How to shoot Live Composite with Olympus
During one of our employee training events our Olympus representatives and CCC instructors taught us the awesome Live Composite feature on the Olympus cameras. I shoot with the OM-D E-M5 Mii (which I LOVE) and lately I have been using my 12-40/2.8 Pro as my go to lens. When using the Live Composite feature I prefer to use my wide angle lens versus my zoom lens (40-150/2.8 Pro). First things first…you MUST use a tripod as well as either a timer or the Olympus app with the built in WiFi (personally I use the app).
Follow the simple steps below for the initial setup of the camera:
- Set your camera to M (manual mode)
- Set your shutter to Live Composite. With the OM-D cameras use your back wheel to adjust your shutter ALL the way down to the lowest setting which is Live Composite.
- The next step is to set your Aperture. Typically I shoot between f8 (if it is REALLY dark out and you want to light up a building, etc.) and f11 (for more of the landscape or light trails).
- I personally leave my ISO at 200
- If you are using your WiFi – go ahead and connect and sync the two
- Next set up your tripod and attach your camera and set up your frame of the shot that you want
- Tap your shutter button to get the Live Composite set up
- Tap on your phone where you would like your focus to be
- Next tap the shutter button and AWAY WE GO!
- From here you will literally see the image changing as the shutter stays open. Once you achieve the exposure that you are going for tap the shutter button again to STOP the Live Composite mode.
- Congratulations! You have just taken your first Live Composite photograph!!!!!
-By Amanda Smith, Creve Coeur Location
Here are some examples: