November 29, 2012 / Life
Personal Work | Family Time at Piedmont Park with the Olympus OM-D E-M5
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I had a nice break from weddings and was able to get caught up on a few editing projects and get some album designs going. Unfortunately for me, I still have a bunch more to do, but it was nice for a break! I couldn’t completely put the camera down even in my “down time” and I tried to use the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (see older review here) exclusively instead of bringing out the huge Canon 5D Mark III at the Thanksgiving dinner table and family get-togethers. Being a mirrorless or compact system camera, it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the big cameras, but it comes pretty close! I was seeing how much you can push these cameras and was doing things like hooking up a huge flash to the camera and attaching PocketWizards to the camera to use some off-camera flash. With the upcoming destination Indian wedding in Sydney on the horizon in early January, I’m also looking at options as to what to bring camera-wise as well. Of course since I’m going there to photograph a destination wedding in Sydney, I’ll have the basic kit of wedding cameras, flashes, etc. but I’ll also have a bit of time to myself before flying back across the Pacific to do the touristy thing in Australia and Japan.
Taken with an iPhone, sorry I didn’t have a second camera to take a picture of my camera =P
The first test was to use a larger external flash to hook up to the E-M5, for this family get together I attached a Yongnuo 560 to the top of the camera to give me some extra power and more importantly, some direction to which way the flash was coming from. With it’s rotating flash-head I could point the flash at various walls and bounce the flash back onto Miles =)
Next up, with my Mom visiting, we took Miles to Piedmont Park on a chilly Saturday afternoon and I hooked up some PocketWizards for external off-camera flash fun. Again, here is what I was using taken with the iPhone:
And here are the photos, and I took some behind the scenes shots too =)
Thanks Mom and Mark for holding the flash for me and being a human light stand! =)
So besides testing out various technical configurations with the Olympus, it was a good excuse to take a bunch of family photos over the holiday break without hauling around the huge DSLR! Hope everyone reading this had a great Thanksgiving as well, thanks for stopping by to see the family photos! I’ve got more actual wedding posts coming REAL SOON! Almost done with S & A’s Baraat/Shaadi night at the Marriott Marquis, back to editing this amazing Pakistani wedding and getting it over to the bride and groom ASAP!