6 Non-Traditional ways to use a Panasonic Lumix LX3

As you probably know I love pinhole cameras, antiques, hacked and modified cameras, and pretty much anything except for flawless image making devices. I like the chaos and the chance of photography. That’s where the excitement is for me. I am not interested in perfectly exposed, perfectly boring photos. So it may come as a surprise to you that the newest camera in my collection is a digital point-and-shoot. I recently purchased a Panasonic Lumix LX3 and I really love it.

There are plenty of articles online praising the technical prowess of this camera praising it as a point-and-shoot that can compete with an SLR. The only other camera that might give the LX a run for its money is the Canon G10. So rather than rehash the technical specs of the Panasonic Lumix LX3 I thought I would throw out some ideas that might get you thinking how to “hack” this camera to create non-traditional digital photos. If you have some ideas of your own, please add them in the comments.

1. Long Exposures Switch the Panasonic Lumix LX3 over to manual mode and you can control the shutter speed. Try it at night, or in situations where a long exposure can give you unexpected results.

2. Multiple Exposures The Panasonic Lumix LX3 allows you to create multiple exposures in camera. You have to scroll through some menus to get to this setting, but it can give you some really fun and interesting results.

3. Street photography The LX3 is small and quiet so it is a great camera for street photography. Some times I like to “shoot from the hip” and take photos by just pointing the camera in someone’s general direction and snapping a shot. Every once in a while this technique can create some real gems.

4. Manual Focus You paid good money for the fancy focusing technology of the Panasonic Lumix LX3, but why not turn it off? The manual focus of this camera is another way to get back to basics with your camera. Or add some creative blur to your shots.

5. Macro It’s amazing how much things change when you get really close to them. The macro ability of the Panasonic LX3 is pretty impressive and opens a whole new world of possibilities.

6. Black and white I find that unless color really adds something to a photo, I typically prefer the image in black and white. Why not save yourself the trouble of converting to black and white in Photoshop later and shoot in black and white mode. Another advantage of shooting in b&w is that it puts you in a different mind set. I feel like I am looking at the world differently when I have black and white film in my camera.

I hope you found these ideas inspiring. As always, follow me on Flickr if you are curious about what my latest work.

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3 Responses to “6 Non-Traditional ways to use a Panasonic Lumix LX3”

  1. dan Says:

    Good info in this post, I was on the fence about getting the LX3 and this pretty much made up my mind.

    It might be nice if the images you captured with the LX3 had a tag in flickr identifying them.


  2. Erik Dasque Says:

    Great advice on creative use of the LX3. That’s exactly why I bought this camera especially since I always have it with me.

    Here are photos I short with my LX3. As you see many are natively in B&W (I use the high contrast mode), some are in manual focus and others in macro.


  3. mauve Says:


    Nice post you made here ; I only have a lx2, but still, there’s enough in common between the two to appreciate your ideas.

    But to further things a bit, while I, too, much enjoy the feeling of classic b&w, I always shoot raw (hence in colour) and convert to b&w in software later on. This allows for a separate adjustment of the RGB channels, with the benefit of simulating a wide range of colour filters usually used in film b&w shooting (Red, Yellow, Green filters are the primary candidates). Good b&w photography needs those filters as much as good masking in the wet lab to even up the dynamic range of the pictures, as film as a much wider latitude than paper.

    I don’t find it really disturbing as the glass viewfinders I’m most used to in the film realm are the ones from my OM-1 and my canonet QL, which were showing colours in spite of their age 😉

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