LX5 Image Quality

Do you want to create photographs that show exceptional detail and sharpness? Or do you want to know why your images don’t quite live up to expectations given all the great things you have heard about the LX5?

This book came about during a series of Lectures I was giving at photography clubs in the UK. I would be enthusiastically talking about the virtues of the LX5 only to have someone approach me later to say their results were poor or even dreadful. Initially I was confused, but then a pattern emerged about how people, often experienced photographers were using this camera. Once I understood what was happening I could quickly identify and correct the mistakes being made.

As time progressed, this evolved into a complete approach to achieving exceptional image quality with the LX5. I am sure you will be surprised learn just what is possible with the LX5 when used correctly, including being able to make huge prints.

This book is not however for everyone. If you are new to photography and want to understand how to use all the functions of the LX5, this is not the book for you. Neither is it a guide to using the LX5 and you certainly won’t learn about video capture. If you want to learn about composition this book won’t help you. If the thought of shooting using RAW files scares you then move on now and look for a different book.

No, this is a book aimed at Intermediate and Advanced photographers who want to achieve exceptional image quality from the LX5.

In this book I will share with you:

  • How to define what is and isn’t a high quality image – if you can’t define what high quality means how will you achieve it
  • How to set up the camera to support high quality capture
  • The techniques of image capture that allow you to maximise image quality
  • Bespoke workflows designed to create optimum results – the importance of this will I’m sure surprise you
  • Details of software that can enhance your images in ways that you might not have thought possible

At the end of the book is a section pulling together all the information and using it to produce a high quality 30inch image from an LX5. This image will stand up to close inspection and doesn’t rely on being seen at a “reasonable viewing distance”. I also provide the high resolution image for you to download so that you can take a very close look at the final quality.

There currently isn’t another book on the market quite like this one and I believe it’s long overdue.

See the book on Amazon.co.uk

See the book on Amazon.com

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18 thoughts on “LX5 Image Quality

    Clive Haley said:
    April 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hello there!

    I’ve only recently discovered your wonderful website and I am very impressed! I’m just a dabbler in landscapes and a regular user of the early Lumix G-series cameras (G1, G2, G10, GH1, GF1), with a selection of lenses (14mm, 20mm, 14-45mm & 14-140mm), a Lumix LX5 and an old Sony R1 too (when I feel like a bit of weight-lifting – but hey, what a lens!). I find your comments on the practical use of Panasonic cameras in particular very useful.

    Sorry to start off with a bit of a negative, but if the image of the cover for your book on the Lumix LX5 is an early working draft – quick – use a spell-checker! If however, it’s the finished job – you can only hope that nobody else can spell ‘achieve’ either – plus, you perhaps need to investigate getting yourself a different editor! Reminds me a bit of the time that I read in Eddie Ephraums’ book on Joe Cornish ‘at work’ that they drove around together in an old Volkswagen ‘Beatle’ ( – John, Paul, George or Ringo, I wonder)! I guess it’s my training as a primary school teacher in the late 17th Century still haunting me – when spelling used to matter!

    Otherwise – please do keep up the GOOD work – the BEST landscape photography website by far that I’ve yet come across (seriously!) – and you wouldn’t believe the spellings I’ve seen on some the others! Your photographs are really beautiful too – and that, of course, is what really matters!

    Congratulations, gratitude and kindest regards,

    Clive Haley

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Clive,
      Thanks for pointing out the error. As these are eBooks I periodically update them with corrections and everyone who has purchased the book will receive a free update. I am also thinking of updating this one to cover the LX7.
      Yes, I did get rid of my previous proof reader. It’s often difficult to spot our own mistakes but fortunately I now have an excellent editor (Martin Hellewell). You will spot Matrin’s name against some of my recent titles on Amazon.
      Thanks you also for the positive appreciation of my work. It means a lot when people let me know they like the images and website.
      All the best

    gabriel abramovich said:
    June 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I was just about to purchase your LX5 ebook, when from your reply I gathered you’re working on an LX7 one – is that correct, and if so, when will it be published? I own an LX7, and would prefer the LX7 updated ebook, of course.
    Many thanks for your sharing of information on these cameras and photography in general.

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Gabriel,
      Being totally honest, it’s likely to be the end of the year before I get to revising this one. Much of the LX5 information still applies to the LX7 although the method of attaching filters differs. When I revise the book it will be published as a revision to the existing book. This means that anyone who purchased the LX5 book will be able to download the updated version for free.
      I hope that helps and sorry for the delay.

    gabrielabramovich said:
    June 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    No problem at all, glad to hear there is something to look forward to.
    Meanwhile I’m purchasing your current LX5 ebook.
    Thanks again,

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you. If when reading the book you have any questions that relate to the LX7 let me know and I will try to assist.

    M. Gipsohn said:
    July 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    ” I now have an excellent editor (Martin Hellewell). You will spot Matrin’s name against” … Matrin? Copy editor for spelling mistakes? You certainly have a sense of humor.

    Jerry Renno said:
    January 8, 2015 at 2:51 am

    It is now January 7th, 2015 and I just ordered an LX7 this afternoon, so naturally l am interested in the LX7 revision to your LX5 book, which I will order tonight. Any projections on when the LX7 revision might become available?
    Jerry in Alabama, USA.

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      January 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Jerry,
      It was planned to have been done by now but unfortunately it was delayed due to a family illness and bereavement which has taken up much of the year. I am hopying to have it done in the first part of this year but rather than being a specific LX5 / LX7 book it will probably cover small cameras in general. Much of the information that applies to the LX5 also applies to the LX7. This is particularly true of things such as focus points, aperture settings and RAW processing. These are the things that make a significant difference in the final quality of the image.
      Thanks also for purchasing the book.

    Rafal said:
    July 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Hello, I don’t use Kindle reader and I don’t have Amazon accout, but i would like to buy this book in pdf format. Please let me know, if it possible to send you money via paypal without Amazon.

    Best regards,


      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      July 12, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Rafal,
      I’m very sorry but the arrangement I have with Amazon prevents me from distributing or selling the book other than through Amazon.

        Rafal said:
        July 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm

        Hi Robin,

        Thanks for reply, I see, i’ll create account on Amazon, Could you tell me in which digital format you’re selling a book. I would like to print a book.

        thelightweightphotographer responded:
        July 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        The Amazon books are only in the .Mobi format for the Kindle reader. I don’t think that you will be able to print it as Amazon place a lot of restrictions on the content. I have looked into trying to use the Createspace service from Amazon to produce a printed version of the books but currently it’s too expensive.

    Rafal said:
    July 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Could you tell me how it works? If i buy it, i’ll recive book to my email adress?

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      July 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Hi Rafal,
      The first thing you need to do is to download the free Kindle reader software/app. This is available for PC, Mac, Apple iPhone, Android phone etc. There is a link to the free software on my website https://www.lenscraft.co.uk/resource-hub/books-by-robin/. If you are going to be reading on your phone or a tablet device visit your App Store where you shoul also be able to download the free reader. Once you install and open the Kindle Reader software you are able to visit the Amazon store to buy ebooks with your account. Alternatively you can log in to the Amazon website and buy an eBook setting it to be delivered to your kindle reader. Any ebooks you buy are held in the Amazon Cloud but then downloaded to your Kindle Reader software when you read them. The nice thing about the Kindle rader is that you can have it on many different devices and the books you buy are available on all of them. The service even remembers which page you are up to and synchs this between devices.
      Hope this helps

        Rafal said:
        July 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Thanks for help! I just ordered book and started reading🙂


        thelightweightphotographer responded:
        July 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

        That’s great. Thank you.

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