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Art Filters Found On The OM-D E-M10

Here's a round up of the different art filters on the E-M10 and what they are useful for.

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Art filters on the OM-D E-M10 can be accessed by turning the mode dial to ART mode. Then, you can scroll through and select the filter you'd like to use. Here, we round up what's on offer, plus give a bit of advice on what each filter is useful for. 

Pop Art - This filter creates a bright, vivid image with emphasis on colours. It's great for photographing images where there is something of colour that will stand out, for example a collection of marbles or a bright red phone box. It will also enhance all the colours in the image, making them more lively and vivid. 

Soft Focus - This is great for creating an elegant, dreamy looking photo. It works well with portraits, softening the features on the face, which is often flattering. It's also a great effect for period themed images, where there is a nostalgic feel. 

Pale and light colour - This mode will enhance images taken of pale and light subject, for example, white walled buildings or the interiors of a home. It's ideal to use when you want to emphasise something that's a pale colour in your shot. 

Light Tone - This mode gives your image a lighter look. It makes images look paler and a little washed out, ideal if you want a more subtle shot.

Grainy film

Grainy Film - This traditional art filter makes your photo look like a grainy film image. It can be used to add atmosphere, or a vintage feel to your photos. It can give a spooky feel if used on old fashioned buildings or images of bare trees and forests. 

Pin Hole - This filter gives your images a heavy dark vignette, as if you took the image with a pin hole camera. It's a good filter to use if you wish to emphasise and draw the eye to the centre of the image. It looks good when used on head and shoulder portraits, old, ornate buildings and landscapes, if there is enough of a focal point in the centre of the image. 

Diorama - This feature is sometimes also known as miniature mode. It blurs the top and bottom of the image, which tricks the eye into thinking the subject photographed is smaller than it actually is. This is a great effect to use looking down onto busy city scenes, or scenes with lots of smaller elements, such as cars, caravans or people walking along on the street. It makes life size objects look like models. 

Cross Process - This filter will give your images a colour cast - like in the old days of processing film. This feature will give your images an instagram like feel. It works well in social situations, for example in the city or at the beach with friends. It can give a quite surreal look to your images. 

Gentle Sepia - This filter gives your images a yellowed black and white colour cast, which can work well for images which requite a vintage or old fashioned feel. Things like steam rallies, or re-enactment events can be ideal places to try a sepia effect. 

Dramatic tone

Dramatic Tone - Dramatic tone is the easy way to give your images that HDR look and feel without having to do any post processing work. It will work well on stormy, overcast days, giving depth and atmosphere to the clouds. 

Key Line -  This filter gives your images an almost cartoon like feel. It will highlight the key lines in your images with a black outline, and make the colours more matte, adding to the effect. It's great for images of cars and other motor vehicles, as well as a different take on a portrait. Give any subject a quirky and different feel with this effect. 

Watercolour - Make your images look just like watercolour paintings with this filter. It's great for use with images of flowers, wide fields and idyllic countryside landscapes. It will give your pictures a more 'artistic' feel. Pictures that incorporate large skies will look good when this filter is used. 

Art Bracket - This is a really useful mode if you're not sure which filter to use, as it lets you take one images, and then applies each filter to the image, allowing you to scroll through and select which one looks best and which one you'd like to keep. 

To find out more about the OM-D E-M10 and its features, take a look at the Olympus website

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