1. Travel light
You don’t want to bring extra weight when you are traveling. That’s why you should pack your camera gear carefully and leave non-essential items at home. Prime lenses are amazing, but too many lenses on a trip can be unnecessarily heavy and bulky. If you choose one or two zoom lenses instead, you save a lot of weight. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS PRO is an excellent option if you decide only to bring a single lens.
2. Silent photography
Silent shutter makes it possible to take photos discreetly, perfect for street photography, weddings or shooting shy animals, where camera clicks can be disturbing. All OM-D cameras have electronic shutters, which makes silent photography possible.
Since Olympus has outstanding image stabilization a standard tripod is rarely needed, but when you want really long exposures, such as a night sky – a tripod is essential. For this, I recommend a travel friendly model that you can easily bring with you. A good alternative can be a GorillaPod, a clamp for mounting the camera on poles or trees often gives greater possibilities for diverse photo angles. Don’t worry about whether it’s sturdy enough – the OM-D IS can handle these vibrations. Plus the OI share APP allows for remote control with your mobile phone, which is very convenient.
4. Additional power sources
Running out of power is a nightmare; therefore always have an extra battery or a power bank with you. The newest Olympus models offer USB-charging and USB-powering. A spare storage card is also a good option.
5. Be an early bird
During dawn and dusk, the light is low, warm and really beautiful - perfect conditions for photography. So set your alarm clock and plan your photography for the warm and beautiful light. Backlighting is one technic that can be extraordinary.
First lesson in photography is composition. Rule of thirds is not always the best option, but it’s something you should always have in mind and start with before you try something different. Please note that there are no rights or wrongs in photography, so don’t ever stop being creative!
Angles are so important for photographic impressions and can make fundamental differences. The bird's-eye view or ground level are two extreme angles with lots of options. So be creative and try some new angles. The tilting LCD touch screen can be enormously helpful here.
8. Always bring a camera
You never know when a photo opportunity will present itself, so always bring the camera, even on adventures such as scuba diving, hiking or climbing. A perfect tool for these activities is the Olympus Tough TG-6, which is both water, freeze and shockproof.
Olympus cameras offer HDR-photography. A technique which allows the camera to take several images with different exposures creating an image which combines both highlights and shadows. It’s perfect to get a quality landscape photo with great color and even exposure.
10. Don’t forget the details
It’s easy to only look for the big scenery, but don’t forget the small details in the world. A flower, butterfly or raindrop is a great photo subject which will widen your storytelling. So a macro lens like the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro or the 60mm F 2.8 Macro should join you on your next trip – both great options for your Olympus camera.
Author & Photographer: Niklas Nilsson