I was considering getting a new camera since Christmas. I’ve had my cheap compact for over four years and wasn’t really happy with it. Yes, it can fit in your pocket and you can take it everywhere but when it comes to a doll or costuming photography, the results weren’t really good. My husband had better pictures from his smartphone.
I’m a point-and-shoot type of a “photographer”; never really got into all the technical stuff like ISO, aperture or depth of field. I admit, I am a lazy user of auto modes. I usually shoot my dolls, costumes I made, theatre performances, holiday travels, sometimes events or animals. After consulting my friend who’s the real photographer here, it was clear that a DSLR camera would be a waste of money for me. My price limit was about 15 000 CZK (cca 730 USD) and that would mean a cheap DSLR. We went for a mirrorless camera with an interchangeable lens instead.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Black)
Meet my new camera 💜 The main pros were several auto modes including macro and portrait, also a decent weight such as the 5-axis built-in stabilizer (no affiliation, just wanted to point that out). My hands can hand-sew ten stitches per inch but they become somehow unbelievably clumsy when trying to hold still to get sharp photos. To take a sharp photo with my old camera, you had to freeze for approx. three seconds. No way to get a good still picture indoors without a tripod, not even talking about moving people or animals.
The first test was shooting Arthur’s two wigs I’ve got last week.
Beautiful! Full auto mode, natural morning light indoors, and just a very decent noise! Colors are a bit on the red side though, the T-shirt is actually bright gold and his hair is not ginger at all.
I love how soft do his facial features look in this light. And yes, more Arthur’s pictures will follow in a new post. Looks like taking pictures will be much easier now.