Olympus OM-D E-M10 Challenge

Photo taken on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 - imported into my iPhone and edited on my favorite App

I started this post with the intention of combining a comment on valuing yourself as an artist whilst not devaluing all those creatives around you. I thought the post would tie nicely into trialling the Art Filter functions on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 that I am currently trialling.

Photo taken on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 - imported into my iPhone and edited on my favorite App

However the post has turned into an essay and gets a little bit ranty. So I started afresh and I will keep it a simple comment on the Art Filter function on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 as this will be my last post on the camera before I reluctantly send it back. 

Maybe I will save the heartfelt rant for a later date. Maybe I will just leave it as a hidden draft so as not to offend anyone should they take it the wrong way.

Photo taken on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 - imported into my iPhone and edited on my favorite App

I have been honored to have taken part in this trial and it has been nice to play with a different brand of camera and a much more modern and light weight version of my current DSLR.

As I said in other posts, the most impressive function and personally useful function on this camera is the WiFi capabilities. My next upgrade of DSLR will have to include this function. It is something that I definitely don't ever want to be without in my future cameras. 

I love using it as a remote where you see on your smart phones screen exactly what the lens is seeing. I love how you can import the cameras content onto your smart phone and post your proper DSLR photos directly to Instagram or edit in your favorite app. Lastly I love how you can import your photos onto your camera roll and edit them directly with their in-built filters within the app. 

The Art Filters are also located directly inside your camera so you can take pictures in the Filter modes without transporting them to your phone. So many options and each person can use them dependent on their technical skills or technologies on hand.

Personally these days I lean towards a 'clean image' with any edits being of a subtle nature however I still think there are a lot of people that will find these features very relevant. So I have included the before image and the after image that has been edited with the art filters for examples.

Original - Top
Grainy Film Filter - Bottom

Original - Top
Pin Hole Filter - Bottom

Original - Top
Gentle Sepia - Bottom

Original - Top
Pale and Light Colour Filter - Bottom

Original - Top
Keyline Filter - Bottom

Another unique function of the in-house editing tool is the addition of wording. To place on top of your photo you can hand draw a personal signature, upload a logo image or use their fonts to write your own words. This is great for those that want to watermark their image or maybe even just add some words to the final picture.

Lastly I would like to thank Olympus for the loan of this camera and to Kidspot for providing me with the opportunity. I have enjoyed playing with your product immensely and I have certainly learned a thing or three along the way. I hope that my readers have got an overview of the product and I would be happy to answer any questions you have in reference to my experience with the camera should you be looking into purchasing one.

If you want to follow other bloggers trailing this great camera then seek out the hashtags #myfamilylens and #VoicesOf2014.

Thanks again Olympus :)


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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.