THE OM SYSTEM GUIDE TO
Insects in their natural habitat, spiderweb dew, petals on a flower — there’s a wonder-filled world in your backyard, your garden and the woods and fields near your home. Capture that world with macro photography.
Chris McGinnis bought his first Olympus OM-D camera in 2014 and was determined to learn its ins and outs. Chris joined Instagram and made a commitment to post one photo a day for a year. The experience helped him master his camera and discover something important: he loved the small natural wonders that go unseen.
Geraint Radford bought his first DSLR in 2010 and turned pro a year later. After five years and a switch to the Olympus OM-D system, he followed his heart and dedicated himself to macro photography. Today, he’s an Olympus Visionary and has been featured in BBC calendars, magazines and numerous online articles. .
CHRIS AND GERAINT’S
OF A HIDDEN WORLD
Slowing your pace and your mind goes a long way to finding more subjects, steadying your camera and taking better shots.
Insects are easier to photograph in the early morning or evening when they’re colder, slower and less likely to fly away just before you hit the shutter button.
It might mean getting dirty, but getting close to the ground lets you find more subjects and provides a perspective that invites the viewer into the subject’s world.
Shoot for the eyes.
Compose your shot around the eyes — they are often the most interesting thing about insects and can give them humanlike quality.
Soften the light.
Cloudy days are good for shooting because they provide consistent, soft light. On hot, sunny days, look for open shade where the light is less harsh.
Use macro lenses.
Invest in glass specifically designed for close-up shooting. Macro lenses will elevate your photography to whole new levels of excellence.
For macro photographers Chris and Geraint, the compact and lightweight design of OM-D system and the E-M1 Mark III is one reason why they’re so successful at getting great shots.
Shoot confidently in all conditions without protective gear. The IPX1-rated E-M1 Mark III is splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof down to 14°F / -10°C. You’ll keep an eye out for small subjects instead of watching the weather.
Enjoy the freedom of handheld shooting with the E-M1 Mark III. It features a world-leading in-camera image stabilization system. It adjusts for all types of camera movement and delivers up to 7.5 shutter speed stops of compensation to capture crisp, clear handheld shots even in low light. It’s an essential feature when using magnification to shoot small subjects.
From beginner to professional, choose the Camera that fits you, your creativity, and your aspirations.
Thanks to an array of advanced technologies, the compact, mirrorless OM-D system produces macro shots that are sharp and vibrant with accurate color and low noise.
Create dramatic macro photos with greater depth of field and beautiful bokeh. The E-M1 Mark III’s in-camera Focus Stacking captures up to 15 shots with varying focus points and instantly merges them to create one beautifully focused image.
Macro photography is all about making small things look bigger. Thanks to the Micro Four Thirds platform, Olympus cameras and lenses yield greater magnification than other camera systems. One-to-one with an Olympus gives you 2x magnification versus 1x with a full frame camera.
YOU DON'T NEED A LOT OF GEAR TO
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