THE BEST PORTRAITS TELL A STORY. AND NO ONE TELLS BETTER STORIES THANTRACIE MAGLOSKY
Tracie Maglosky is so much more than a portrait photographer. Sure, she captures people with a camera, but her work has art and depth rarely seen in this corner of photography. Her images tell stories that make powerful and imaginative statements. Tracie is an accomplished Olympus Visionary whose work has been featured in a dozen major photography magazines. Whether shooting portraits in Iceland, capturing that perfectly evocative wedding photo or working with moms and newborns, Tracie brings out the best in people.She’s been shooting with Olympus cameras and lenses for nearly two decades. Tracie depends on compact gear that never gets in her way and always delivers spectacular image quality. Whatever the assignment, Tracie is confident her Olympus will capture every critical shot. “The work I have a passion to create requires absolute freedom and gear to keep up with my imagination.”
TOP TEN TIPS ON SHOOTING PORTRAITS FROMA PHOTOGRAPHER WITH HUNDREDS OF THEM
Time the light. Shoot in the best natural light of the day. Golden Hour is just after sunset when the light is softer with more red tones. Blue Hour is prior to sunset when the light is evenly diffused.
Location, location, location. Choose a place with a variety of locations. If one setting doesn’t work, you have other shooting options nearby.
Watch the weather. Rain and heavy cloud cover can put a damper on shooting. Clear, blue skies are great, but a few clouds can be even better - they can add color and texture.
Bring style to your shot. Think about your subject before shooting. Who is the person and why are they in the scene? Make sure wardrobe, accessories and makeup are appropriate and convey a story.
Frame it up. Follow the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio. They will help you place people in scenes and give your images tension, energy and harmony.
Think off-center. With portraits, your subject is the center of attention. However, in some scenes, placing your subject directly in the center of the frame can be distracting. Try a few options to find what looks best.
Mind the background. Find harmony between your subject and your background. Watch for colors that don’t fit with the overall image or anything else that could distract a viewer’s eye. Eliminate anything distracting.
Watch the horizon. Check that the horizon line doesn’t cut through the middle of your image. Place it one-third of the way at the top or bottom to add visual interest.
Crop carefully. Think before you crop. You want as much of the subject’s personality to come through, so it’s best to avoid losing part of your subject’s head or legs.
Bring good light. If you need to brighten a scene, use a reflector or diffuser to aim more light on your subject. Or use a strobe to give you complete lighting control.
ONE CAMERA SYSTEM HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOROUTDOOR PORTRAITUREThe OM-D system is lightweight and easy to carry to any location. You can easily capture tack sharp images handheld thanks to the world’s most effective image stabilization. Weathersealed construction ensures worry-free shooting in all types of environments. And our long line of lenses delivers impressive imaging power in a compact size. You won’t find a system better suited to portraiture.
BUILT-IN WEATHERPROOFINGBad weather happens. But the OM-D E-M1 Series has you covered. It’s splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F or -10°C). No protective gear needed. So you can worry about nailing the perfect portrait instead of being concerned for your camera.
THE POWER OF PORTABLEYou don’t need to lug big, bulky cameras and lenses to your location. The compact OM-D system weighs less, so you can work longer, be more mobile and shoot more creatively. Our smaller lenses deliver imaging power equal to longer, heavier lenses, with image quality valued by pros around the world.
M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO + OM-D E-M1 Mark II VS Full Frame DSLR
SHOOT MORE, WRITE FASTERThe dual TruePic™ VIII Image Processors in the E-M1X drive two UHS II compatible slots that achieve breathtaking data transfer speeds, making camera hang-ups and downtime a thing of the past. You have four file recording settings for easy file backup and management.
KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHINGWhile on location, a fast camera helps you hit more shots and capture every crucial detail. Shoot a continuous 60 frames per second of RAW images in S-AF Mode or 18 fps in C-AF Tracking Mode. It’s best-in-class speed that keeps up with your imagination and vision.
ABSOLUTE AUTOFOCUS CONFIDENCEFast, accurate autofocusing is essential to portraiture. You don’t want to miss anything—the perfect smile, the right expression or a tiny detail—that captures the essence of your subject. The E-M1X’s dual autofocus gives you 121 cross-type points of Phase Detection plus Contrast Detection. Use Face and Eye AF for stunning sharpness and clarity.
NO TRIPOD? NO PROBLEMShoot all handheld and capture crisp, clear, colorful images, thanks to the E-M1 Series’ in-camera 5-Axis Image Stabilization system. It adjusts for all types of camera movement, providing up to an astonishing 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. You won’t find another pro camera system that offers more mobility.
TOP TECH TIPS
FOR PHOTOGRAPHING PORTRAITS WITH AN OM-D
Presenting a few convenient tips to help you use some of the advanced technology you’ll have at your fingertips. Think of it as a quick guide to bringing home some stunning portraits.
SET YOUR MODE DIAL TO MANUAL
Manual exposure mode gives you ultimate control over your depth of field and overall exposure, or “brightness” of the image. Use the lowest ISO your lighting conditions will allow, but don’t be afraid to shoot at higher ISO’s in low light settings.
KEEP YOUR WHITE BALANCE ON AUTO
Olympus’ Auto White Balance does an incredible job neutralizing almost all light sources. Also disable the Keep Warm Color setting on your OM-D body for more natural looking tones.
CHOOSE SPOT METERING + AF
On location, it’s helpful to have your AF point linked directly to your selected autofocus point, so you’re always taking a meter reading from your subject’s face. To account for extremely dark or bright backgrounds or clothing, adjust your aperture when necessary.
SET YOUR AUTOFOCUS MODE TO S-AF
Select the Single Autofocus (S-AF) mode to avoid the AF system from making small adjustments after focusing. This is best for static subjects.
Face Detection in Studio Settings
When shooting on location, keep Face Detection off and choose your AF point manually. In the studio and especially against simpler backgrounds, turn Face Detection on to ensure the camera always locks on your subject’s face.
Always shoot RAW
Capturing in RAW gives you the most flexibility when adjusting your image in post-production. Correcting color, exposure, contrast, and other parameters are easiest and non-destructive with RAW captures.
YOU NEED TWO THINGS FOR SHOOTING PORTRAITURE (Three, if you include talent.)The compact, lightweight OM-D camera system is rich with features to help you capture whatever image you see in your mind. The OM-D E-M1X is especially well suited to portraiture because you don’t need to carry lots of heavy gear to your location.
An advanced system of innovative technology and features designed to forever change your photography. The E-M1 Mark II is part of an amazingly compact, lightweight system with unrivaled reliability no matter the weather that’s packed innovative technologies to create the ultimate shooting powerhouse.
We understand how capturing the very best landscape, street, and documentary photography presents unique challenges. Like fleeting split-second moments, poor lighting conditions, and all day treks. That’s why we’ve created the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm 35mm equivalent) for you. Shoot wide open at f1.2 and easily capture sharp subjects, smooth feathered bokeh, and natural three dimensional effects for incredible depth.
When you’re ready to take the next step, Olympus has a wide range of world-class lenses with pro-quality optics. Here are the ones Tracie Maglosky always reaches for.
When we first introduced our mirrorless OM-D camera family, we opened new possibilities for photographers everywhere. Today, the revolution continues with the OM-D E-M1X. It's a pro level camera with features designed to take your work to exciting new places. The E-M1X is packed with innovative tech, like world-leading image stabilization, AI-based Intelligent Subject Detection AF, and a handheld ultra-high resolution shooting mode.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO (50mm 35mm equivalent) is one of the most versatile high-performing prime lenses ever manufactured. With its superior optical design, you’ll take stunning portraits, richly-detailed landscape shots, and high-quality everyday photography. It’s an ideal lens for creating images with beautifully defocused backgrounds and bokeh. You’ll also find professional features like Olympus’ most advanced lens coating, lightning fast high-precision AF, and convenient controls to ensure every shot is an amazing shot.
The M.ZUIKO 40-150mm f2.8 PRO (80 - 300mm 35mm equivalent) is a compact, full-featured zoom that sports premium metal construction and professional-quality lens elements. It’s light in weight (1.67 lb) and fully sealed for weather protection, delivers super-sharp edge-to-edge image quality, and boasts the world’s first Dual VCM autofocus mechanism. An excellent complement to your fast primes and the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO.
We’ve designed the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 PRO (90mm 35mm equivalent) with one goal in mind: to make your sharpest, most beautiful portraits effortless. You’ll shoot wide open at f1.2 and capture tack sharp subjects and smooth feathered bokeh with a depictive three dimensional result. We’ve included autofocus that’s fast and accurate, even at f1.2. Our most advanced lens coating virtually eliminates flares. And with splashproof and dustproof metal construction, a compact lightweight design, and our brightest aperture for superior low-light performance, this ultimate portrait prime will be one of your go-to lenses in every shooting environment.
The 75mm f1.8 is a high-grade, fast aperture portrait lens featuring metallic construction and a light weight of just 10.7 oz. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 150mm, it is ideally suited for studio portraits, theatre stage, and indoor sports photography. A large, bright 50mm front lens element compliments a sophisticated optical design of 10 individual lens elements in 9 groups, including a total of 3 ED lenses and 2 HR lenses. Its large f1.8 maximum aperture captures clear, sharp images when the lights are low, while its MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) AF drive assures fast and nearly silent focusing.
Need an excellent all-around lens to capture your stories? This high-performance zoom was made for you. Many Olympus Visionaries and other professionals consider the M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO (24 - 80mm 35mm equivalent) an indispensable piece of equipment. Its superior optics, fast maximum aperture throughout the zoom range and fully weather-sealed, all-metal construction make it suitable for the most demanding professionals and enthusiasts.
Macro photography is all about the details – and this lens is powerful enough to pick up fine minute details at close distances! Featuring a 1x* magnification and minimum focusing distance of about 7-and-a-half inches it strikes a nice balance between just close enough and not so close you’ll cast shadows on the scene. It’s also worth noting that the 60mm Macro features an extremely bright f2.8 maximum aperture for superb low-light performance and advanced construction employing no less than 13 separate lens elements in 10 groups including some high-end glass materials to help eliminate chromatic aberrations.
Heavyweight performance, lightweight portability. Though it is amazingly light and compact at 1.18 lbs., the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm PRO lens (14 - 28mm 35mm equivalent) is a heavy hitter in the field. This lens is portable and weatherproof so you can take it anywhere. And with an ultra-wide angle of view and a bright f2.8 maximum aperture, you’ll capture more of every scene, from sprawling daytime panoramas to electric, super-sharp night scenes.
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Additional Photo Credits
All portrait photos by Olympus Visionary Tracie Maglosky
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