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I like that one!

2 Aug 2012 11:40PM   Views : 626 Unique : 428

You probably have a camera with a menu system with 101 modes that you never use, and wonder why they are there. I'm the same. Over the years I've used an endless number of cameras and generally end up setting aperture priority mode, and using exposure compensation to tweak the camera's suggested exposure.

But from time to time a camera appears with something new and an interesting take on an existing feature.

Today I discovered a brilliant new feature on my recently purchased Olympus OM-D camera - LiveBulb mode.

This feature is set in the menu and then activated from the manual exposure mode. Your dial passed the usual manual shutter speeds (60 seconds being the longest on this Olympus) And then you reach the LIVEBULB and LIVETIME modes. These modes refresh the LCD with a live preview as the exposure is being made so you can stop when there's enough light in the shot. It's a fantastic feature for those who use long exposure filters such as the Lee Filter Big Stopper where exposures can stretch into several minutes.

To use the feature you first need to turn it on in the custom menu and select the frame refresh rate. The screen will refresh up to 24 times at ISO200 and 9 times at ISO1600 and you can have refresh intervals of between 0.5sec and 60sec.

So if you think your exposure is going to be about one minute and you're shooting on ISO 400 (19 times refresh) You could set 4sec on the display count and that would mean you would get 15 previews as the exposure builds up to one minute. Press the shutter release and hold it down in LIVEBULB and watch the exposure build, then let go when it looks correctly exposed. In LIVETIME mode the shutter stays open without you having to hold down on the shutter button. A second press closes the shutter.

This photo was taken this evening on Baslow Edge and is 117seconds long.


What features do you find most interesting in your camera?

Tags: Long exposure Big stopper Olympus OM-D Livetime


JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
3 Aug 2012 4:10PM
I suppose that is a bit like watching a print "appearing" in a tray of developer .... take it out when it looks to be about right.

Quote:What features do you find most interesting in your camera?

With a Digital Camera being able to change the ISO from shot to shot.
So if you are photographing a building use ISO 100 and the next shot is some flowers in a slight breeze up it to say ISO 400 to minimise any motion blur.

Oh, I see the heather is on it's way, just like down here in East Sussex, I guess a week or two before being a "carpet"

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Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
3 Aug 2012 9:29PM

Quote:I suppose that is a bit like watching a print "appearing" in a tray of developer .... take it out when it looks to be about right.

Yes!. That's exactly how it feels, apart from you can't rub bits of the print to speed up development in those areas.
CaptivePhotons 14 1.7k 2 England
4 Aug 2012 3:20PM
What a great feature. I'm seriously tempted by the OM-D but I'm I'm still suffering a domestic ban from Park Cameras. Sad
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Aug 2012 12:33AM

Quote:What features do you find most interesting in your camera?

On my new OM-D, pretty much every thing since I`ve only had it a couple of days.

On my E3 it was the wireless flash.

If I can include a lens it would be an old 19mm vivitar series one, from its closest to infinity all it takes is a very short twist, maybe just a 1/4 turn.

For street photography using predictive focus I`ve found I could practically set this blindfolded Smile

Its defiantly a keeper for use on the OM-D

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