Jamie MacDonald is our resident Landscape Photography expert and Olympus Visionary. Recently Jamie took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his process and the reasons he made the big move to going small. All images featured in this post were taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Jamie is no stranger to the world of photography; having started out using DSLR systems in the past, he’s seen the rapid evolution of the tools available to pros and consumers alike. Jamie’s work is primarily composed of stock photography but as he told us in his interview, his love is Landscape Photography. His journey into the world of Mirror-less actually began with the purchase of an Olympus E-500, a traditional DSLR camera.
“Honestly I picked up the E-500 mainly because of its price,” he told us during our phone interview. “I was shopping around for a camera for a family vacation and I knew I needed an SLR in order to get better images than I was taking with my old Point-and-Shoot.” It turned out that his vacation investment became the gateway to a world of professional photography.
Since then Jamie made the big move to go small and shoots exclusively with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and an assortment of lenses. We asked why he made the switch to mirror-less and for Jamie, it was a no-brainer. “The size difference is key. [DSLRs] are heavy; right now kit includes two OM-D bodies, 5 or 6 lenses and all of them fit in my bag. My favorite lens right now is the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 with manual focus ring.”
Before Jamie was able to break into photography, he had to first overcome his first hurdle, one that many artists must first overcome. “I was taking pictures and was getting a positive response family and friends, but I never thought that my photos were great. I had to learn that if your images are getting such a powerful response then you must be doing something right, I came to the realization that I was doing something different; this was special.”
Overcoming that bout of self-doubt has kept many from taking their photography, their art to the next level. Jamie, like other pros we’ve spoken to, also suggests getting out there an getting the shot. Jamie’s journey into the world of photography began by taking those first steps to display his work to strangers, we highly recommend all our readers to go out there and take a shot. And if you’re worried about quality of the images your mirror-less camera is taking, don’t take our word for it; Jamie? “Look at the work [I’ve created] with a small camera. The proof is there.”