This post is brought to you by Olympus
It is exciting to be writing about the camera brand that I’ve been using since my early days in blogging. I’ve mentioned it before but my Dad has always been the Olympus man in the family and has traditionally bought all of my cameras for me and so this post was easy to write because we are such fans in my family.
Once I started taking photos in manual last year I made the switch from a traditional DSLR (I was using an Olympus E-620) to an Olympus OM-D. It was mainly because the picture quality was so fab on my dad’s photos. I did all of my research and decided on the E-M5 which at the time was the only OM-D model out. Olympus kindly gave me a demo model and I’ve been happily taking all of my photos with it since then. My dad upgraded to the E-M1 earlier this year which is the top of the line in the OM-D range and I’m excited to be telling you today about the E-M10 which is the latest in the OMD range and which I think makes a great camera for mums, dads, bloggers, tourists and everyone.
One of the things I loved when I made the switch from a traditional DSLR to the OM-D was the size, easy enough to pop my camera in my handbag without taking a separate camera bag with me. Both the camera and the lenses are smaller which make life so much easier but as you can see from the photos there is no compromise in quality.
For me taking photos is both work and play. There are photos that need to be taken for blog posts and events and then there are the photos I take to capture special moments and just the every day moments around here. I am always taking photos of my family and will keep taking photos long after the blog is gone.
The past few weeks I have been taking all of my photos on the E-M10 and having a new camera and a new house has been lots of fun as there have been so many moments to capture. Now for those who like to get technical then there are a few features worth mentioning – tilting touch display screen, Wi-Fi to your smart device which will be fabulous for travelling or sharing photos straight away which of course we all like to do, twin control dials which you’ll find on the top of the camera, built in flash, built in electric viewfinder that also adjusts to the light conditions and maximum ISO of 25,600.
The differences between what my current camera the E-M5 and the E-M10 can do aren’t that huge. The memory card is accessed in a different spot, the E-M10 doesn’t have the weather sealing that the E-M5 does and the E-M10 is less expensive. But the E-M10 actually has some of the latest technology that my camera doesn’t have like Wi-Fi and a few more art filters. The Wi-fi can be used through an app (android and iPhone) and you can remotely control your camera using your smart device. And if you’re not used to using art filters then they are fun and a great way to make your photos special, especially if you’re taking your photos in auto. My favourite art filter that I’ve been using for a few years is the pin hole filter which I used for the next couple of photos.
The E-M10 can be purchased as the body alone (RRP $799) or in a kit with the 14-42 lens electronic zoom lens (RRP $999) which is a tiny but powerful lens. The great thing about compact cameras like the OM-D range is that the lenses are smaller. Now I could get all technical about micro four thirds technology but basically the lenses might look smaller than what you are used to but it’s all in the technology and you don’t compromise on picture quality in any way. All of these photos were taken in manual using the 14-42 lens……and I like the focus ring which my Pro lens has so that once you’ve zoomed in or out you can then adjust the ring which is towards the end of the lens to focus and really helps you take a better photo.
And since we’re talking photography and cameras here are my top tips for taking great photos
– always try to use natural light. I love early morning at our new house and late afternoon when the sun isn’t too bright and the light is just right.
– take your photos from different angles. Look down, look up, get more of the sky, hide behind a tree or wall. It’s fun to experiment and you can capture something special.
– follow the rule of thirds and try not to centre your subjects but have them off to one side (in a third). This also works well for nature with your ground in the bottom third and sky in the top two thirds
– get to know your light meter as that is when I had my a-ha moment when I could adjust the light in manual and it made a huge difference to my photos
– just take pics of your little ones naturally rather than posing. I have some real posers in my little family so I just get them to play and snap away.
– a prime lens like the 45mm which I use on my E-M5 is great for portraits and food shots and is one of my favourite lenses.
So all in all I’ll be a bit sad to give this camera back to Olympus. It’s been fun to use, it was super easy for me as it was so similar to my current camera, the picture quality is fabulous and as a blogger that is something that is really important to me. The lens was fun to use and made the camera really tiny and easy to pop in my handbag. The price is very attractive if you’re looking to take fabulous photos or get a bit more serious with your photography and I think it makes a great camera and addition to the OM-D range.
And now for the best bit I have 10 spots for my readers to join me for a workshop and lovely lunch in Sydney (Otto in Woolloomooloo) where we’ll learn how to take photos with the OM-D. The event is being held at noon on Monday 26th May and you will need to get yourself there. To be chosen to attend just let me know what your top photography tip is or perhaps you don’t have a tip and that’s why you need to attend so let me know why YOU need to attend. I’ll select 10 readers next Friday 9 th May and you can then mark the date in your diary.
p.s don’t worry if you don’t live in or near Sydney you haven’t been forgotten. After the event I have an Olympus OM-D E-M10 to give away to one lucky reader so there is something to look forward to.