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Earth has boundless natural beauty. You just need to know where to look and how to capture it. Olympus Visionary Peter Baumgarten has spent a lifetime elevating landscape photography into art. He shoots with the compact, lightweight Olympus OM-D system. It gives him the freedom and mobility you can’t find in other cameras that’s critical to creating his stunning work.

PETER BAUMGARTEN’S POWERFUL WORK TAKES YOU PLACES EVEN WHILE YOU’RE SITTING STILL
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The best landscape photography doesn’t just capture natural beauty. It transports you. No one does this better than Peter Baumgarten. After all, he lives on an island in Ontario, Canada, surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. Peter specializes in seeing and experiencing nature in ways most people miss. His landscape and wildlife photography has been published many times over, and he’s spent decades as a dedicated teacher leading photography lectures and workshops. Peter loves wilderness camping, canoeing and kayaking. Through it all, he’s never without his Olympus camera. Peter currently shoots with an OM-D E-M1X and is thrilled he can capture his photography without being weighed down by heavy gear. “I don’t want a camera that gets in the way of my creative vision. I want one that is an extension of that vision. Every time I pick up one of my Olympus cameras, it becomes part of me as a visual artist.”
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Protects Itself
READY FOR ANY WEATHER Bad weather can sneak up on you. But with E-M1 Series cameras, you’re ready. They’re splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F/ -10°C). No protective gear necessary. Focus on nailing the best possible landscape shot instead of worrying about your camera.
COMPACT WITH SUPERB IMAGE QUALITY No one wants to hike to a landscape photo location hauling heavy gear. Let Olympus lighten your load. Our lightweight mirrorless OM-D system delivers image quality that equals or exceeds DSLR systems. Get freedom of movement to shoot with more creativity.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO + OM-D E-M1 Mark II VS Full Frame DSLR

NEUTRAL DENSITY. NO FILTER. Create dreamy, moody landscapes without carrying ND filters. The E-M1X previews slow shutter effects in the viewfinder before shooting. Live ND Mode eliminates swapping ND filters for each shooting scene or lens. Choose from 5 ND levels starting from 1EV to 5EV.
SUPER HIGH RES, ALL HANDHELD Tripods are a drag to haul around. The E-M1X lets you leave it at home. Take sharp, spectacularly detailed 50MP images, and all you have to do is hold the camera. Handheld High Res Shot Mode works by automatically taking 16 shots and merging them into a single 50MP image. Perfect for anyone looking to travel light.
FRONT-TO-BACK SHARPNESS Focus stacking is an ideal feature for landscape photography when you’re using an ultra-wide angle lens or have a subject in both the foreground and background. With in-camera Focus Stacking, the camera automatically captures several shots with varying focal points and then merges them to form a single super-sharp image.
Precise AutoFocusing
PRECISE AUTOFOCUSING It helps to have pinpoint accurate autofocus for photographing landscapes. The OM-D E-M1 Series’ DUAL FAST AF features 121 points of Phase Detection plus Contrast Detection AF that blanket the image sensor. Each point is cross-type for superior detection of horizontal and vertical lines, delivering superior accuracy.
TECHNOLOGY HAS REPLACED THE TRIPOD With Olympus’ in-camera image stabilization, you’ll capture crisp super-telephoto landscape shots - all handheld, no tripod needed. You’ll even get bright and clear low-light stills and smooth handheld 4K video. Our industry-leading system provides up to 7.5 shutter speed stops of compensation.

TIPS TO HELP YOU

MASTER THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Peter Baumgarten has spent decades professionally shooting landscapes. Here are a few of his technical tricks to help you make the most of the advanced technology in the E-M1X.

USE APERTURE PRIORITY MODE

As a landscape photographer, some of your greatest creative control involves the aperture setting you choose, so start by shooting in Aperture Priority Mode. This allows you to control your depth of field within the scene. Use the preview button to confirm your depth of field before shooting.

SHOOT AT A LOW ISO

A lower ISO will help guarantee the cleanest possible image. A corresponding slower shutter speed is not usually an issue for most landscape scenes, but if you do have action to freeze, bump up your ISO to 400 or even to 1000 to achieve a faster shutter speed.

USE THE EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL AND HISTOGRAM.

Control the light by keeping your finger on the exposure compensation dial. The beauty of a mirrorless camera is that you can easily see your final exposure before you even press the shutter. Enabling the histogram is also a great way to check your exposure. It’s also good practice to bump up your highlights even if the image looks a bit overexposed. They are easy to recover when you post-process the image and will prevent too much noise within the shadow regions of the photo.

BRACKET YOUR EXPOSURE

In tricky lighting situations where there are large differences between the highlights and shadows, use exposure bracketing. The camera will capture multiple images of the same scene at different exposures, allowing you to choose the best option later.

CONTROL YOUR FOCUSING

Use the single autofocus point (S-AF) to better control where your lens is focusing and ideally choose a point approximately one-third of the distance into your scene. For even greater control, switch to manual focus and enable the focus-assist features (magnification and focus peaking).

USE FOCUS STACKING

For situations where your foreground subject may be a mere few inches from the front lens element, enable focus bracketing and stacking. This will allow you to capture extreme depths of field that would not be possible with a single shot. It really opens up some creative potential in your compositions.

PROGRAM THE CUSTOM MENU

Program the custom menu to include some of your more frequently used features. This can be a real timesaver out in the field. Focus Stacking, Time Lapse, Live ND, High Res Mode and Bracketing are some of the features that come in handy as a landscape photographer.

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THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0
M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0
M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0
M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0

RAISE YOUR GAME

When you’re ready to take the next step, here are some gear recommendations for creating your very best landscape shots.

OM-D E-M1X
OM-D E-M1X
OM-D E-M1X
OM-D E-M1X
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO
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Additional Photo Credits

All landscape photos by Olympus Visionary Peter Baumgarten

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