Olympus OM-D E-M5 Full HD Video

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Full HD Video

I’ve had my Olympus OM-D E-M5 for quite a while now. It has some cracking features which I’ll probably run through in other blogs but it also full HD video capability. Something I’ve not played around with that much on this camera so I decided to go to the local park today and shoot some video at the highest setting of 1920 x 780 25i. The following vid is the result after stitching the shorter clips together.  A superb feature of the Olympus which I will mention is the IBIS Image Stabilisation. This helps enormously in maintaining a steady scene.

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As always though, you have to be aware of how large the file sizes get. This 5 minute clip came in at just under 1 GB.

Some of the footage here, especially of the rippling water, doesn’t look brilliant upon closer inspection but there’s a lot of complex stuff going on with the reflection. I guess the image processor is wondering WTF! The camera was set on Program mode and Continuous Focusing too which doesn’t help. It’s pretty obvious that the shutter speed may not be at its optimum and the focus is hunting at times. Maybe I’ll try another shoot some time and use Manual mode with S-AF. Silly me! That’s what I should have done in the first place. Having said this, the general results are impressive.

Overall, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is one slick piece of photographic machinery and, along with the Nikon D800, was “the camera” of 2012. Funny! I’ve got both of them.


Two Free 12″ x 8″ High Quality Prints going to a Local Business


I’m on the hunt for a local shop window/public office small business who are willing to display the above two high quality and exclusive photographic prints on a customer facing wall. They are both locally taken, the first of a Rape Seed field in full bloom adjacent to the Ridgeway, Burntwood and the second of a poppy field on the corner of the new Lichfield/Walsall Road roundabout.

They will be mounted in Quartz Acrylic which, even at base prices, costs £100 each. Therefore, I wouldn’t normally be looking to sell these for any less than £150. That’s two mounted prints with a value of no less than £300 (am I crazy or what!)

Obviously, there’s a motive to this. I get some free but subtle advertising, you get two nice pictures to hang up on your wall. The only criteria is that you are a small local business located in Burntwood, Chasetown or Lichfield, have a shop or office that is open to public customers and you hang them up where these customers can see them.

If you’re reading this and fit the bill, what are you waiting for? Get in touch by calling me on 07557 569043 or email davecarter@davecarterphotography.com

Late Summer Madness – Prices Slashed!

Yes folks! I think the summer heatwave has finally got to me. I’m slashing the prices of all my services until the end of August this year.

  • 50% off any Portrait bookings. That’s just £25.00 for a two hour photo shoot.
  • 20% off Wedding Packages. Base price will now start at £400.00
  • 50% off the rate for Function & Event Coverage. That’s just £20.00 per hour
  • Special deals for Commercial work. A “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” approach.

Any cheaper and I’d become a NFP organisation! Seriously though, I need to prove to you guys I can take the kind of photos you want and not just the kind I want. I know I can but I don’t have enough example work to show that at the moment on my website. I’m seriously lacking portrait and wedding shots because, quite simply, I just haven’t got round to doing many as DCP is a new commercial venture even though I’ve been using a camera for twice as long as the career I had in IT – and that was for twenty years!

Take a look at my galleries on www.davecarterphotography.com The general feedback I get is pretty positive, i.e. most who view them seem to think that I know how to take a good photo. What do you think?

One Shade Of Grey


Lastolite EzyBalance Grey/White Card


Of all the thousands of pounds that can be spent on hi-tech photographic gadgetry, who would think that a simple piece of grey card could be such a useful, if not essential, item for a professional photographer to possess.

As complex as Digital SLRs are today they do not have eyes and a brain like us humans, they are still unable to instantly recognise what they are looking at. They need to be programmed to provide a correct exposure for any lighting conditions and subject matter that reflects this light in different ways. So, a “standard reference” is required and that is an 18% shade of grey. What this means is that the camera assumes that the average amount of light reflected from the scene you observe in the viewfinder is the same as if the scene was filled with 18% grey. This then gives us the ISO, shutter speed and aperture setting for a correct exposure.

Thus, one of the best tools a photographer can have in his kit bag is a Grey Card. It is, literally, just a plain grey card that can be used for the camera to obtain a consistent exposure reading in, what could be, difficult lighting conditions. Easy to use, just place the card in the scene at the focal point and angled toward the main light source. Fill the frame with the grey card and take a meter reading from the camera. This should then give you a correct exposure for the shot.

Of course, a Digital Light Meter will do exactly the same thing and more but these cost hundreds of pounds. Fine if you have the money but I’ll stick with my Lastolite Ezybalance Grey/White card for the time being which can also act as a small reflector.