Protrait Technical Questions: OMD / Zuiko 45mm / Leica 25mm

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Protrait Technical Questions: OMD / Zuiko 45mm / Leica 25mm
May 19, 2013

I acquired an OMD earlier this year as a first “serious” camera along with the Zuiko 45mm and Leica 25mm. I am also learning to use Lightroom which has proven to be a revelation. I enjoy portrait photography and the 45mm is perfect for this: fast and responsive. The 25mm with its wider angle is better suited for full body shots. So far, I have been generally delighted with the results (I have attached a couple of shots with the 45mm which I like but which I am sure leave much to be desired technically: thoughts welcome!). I have certainly learned a lot from my experiments!

However, I have a couple of questions re technique (third shot attached which has both problems!):

Fill-flash: How can I employ fill-flash in bright conditions outdoors? Yesterday, I was using the 45mm at a wide aperture (for shallow DOF); w/o flash the camera was telling me I needed a shutter speed of 1/1000 (or faster) and when I tried to switch on the flash (in any mode, I tried many!), the OMD showed me a blinking “250” (I assume this is the max speed for use with flash?). Any ideas?

Focus strategy: I use auto-focus all the time. Normally I use the face recognition (and eye recognition) which provides a helpful white square when “locked on”. This generally seems to work although sometimes it does not find a match and I usually wait, hoping a match will come, or I may regroup and restart the focus process (can be frustrating for the subject: mostly my girlfriend!). If no match ensues, I try to get the central green frame on the face (I read about focusing on the eyes but do not understand this as the whole face is normally framed by a larger green square) and then reframe. Occasionally I am disappointed to find the focus is not right and assume there must be a better way!

Any input on any of the above much appreciated!

OMD + Zuiko 45mm

OMD + Zuiko 45mm

OMD + Zuiko 45mm: No fill flash, missed focus

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