5-Way Axis “IBIS” in action

It has been awhile since I owned a camera with internal stabilization. So, when I got the Olympus E-M5, I was exited about this camera toting the “best” in camera stabilization around. I own 9 legacy lenses, 5 of which would benefit from IBIS. My 55mm Macro, 85mm f/1.8, 105mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2.8, 200mm f/3.5. I am writing this article on using the E-M5 IBIS, hand held so you can achieve results that where only possible by using a tripod. Of course, we had IBIS for quite a while, but, a refresher in “Pushing” the IBIS is always inspirational… I hope.

My journey ended up at park were many Wedding Photographers go for Engagement sessions, and for Senior and Family Portraits with Outdoor settings. There is a beautiful water fall under a canopy of large shade trees. That would be my test area for using the Olympus E-M5 hand held at slow shutter speeds, with the added bonus of getting a few “Flowing” water effect photos.

I set my camera up in “Aperture” priority mode, and the 1st photo was set to ISO 1000 to achieve fast shutter speed as my base image to compare to. Although, 1/160 was almost fast enough for complete motion stopping with the water… 1/320 or 1/500 would be better. The balance taken at ISO 200, and I varied the f/stop to achieve a slightly slower shutter speed from one photo to the next. I added a TEXT BOX in each photo to show what shutter speed was used according to the EXIF info.

Here are my results: Please click through on the images to view the enlarged versions.

Base Photo: 1/160 second
1/20 of a second
1/13 of a second
1/8 of a second
1/4 of a second
1/3 of a second
1/2 of a second

I hope this has given you a little inspiration to try this, the next time using a slow shutter speed may add to the overall effect.

A bit of advice on your stance when using a slow shutter speed..

  • Spread your legs to be about 2-3 feet apart, one foot slightly in-front of the other
  • Keep your elbows against your ribs
  • Use an External EVF attachment if your camera does not have a built in EVF.
  • Hold the camera as any SLR type camera up to your eye.
  • Hold your breath just before and during the exposure
  • Having IBIS is not an excuse  for ignoring basic fundamental good stance practices.

Enjoy, and of course, this technique can be used with any camera that has IBIS.

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