What lens should you get next?

This is a question that I hear a lot. When you start to get more into photography the lens that came with the camera might not be enough for you. I made a video about the things you should consider when buying your first lens after the kit lens. Of course this video will help you to decide even if you are more advantaged photographer.

You can get any of those lenses from my kit.com store. (disclaimer: I get a few bucks if you buy from these links.)
 

The link to the store: https://kit.com/PeterF/next-olympus-m-zuiko-lens-after-the-kit-lens

Olympus vs. Hasselblad

I had a change to test the Hasselblad X1D. Its an interesting camera, a medium format mirrorless camera with a 50 megapixel sensor. It has a price of around 9000€ the body alone. The Finnish Hasselblad dealer Fimeko borrowed me the camera.

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First impresssion

I made a first impression video a couple a weeks ago. My Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII (in Finnish) has a highres mode. With the highress I can make 80 megapixel images with it. It uses the pixel sift technology. Of course there are limitation with that technology.

 

Olympus and Hasselblad head to head!

I wanted to compare my Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII against the Hasselbald X1D. In the video below you can watch the results. There are also links to to My first impression video on the Hasselblad X1D and a tutorial video about the Highres mode in Olympus cameras.

Videos:

Can AI replace photographers?

Google Clips is small camera that uses AI to determine when to take pictures and in some cases about what. It is a small camera that can placed almost anywhere and it automatically takes photos of what it considers to be worth a photograph. Of course it does not move and it has to be placed. Clips then decide when to the photo. I understand that it likes movement. So if something moves in front of it, it snaps a photo. It also snaps a photo when a face comes close enough etc. It can recognise the faces that are those ones that are mostly saved on your smartphone from Clips. So it takes more photos of your kids than strangers. I have not used or seen Clip, but that is the basic concept I found out when I read about it. 


By clicking the photo you will get directed to Amazon. It is a affiliate link and if you purchase the item I will get a small commision, but you will have the same price. Image: Amazon.


The interesting question is: Can it replace a photographer? Without seeing the Clips in action I would say no. Even though AI is getting better and better it is not capable of making all the decisions that photographer makes when making photographs, yet. As photographer Ben Long said "The act of photography is the act of expression," (quote from CNN:s article about Clips). So it would be an act of expression of the one that wrote the algorithm, not the photographers.

Even though AI is not near? of getting to be on the level of a experienced photographer, it might be good enough for a common snapper. Clips might be able to take better photos than an average snapper. If placed correctly it can record images that might be good enough from a dinner party for example. Few Clips placed around the table might catch those images that can be used as memories from that party. Most likely it still cannot catch the decisive moment, but on the other hand how many snappers can?

The problem with AI for now is that it can most likely take photos that are taken by the common "rules" of photography. But that is just the start from where a photographer begins to make the image. Very seldom photographs that follow every rule of photography are interesting. The interesting and "a good" photographs are the ones where the "rules" have been broken. There is some creative element in the photograph that the photographer has put in the photo. So far AI cannot do that. But we never know when that is going to happen. Most likely the next step is collabaration between AI and photographers to get better images.

The link to the article from CNN that inspired me to blog about Clips and AI.


disclaimer. The link to Google Clips is a Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase Clips I will get a commision, but the price for you is the same.           

Pixentu, a great jacket for Photographers!

A few months ago I backed Pixentu Photographers jacket in Kickstarter. It turned out to be a very good jacket. It is designed for photographers. It has a lot of pockets and it can hold a lot of gear in its pockets.

I made a short fun video about the jacket.

I will blog some more about the jacket after I have used it a bit more.

I bought the jacket with my own money and this content or the video is NOT sponsored by Pixentu.

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One lens and One body -challenge!

In my latest Wednesday Vlog, "Do you want to take photos or make photos with your camera?", I did put up a challege for you. In order to progress in your photography and change your state of mind from gear to the photograph itself I suggested that you try to shoot everything with just One lens One body, for a whole month.

Go check out the video and find out what I meant by changing your state of mind.

Please leave comment and tell me if you want to try the challenge out?

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Some thoughts on my new Olympus LS-100 audio recorder.

I have been shooting videos for clients since 2008. That was the year when DSLR video revolution started. The biggest learning curve has been the audio. As we all know crappy picture might be ok, but no one will listen to bad audio. I have been a pro photographer and a free lance for 30 years. Audio has not been one of my expertise. But with reading, watching YouTube I have managed to learn how to record a good audio for the videos I shoot.

I have always used an external recorder since the audio on small cameras is not so good. The camera audio is great for syncing.

 Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder

Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder

A week ago I upgraded my external recorder to Olympus LS-100. Its a multitrack recorder. Its a bit over kill for me. I mostly record interviews and speech. But its always good to have the best possible solution and I think that LS-100 is just that for me.

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LS-100 has two XLR-inputs with phantom power. Phantom power can be switched off. Both inputs can be adjusted independly. Thats great for location interviews. One input is for the lav mic and the other for ambient sound mic. Top of that I will be using one mic that is connected to the camera for reference sound. That audio is used for audio sync.

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LS-100 has also an input for 3,5mm plug microphones. It also has two internal mics.

LS-100 has a 4GB internal memory. That is very handy. Its a good for saving the situation if for some reason one forgets SD-cards behind. Yes, that has happend to me once. The recording media can be chosen from the menu. It would be great if there was an option to use both recording medias at the same time. There would always be a back up if something went wrong with SD-card.

The recorder feels very good and its well build. In the back there is also a standard tripod mount screw, so the LS-100 can be easily mounted on a rig. It uses a battery, but can be powered with the AC using the USB port

 LS-100 has a color LCD.

LS-100 has a color LCD.

Technical details can be found here. I will blog more later about LS-100 after I have used it more.

Disclamer

I am Olympus European Visionary and my native language is Finnish.

Exposure to the right with Olympus OMD

Exposure to the right has always been important in digital photography. Thats the best way to record the most information camera can capture. Olympus cameras, OMDs and most Pen-cameras, can be configured so that your exposure is perfect everytime. 

I made a little tutorial video on how to set up the menus so for the best practice to get perfect exposired. This method was firsr discovered by a finnish photographer Pekka Potka. His blog post about it is no longer available so I made a new one.

The steps to set up your camera:

1. Shooting menu 1 > the triange (4th from top) > raw 

2. Shooting menu 1 > Picture Mode > contrast -2, saturation -2

3. Custom Menu D > Info settings > info >Highlight & Shadow: On (Histogram: Off) 

4. Custom Menu D > Histogram Settings > Highlight 254-245 and Shadow 1-8

5. Custom menu D > LiveBoost: Off

6. Custom Menu G > Color Space: AdobeRGB

7. Custom Menu G > AutoWB > Keep Warm Color: Off

The screen shot from Lightroom shows the histogram of the image that was shown in the video:

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As you can see the histogram is almost perfect for and the exposure is correct.

Be sure to watch the video for some more info. Remember to subscibe my YouTube-channel.

Disclamer:

I am an Olympus European Visionary and only look into a mirror at home before going out.