Novice experience on the OMD-EM5 – Light, Easy, Versatile and Quick
By Jason McCosker
I thought I would share my thoughts on the existing gear and setup that I have come to love over the last 9 months. In fact all my gear and processing requirements have come from the real life experiences shared on STEVEHUFFPHOTO.COM.
In December 2012, I was fed up missing so many shots of my 4 and 2 yo with a point and shoot that had such limited control. So I looked out for a small manual system with options that could take me further. Following reviews particularly from this site and a love for the feel, weight, size, EVF and easy setup my decision was the Olympus OMD-EM5 that came with the 12-50mm kit lens.
A few months ago I picked up the 17mm 1.8 prime lens and at the same time your post on VSCO Film 04 came out and as it supported the OMD-EM5 I gave it a try.
I do not personally like the full grainy aspect or some orange skin of the VSCO however with the VSCO tool kit the desired needs to meet all taste can be achieved with 3 or 4 clicks. My desired needs are then resaved as a personal preset so my favourite VSCO combo’s are a one click processing scenario.
I share a few results from a novice perspective that I have managed to get from this setup across macro, kids, landscape and a street walk in the last couple of months. I know all GAS is in me with the release of the EM1 and A7Rr but this setup will last a my needs for some time and I would rather build my lens collection than cater for my GAS desires.
Each image has no planned setup, no specific lighting, is captured within 2-3 seconds of the moment and processed with 1-3 clicks in lightroom utilising VSCO (no more than a minute an image to import, utilise preset and save).
JSM (Jason McCosker)
Image 1: Flaming Flower
12-50mm kit lens (macro), VSCO (Kodak E100G Vibrant / Sharpen ++)
Although the 12-50mm lens is considered slow and big by many, for my needs it is a good all round lens in bright sunlight and of course those rainy days due to the weather seal. I did not utilise the macro mode for some time however it has nice detail and you can blur out edges if desired.
Image 2: Jumping High
Oly 17mm prime, VSCO (Fuji Fortio SP/Saturation – / Orange Skin Fix)
This was a first image test for the 17mm 1.8, I went out in bright sunlight with my 4yo son who was running, jumping, diving and climbing.
Image 3: The Web
Oly 17mm prime, VSCO (Fuji Provia 400k- / Orange Skin Fix)
I don’t often get the little ones to pose for a shot as it will never happen unless they are stuck in a web.
Image 4: Surfer on the Lake
Oly 17mm prime, VSCO (Fuji Provia 100F++++ / Grain (None) / Sharpen +++)
Riding my bike, I noticed a surfer paddling across the lake. Quickly grabbing my OMD and not looking at anything but the scene which is a learner mistake. The camera was setup all wrong (F3.5), so not sharp throughout but shows what the camera and lens combo can achieve even in a dummies hands.
The next three was a street photography experiment involving a quick street walk with no more or less than 7 shots. The first aim was to see if I had the mindset of a street photographer to carry it out. The second aim was to capture the story of the walk and give some insight into the inner city and people of Newcastle – Australia in just a handful of clicks.
Image 5: Ooooh
Oly 17mm prime, VSCO (Agfa Scala 200++ / Shadow Save ++ / Grain (None))
Image 6: Lunch Break
17mm 1.8, VSCO (Agfa Scala 200+ / Contrast ++ / Grain (None))
Image 7: Lost
17mm 1.8, VSCO (Agfa Scala 200 / Contrast ++ / Grain (None) / Vignette 1)