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Anyone Using 'Live Composit' on Pen-F or OM-D Cameras?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Philip Scott, May 13, 2016.

  1. Philip Scott

    Philip Scott Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 28, 2016
    Valley Forge, PA, USA
    I'm looking forward to trying out the Live modes on the Pen-F this weekend. I expect to be in a city at a hotel with a great night view Sunday night. If we get nice weather in the evening could be a good time to try it.
    If anyone has any pointers beyond the manual and a few videos I watched on YouTube (mostly in German or Japanese) I'd love to hear.
     
  2. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Needs a long reply really... I love the feature and use it for a number of things:

    - Still life shots where the ability to do light painting to get the result you need is very useful. Set the ambient lighting to give about 2 stops under exposure with 0.5s shutter time (shortest live comp time) and your selected aperture for DOF. Then use a flashlight or such like to illuminate the subject a little at a time, checking the screen after each "paint" for results. Stop exposure when you're done:

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    Garlic
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    - Removing people from crowded interior places without the need for an ND filter. Set exposure for the scene and then let Live Comp rip! So long as the people are darker than the scene, them they'll slowly disappear as they move about.

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    And then there were none
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    - Star trails. Classic use case. Set exposure so that the stars are bright but the sky is dark and wait (a long time). Add light painting to near objects to add interest:

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    Startrails over the Mill
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Does that help?
     
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  3. Philip Scott

    Philip Scott Mu-43 Regular

    44
    Apr 28, 2016
    Valley Forge, PA, USA
    Very helpful indeed. Some great use cases and excellent results.
     
  4. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I love those glass jar shots. As a triptych print they'd be superb. Must have a go at something like this myself.
     
  6. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Thanks, this is really cool.
     
  7. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Thanks

    I have plans for some prints. I just haven't taken the time to get them done.
     
  8. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    Just experiment and enjoy. Twilight/dusk is ideal for car trails vs. night.
     
  9. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    I have to spend some time trying this!
     
  10. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    If you have never used it at all, I would suggest experimenting when it doesn't matter, something as simple as going into a darkened room and moving your mobile phone around. Spectacular twilights can disappear very quickly when you are trying to remember where you are supposed to set the shutter speed for Live Composite!
     
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  11. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry