Saturday, December 20, 2014

Olympus E-PL 7 - Instant SHARE your photos now!

* One of the photo I have yet post in everywhere but here. One of the model shooting session and I am using Olympus E-PL 7 plus 12-40mm f2.8 to shoot *

Since my E-M1 been to service center, I been using E-PL 7 all the times and did alot stress test on it. From shooting model (post coming soon!), foods and finally to concert as well. But what if you feel like share your photo instantly to your social media after the shooting? Can't wait your friend saliva drop on your awesome char kuey teow photo in instagram? Well Olympus E-PL 7 can do that for you thanks to the built in Wi-Fi in the camera.

Connecting the WiFi required you to have both things, a smartphone (iOS or Android) and Olympus Image Share (O.I Share). The app is available in both Play Store and also Apple Store. I gotta say it is a very convenient and neat features offered by Olympus E-PL 7. While WiFi in camera nowdays no longer a stranger, but the OI Share app has one of the features I like - Adding watermarks. Super awesome!

Check out my Youtube video for tutorial on using the Olympus Image Share app.

The only downside with the app probably the connectivity sometime are not stable. This happened when my smartphone are connecting with other source of WiFi, I have to disconnect it first before connecting to OI Share. Strange, this never happen when I am using Sony Play Memory or Samsung Smart Camera app. I hope Olympus software engineer could improve this.

* Illustration on how 3-AXIS IS work *

Of course, if you watch the video, I do mentioned the next features I like in E-PL 7 is the 3-axis image stabilization. I admit, I been pampered alot by Olympus! Especially the 5-Axis IS in my OM-D E-M1! So I am abit skeptical with the 3-Axis in E-PL 7. But I guess it make sense that E-PL 7 has smaller and lighter body, hence 3-axis IS is more than enough. I don't find much major different between 5-axis and 3-axis beside 5-Axis do have slight advantage when handheld for video. Conclusion, despite only 3-Axis, Olympus E-PL 7 delivered what it should. Of course, it would look abit too imba if you're handling the camera with Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens. I have tried it last week at OhhSome festival and it was tiring.

* One of the photo I have yet post in everywhere but here. One of the model shooting session and I am using Olympus E-PL 7 plus 12-40mm f2.8 to shoot *

If you're looking for image quality in E-PL 7, I hope my blogs post here convince you enough that micro four third had reach a very matured age where image quality is no longer a question. I trust in Olympus system and I know all their latest offer can performed up to my expectation. Overall, E-PL 7 is a fun camera to use and it has been my favourite walk around and also selfie camera. If I need something with bigger grip and solid build, I can always carry my OM-D E-M1.


If you have any question regarding Olympus E-PL 7, feel free to ask me! Meanwhile, do check out my previous post regarding the E-PL 7 features!

Olympus E-PL 7 is now available in retail price of RM 2,399 and come with 3 colors - White, Black and Silver.

On side note, My Olympus OM-D E-M1 is back from service center!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

#OhhSOME Festival 2014 ft Skyward (TheMingThing), Joyce Chu 四葉草, Dash, Narmi, Elizabeth Tan, David Choi and Wongfu Productions

Hola! Just came back from Ohhsome festival few hours ago from Avenue K and I admit I had awesome moment shooting stage performances eventhough I stuck at one position only. If you ask what is OhhSOME Fest, it is a short form of Ohh Social Media Fest where it meant to be a festival celebrating the glory of social media in Malaysia. There are alot things going on such as Bazaar, talks, apps and stage. Of course the main highlight in this post mainly on stage where I went to shoot last evening where the line-up artist are mostly international and Malaysia Youtubers such as Skyward (TheMingThing), Joyce Chu 四葉草, Dash, Narmi, Elizabeth Tan, David Choi and Wongfu Productions.

All photos taken with Olympus OM-D E-M1 withOlympus 40-150mm F2.8 PRO or 75mm F1.8. Thanks Robin for switching both lens with me time to time!

When I reached there, it was Skyward (TheMingThing) performing on the stage. Love the joke the crack out even when they singing half way.






Joyce Chu, or known as 四葉草 (Four Leave Clover) up next presenting us two of her song - Malaysia Charbor and LIKE ME!




The long awaiting DASH (Darren Ashley) make the next appearance with Paperplane Pursuit as surprise performing guest for us!






I think Narmi wasn't bad either. There was some moment and angle he certainly look like Aaron Kwok!! I didn't lie! Pics as prove! :D




It was my second time meeting Elizabeth Tan after Tune Hotel Pyjamas Party event mid of the year. I think she had better stage performances this time.





David Choi bringing five of his song to the crowds as well. Finally meet the real deal for real!





Last but not least, WongFu productions as final act of the night. Ted wasn't around, so only Philip and Wesley entertained us. They are not singing of course like the performing artist above. They do what they best. Make film! We managed to witnessed one of the upcoming christmas video from WongFu and also some scene from their upcoming movie (which will be release by next year I believe). Truly an inspiration for every Youtubers or people who love to make film. It just reminded me again how much I wish I could make video none stop like them...






Once again, it was awesome night meeting so many awesome Youtube artist! More photos in my Facebook Page. Gimme a LIKE on the page ok!! It was perform poorly even after so many years.. le sigh

I saw my friend, Calvin posted a post in FB regarding preparation when shooting a concert or stage performance make me feel like sharing my experience after shooting the stages for so many years since there are alot people asked me too how do I shoot. I just lie. No one ask me actually LOL But I still gonna share it! Click X on the top right of your browser if you feel like skip it k?

Preparation :

  • Pack your trustworthy, valuable and awesome gear earlier! Don't last minute like what happened to me last evening where I actually forgot bringing EM1 battery and my memory pouch despite I am carrying 3 cameras with me. Luckily a memory still stuck in my Olympus E-PL 7. Thanks Robin for the spare battery too for E-M1.
  • If you do not have photographer or media pass, that's mean you do not have privilege to shoot at the awesome lane. Don't sad it is not the end of the world. Go bring your crazy friends and camp early in front the stage like what Robin just did.
  • Thanks Calvin for this - Do not drink plenty of water before the shoot or train your bladder well. Hold in your pee no matter what when you're shooting.
  • Use burst mode and RAW if you're not confident with your shot. At least 1 out 10 burst will save your ass. RAW will not do magic but better than nothing if you do not afraid of processing a tones of images. Personally I don't go burst because I love to look and snap the moment myself. Hence, a fast AF gears are needed for my case. Have I mentioned a thousands time that Olympus system had awesome AF speed?

So you got your gear ready, you reach the location and yes, you eat and drink enough. So what's next? What about what to shoot on stage?

  • Always always always shoot moment! Artist waving hand, artist dancing, artist interact with crowds - All this are money shot!
  • What if artist are static and not moving, just stand at mic to sing? Then stop shooting and observe. If confirm the stage light will run through the artist few time, take that shot! If the artist is very expressive too on facial, take the shot! Other than that if nothing much happen, forget about the artist. S/he is boring subject LOL.
  • Always have variety of shot. Wide shot, mid shot, close up shot, left shot, center shot, right shot or whatever you name it. Just spam all the way you want as long as you feel comfortable.
  • Can't shoot that much type of angles because you stuck in crowds (no media/photographer pass)? That sound like a little poor bastard like me last evening LOL.. Yes I was stuck in the middle of crowds and not to mentioned I am short. Keep getting block by tall people (I know right they are mean, not sensitive and rude! LOL just jk)! But that doesn't stop me from shooting. What I can perform just close up (Thanks to Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 PRO) and wide (75mm F1.8). Avoid crowds head as much as possible if you think it is not nice. In my case are unavoidable because I am short! That resulting me having a waist pain after the evening because I am performing "waist pain" pose after shooting for almost 5 hours to avoid head shot. I also once in a while waiting the stage light hit right after their face or body before click my shutter away. So, must be alert and always stand by. Moment could happen anytime and you could miss it anytime too!

This is how I shoot for almost 5 hours with hand raise up in air

What about the ethnics when shooting?

  • Always respect other photographers. Don't hog the position for long. Grab your shot, satisfy with it then move away. Of course if your like me last evening, that is no choice unless you don't mind move around with the wave of crowds. For my case I did not move around because I found my sweet spot where less tall people blocking my view and challenge my hand length.
  • Be sensitive, someone might stand behind you to shoot so try your best not to block them. You do your job, they need to do their job too. Unless, you're short like me.
  • Last but not least, enjoy your shooting in the same time the artist music. I guess it help in release stress and tension in shooting if this is your first time.

If there are something I am missing out and you feel like add in for me, feel free to comment here :) You made it! You finish read all my craps! Yayyy!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Olympus E-PL 7 - Be Creative with Art Filters and Kit Lens

* My OOTD of the day with E-PL7 *

With technology are become more and more convenient, it is not surprise that camera nowdays also preload with a bunch of effect and filter for creative photos shooting purposes. As the matter of fact, Olympus has been offering such filters known as Art Filter since Olympus PEN E-P1 generation.

The Art Filters in Olympus is getting better, improved and also more choices over the years. On this weekend, I brought along Olympus E-PL7 and also kit lens (14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ) for outing at shopping mall. I just replicate the gear setup that most people who just buy a new camera because I believe alot beginner who haven'invest on lens will just rely on kit lens and use it on all occasion.

Here are the Art Filters available in Olympus E-PL7. Total of 14!

* Pop Art & Soft Focus *
* Pale & Light Color & Light Tone *
* Grainy Film & Pin Hole *
* Diorama & Cross Process *
* Gentle Sepia & Dramatic Tone *
* Key Line & Water Color *
* Vintage & Partial Color *

Personally this are few of my favourite - Pop Art, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone, Vintage and Partial Color. The beauty of Olympus Art Filters doesn't stop there! Each of the Art Filters also come with few type choices allowing you to choose which is the best to apply on.


In addition, you can another layer of effect to your Art Filters to stack on top of it. For eg I can have Partial Color + Pin Hole effect!


Here are some Art Filters I used in shopping mall. I gotta admit this is not the best place to test but I just tried to challenged my own creativity. I shot with Art Filters before as well mostly focus on Vintage and Partial Color at this post. Art Filters definitely an awesome tools since it doesn't require the individual to do any post processing (all in camera process!), save time since it instantly process and what's more? you get to preview the effect LIVE right before shoot. Choose your favourite filters, snap and instantly share it via Wi-Fi to your social media!

* Pin Hole *
* Partial Color *
* Partial Color *
* Pop Art *
* Diorama *
* Vintage *
* Grainy Film *

As I mentioned earlier, I tried to replicate user who used Kit Lens on their camera, trying to experience it for myself. I gotta admit I have not been shooting with kit lens quite some time after acquired both Olympus 12mm f2 and also 45mm f1.8. But I do rely alot kit lens since my E-P3 era especially when come to shooting concert (Mind you Olympus hasn't has any reliable fast zoom lens during that time). You can check some of my recent photos using Olympus E-P3 and kits at here, here and here.


Optically, I am not sure is there any improvement on the new EZ kit. But it is worth mention that the new EZ kit lens is smaller than the IIR version (my E-P3 kit) and also maintaining the same filter thread size. In addition, the EZ kit was built in motorized zoom like the Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 lens. It is great for video recording where it provide a smooth zooming (like zooming it using normal point and shoot). You can also determine the zoom speed inside the camera setting.

* The kit lens with Olympus MCON-P02, a macro converter for my food photography *

Shooting in shopping mall is difficult with kit lens due to limited indoor light and also slow lens (well all kit lens do!). Due to this circumstances, it managed to push myself using higher ISO to shoot. Most of the photos below are shoot in between ISO 800, 1600 and also 6400.


















As many people may forgotten, kit lens are actually a very capable lens. It might slow, but it does cover the focal length that most people needed. The sharpness for Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ is proven not as weak as other Zuiko glasses. In a correct way and also lighting to shoot, the kit lens can be sharp too! Check out Robin post here where he challenge himself shooting with kit lens.


Last but not least a selfie with the camera and also 9mm f8 fish eye BLC. Olympus E-PL 7 is now available in retail price of RM 2,399 and come with 3 colors - White, Black and Silver.