This post is brought to you by Olympus
CONGRATULATIONS TO SHARON T WHO WON AND HAS CLAIMED HER PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You might remember this post where I got to choose some readers to come to lunch with me all thanks to Olympus. Well our lunch was held last Monday and we had a ball. It was a great way to take my mind off everything going on at home AND getting together with my readers is like getting together with old friends. We all had such a great time and I’m sure lunch ran over time because of all of our talking.
There was a camera for each person at lunch to have a play with – they did have to go back to the table afterwards – and to learn something new about the latest in the Olympus OM-D range, the E-M10. And all of the photos in this post have been taken on the E-M10. Here is one of my lovely readers Tara having a play with the E-M10.
We listened to a quick presentation on the E-M10 by Quett who is basically the tech guru for Olympus cameras in Australia. And I actually picked up two new tricks I didn’t know. One is that I can switch from live view to the viewfinder by simply pressing a little button to the right of the viewfinder. Did not know that. And secondly, I can zoom in and take my photos all from the touch screen just by tapping the screen. Again I didn’t know that so came away from lunch with two new skills that I’ll be putting to good use straight away. And because of the wireless capabilities of the E-M10 I can also remotely control the camera so I can use my iPhone to control the touch screen and take the photo for me. Amazing.
Lunch was a delicious 3 course meal at Otto restaurant in Woolloomooloo.
I shared the menu on Instagram and one of my readers tried to guess what I ordered. She was close. It was the double baked soufflé followed by barramundi and then my favourite dessert of all time………….crème brulee.
Mind you it was crème brulee with a twist being a saffron infused brulee that was deliciously fresh and looked so pretty too. And I kept having to tell my lovely guests to start eating because I like to take a picture with my phone then on my camera before I actually start eating. I know I’m not the only blogger to do this and thankfully my family and friends are patient.
After the entrée I had to give a short little presentation on how I use my OM-D. My greatest tip was getting off auto but rather than focusing on all of the different things you need to know in manual (ISO, shutter speed, aperture) all at once, I learnt how to use my light meter and the correct ISO and went from there. I sent my guests home with the challenge to get to know their light meter and have a play around. If I’m outside then I tend to set my camera to an ISO of 200 and if I’m inside then it could be 400 or 640 depending on how the light is. Just these two little adjustments to your camera will make a big difference to your photos because you control how much light gets in to your photos rather than relying on your camera to guess it for you.
I also shared that I find a few favourite places in the house to photography my craft projects. I love to use furniture as a backdrop and I tend to take photos of lots of tiny details of a project rather than just photos of the whole project. That way you tell a little story and focus on the detail like buttons, a pretty fabric or your stitching. And another thing I shared was how much I loved my 45mm lens which I love to use for craft, food and portraits of my little ones.
But let’s get down to business. I am very grateful to Olympus for the opportunity to give one of my lovely readers a brand new Olympus OM-D E-M10 complete with a 14-42mm EZ lens as well. Oh and you get to choose whether you’d like your camera in silver or black. And I just know that my lovely lunch guests will come in to the comments to tell you just how easy it was to use and how lovely the photos were. I’ve been using an OM-D on the blog since last year and I just love it. It quickly replaced my big and heavy Olympus DSLR and I wouldn’t swap the size or picture quality of my camera for anything.
To enter my little giveaway I’d love to hear what you’d be taking photos of with a new Olympus OM-D EM-10 if you were the lucky winner.
COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!!!!!!!!
Entries close 22nd June 2014, one entry per person please, the competition is open to Australian residents only and please make sure that you use a valid email address so I can get in touch with you as soon as I pick a winner. Good luck! I’ll announce the winner on the 23rd June and this just might be one of my favourite giveaways to date.