- Tetsuro Shimizu
- Thomas Leuthard
- Horst Binder
- R.Cleveland Aaron
- Mike Boening
- Torwong Salwala
- Takehiko Nakafuji
I select a profile based on the mood of the day, then proceed to shoot. Some days I'm happy with the colour and monochrome presets, and other days I like to change settings to fit my own style. Although I never hesitate with settings if I have a complete image in my head that I want to capture, it doesn't always work that way. But there's no need to rush the process. The advantage of a compact system camera is the ability to check the results through viewfinder and on the rear monitor while shooting. Sometimes ideas come to mind for the next shot where I know what settings to make, and the image in mind solidifies while I change settings.
What I find interesting about Monochrome Profile Control is the ability to add film grain effects, adjust the colour, and set the colour film on the camera itself. When I was in photography school, I always attached a yellow or orange filter to the camera when shooting with monochrome film. The reason for this was to add contrast when shooting for easier prints. Honestly though, I didn't like ruining perfectly good lens quality by adding noise to the shot. The ability to add any kind of effect using camera settings and shoot while checking the images wipes away photographer misgivings, giving you the confidence to take the shot. I'm sure most people will be amazed that these are all unedited photos.
For me a dream comes true. I can finally shoot and instantly publish my photos from wherever I am. I don’t have to post-process my photos anymore. The new profiles give me the freedom to remain independent of a computer. I just need a WiFi connection to upload my photos.
My favourite settings are of course monochrome with a very high contrast. I also love a strong vignette, but I don’t like grain. So I just boost the highlights, lower the shadows and add maximum vignetting. That’s it. Let’s shoot, transfer and publish right on the spot.
The new functions are a very welcome addition to the existing features. The ergonomic dial placement on the front of the camera allows fast access to pre-sets, and as usual Live View lets you confirm the effect of the adjustments you made before taking the shot.
As I shoot nearly all in black and white the Monochrome Profile Control is naturally the feature more suited to me. For me it is essential to save my own settings, so I can use them again on any occasion.
I found the PEN-F visually and ergonomically beautiful. If cameras were judged on their looks this one would be a winner. I don't consider myself a gadget freak and I only use technology when I need to. Having said that, I've never been so excited about having more tools at my disposal. The dial on the front of the body that switches mode selection I particularly like. It's perfectly situated and gives the user control over the camera without having to remove the eye from the viewfinder.
As I spend most of my time on the street shooting in black & white, it was a pleasant surprise to be able to adjust grain level and black & white filter intensity using Monochrome Profile Control. Previously I could only choose between shooting in monochrome or using the grainy black & white Art Filter. Having more choices now means that I can interpret what I see more easily and communicate with my photos more eloquently.
Initially, I thought the Colour Profile Control was just for a bit of creative fun but this commission really forced me to think about colour and probably why I tend to shoot more in black & white. Quite often the streets are awash with colours that do nothing to convey the harmony of form and design and this is where the Colour Profile Control's strengths can first be utilized. I was able to create presets for different environments by taking out colours (or reducing their vibrancy). For instance, a simple scene of late afternoon light after it had been rainy coupled with tungsten lighting from a shop would have been a problem because I'd have to white balance for one or the other depending on which source was stronger. With the new controls I could simply reduce the blue and yellow from my composition. More importantly, the lion's share of my professional portfolio is architecture and interiors. Any photographer that has to shoot a space that is white but reflective enough to pick up the colours of the surrounding furnishings will no doubt love this new function as much as I do. I tend not to spend much time if any in the post production phase, so having a camera that keeps me away from my desk will greatly improve the way I work.
Mike’s First Impression of PEN-F Monochrome Profile Control and Color Profile Control
The PEN-F Monochrome and Color Profile Control takes me back to film days, shooting color with the rich hues and vivid saturation of classic transparency film. The Monochrome Profiles are a wonderful throwback to shooting monochrome and infrared film. It’s an empowering experience knowing you have the ability to make your own emulsions in both color and monochrome while you’re out on a shoot.
Mike’s Additional Thoughts of Profile Control
Using the PEN-F Profile Control is an amazing experience when shooting in the streets. I see scenes in a whole new way knowing I can change color and monochrome settings on the fly. It’s as if I am doing my post-processing in the camera, and this pushes my creativity - that’s the mark of a great camera. I’ve found myself being much more intrigued shooting in color since I’ve been using the PEN-F. That said, my regular shooting mode of Black and White is not forgotten. This camera is a street shooting dream machine.
The Profile Control combined with the classic PEN-F feel and street shooting design (like the left-positioned electronic viewfinder and top-mounted rotating exposure compensation wheel), all with 20 megapixels makes the PEN-F my new go-to camera for the streets. Olympus has differentiated this camera from its fantastic OM-D line up by listening to its street shooting customers. If your desire is to be in the street practicing your craft, the PEN-F is for you.
Mike’s Profile Control Explanation
When I hit the streets with my camera, I have a certain vision in mind. I want this to come through in the final product. I look to be creative with composition along with the overall feel of the image - color or black and white. The first presets in the Profile Control for both color and monochrome are completely customizable. If I want to accentuate images with color filters and adjust those filter strengths, I use the new top lever to instantly display my options. I typically like to shoot with a small vignette; by toggling the switch again, I have full control over this as well. With one more flip of the switch, I can adjust curves with highlight and shadow controls. If I’m out and decide to accentuate certain colors or shoot through a yellow filter in Monochrome, it’s so easy now. I see the scenes inside my camera that I intended to shoot without spending time at a computer in post-processing. More time to create within a photographer’s natural environment is a benefit every street shooting camera should provide. The new PEN-F squarely hits that mark.
This is a camera which made me fall in love at first sight -- "fascinated" might be the right word.
In my past experience, I sometimes felt disappointed with "retro style" cameras because they came along with "retro functions." The manufacturers cut so many modern functions that using cameras became inconvenient and unhandy. It was very disappointing.
But PEN-F is totally different. It was created full of technology and with style and a charming look.
The PEN-F has the same functions as high-level Olympus cameras which have advanced technology.
With Color Profie Control and Monochrome Profile Control, PEN-F can give you the freedom of tone customizing with fine-tuning curve adjustment.
The most impressive and rare function in PEN-F is saturation adjustment, in which each color can be separately adjusted. With this, your photos can be processed in many more styles.
Vignette Control in Monochrome Profile Control is fantastic also.
It's almost unfair that I can use the PEN-F in many types of photography such as journalism, landscapes, travel, architectural, street or even in sports.
I love its well-designed body and its functions. The PEN-F is good enough to go with me anywhere.
For now, the PEN-F has occupied a space in my camera bag which I take outside everyday.
I'm constantly amazed at the level of artistic freedom when shooting with the PEN-F. Instead of using a computer after shooting, you can adjust the Monochrome Profile Control and Colour Profile Control while looking through the viewfinder to achieve your own unique vision for photos in real time while shooting with the camera. This is a completely new shooting sensation I've never experienced before.
My favorite setting is Monochrome Profile 3 with sharpness, contrast, and film grain set to +1. This setting lets me capture photos with extreme levels of black texturing for images with real impact. I'm completely satisfied with the infrared film feel of the finished images.
Born in Yokohama City in 1975. After graduating from the Nippon Photography Institute, Tetsuro worked as an assistant for three years at the Takeuchi Shinobu Office, and turned to freelance photographer at 23 years old. Lending his unique viewpoint, he takes a wide variety of photos from natural landscape snapshots to documentary shots. Tetsuro began his lifework in Mongolia in 1997, finally publishing the collection of photos on site called "CHANGE." Nippon Camera published his new collection "New Type" domestically in December 2015. He won the 1st Yonosuke Natori Photographic Award and then the Photographic Society of Japan's Newcomer’s Award in 2014. He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (www.tokyokarasu.net)
Thomas Leuthard is a passionate street photographer based in the heart of Switzerland. He travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He currently works with the Olympus OM-D camera to capture the essence of the ordinary life happening in public. For him, the camera is a black box capturing the moment seen by his eyes. "There are more important questions in street photography than asking about what gear we are using. It’s all about vision and creativity."
R. Cleveland Aaron was born in Hackney, London to Guyanese parents and grew up with a healthy curiosity about how light affects the things around him. As a photographer, his inspiration is and will always be the effect of light and this fuels his passion for taking pictures. Today, Cleveland Aaron continues shooting portraits, but focuses more on architecture, interior and advertising. Photography for advertising has given him the opportunity to work across many genres, and the challenge of communicating a message with imagery is one that he can not resist. With a philosophy based on light, shapes, and space, Cleveland constantly works on personal projects as a means of creative growth. He takes inspiration from many things in life but topping his list is his partner and son, whose patience and love he could never do without. Cleveland is also qualified tutor offering bespoke photography classes and workshops at www.righteyedominant.org
Originally pursuing painting and music, Horst Binder's career in photography began in 1978. He has a deep knowledge of laboratory work, and till this day creates his own prints. He shoots alone, to maximize his concentration on the subject. Before going digital, he experimented with a variety of cameras and formats, and eventually settled on the 35mm format, which provided him with the most flexibility. He uses only a few prime lenses and never uses a flash, only using available light. Ever since the introduction of the Four Thirds standard, Binder has been an Olympus user, starting with the E-system and now using only the PEN and OM-D. Besides conceptual projects, which last longer, he also takes intuitive images of all photogenic objects. Although his subject base is very wide, he is currently concentrating on urban manifestations (architecture / street) and include people as a design element. As he followed the works of his photographic idols in his early years, he came to find his own style. Today he is much less influenced and photographically independent, which is apparent in his works. In recent years, he has received many awards in international, German domestic, and regional contests, with his images being published in several major German photo magazines.
Mike regularly finds his inspiration in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where he specializes in street and urban photography. As the newest Trailblazer in the Olympus Visionary Program, Mike first caught the eye of Olympus through his social interaction on the Get Olympus website and through fellow Olympus Trailblazer, Jamie MacDonald.
Over the past five years, he has worked with the Detroit Metro Convention Bureau, covering events and the Pure Michigan campaign. Mike has shared his love of street photography by teaching and leading groups on urban photography in the Detroit area and beyond.
When Mike isn’t behind a camera, he’s in front of the camera serving as co-host of the biweekly video podcast, Mirrorless Minutes. Mike is passionate about what can be accomplished with the Olympus Micro Four Thirds systems, using the OM-D E-M1 for his outdoor shooting exploits.
Torwong was originally a computer engineer, but one day he found big potential and possibility in digital photography. His decision was quick and changed his field to photography.
Torwong has been taking photos of architecture, Interior, and Beauty over the years. His expression in architecture and interior photography is dramatic, poetic and different from the typical one. He also takes photos as a journalist.
Torwong is also the most famous and influential blogger and reviewer of photographic equipment in Thailand. His explanation is easy to understand and tremendously well accepted by numerous users.
Born in Tokyo in 1970. Dropped out of the First Faculty of Letters at Waseda University. Takehiko became a photographer after graduating from the Photography Department at Tokyo Visual Arts. He now works as a photographer as well as an instructor at the Japan Center of Photography. Takehiko runs Gallery Niepce in the Yotsuya Sanchome neighborhood of Tokyo while working as an author. In this gallery, he continues to show new pieces that focus on city snapshots. In addition to working within Japan he is active in shooting around the world, including Eastern Europe, Russia, Cuba, China, Paris, and New York. His work has been shown in many individual exhibits and group exhibits both in and outside Japan.
His published photo collections include "Enter the Mirror" (pub. mole), "Winterlicht" (pub. Wides), "Night Crawler" (pub. zen-foto) "Sakuan, Matapaan-Hokkaido" (pub. zen-foto), "Paris" (pub. Funnybones Edition), and "Street Rambler" (pub. Gallery Niepce).
Won the 29th Higashigawa Special Writer's Prize and the 24th Hayashi Tadahiko Prize.
67 of his pieces are on display at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts.
- Tetsuro Shimizu
- Thomas Leuthard
- Horst Binder
- R.Cleveland Aaron
- Mike Boening
- Torwong Salwala
- Takehiko Nakafuji