Dinner Time is for Pictures


When you're on the road, daily schedules often get turned on their head. One of the benefits of this disruption is that you can be out taking pictures instead of finishing up at the office, eating dinner, or taking care of some other life chore. Dinner time is often a great time for photography.

My travel routine includes a sandwich around 4pm, then off to a location that I want to photograph. I spend the hour or so before twilight scouting the possibilities and preparing my gear. Then as the light begins to sweeten, I start shooting. On my way back to my room, usually around 9:30 pm, I'll grab a light snack to keep my hunger at bay while I upload the images and begin photo editing. By the time I go to bed, I've gone through all the photos at least once, played with a few favorites, and backed everything up to a second hard drive.

So when you have a chance to be more in control of your schedule, take the opportunity to shoot when the light is at its best. Dinner can wait...

Photo by Derrick Story. Captured atop the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. Panasonic Lumix FZ8, ISO 100, 1/160th at f-4.0, focal length 6.0 mm.

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16:9, right ;)

Great Photo!!
Would like to ask a question though? With the Panasonic Lumix do you shoot in Raw or Jpeg?

I have the Panasonic Lumix FX50 but the Raw can't be read by the Mac, I have to use the software that came with the camera. I'd rather use Aperture so I have to shoot in JPeg for now.


First of all, I have to make a correction on the model number. I was shooting with the Panasonic DMC-FZ8, not the FX8. I'm going to correct that in the post too.

The FZ8, which is now available for around $300 US, supports Raw mode. That's what I use when shooting with it. I can decode the Raws in the bundled software, but I prefer to use Photoshop CS3, which can also decode those files (using a Mac). At the moment, neither Lightroom nor Aperture can handle FZ8 Raws. I suspect Lightroom will be able to soon.

And yes, I was shooting in 16:9 mode. I totally love those dimensions and shoot movies with the FZ8 that way too. It's a great look at the world.

hey thanks for all the pictures!!