Testing Out HDR on the Panasonic G7

I’ve have my Panasonic Lumix G7 for a few weeks now and I have to say, “I’m surprised.” After all the reading I’d done on the camera, and from the few hands on tests I did with it, I knew I’d like the G7. I didn’t realize how much I’d love it. The Lumix is feature-packed, light, gets out of the way, and takes some excellent photos. I’ve begun to carry it with me just about everywhere, just because I can.

For the last few weeks I’ve grown accustomed to using the G7 in my normal workflow. This has included learning how to set up focus, and change typical settings like shutter speed, ISO, and f-stop 1. The muscle memory is a bit different than on my Nikon, but not enough to make it a difficult adjustment.

Now that I’ve gotten used to treating the G7 as my “go to” camera, I’ve begun playing with a number of the cameras more advanced on camera features. Using these requires me to shoot in jpeg, but if I do a good job setting white balance and exposure when I shoot I don’t have to worry about this as much. I do enjoy shooting Raw, because I find post processing fun 2, but when using some of these jpeg only features I can have some “sharing ready” photos without ever having to import them into Lightroom.

The photo below is one of these “sharing ready photos.” It’s not a great composition. In fact, it’s pretty terrible. What makes this image cool is how I had the G7 apply a tone curve and had it process a two step HDR photograph all *on camera. Once the settings were enabled, all I had to do was press the shutter. A stacked bracket of Raw photos might produce better results, sure 3, but I was able to share this image with nothing more than a few taps. That’s pretty cool.

A lamp, shining out from its shade.
A 2-stop HDR photo, taken and processed on the G7.

  1. I tend to shoot full manual, since I’m not often taking pictures of people. 
  2. I am weird. 
  3. And setting that up on the camera is also a snap. 
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