Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Beginner Test Shooting the Olympus Pen E-PL7.



I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.



I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.

I think I really am beginning to develop an interest in photography recently. Maybe it's taking a thousand amateur photos of my friends while travelling but it's definitely a subject that's making an appearance in my life more and more. So much so, that I decided my iPhone's ability is no longer good enough. I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.





I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.
I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.


























I had no idea about cameras, but I went into Dixon's a few times pretending to know what I was on about when I asked the guy for the latest DSLR. (I'd heard the word like once so don't know who I think I am.) Just as well, because when he showed me price tags of over a grand, I low-key made my exit...


Decision Time

So, I went home & had a proper research online. I was just after something to take banging selfies and be able to take one of those cool pictures where the moving car lights are blurry at night time. I read a lot of blogs, and time and time again the name Olympus Pen E-PL7 made an appearance. I read review after review, comparisons and studied other bloggers YouTube videos singing praises to this magical piece of equipment. It is an elegant looking 16.1MP Compact System Camera with WiFi capabilities. To be honest though, it was Instagram that sold it to me over all the previous reviews. Olympus advertised this beautiful retro-looking camera as the Ultimate Blogger camera, and as I'm aspiring to be the Ultimate Blogger, I thought it only right I fork out the £400 to buy it. (Well done Olympus social media marketing team.)







I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.
I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.










SHOP THE LOOK



So What Can it Do? 


I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.

Manual & Auto

It turned out that this is definitely the camera for me! It has auto & manual settings (No, I didn't know what that meant either until today) and also built in filters, HD video camera with microphone & the coolest thing is the display screen that you can flip around to take selfies and it's A. GOD. SEND. 


I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.


Wifi

The Pen has it's own built in Wifi. It's so helpful that I can link my camera to my phone within seconds and be able to upload it to my Instagram in minutes. Using the WiFi connection, I can also use my iPhone as a remote control for the camera, so it's really easy to take shots on my own when I have no friends to help out. 

I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.

Built in Filters

As it's aimed at people my age, it comes with filters built in. They also adapt to suit the picture you're taking. For example, I would be able to change the focus by letting the camera know I'm photographing scenery/a face/nature etc.

I thought that my days of using a real life camera were gone the second I bought my first smartphone but in reality, they just look grainy in half the lights I use anyway, so I splashed out and bought a real, grown up, pro camera.


The Verdict


All in all, it is the easiest thing to learn how to use for beginners and I feel like it's given me the confidence to pursue something new. That sounds super cringe but just going out today testing made me think I maybe one day could be good at this. 


Video Cam

I wasn't expecting to love the video camera feature as much as I did and I hadn't really planned to use it at all. I gave it a test drive today and I was so impressed by it's ability to steady my shaky hands. It's the next best thing to a steady-cam. I was able to take seamless video clips that look absolutely splendid. I had a play with videoing completely random stuff from my day to test the quality of it. Have a look at the link on YouTube.



All photos taken by myself/Tom Malone on Olympus Pen E-PL7.


What do you think of my first ever test shoot? Any tips would be much appreciated!



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