing a separate button to control my ISO and taking away the normal functions of the dials really slows me down! Even if it’s a split second, that could be the make or break of a great image.



Steps

How about if we had full control of the exposure triangle under our finger and thumb – Dialling in the correct settings at a moment’s notice? I’m going to show you.

Did you know you can customise the scroll wheel on the back of the G9? Lets now set it to control our ISO, giving us a dedicated ISO control to use in the moment.

  1. Go into the menu and select the “C and Wrench” tab
  2. Go Into “Dial Operations” 
  3. Go into “Dial Set”
  4. Scroll down to “Control Dial Assignment”
  5. Select “ISO” – AND YOUR DONE


On my G9 I’ve got it setup like this:

  • Front Dial – Aperture 
  • Back Dial – Shutter (The Workhorse)
  • Back Scroll Wheel – ISO

I’ve also set up other custom buttons to control my metering modes and we’ve still got the 3 separate White Balance, ISO, and Exposure Compensation buttons on top of the camera to use. However, having a dedicated dial to control your ISO is an amazing function, the ability to have the 3 elements working in real time will shape your photography and the way you take photos as they happen.

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


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.

Many Thanks 

Grant


GH5 In 2021


The Panasonic GH5 In 2021?

Is GH5 Still Worth Purchasing in 2021?

Yes – Here’s Why!!!



Top 5

Number One: The Price – The price of the GH5 is amazing both new or used, bang for your buck the features you get for just over $1000 is amazing. A pro level camera for both video and photo with dual card slots and a choice of lens that is pretty much endless – You’ll be hard pressed to find a better value camera on the market today.

Number Two: The colour profiles that come in the camera – From Cinelike D and Cinelike V, with the option to add V-Log. The colour profiles are amazing and allows filmmakers to grade GH5 footage to look highly professional and cinematic.

Number Three: The ability to shoot 4K at 60 frames per second, while many cameras still don’t offer this feature the GH5 was doing it back in 2017.

Number Four: The rotating swivel screen – This is another great feature that Panasonic uses on most of their micro four third cameras. The ability to shoot from many different angles, getting up high or getting down low – The swivel screen is another feature that will open up your videography and photography.

Number Five: In Body Stabilization – Having in body stabilization (IBS) on the GH5 allows filmmakers to not have to be reliant on gimbals, enabling the ability to shoot in many situations with less gear. And for photographers like myself syncing up the In Body Stabilisation with a Stabilized lens allows for more options in low light settings.



Now that is just 5 reasons why the GH5 is still a major player in today’s camera market – We also did not mention things like its small size and great build quality and the ability to fully customise its dials and buttons to your own shooting style, for a truly personal experience. 

I’d be lost without my GH5 – It would be hard for me to change up systems now as the camera has become an extension of my personal photography style. What do you think? Is the GH5 still worth it in 2021?

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


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.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Awesome In Camera Jpegs

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!



Steps

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. 



SETTINGS

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

CONTRAST +3

SHARPNESS -2

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.

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


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.

Many Thanks 

Grant


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