Goodbye Canon, Hello Panasonic Lumix GH4


For the last year, I have been using the Canon 5D3 for stills and video production.  Recently I purchased the Panasonic Lumix GH4 for its internal 4K video mode.  Wow, I have been impressed with the resolution.  Coming from the 5D3, using the GH4 has been an amazing step-up in video quality.   After a few weeks of testing the new camera, it was clear that I would never again use the Canon for video.  The only question was whether I would be able to use the GH4 for my photography projects.  The answer is yes!  The picture above was taken with the GH4 and the Lumix 7-14mm Lens.

To summarize the GH4 in a single sentence, I would say it is a camera that is fully competitive in terms of features, functionality, and image quality with anything currently on the market.  If a 16MP image size is adequate for your shooting, then you’ll likely find the GH4 a very practical and enjoyable stills camera.

When it comes to video, the GH4 is in a class of its own. There is nothing currently on the market, or even announced from any manufacturer, that can trump the GH4 when it comes to internal 4K video in a DSLR form factor.  So for today, The GH4 is a welcome addition to the Lowcountry Pictures production kit.

Restoration – A BMW R100/7 Story

A short film featuring a beautiful 1977 BMW R100/7 motorcycle that was restored by Steven Hiers. We have been like brothers since teenagers, and created lots of art and mayhem through the years. Here is more of the former. Produced in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina. Many will recognize the historic “Sheldon Church.” Enjoy!


Tucked Away Plantation

The challenge: to market a beautiful property for sale in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Compass South Land Sales wanted to highlight the character and emotion of “Tucked Away Plantation.” The footage is cinematic and the soundtrack is epic! Someone will watch this film and “have to have” this beautiful place.


Lost Highway – Fall Fashion 2013

An edgy behind-the-scenes/promo film for photographer Holger Obenaus featuring the “Lost Highway” 2013 Fall Fashion Collection.  Still cameras were Phase ONE and Linhof.  Motion cameras were Canon 5DmkIII and Sony FS700.  Edited in Premiere Pro CC with motion graphics and compositing in After FX CC. Grading was done in Colorista II.



Very dramatic spot for “David Schaffer Ministries.” I have really been blessed this year to have clients and partners like David Schaffer. This spot perfectly captures David’s passion for Jesus. We pulled this sound bite from one of David’s sermons delivered at “Spirit of Life,” and paired it with stock footage of an abandoned building and motion tracked graphics. For more, visit


Ben Ham Images

A full time fine art landscape photographer, Ben Ham works exclusively with a wooden field camera capturing images on black and white sheet film. Driven by a passion for exploring the great outdoors, his subjects range from the Lowcountry of the South Carolina coast to the high altitudes of the Rockies, from the buttes and mesas of the Southwest to the Pacific Coast.

Ben practices a contemplative approach to his art, producing compositions that possess a presence and potency of place that cause a shift in consciousness inviting the viewer to step into the world created through the photographer’s eye. His photographs are rich in detail and strong in craft.


LaRue Tactical “Made in the USA”

LaRue Tactical was founded in 1980 by Mark LaRue and known world-wide for sniper targets, quick-detachable mounting solutions and hyper-accurate 7.62mm and 5.56mm rifle systems. This video was created as eye-candy for everyone who appreciates precision weapons.


Drums, drums, drums!

I recently had the pleasure of famed drummer Derek Roddy bringing his kit to my studio. We are creating his new DVD that will be out this fall. During the 75 hours of staring at computer screens we found time to jam and brainstorm. One idea that I want to make happen is posting regularly to the blog and producing BTS (Behind the scenes) videos. Derek and I had lots of “light bulb” moments that I wish had been caught on camera. Stay tuned…

Seventy Two

A short film that captures the touching connection of a 1972 Ford pickup to 3 generations of the Cope family. Now in his 40s, Timothy Brown Cope reflects on how the truck and its sentimental value played a key roll in his childhood and preserving the memory of his father and grandfather.


Time Traveler

Title sequence from “Time Traveler.” I filmed this on the Canon 7D and graded it in Colorista. Many thanks to thank Amanda Kravat for use of her track “Green.”


Page 2 of 3123