Olympus Ambassador Martina Govindraj was one of the lucky few to get their hands on the OM-D E-M5 Mark III ahead of its launch. Here she shares her first thoughts…
My first impressions of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III are that it is aesthetically pleasing, with the same retro styling that makes the OM-D E-M10 and E-M5 so attractive. Retaining the same size and shape makes it feel like my familiar old friend the E-M10 Mark III, but with some marked differences. The fully articulated screen is great for shooting for low or high angles without drawing attention to yourself in public places.
Having predominantly used the E-M10 camera for travelling, using the OM-D E-M5 Mark III was a happy medium, allowing me to take the next step up in the Olympus family whilst still remaining in my comfort zone. Weather sealed and comfortable to carry around in my hand, this camera was a lot of fun to shoot with, and the sharp focusing and image stabilisation were reliable throughout the day.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark III’s size and shape make it a super companion for those long days out travelling, when you don’t want to be held back by the size and weight of a cumbersome camera. I also liked having more access to changing settings on the camera without having to delve into the menu.
MARTINA’S PHOTO TIPS
Here are a few photo tips that I used when I went out with the OM-D E-M5 Mark III…
GO SHOOTING EARLY AND STAY OUT LATE
Unless you want to capture floods of people, you have to get to locations at times of day when you can get empty shots. This means not only early arrivals, but also staying out as late as possible. The time of day that most people are out is usually when the light is at its most harsh and not great to photograph in. As the sun is going down, you get the slices of sunlight and darker shadows that give your images more impact. The smaller the camera the less people notice it and the better your photos become, especially when you travel in cities, busy areas or just don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself.
DON’T EXPECT PERFECT RESULTS IMMEDIATELY – PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE
I use my Instagram to record my progress, to see how my photos and my style have developed over time. I take my camera with me pretty much everywhere and take photos most days. Many of these will have never been seen by anyone but me, but it gives me the opportunity to experiment and see what I think works and what doesn’t. You can learn a lot from other photographers, it’s not a competition and most will happily talk about particular shots with you and how they achieved their final images. It’s a great way to develop and continually learn about photography.
FRAMING AND COMPOSITION
If you’re not sure where to start with framing, look for symmetry as this creates a sense of balance in your photos – even making sure that the horizon in your shot is straight will make a big difference. It takes a little while, but once you start to really look at the world around you, your framing and composition will improve. You can then start experimenting with breaking the rules and see if this improves your images.
Try to look for potential in scenes and then be prepared to wait. As so many elements go into creating that one good moment you have to wait for the combination to be just right. This is where the digital photography comes into its own, as you no longer have to ration the number of photos you take to 24 or at best 36 exposures. However trigger happy you might be with taking photos, it’s not advisable to take thousands of photos as you still have to go through them all when editing. Focus on honing your photography skills first, then you won’t get photo fatigue when you come to edit.
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