TIPS FOR LIVE COMPOSITE & LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOS

BY OLYMPUS VISIONARIES PETER BAUMGARTEN, MIKE BOENING, & FRANK T. SMITH
Shot by Olympus Visionary Peter Baumgarten

USING LIVE COMPOSITE TO SHOOT FIREWORKS

“Keep your intervals to 1 second or lower, and wait for the slow moment to take the second shot during a Live Composite. When you do, you will get just the burst and leave all the trailing lines out of the sky.”
– Mike Boening

“When photographing fireworks try to scout out a location in advance. Of course it is important to know where the fireworks will appear. Placing a stationary object into the scene helps the viewer to gain a sense of scale and place. Using a tripod is important. By using"Live Composite" mode, I was able to watch my preview screen and determine when I thought the image was completed.”
– Frank Smith

Shot by Olympus Visionary Mike Boening. OM-D E-M5 Mark II, M.Zuiko 14-42 EZ F.3.5-5.6 II. F7.1, ISO 200.

Shot by Olympus Visionary Peter Baumgarten with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.Zuiko 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO. F1.8, 20 Sec, ISO 1600

REVOLUTIONZE YOUR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

“Including a small amount of artificial light in your astrophotography can make for a great point of interest, and the Live Composite feature will prevent the highlights from being completely over-exposed.”
– Peter Baumgarten

DID YOU KNOW THAT LIVE COMPOSITE ISN’T JUST FOR NIGHTTIME?

“Live Composite can be utilized during the daylight hours as long as you use a Neutral Density filter and a tripod. With this technique you can create a beautiful painterly effect when you have moving clouds.”
– Frank Smith

Shot with an OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO. F5.6, 1 Sec, ISO 800

ARE YOU USING LIVE COMP IN AN URBAN SETTING

“Getting low and shooting high with an iconic building from a large city make your Live Composite images much more interesting and if you can wait for a bus to go by even more so because of the large light streaks from it.”
– Mike Boening

SHOOTING IN A MORE RURAL SETTING?

“One car can look amazing with Live Composite if you catch it on a curve or going up a bridge.”
– Mike Boening

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO. F10, 1.3 Sec, ISO 200

Shot with an PEN-F, M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO. F8.0, 10.0 Sec, ISO 200

TRY USING LONG EXPOSURES AS WELL!

“In order to a achieve the "milky" effect you need to utilize a long shutter exposure. This was shot at 8 seconds and requires a tripod. In order to accomplish this during daylight hours I had to use a 10 stop neutral density filter.”
– Frank Smith

SHOOTING THE SKY WITH LONG EXPOSURE

“When shooting the aurora borealis, longer exposures make for a foggy appearance and shorter exposures offer a more defined look.”
– Peter Baumgarten

Shot with an OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO. F2.8, 10 Sec, ISO 1000.

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