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Using EPL-1 as an "art" camera

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Janis, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Janis

    Janis SC Regular

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Central Texas
    I love the art filters, esp. pinhole camera. I shoot RAW using shutter or aperture priority, and then apply the pinhole camera filter after the fact (in-camera) to images I think might benefit from it. I also play with the image overlay function sometimes but it doesn't often pan out with a keeper for me. I really like Oly colors, and something about the images make me want to play in Photoshop and add textures, etc.
    I just promised BB I would link to my gallery of EPL-1 images, so here it is if anyone cares to check it out:
    Janis Herd Photography | Olympus EPL-1 Images:
     
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  2. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Janis, awesome photos, very nice. I like the way it's presented on your website also, the vibrant colours form an overall look for the site.
     
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  3. Janis

    Janis SC Regular

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Central Texas
    Thanks, James, appreciate it!
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Beautiful work Janis! I haven't used the art filter's since I first had the camera (actually don't even own an Olympus of any sort at the moment), but I probably should have, particularly for the color options. I'd rather do B&W on my own from RAW, but I'm not really schooled enough in color to do anything particularly creative with post processing. Olympus clearly has some nice options and you really know when and how to use them...

    Very nice. You can also apply the filters in post using the Olympus software, and you can combine them with some other tweaks for even more interesting results. If you're ever of a mind to try. Not like you need to though! You're doing more than fine with the approach you're using now.

    -Ray
     
  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Janis, thanks for linking directly into your E-PL1 gallery and for adding your website's link into your signature line.

    You know, I never ever thought about adding any of the art filters available in camera after the fact! I didn't even realize one could do that! Clearly this method has worked out beautifully for you, Janis. I just clicked through your photographs in there quickly - loved the two horses...the sand dune and walkway (I almost forgot that Texas has a coastline!:eek::biggrin:), your photographs of Missy with her intense eyes...your portraits, the couple of pop art like flowers - that one cone flower... Really nice work, Janis. I will be spending more time in there and elsewhere on your site looking around.:drinks:
     
  6. AzPete

    AzPete SC Veteran

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    Dec 24, 2010
    wonderful gallery, I love missy, show lots of character in that face.

    im a big fan of the art filters in the oly cams. it can be quick and deadly.

    however I think what your doing now, i wouldnt change a thing. thanks for sharing
    Pete
     
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  7. fotofrenzy

    fotofrenzy New to SC

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    Feb 23, 2011
    minneapolis, mn
    I use my new epl2 strictly as an art cam, and I love it! really beats dragging the bulky canon 40d out. you should look into the slr magic toy lens (26mm f1.4)...it is a lot of fun for $80
    Flickr: fotofrenzy's Photostream
     
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  8. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Nice imagery you've got there in your photostream.
     
  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    fotofrenzy, howdy to you and your E-PL2! When you can, please stop by the Welcomes and Introductions forum. I hope you'll post some of you photographs here at Serious Compact, as well.:thumbup:
     
  10. LisaO

    LisaO SC Regular

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    Jul 11, 2010
    I enjoyed your photos especially the painterly ones.
     
  11. Janis

    Janis SC Regular

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Central Texas
    Wow, you guys -- thanks so much, all of you! I sometimes wonder why I spend my life in Photoshop so it really means a lot when people actually look at the photos!
    Pete, Missy is a great little cattle dog who I adopted from a local shelter. When she was being transported from the pound to the no-kill shelter, she had 8 pups in the car, and they were incredibly cute. I'm glad I got the mama dog, though! She was owned by a breeder and apparently bred constantly from a young age, because she only weighs 25 lb. and should weigh 35-50 for her breed. She's smart as a whip. She'd like to herd our cats but they straightened her out on that issue right away.
    Fotofrenzy, I will check out that lens. And Ray, good point about using the Oly software. For me, Oly RAW colors are much easier to work with in Photoshop than Nikon colors, probably because Nikon has never released all its RAW file info to Adobe.
     
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  12. Janis

    Janis SC Regular

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Central Texas
    Just checked out that toy lens and it looks really, really fun! Looks like a lensbaby effect. Wow! Thanks for telling us about that.