WHEN IT COMES TO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHYJAY DICKMAN IS THE KING OF THE JUNGLE
Jay is one of those rare people who finds himself as much at home in a primitive campsite on the Serengeti as he is in a big city. He’s won a Pulitzer, journalism’s biggest prize, and has completed more than 25 photo assignments for National Geographic Society. Jay’s pretty much done it all — lived in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea for three months, spent a week in a nuclear sub under the Arctic and escaped from a sinking boat on the Amazon River. In between adventures, he’s traveled the world capturing wildlife with breathtaking photos. He’s also a lecturer, author and teacher. Jay was also named one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “10 Fascinating People You Can Travel With in 2017.”Jay has been an Olympus Visionary since 2003. Here’s why in his own words: “My world as a photographer is about travel and quality gear. The Olympus OM-D system is designed exactly for my needs. The compact size, weatherproof design and image quality are amazing in my OM-D E-M1 Mark II. It’s a constant companion in my work.”Enough said.
LET JAY DICKMAN HELP YOUTAKE AWESOME WILDLIFE PHOTOS
Know your subject. Use the internet to pull together as much research as you can about an animal’s behavior so you’ll be in the best position to take the best shots.
Be patient. You might have to wait all day for a single split second of action. But when you get the shot, it will all be worth it.
Be ready no matter the environment or weather. Weathersealed gear like the E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko PRO lenses let you focus on your subject and ignore the rain or snow.
Be prepared. Carry two cameras: one with a wide-angle zoom lens and the other with a long zoom lens. You won’t fumble around to switch a lens and miss your shot.
Fast lenses. They’re critical for wildlife photography. You’re often shooting in the early morning or late in the day, and that usually means low light situations. You need wide aperture lenses that perform great in dimly lit settings.
Use a fast UHS-II card. It needs at least 300 MB/s speed. Slow, unreliable memory cards are a waste of money because they’re a sure way to miss a split-second shot.
Sweat the small stuff. Make sure the batteries are charged, your memory cards are formatted and the previous days’ images are downloaded. You don’t want something small to mess up a big shot.
Shoot in raw. It provides approximately two additional stops of dynamic range and gives you many more options in post-production.
Prioritize mobility. The mirrorless OM-D system is compact, portable, and helps you react quickly to wildlife, unlike heavy DSLRs and big lenses that can weigh you down and limit your mobility.
Travel light. Stay nimble and be prepared for all-day shooting. The OM-D E-M1 Series’ built-in image stabilization compensates for all types of hand movement for sharp shots on the go, no tripod needed.
ALL THE FEATURES YOU NEED TO CAPTURE WILDLIFE(PHOTOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING, OF COURSE)Think of an OM-D camera as a DSLR that went on a diet, lost weight and shrunk a few sizes. OM-Ds are one-third the weight of a flagship DSLR and much smaller in size. For wildlife photographers like Jay Dickman, that means not having to be exhausted from lugging around big lenses and a bulky body.
PROTECTS ITSELF FROM BAD WEATHERLousy weather often takes you by surprise. The OM-D E-M1 Series and our PRO lenses have you covered. They’re splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof [down to 14 ̊F / -10 ̊C]. There's no need to carry protective gear, so you can focus on keeping an eye on your subject instead of watching out for your camera.
COMPACT WITH SUPERB IMAGE QUALITYDo you really want to walk through woods, mountain trails, or a park looking for wildlife while carrying big lenses and a bulky camera? Let the OM-D system set you free. Its compact body and small, lightweight lenses deliver faster performance than any DSLR camera and lens. You’ll have greater freedom of movement to capture better photos.
M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO + OM-D E-M1 Mark II VS Full Frame DSLR
WILDLIFE CAN MOVE FAST. KEEP UP.The speed of the OM-D E-M1 Series blows away DSLR cameras. You can capture up to an astounding 60 frames per second (fps) in S-AF and 18 fps in C-AF Tracking using the silent electronic shutter. With the mechanical shutter, you can achieve speeds of 15 fps in S-AF and 10 fps in C-AF Tracking. All ideal for rapid-fire shooting when you need it.
NEVER MISS A SHOTImagine spotting a cheetah that’s ready to start running. Our Pro Capture feature helps you nail the perfect shot. Press the shutter button halfway to start buffering a running series of 20MP resolution images. Once you see the precise moment you want to capture, fully press the shutter button to instantly record that image, plus up to 35 previous frames.
PRECISE AUTOFOCUSINGPhotographing an animal moving at top speed requires incredibly fast and accurate autofocus. The Dual FAST Autofocus system features 121 points of Phase Detection plus Contrast Detection AF. Each cross-type AF point delivers superior detection of horizontal and vertical lines, giving you superior accuracy.
TECHNOLOGY HAS REPLACED THE TRIPODEnsure your shots are always sharp and blur-free. Our industry-leading 5-Axis Image Stabilization system adjusts for all types of camera movement to provide up to 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. Capture crisp handheld shots in super-telephoto or low light settings, and always have the freedom to react to fast-moving subjects.
TOP TECH TIPS
FOR PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE WITH AN OM-D
Presenting a few convenient tips from Jay Dickman to help you make the most of the advanced technology you’ll have at your fingertips. Think of it as a quick guide to the right settings for bringing home some stunning wildlife photos.
USE THE AUTO-ISO SETTING
The trinity of exposure is shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. By using Auto-ISO, you can choose your other settings while the camera automatically figures out the ISO. It’s perfect for ensuring proper exposure for that split-second shot.
SHOOT IN SHUTTER PRIORITY MODE
Make sure your shutter is set at the best speed for what you’re trying to photograph by using Shutter Priority Mode. To freeze fast-moving wildlife, set your shutter speed to a quick 1/2500th sec.
SET TO SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING LOW
Up your odds of capturing that exact moment you’ve been waiting hours for. The E-M1 Series' Sequential Shooting Low Mode provides up to 18 fps while constantly adjusting the autofocus for movement in the frame. You’ll stand a much better chance of nailing your shot.
USE THE 9-POINT AF TARGET.
Choose the 9 AF points just below the center of the viewfinder, because that’s where you’ll typically position a bird in your frame.
USE BACK BUTTON AUTOFOCUS
Activating this setting turns the back button into the autofocus button (so the shutter button won’t engage the AF). Wildlife can move very quickly, so you want as much control over autofocus as possible.
KEEP YOUR FINGER ON THE EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL.
Lighting conditions can quickly change, especially when shooting outdoors. Keep your finger on the exposure compensation dial, conveniently located at the front of the E-M1 Mark II so you can lighten or darken your image.
YOU DON’T NEED A LOT OF GEARTO PHOTOGRAPH WILDLIFE.The OM-D system is lightweight, feature-rich and easy to pack. The versatility and speed of the system allows the OM-D the mobility to outperform big and bulky DSLRs.
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.
Ideal for a wide range of bird photographs including portraits and flight shots. A fast, constant F2.8 aperture helps you capture crisp images in low light conditions. Whisper quiet operation is perfect for use in the field.
Jay Dickman has been exclusively shooting with Olympus for years. He usually carries two camera bodies and a few key lenses so he’s always ready while on assignment.
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.
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.
Get all the imaging power of a big, heavy super telephoto lens in a compact size. This lens is ideal for extending telephoto reach and features superior close-focusing capability. Just imagine capturing all the detail and color of a bird’s eye from a distance.
When used with the E-M1 Mark II, it creates one of the world’s most effective image stabilization systems for sharp, handheld telephoto shots. No tripod required. You’ll have the mobility and freedom you need to capture your best bird photos.
When paired with our 300mm F4.0 IS PRO lens, you’ll have the range of a super-long, super-heavy, incredibly expensive 840mm lens but in an easy-to-handle size. It’s all the imaging power you need to shoot birds in spectacular detail from great distances. Can also be used with the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO.
This dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof powered grip is designed for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera. With the HLD-9, photographers have the power of one BLH-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery in the camera body and a second one in the HLD-9 grip. The grip is equipped with a directional arrow pad, two control dials, two function buttons, and shutter release for identical controls whether the camera shield in a vertical or horizontal position. The optional AC-5 AC adapter may be used for studio photography or other shooting situations that require extended periods of use.
The high-intensity FL-900R boasts a guide number of 58 meters (at ISO 100) and covers a wide range of focal lengths with an electronic zoom head. A built-in wide panel enables you to use wider focal length lenses and have perfect coverage, and a catchlight panel illuminates your portrait subjects’ eyes effortlessly.
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Additional Photo Credits
All wildlife photos by Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman
Tip 1 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F2.8 PRO & M.ZUIKO MC-14 1.4X TELECONVERTER | F4.5 | 1/500SEC | ISO2400 ; Tip 2 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100MM F4.0 IS PRO | F4.0 | 1/100SEC | ISO3100 ; Tip 3 OM-D E-M1 | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO & M.ZUIKO MC-14 1.4X TELECONVERTER | F5.6 | 1/1000SEC | ISO320 ; Tip 4 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO & M.ZUIKO MC-14 1.4X TELECONVERTER | F5.6 | 1/1000SEC | ISO320 ; Tip 5 OM-D E-M1 | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO | F4.0 |1/640SEC | ISO800 ; Tip 6 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO | F4.0 |1/640SEC | ISO800 ; Tip 7 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO | F4.0 |1/640SEC | ISO800 ; Tip 8 OM-D E-M1 | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40MM F2.8 PRO | F7.1 | 1/640SEC | ISO200 ; Tip 9 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40MM F2.8 PRO | F7.1 | 1/640SEC | ISO200 ; Tip 10 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40MM F2.8 PRO | F7.1 | 1/640SEC | ISO200