In the previous articles, I have talked about my new camera, Oylmpus PEN-F; I received many messages asking about it. “Is it good to use?” or ” Should I purchase the standard package, is primary lens or a zoom lens better for me?”, these two questions are the most frequent issues that you asked. When I have started photo shooting, I practiced with a standard package; a small digital camera teamed with a Zoom lens. MY daughter was just a baby, and I have not even started working as a blogger; I had fewer chances for traveling, most of the images I have shot were just my girl and still life photos. I thought a primary lens might be better for me as a starter; to control the distance by my feet and measure a space with my body would be a decent idea.
However, in the late years, I travel a lot; just a primary lens could not be my best partner to record things during my trips; I need an easy and active camera. Therefore, I got different smaller cameras for a different lifestyle. Some of them were indeed light and small; however, I was not satisfied with the quality of the photos. On the other hand, some of the cameras were not well-designed for operating. In the end, I got this Olympus E-PL8 that was at first not on my wish list; however, I packed it home with a zoom lens, 14-42mm.
三年多前，開始尋找可以在旅行時、城市中方便攜帶、容易使用的相機，前後也購入了不同品牌使用。有些的確很輕便，不過成像畫質滿足不了我；有的相機在影像品質上達到了需求，卻在操作的手感上欠缺了設計全面性的考量。於是，本來只考慮入手Oylmpus PEN-F，卻在最後把Olympus E-PL8也加進清單裡，搭配的就是14-42mm變焦鏡頭的標準組合。
I packed this camera home not only because of its tiny form and the possibility of changing lenses but a function of saving images as RAW files; I can edit photos with its original image data for better quality. Saving as RAW files might not be the main propose of the public users; however, it offers an opportunity for people who might need it as I do.
I edit all images that I upload to the social media channels and on my website. For me, photography is not only to capture certain precise topics that you enjoy but also to add the personal charm and style into the photos by editing them. At this moment, RAW is important for us.
Although, you are not interested in RAW files; you can shoot pictures that are near to be professional, at the same time, bring your character into the photos. Olympus E-PL8 has different functions to help you, turn the ART or SCN on to shoot your pictures in many styles without an extra editing step. Alternatively, to use wifi to upload the images to your smartphone and exit them with an application that you are familiar.
I would like to show you with this article how this Olympus E-PL8 helped me to record our trip in different cities in Taiwan. About its form, I show you with this short video below. About its performance or the specification, you can check on the Olympus official website. I do believe that professional cameras can indeed deliver high-quality images; however, professional cameras are not the guaranty to capture touching and beautiful photos.
Douliu, my hometown that we visit each time when we are back to Taiwan. Several years ago, that was at the beginning of summer; we borrowed two bicycles from the hotel we stayed. My daughter sat in a baby seat right behind Michael; we hung around in the little town and got sweat from the sultry weather. In the end, we ended the day with one big glass of fresh juice and one bowl of shaved ice; that was unforgettable.
Years later, we still talk about the memory; we decided to do it again. We borrowed two bicycles from my mother’s neighbor and started our bike trip. This time, the weather was pleasant and comfortable; the breeze brought us around to discover the areas. In the morning market, people were busy running their business; the local atmosphere just reminded me how lovely my hometown is.
Olympus E-PL8 is helpful while discovering cities. Although in the dark market hall, this camera could take high-quality images quickly and accurately. Moreover, I appreciate about the save-energy function; I do not switch off the power to keep shooting photos fastly, it will turn into a standby mode to save the battery energy and turn on in a second once I press the shutter button slightly. Olympus E-PL8 is definitely a good partner while traveling.
This time, we planned to visit Taichung, an exciting city that we are used to visiting. However, things did not turn out the way we wanted. We were stuck with other stuff and could not go around as we hoped. Until the late afternoon, we could finally enjoy a late meal. Luckily, we had a little time to walk around in the neighborhood that near to the train station. However, it was a great opportunity to try Olympus E-PL8 in the dark and lacking lights situation that was different from usual.
From the photos above you see how detailed they presented; afternoon sunlight, dim interior light source, and even the night city view. Without a flash, this camera could bring detailed and rich images out that indeed satisfied me.
Our trip back to Taiwan always starts in Taipei and ends in this colorful and bustling place as well. I had lived in Taipei for several years; it meant a lot to me. Each time when I am back here, it recalls many memories. In that time, my world was narrow; I saw only myself. Now, my view gets wider; I have my family; however, I do not forget myself as an independent woman.
Although I had lived in Taipei for years, I could never discover every corner in this city. Moreover, I have left here for a long time; things develop too fast, I can never get enough update about here. I always keep myself aware of this city; I do not like to miss anything. From day to night, Olympus E-PL8 followed us and recorded the moments; the zoom lens, 14-42mm is just proper for all situation. For space or landscape, I use 14mm; for portrait and food diary, I use 42 mm for a better effect.
No matter what camera you use, the point is to practice. Further, upload photos to your computer or smartphone as possible as you can for a review; you will see clearly your pictures and find out a better way to improve your shooting skills. Professional cameras are not a guaranty for better photos, but Olympus E-PL is a proper camera to help us to shoot photos in an easier way.
I edited all images with Lightroom, not only about the exposure or the contrast but also my personal emotion. In this article, I used Olympus E-PL8 to record our journey in Taiwan; the rest of photos that you see Olympus E-PL8 itself are taken by Olympus PEN-F.
這篇文章裡的所有照片都經過Lightroom編修，除了調整光線對比之外也增加了個人情緒反應在畫面中的滋味；別忘了，好的攝影，除了構圖之外，編修相片的經驗與能力也很重要。這篇文章裡有Olympus E-PL8相機本身出現的照片，都是以Olympus PEN-F拍攝，其餘皆是以Olympus E-PL8所記錄的。
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.