Barry Stewart

Barry Stewart

Lives in Canada Chilliwack, B.C. (near Vancouver), Canada
Works as a retired teacher, current freelance writer/photog
Joined on Mar 2, 2002
About me:

Equipment: Oly E-1, SHLD-2, Oly Flash 50r, Oly 4o-15o (1st ed.)
l4-54 (1st ed.), ZD-50, Oly 50-200 swd, Oly E-PL5 and two kit zooms. Also the Bower 7.5 Fisheye and Sigma 60.
Oly E-M1 and m12-40.
MacPro Tower 2x2.66 Ghz dual-core Intel. 2014 Mac Mini.

Barry Stewart's recent activity

  • Replied in Check F/stop
    It used to be a problem with my 50-200 SWD, that if I had the F/stop anything other than wide-open, the frame rate would lag. I'm not sure if this problem is fixed yet, with firmware. Unless ...
  • Replied in Focus-recompose
    Except if you're shifting the camera a LOT when you recompose, at which point the focused target will be out of focus. If I want an off-centre focus point on my E-M1 or E-PL5, I use the back screen ...
  • Thanks for your detailed response, Rusk. One thing we agree on — and you said it so well — good audio is hugely important for video or slideshow presentations. I've done some work with stripping ...
  • Yes but… if you're only semi-serious, like the parent who is asked to record the school's Christmas concert or a dance recital: • You don't want to spend a LOT of cash but you want to do a better ...
  • I noted some annoying AF noises on the audio track, when I used the Sigma 60 on my E-M1. Ambient noise was low. YMMV. An external mic would help isolate this noise. The Sigma 60 is not alone in ...
  • I took some photos at a recent teachers' professional-development day and sent them in to the organizer. Most were with the Sigma 60 on my E-M1. "Wow, the photo quality is amazing!!" was her response.
  • Replied in Welcome, Wren
    I didn't have as far a leap to take, as I came from Olympus' regular 4/3 cameras. (Still have my E-1). I first tested the Micro 4/3 waters by getting an E-PL5. The E-M5 was making good waves at the ...
  • Replied in Wifi use
    Let your imagination run wild, Roel. Wifi control is a huge feature. I use it for shots of birds in their nest, with my E-M1 only a wingspan away. Also for family pics when I want to be in the ...
  • It's curious to me, how hard it is for many Americans to find Olympus gear in camera shops or other retail stores. My city's population is about 100,000 and there are two stores where I can handle ...
  • This is good news — and I hope it means Oly has found a way to prevent wipe-outs in the future firmware upgrades. If so, it would seem to be an answer to users' feedback/rants.
  • Created discussion thread Great article on Bokeh
    It was posted by B&H in their e-mail today. My favourite part is the "live" demos that show the change in bokeh as you adjust the F/stop. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-so ...
  • Replied in 934 shots?
    Ouch! That makes for painful sorting later. How many shots in a burst? I usually go for as many as a casual push of the shutter can get… about 3-5 before I get my finger off the trigger. That comes ...
  • Keep it wide-open, to allow you to have the fastest possible shutter speed. PhotoPete had a thread on basketball shooting recently. He favoured 1/1000th shutter speeds. If it's in a typical school ...
  • You must have very good indoor lighting, then, to shoot at 1/1000th and ISO 1000. I see you have a F/1.4 lens, though. I'm at ISO 2000, 1/400th and F/2.8 in my local school gym. ISO 1250, 1/400th ...
  • I like to work around 1/1000th for outdoor sports — when the light is good. When the light is compromised, I back off a bit, to avoid going too deep into the ISO. I know there's going to be more ...
  • Replied in P mode, Ray
    I've been doing RAW+JPEG for a few years now. Sometimes JPEG nails it better on tough colours/lighting.
  • Replied in P mode, Ray
    I resolve to try P for 7 days and see how I feel about it. Thanks for the challenge, Ray!
  • Replied in It depends
    If I've set up for a series of portrait shots, such as at an awards night, I'll set my flash on a radio slave in an umbrella, perhaps at 1/8 or 1/16 power. I put the E-M1 in manual (fixed ISO) and ...
  • Replied in P mode, Ray
    Joke aside, seriously: P mode? If it works for you, we might be wasting our time with other settings. Please explain.
  • I use my Olympus µ4/3 gear weekly for my sports column and other photography in a small town weekly newspaper.I also shoot weddings and other special events. I get the shots. People are happy. Case ...
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