First Day with OM-D EM-1 and 12-40 f/2.8

I’VE been using the Olympus OM-D EM-5 for the best part of a year, the outfit purchased primarily for travel photography – the Canon 5D Mark III was simply becoming to heavy, especially when I also had to travel with motorcycle riding gear (I’m a motorcycle journalist, photographer and videographer).

I didn’t think I’d be able to get an EM-1 with the 12-40 f/2.8 lens, the Pro Kit, so soon, but when I saw one by chance in a shop in Sydney, I snapped it up. And so far, I am very impressed, despite not having even read the instructions.

Focussing seems very snappy, the camera feels familiar. The important thing is the new lens is well-made, feels great in the hand, isn’t anything like as heavy or expensive as a Canon 24-70 and the first JPEGS off the sensor look impressive (but I’m no pixel-peeking yet).

I hope to post more images and articles over the weekend – I’m at the Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show and will be covering the event for Cycle Torque, my magazine. Enjoy!

Tropical Sunset

Fiji 2013

I went to Fiji for a wedding recently. It’s a great place to shoot, we all had a ball.

If you’d like to learn how to shoot images like these, check out my photo workshops.

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Paterson Photo Workshop

Learn photography

Photo Workshops now being scheduled.

First Creative Photography Workshop

Date & Time: June 1, 2-5.30pm

Where: Cycle Torque Studio
4A 321 Hillsborough Rd Warners Bay
Down the service road, opposite the Karate Dojo



Examples of great photography
Understanding exposure
Camera settings


Shooting near the water at Valentine
5-5.30pm – review of images at Valentine Bowling Club

This initial workshop will be run at no charge as I develop the lessons.
If you are interested please give me a call on 0412 524 651.