Recently I’ve done a number of BTS (behind the scenes) shots, showing how I use a clamp tripod, etc. during golden hour. Why golden hour? It’s simply because of soft and warm light of golden hour making the images look gorgeous! As a perfectionist, I want all the images on this website (including BTS photos, logo and icons alike) to look good.
In the past, I used my iPhone camera for such occasions, but the images ended up with a lot of noise due to limited light available. So, back in 2015 I invested in a sub camera and bought Olympus PEN E-PL1 (PEN’s very first and least expensive model released in 2010) with a kit lens, 14-42mm (f/3.5-5.6).
To my disappointment, it didn’t quite improve the image quality, but getting 17mm (f/1.8) prime lens the following year has changed all that. With its large f/1.8 aperture, now I can shoot noise-free sharp images handheld during golden hour and beyond (with ISO kept low at 100). In addition, f/1.8 lets me shoot images with beautiful bokeh (i.e. purposefully throwing the background out of focus), which wasn’t possible at all with my iPhone and kit lens.
I often hear people saying “lenses matter more than bodies”, and I think that’s true! Even with my body that sits at the very bottom of PEN line-up, shooting with this quality prime lens can significantly improve the image quality. Anyway, here is a few BTS shots all captured by Olympus PEN E-PL1 plus 17mm (f/1.8). Hope you will enjoy!