Posts Tagged ‘OM-D E-M1



21
Jan
16

Focus Bracketing/Stacking

Olympus continues to be a pioneer with some of their latest technology advances. With their most recent firmware upgrades for the OM-D series cameras, we are now able to create images with a significantly greater depth of field through the use of Focus Bracketing & Focus Stacking. There is an option to create “in-camera” results (Focus Stacking) and also through the post processing processes (Focus Bracketing). Bracketing has always been an option in the past. However, it was extremely time consuming and required many manual focus steps, along with a lot of trial & error and guess work.

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The process I use to accomplish Bracketing and Stacking results are as follows:

  • “Focus Stacking” a.k.a. In-camera processing
    • Select the front most portion of your image that you want clear and use that as your focus point. Use a tripod or something to stabilize the camera.
    • Go to the camera “menu” and select “Shooting Menu 2” & “Bracketing”. Click “On” and proceed to “Focus BKT”. Now select “Focus Stacking” & select”On”.
    • Next select the “Set focus differential”. You have a step range from 1 (Narrow) to 10 (Wide). A focus step refers to the amount of focus movement where 1 is the smallest setting. When shooting at the widest aperture value, I would recommend using smaller focus step 1 or 2. Your selection will depend on your subject matter, aperture setting, distance, etc.
    • After you have these settings in place make sure you hit OK all the way through.
    • At this point you are ready to hit the shutter release (Tip: I would recommend using a cable release so as to not bump the camera).
    • The camera will process a JPEG image and at this point you can now see the preview.

Below is an example of an in-camera Focus Stacked image using this process along side of a single non stacked image. The differential is quite amazing. Click on the images to see the full view.

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  • “Focus Bracketing” Requires 3rd party post-processing software
    • Select the front most portion of your image that you want clear and use that as your focus point. Use a tripod or something to stabilize the camera.
    • Go to the camera “menu” and select “Shooting Menu 2” & “Bracketing”. Click “On” and proceed to “Focus BKT”. Now select “Focus Stacking Off”
    • Select “Set number of shots”. You can select up to 999 shots. I have found that anything between 10 and 60 shots work well.
    • Next select the “Set focus differential”. You have a step range from 1 (Narrow) to 10 (Wide). A focus step refers to the amount of focus movement where 1 is the smallest setting. When shooting at the widest aperture value, I would recommend using smaller focus step 1 or 2. Your selection will depend on your subject matter, aperture setting, distance, etc.
    • After you have these settings in place make sure you hit OK all the way through.
    • At this point you are ready to hit the shutter release (Tip: I would recommend using a cable release so as to not bump the camera).
    • Now you have to take the images into a program like Photoshop or HeliconFocus (I have had good success with HeliconFocus). After you merge the images, you can perform your normal edits.

Below are two series of images where I used this process. The first image is the processed bracketed image and the second one is a single non-bracketed image.

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In all cases it will require experimenting with various settings. All of the images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

 

 

28
Oct
15

Autumn’s Peak

This past week I ventured up to the Poconos with the specific intent of capturing the fall colors. Mother Nature did not disappoint. The vibrancy of the colors this year were some of the best I have seen.

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20
Oct
15

Autumn’s Start

I am probably a little late with this post. I took these images a little over a week ago, just when all of the leaves were starting change. All of the images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the 14-150 f4.0-5.6 MkII lens.

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19
Oct
15

ITZ-A-CON

A few weeks ago I made a last minute decision to stop by an event titled ITZ-A-CON in Allentown, PA. The event was described as a day of fun for Cosplay, Characters, Steampunk, Renaissance, Fantasy, Sci – Fi, and other genres. The people I met were more than happy to be photographed and allowed me to pose them as I saw fit. It was a colorful event. But, I liked the images better monochromic. All images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens.

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15
Oct
15

Jim Thorpe Photo Expedition 2015

This past weekend we had another sell out Dan’s Camera City workshop/photoshoot sponsored by Olympus in beautiful Jim Thorpe, PA. Mother Nature started us off with a little bit of rain in the morning. But she cooperated as the day went on. We had a great group of very creative photographers on the excursion. We had private access to the Old Jail, our own train car and amazing opportunities in the town. All-in-all we had a great day and great fun! All my images below were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

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25
Sep
15

TEDx Lehigh River 2015

Theme: Why Not?

TEDxLehighRiver 2015 will bring together a diverse group of speakers and audience members from the Lehigh Valley and beyond for a program of engaging and thought-provoking presentations and conversation reflecting the quotation from George Bernard Shaw: “You see things and say, Why? But I dream things that never were and say, WHY NOT?”

The event was held this past Saturday at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA to an audience in excess of a couple hundred people. I love the concept of TED talks. I have had the opportunity to photograph this local event since it started in 2013 and I was one of the original presenters also.

This year’s cast of presenters (see the images below) did not disappoint. They included:

Dr. Catherine Moore
English Teacher, English Literature and Theatre

George Hrab
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist

Joyce Marin
Executive Director of Renew Lehigh Valley

Lauren Villaverde
Engineer and entrepreneur

Liz Jordon
Certified yoga instructor trained in Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Michael Brolly
Wood turning artist, teacher, environmentalist

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14
Apr
15

Grand Central Terminal

On behalf of Olympus & Unique Photo, I was privileged to do a presentation this past Friday evening at Unique’s store in Fairfield, NJ on the Grand Central Terminal and lead the photo tour, with an MTA guide, at the terminal on Saturday. This was an amazing experience. We were granted access to ares in the terminal I didn’t even know existed. At one point we were at the highest area in the structure that still allowed a view of the inside of the complex. There were many other vantage points that were amazing beyond belief. I had photographed here in June of 2012 (check out my earlier post from that event).

Rumor has it, that there will be another opportunity on May 30th to do this again. Keep an eye out on Unique Photo’s web site. This one sold out in 24 hours.

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19
Feb
15

Seattle (Post 4 of 4) EMP Museum

This is the final in a series of 4 posts that I started on Monday. As part of my visit to Seattle, I wanted to make an effort to stop by the EMP Museum (Experience Music Project). The building was designed by Frank O. Gehry. He was influenced by the electric guitar and that was the basis for the fundamental design of the building. EMP’s exterior conveys all the energy and fluidity of music. I spent a couple days here and could have easily spent a couple more. One of the interesting aspects of photographing here is the building changes as the sunlight moves.

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18
Feb
15

Seattle (Post 3 of 4) Chihuly Garden & Glass

This is the 3rd in a series of 4 posts that I started on Monday. During my visit to Seattle, I took some extra time to visit and explore the Chihuly Garden and Glass facility located next to the Space Needle. I love all types of glass artwork. This place is the pinnacle of some of the most absolutely amazing glass art I have ever seen. If you are ever in the Seattle area it is an absolute “must see”.

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17
Feb
15

Seattle (Post 2 of 4)

This is a follow up post from yesterday. The images in this post include more of a graphic element, not necessarily conventional shots of Seattle. I also include color and black & white images together.

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