Wedding Photography With Olympus OM-D


Hi my name is Robin Wong and I want to
talk about shooting weddings with Olympus OM-D system. I have been
shooting weddings with Olympus OM-D system for more than five years now
and never once has the system failed me and never once have my clients told me
that they were not happy with the images. To be honest the camera has always
done a fantastic job nailing the crucial moments, delivering fantastic results
again and again. Yet if you go to online discussions many people will
point out quickly that the Micro Four Thirds system or any mirrorless cameras
are not on par with DSLRs or professional cameras when it comes to
such demanding shooting environment for example wedding photography. They’ll
complain that you can’t achieve enough background blur, you can’t shoot a very
dim environment in low-light where you need to raise your ISO, you get a lot
of noise issues, they’ll complain that the camera can’t even focus
or capture critical moments. I’m here to tell you otherwise, I’m here to tell you
that I have been shooting for years using Olympus OM-D and I’m perfectly
happy with the system. The main reason I love Olympus OM-D system when it
comes to wedding photography is the fact that the cameras and lenses are
very small, very light and very compact. Wedding photography is a gruesome job.
Most of the time we start shooting very early in the morning on actual day
weddings. We start as early as five o’clock in the morning before the sunrise and we
end the shooting session sometimes close to midnight. It is a full day shoot,
imagine if your camera bag is much heavier and much bigger it will be so
much more difficult to lug around the weight everywhere with you all day long. This
is my camera bag, it is a medium-sized shoulder design. I want to show you what I
carry for my typical wedding shoot. I always carry me a small bottle of
whiskey just in case I have to deal with a Bridezilla. If you don’t know what a
Bridezilla is you have not done wedding photography enough. Do a bit more and
you’ll definitely encounter one. Al- right this is my main camera E-M1 Mark II but let’s see how I fit everything in this bag.
I’ll just dismantle everything, this is a cheap bag I got from a China website
it’s a no brand bag but it’s very steadily built. At the side
here I have my flash units. I always carry a spare of everything. That’s the
FL 50R and FL 600R. I use FL-50R most of the time, I carry a double of
everything just in case you know something breaks down I have something
else to use. Let’s take this partition out so that we can see
everything more clearly. I can fit a lot of stuff in this bag, you’ll be surprised
here is my main camera, it sits nicely in the middle. E-M1 Mark II the OMD and a 12
40mm lens. The 12 40mm is my backup lens. it is not my main lens. Here’s my
backup camera the original E-M1 from 2013 it was my main camera until the E-M1 Mark II came along. Now this is 25mm F1.2, my most
used lens for any weddings these days. That’s this 7-14mm don’t use this
a lot but it is necessary for a lot of shots as well. That is 45mm F1.8 my favorite
lens that can give you that nice creamy bokeh. Let’s put everything
aside and let’s see how much all this weighs. Now you can see that all of this
in total all of this weigh less than 5 kilograms, together with the bag
together with spare batteries, together with everything else including that
small bottle of whiskey. Less than 5 kilograms. Being a wedding photographer it is
extremely important to be agile at all times.
Something may happen across the room at any time so it is very crucial that you
are able to maneuver yourself quickly and run across the room to get that shot.
Now having a lighter bag and lighter system will definitely help you to move
much quicker and respond to that spontaneous moment. Some photographers have misconception
that mirrorless cameras have poor autofocus causing you to miss crucial
shots when it comes to wedding photography.Hey it is 2019, any camera
released this year or the year before or the year before that, any new cameras
have fantastic autofocus system. The Olympus OM-D system has blazing
fast autofocus, it is so fast and reliable that if I miss certain shots or
if that photograph is out of focus it is not the cameras fault. I will not blame
the camera, it is my fault for not reacting quick enough, it is my fault for
not having that fast reflex to respond when I see something happening, it is not
the camera, don’t blame the camera. Perhaps the most popular complaint when
it comes to Micro Four Thirds system is the lack of background blur. Yes
using Micro Four Thirds system you achieve more depth of field, twice as much
as 35mm full frame format and I acknowledge that it is extremely
important to have the ability to blur the background when shooting a wedding.
Sometimes there’s just too much happening in the background it’s
distracting the ability to just blur it off and just make your main subject
popped. Isolating the main subject can definitely improve that particular
photograph. Now here is the good news Olympus has a fantastic range of prime
lenses or you can even use the 40-150mm F2.8 pro alongside an assortment
of say 45mm F1.8 and 75mm F1.8 to create dreamy blurry background. I
personally used 25mm F1.2, 45mm f1.8 and sometimes the 75mm 1.8 to achieve such
blurred background effect. Some people shy away from Micro Four Thirds
system because of the poor dynamic range. From my personal experience anything
that is two stops underexposed or two stops overexposed,
I can easily recover the details from the highlight and shadow region. Not a
problem to achieve a balanced image. However, if you underexpose your
images more than two stops, say you under expose by four or five stops, really dude
what are you doing with the camera? How the hell are you underexposing by five
stops when you shoot a photograph for a wedding? Five stops, really? This is an
example of a severely overexposed image the sky was overblown. Now I will drop
the exposure down to more than minus two, more than two stops and you can see there’s
a lot of detail being revealed in the sky, right you see the clouds here I’ll
tone down the highlights further then I’ll increase the shadow to get that
balanced look. See it was an overexposed image and I can easily
balance it in post-processing. Another worry when it comes to using micro
four-thirds is shooting in very low light condition. Yes it is a big
challenge if the image sensor is much smaller than APS-C and full-frame, the
performance is inferior, you will not get clean results when you shoot in very low
light conditions. Here is something that I need to share with you. Never once have
my clients come to me and told me that the photographs were too noisy. In fact
they have never come to me and told me that they were looking at the noise in
their images. All they were focusing on were the crucial moments – the hugs, the
kisses, the happy faces, the smiles the laughter, those crucial moments are what
make a good wedding photography not noise, not clean performance.But hey if
you really need to care about clean results and high ISO noise then again
same advice I can give you is to invest in some prime lenses using F1.2 and F1.8 lenses allows your lens to gather more
light and you do not have to bump up your ISO numbers that high, that will
give you much better results. Also another tip use flash. Bounced flash will
give you much better skin tone and it gives you the boost of light to counter
very dim shooting condition. Use prime lenses and flash you, shouldn’t have to
worry about shooting in too challenging low-light conditions. The clients will not be obsessing about
high ISO noise whether your images are having high megapixel counts or the lack
of dynamic range ,overblown skies or the crushed shadows.They don’t care about all
these things. They want to see those critical happy moments in the
photographs.It is your talent, your style and how fast you are as a photographer
to react to those critical moments and deliver fantastic beautiful results to
the couple. it is not about how the camera performs it is about you the
photographer capturing beautiful photographs.If you are shooting with
Olympus Micro Four Thirds system I hope that you have more faith in your system.
I hope that this video has encouraged you, inspired you to take your camera and
go out have more confidence in getting the shot. I’m a wedding photographer and
if you are a wedding photographer as well I would love to hear what you think
of the Micro Four Thirds system and please share your stories in the
comments below. I have shared many photographs from my previous jobs and I
hope that you see Micro Four Thirds system or Olympus om this system can
deliver great results when it comes to wedding photography. Until next time
please go out and shoot more photographs! bye-bye

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