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How I Take and Edit My Pictures

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How I Take and Edit My Pictures

I'm asked on a regular basis on how I take and edit my pics. I did a similar post last year but since then things have changed a little.

Currently I have two cameras. My primary one is the Olympus PEN E-P5 and my backup camera is the Panasonic GF6. Even though I only purchased the GF6 last summer (2013), I still wanted a premium and better looking camera so I jumped at the E-P5 earlier this year when I found it at a very good price.

The E-P5 has a very premium feeling aluminium body and a real weight to it that I love. The sensor and image quality is pretty similar to the GF6 but the E-P5 has better dynamic range, better ISO performance and in-body image stabilization. But it is more than double the price of the GF6 so value for money definitely goes to the GF6.

I don't want to give a full review on the cameras as I'm not a photographer and rarely ever use all the features on a camera. There are plenty of other sites that can give you better and very detailed reviews.

I've found Micro Four Thirds cameras to be adequate enough when it comes to taking pictures. I especially prefer the much smaller size compared to your DSLR's.

I have two lenses. The 20mm f/1.7 and the 14mm f/2.5 - both by Panasonic. The 20mm f/1.7 is a must have for any micro four thirds users.

How I take my pictures

I usually always stick my cameras into aperture priority and leave most other things on auto. Depending on lighting I also up the exposure either on camera or when editing a picture in Photoshop.

My room has also had a makeover since last year. My room used to have blue walls with a dark brown desk. Now I've gone for an all-white look with white walls and a white desk. So that blue tinge you used to see in pics like the one below has now gone.

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I try and shoot in the day a lot to use all the natural light I can. Pictures look a lot more natural then.

But when shooting in the dark I use my GF6 and its nifty flash. I point the flash upwards which disperses the light in my room, giving a very modern and sharp look.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Why more cameras don't offer the option to point the flash upwards is beyond me. It makes a massive difference when taking pictures in the dark.

How I edit my pictures

As I mentioned earlier I usually up the exposure in all my pictures to make them look much brighter. To give that faded flat effect where the blacks aren't truly black, I up the offset a little too, but only by a very small amount. Overdoing can end up ruining the picture. I've also found it only works best on images that have darker parts.

Photoshop settings

I also use VSCO Cam for iPhone and VSCO Film for Adobe Lightroom to apply filters to my pictures. I prefer the filters from VSCO over any other app as they're designed to complement photos, not ruin them.

Sample pictures from both cameras

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