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From Crying Puppy Dog Tears to Creating Photo Art – #Lumix G5 Camera

Yesterday I cried big puppy dog tears because I was thrown into the world of quality cameras, and believe it or not, I wasn’t ready. I’ve always been a point-and-shoot girl because it’s comfy, easy and familiar.

I love me some tech, but I hate me some learning curve.

So here I sit with a brand new Panasonic Lumix G5 camera in hand, and I’m determined to master it. Eventually.

At least it nestles comfortably in my hand, cuz a camera has to feel good, ya’ll. It really does.


So today I wandered around my house snapping pics of ordinary objects. My hope was that with the help of the 14 creative filters built into the camera, I would be able to turn those photos into art. Or something.

And when I turned a box of trash into an accidental artistic statement (Impressive Art filter), I knew I had just taken a baby step in the right direction.


The automatic filter effects include: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color.

Now come with me as I play and practice and explore.

I have this basket of balls sitting on my coffee table, and I took a photo of it with the Sepia filter. I didn’t even try any other filters because I loved it this way.


Using the Soft Focus filter, I was really able to capture the gentle peacefulness of these art tiles I have hanging on my wall.


I think the Retro Filter brought out a really cool effect in my stainless steel tea kettle. Peekaboo, I see me.


I love how the Dynamic Monochrome filter turned a jumbled mess of kitchen gadgets into something much more interesting.


And it surprised the heck out of me to see the transformation of a fireplace full of ashes. First I filtered it with Cross Process, and then I tried it with Dynamic Monochrome. I love how that looks!


For these tiny clay pots that my kids made for me, I applied the Expressive filter and I love how the color boost gave the photo a pop art feel.


I’m not sure if it’s what the filter did to the wood grain in my table or to the pumpkin, but I love how this came out. (Impressive Art filter)


I couldn’t resist seeing what I could do with this suncatcher that hangs on my office window. I tried the One Point Color filter in two different ways and it looks so cool! Then I snapped a photo using the Star Filter. It takes pin points of light and transforms them into stars. So neat!


And by the end of the day, I made one tiny jump and tried out one of the Scene Guide modes called Cute Desserts for some lollipops I had. I like how it really made the colors pop out!


I would never have believed it, but I’m actually super excited about all the features I’ve explored thus far.

By the way, the Panasonic Lumix G5 is a mirrorless camera. It has the quick performance, fast autofocus, manual controls and ability to change lenses like DSLR cameras, but it still has a compact size and weight. It’s the perfect camera for me as I’m transitioning out of point-and-shoot-technology into the world of manual settings and whatever gobbledy-gook that entails.

I have a lot to learn.

But this is going to be fun!

I received a complimentary camera through a Burst Media campaign, but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. The photos you took are gorgeous by the way… :)

  2. That camera is amazing!! Love the different effects!!

  3. I was looking at that camera when I went mirrorless shopping! It is an awesome camera!

  4. Beautiful pictures! That sounds like a fun camera!

  5. Hello amazing camera!!!

  6. Those photos are beautiful! I didn’t even realize it was a trash pic until you said something. The lollipops really do pop. I love the photo you took of you as well. I will definitely have to check out this camera.

  7. I have had a DSLR for over a year & still have no idea how to use it! Your photos are awesome.


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