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Is this possible?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by GuyInTexas, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. GuyInTexas

    GuyInTexas Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 7, 2014
    Austin, Texas area
    Hello all. I have been trying to no avail to do something with my EM10, and have decided I am either missing something entirely OR what I want to do isn't possible (yet.)

    Remove my human induced camera shake prior to a bracketed sequence of photos for an HDR application, with the bracketed series taken as fast as possible. Hand holding the camera isn't working for me, so I want it initiated on a tripod, but with a delay from the pressing the shutter button to let the shaking on the tripod settle out first.

    I've tried:
    1. OIShare app, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to either initiate an HDR series, or take a high speed set of bracketed shots.
    2. Set the camera to take a set of exposures (either using the HDR or bracketing sequence) with a DELAY between when the shutter is first pressed and the FIRST exposure only.

    Setting the camera to HDR mode right off the bat doesn't work, because I cannot get an initial delay to work - those items get greyed out of the menu when HDR is enabled. So, next was playing with custom timers and such. The closest I've gotten is setting up a custom timer, with multiple frames set after the initial delay, but the shortest timer value is 0.5 seconds, which doesn't help me reach my goal. (Intended use of this series is getting a good set of multiple exposures for HDR imagery in landscape applications. My enemy here is cloud movement, so I want as little time as possible between exposures.)

    I find myself wishing for a simple remote shutter release like I've got for my 7D - but surely there is a way to set up the camera to do what I'm after here... Any input on either how to do it or confirmation that it cannot currently be done would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!
  2. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Hopefully others can answer your question about whether it's possible "in camera," but if not there are remote release cables available for Olympus m4/3 cameras.
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  3. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    If I understand correctly, you are using a tripod, yes? If so, I am assuming you are striving to eliminate even the slightest of shake. A remote trigger is probably the closest solution. I don't know of a better solution, but I have couple of suggestions that might help some...

    1. You could use the touchscreen to initiate the shot. I have found that the induced shake is less than using the shutter button.

    2. You could bracket a longer batch of photos, setting up you intervals knowing that you will throw away the first shot.

    3. I know this isn't what you asked, but HDR processing software can account for camera movement to align the photos. I use Photomatix Pro and like it a lot.
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  4. GuyInTexas

    GuyInTexas Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 7, 2014
    Austin, Texas area
    Thanks for the responses --- I was hoping to have it taken care of "in camera" since there doesn't seem to be any reason the firmware couldn't do it. It appears that I will be getting the cable release RM-UC1 to accomplish what I am after - though if anyone from Olympus is reading this forum, this feature would be nice to have. :) .

    Thanks again!
  5. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    I use a cheap $3 generic brand shutter cable that I bought on amazon, works perfectly.
  6. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Don't have an E-10 but maybe it will work like the EM-5, set the self timer before selecting HDR, I think the shortest time frame is 2 seconds. Or set Custom Menu Option E "Anti-shock" to on and then select HDR.

    Not sure whether the EM-10 works like the EM-1 or EM-5, but on the EM-5 had to also select Sequential H shooting with a bracketed image set.
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  7. GuyInTexas

    GuyInTexas Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 7, 2014
    Austin, Texas area
    Hi Clint --- I've tried both of those routes, but no luck. It seems the EM-10 ignores the custom timer settings when set to do HDR. I'm certain that the firmware could be changed to incorporate the custom/self timer settings at the same time, it just isn't in there today.
  8. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Mu-43 Regular

    Using an E-M5 I just shoot 5 frame exposure bracketing hand held & combine in Photomatrix pro. I have assigned the bracketing to my Fn1 button for easy access when needed. Here is a sample where there was extremes between brights & darks where I employed this process.

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  9. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    That's probably one of the changes they made to separate the least expensive OMD from the other two. Another option to try, don't use HDR.
    Use AE Bracketing (page 79 in the manual) set H fps (page 65) and set the Anti-shock. That works on the EM-5 and from the EM-10 manual it looks like it will work.

    A remote shutter release is a good idea anyway. Four years I bought an Aputure Pro Coworker Wireless Remote, which can be used wired as well. I bought another and still use both.
  10. Firedogg

    Firedogg Have cash, will spend

    Why aren't you using the 2 sec/12 sec self timer like on the E-M5? Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. on page 78 of the PDF manual.

    I've done plenty of bracketed HDR shots over the years using the 2 sec self timer when on a tripod, wall, table, etc. Right from the E-P1 this has been possible.

    Hope this helps.
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