EM-5 Live Bulb feature video

Luke

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I still think this is one of the coolest features in this camera. It may look like a novelty trick to some, but it will be invaluable to long exposure shooters.
[ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz4g-MFW_t8]Olympus OM-D: See Live Bulb Function in Action - YouTube[/ame]
 

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That's a cute demo, but it really doesn't have much to do with useful photography. How often do you photograph moving fire?

The real point of this, I think, is that you can take a long time exposure and watch the image "develop" on the LCD, and then stop the exposure when it's "ready." I wonder how useful it really is, though. Trying to use the LCD to judge exposure generally doesn't work all that well.
 

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I wonder if you can have the histogram activated too. I think it would be invaluable for long exposure shots. The light painting was just a cute way to show it off.

And I'd rather have the LCD to use to judge for exposure for 4 or 5 minutes exposures then pure guesswork. And there's no charge for the feature. You get it for free when you buy the $1,000 camera ;)
 

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That's a cute demo, but it really doesn't have much to do with useful photography. How often do you photograph moving fire?

The real point of this, I think, is that you can take a long time exposure and watch the image "develop" on the LCD, and then stop the exposure when it's "ready." I wonder how useful it really is, though. Trying to use the LCD to judge exposure generally doesn't work all that well.
No, but it will certainly help give you a general idea of exposure. Having experimented with night photography, I'll tell you that getting the exposure in the ballpark is the hardest part. Once you're there, fine-tuning is easy enough.

I can see it being useful for astrophotography, too.
 

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That's a cute demo, but it really doesn't have much to do with useful photography. How often do you photograph moving fire?
For me? All the time.

I put on a fire event last Friday in Santa Cruz called Glow. A bunch of great imagery of fire was shot. Unfortunately, as ringmaster, I had to put the camera aside for the night and run the show. I did get to play with fire though. I'm the guy in the white jacket and top hat.

Glow, the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz

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Another example of our Glow event where bulb + fire = awesome.
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A few more links of various photographers' works... My faves? Julia Held's smugmug gallery. You guys will like these.

Collection: 3rd Friday

3rd Friday: GLOW Part I | Facebook
3rd Friday: GLOW Part II- A Fire Festival | Facebook

Julia Held Photographs:
Glow Festival 2012 Part II - Julia & Lance Photography & Design

Lance Miller Photographs:
GLOW Festival at the M.A.H. Santa Cruz Ca - Julia & Lance Photography & Design
GLOW & FIRE part 2 at the MAH - Julia & Lance Photography & Design

Don Louv:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150613382086835.383629.696676834&type=3&l=2132ed5635
 
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