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Olympus E-M1X: the master of many

Olympus E-M1X is a jack of all trades and master of many. Which is what one would expect from its relatively high (though, fair in a way) price. One of the many things this camera excels in is macro photography. This article is going to be a quick introduction of the camera and the OM-D ecosystem in the context of macro shooting. I've only owned this camera for three weeks, and I've still got a lot to learn about it, but I will try to be as thorough as possible. Anyway, let me tell you a few things about the Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

Dark macro technique

Dark macro is a powerful subject isolation technique, even more so than the fan favorite, the shallow depth of field. Unlike techniques that rely in drawing your attention to the subject, dark macro achieves isolation by wiping out anything else from the image.

Dark macro is a flash photography technique. Although this technique is not specific to macro photography, macro photography poses special challenges due to outdoor shooting and the size of the subjects. Let me tell you how to do dark macro and how to set up your flash and the camera.

Olympus ultimate back button focus guide

Olympus cameras are well-known for their configurability. Autofocus is probably one of the most configurable features of these cameras. In fact, discussing every possible option for autofocus will probably require a book! Therefore, in this article, I will (ehm) focus on back button focus and how to set up your OM-D E-M1X or E-M1 camera for back button focusing. Let me tell you all about it.

Macro or micro?

Is it "macro photography" or "micro photography?" Is there a difference? Let me tell you all about it.

Should you shoot Jpeg?

As I mentioned in one of the previous articles, there is no such thing as 'should' in photography. Your camera offers a choice of Raw and Jpeg (Tiff?) shooting, and those are all yours to take advantage of. There is nothing inherently wrong with either format. In this article, I'm going to discuss why you may want to shoot Jpeg and what you can get out of it.

Laowa 65mm F2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO (APS-C)

As far as dedicated macro glass goes, Laowa is quite an affordable all-manual lens for APS-C cameras from China. Whenever "China" and "affordable" appear in the same sentence, most people would think "not a very good piece of glass." I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is anything but. Let me tell you all about it.