ISO200 Handheld Night Photography Challenge With Olympus OM-D

Hi my name is Robin Wong and we are
doing ISO 200 night photography challenge. In my previous video I
encouraged you guys to go out and shoot at night in low-light conditions without
worrying about your camera being not good enough. So in this particular video
I’m going to share with you a special technique that I have been using by
staying at ISO 200 even in very dim low-light conditions. Yes it is possible
to do that with Olympus OM-D utilizing the 5-Axis image stabilization. When you
fix your ISO at 200 which is the base ISO for Olympus OM-D cameras you get the
best possible image quality fom the camera, you get the best noise control,
you get best dynamic range, the best color tones and the sharpest possible
image output! To do the ISO 200 night shooting challenge I’m fixing my ISO
at 200, I’m shooting at P the program mode and I’ll let the camera take care
of the rest. I’ll let the 5-Axis Image Stabilization do its work. So why am i doing the ISO 200 challenge?
Well first of all, because I can! Reason number 2 – to push the cameras
capabilities. We know that the Olympus 5 Axis image stabilization is pretty
amazing so this is just a way to optimize the results of the camera by
fully utilizing what the image stabilization is capable of. We will see
how much we can go with ISO200 staying at just ISO200 even in the most dimmed
lighting environment. In some of those situations other cameras while shooting
hand held without use of tripod will require the use of 3200 ISO or even 6400
but with the E-M1 Mark II I just stayed right at the base ISO 200. That is
something that Olympus can do and I think that Micro Four Thirds especially the
Olympus OM-D users should be proud of. Of course it is not advisable to use ISO
200 for all your shots at night and in low-light condition if you are dealing
with subjects that’s moving or any motion in the frame. Please use higher
ISO values go as high as you need as well as faster prime lenses to achieve
sufficient sufficiently fast shutter speed to freeze motion. For everything
that is not moving and static, buildings, interiors using ISO 200 with the 5-Axis
image stabilization from Olympus I didn’t need a tripod I can still get
rock steady shots. Here are some tips on shooting in
low-light conditions with Olympus OM-D Never ever underexposure your image. If your
image is severely underexposed when you bring up the details from the shadows
especially if you use higher ISO settings you will see the ugly noise. So
try to maintain as accurate as you can when it comes to metering and exposure
while you’re shooting. Another tip I can share with you is to shoot in RAW. When
you shoot in RAW you have a lot more data in the file to manipulate, so you
can push the shadow out you can tone down the highlights. You get better dynamic range overall, you get better color tonality and you can squeeze more
details out of your single image in comparison to what you have in JPEG. I hope you have enjoyed watching me do
the ISO 200 night shooting challenge but hey don’t just watch me do it. Do It
yourself, bring your Olympus OM-D out and fix at ISO200 and start shooting
amazing night photography in your location. I will be very interested to
see what you can come up with with your Olympus OM-D. if you like this video
please give me a thumbs up please consider subscribing to this channel and
remember to bring your camera out and take more photographs. I’ll see you again
in the next video. Bye bye


  1. Madison County Sound Labs August 22, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Thank you greatly Robin for you always being upbeat, positive and happy!!
    You make me and I’m very sure others want to go and shoot!!
    Thank you for being you!!

  2. Gilbert Walker August 22, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Robin, I look forward to taking the ISO 200 night challenge to see how my em10 ii behaves. Thanks, once again, for a wonderful video. I'm so glad that you're making more videos. I appreciate your putting in the time and effort. They're helping us become better photographers.

  3. Jose Ramirez August 22, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Hi Robin, Beautiful city, people, images & great tips love your channel.

  4. sulantoblog August 22, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Another inspiring video, thanks for sharing.

  5. subliminallyinc August 22, 2019 at 4:13 am

    wow why does the water get foggy??!

    btw your videos are getting better.

    keep them coming!

  6. Sameer Nazari August 22, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Thank you Robin. I will try with my olymus pen f.

  7. Kathleen Hickey August 22, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Your city is so beautiful! I always enjoy your pictures. What lens were you using? I'm shooting an EM1 Mark II, but I'm not sure my hands are steady enough to shoot 1 or 2 second shutter speeds without a tripod.

  8. ValiRossi August 22, 2019 at 5:02 am

    The ibis is amazing. I love my Mkii.

  9. Javier Gr August 22, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Robin you think new E-M5 III are similar in this use? is good idea buy e-m1 ii, now or wait to new E-M5 iii?

  10. Chris Koehn August 22, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I want to try this challenge! Maybe I'll post a video with my experiences? Please keep coming up with challenges if you have the time, they're super fun to take part in.

  11. KlutzCopSu August 22, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Not gonna try this ISO200 challenge with my em10 ii ? but I will try higher iso. I like not having to lug around a tripod on trips and using available surfaces to steady my shot.

  12. Alex Reay August 22, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Brilliant video Robin. How did you meter these scenes? Do you just go with what looks good on the screen/EVF? I like to use the highlight and shadow blinkies, expose for highlight and then overexpose by 1.3 stops knowing I can recover in post.

  13. Zardos Spinosa August 22, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Yay, go Olympus, the IBIS is awesome even on the EM1, but never under estimate the power of the tripod especially when it comes to landscape photography, but for street and city which is more in the moment, just go and push the shutter.

  14. Yoann Panda August 22, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Nice video. Finally someone shows what m43 is capable in low light. ?

  15. Roman Kerbel August 22, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Hi Robin, are you still working for Olympus?

  16. Vlad Popescu August 22, 2019 at 10:29 am

    and if you need 1/250, because your subject moves and you don't need trails, or blur image? on high ISO Olympus has to much ISO noise on entry level cameras…

  17. Jyotirmoy Bishnu August 22, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the video. I desperately need it Thanks again.
    Jyotirmoy Bishnu

  18. STYFLY STUDIO August 22, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Cool tips! Omd em5 have the same capability?

  19. Olivier Costier August 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Robin! I actually did the same challenge with the 12-200mm. It is awesome to see how much is achievable with the 5axis stabilization. ou can check it here

  20. Cheiko Sairin August 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Wow, the footages looks awesome, Robin. Thanks for the tips. Big LIKE ? ? from Singapore.

  21. Shane Tierney August 22, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Robin, yet another super video, thank you. What lens was you using for this one? Thanks again ???

  22. Louise B August 22, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Robin, you never cease to inspire and educate! Thank you! It is interesting that you used "P" mode? Maybe I should be using that mode more often? Will be doing the challenge! I like the challenge idea!

  23. Loss Production August 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    The power of MFT???

  24. Juan Carlos Llaurado August 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Dear Robin, i do really enjoy videos and the passion you show in them, very informative and full of interesting and useful information, thank you for sharing your knowledge

  25. SOLVM August 22, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    This is an amazing super power of the omd.

  26. Silvia Orr August 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    The em-5ii also has 5-axis image stabilization. Yet you say that the challenge can be done only with the EM-1ii or the MX. Did I get that right? Is that because you're using the 12-100mm f/4.0 lens which has stabilization in the lens too?

  27. Steve Kunder August 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Awesome, I am going to try this , but I am betting that at my age I am not as steady as you!

  28. Joel Rose August 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    The EM-1MkII plus 12-100 is like a magic wand for nighttime photography. Being able to shoot reliably up to around 2-3s without the constraints of a tripod is the number one thing I like most about my Olympus gear. Handheld waterfalls, light trails, blurred pedestrian motion…so luxurious to have the flexibility to do these sorts of shots handheld. Super video idea, Robin!

  29. Gerald Boe August 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    very great idea for a Challenge! i will try it!

  30. Danny Kidd August 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Probably impossible on my EM10 mk1 with only 3 axis stabilization but I'll try.

  31. Jacob August 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Hi, Robin! With all the contrast in these images, how did you choose your metering? They were perfect shots! ?

  32. Anastas Tarpanov August 22, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Robin your enthusiasm is always so contagious! You're "cheating" a little bit, because you have dual stabiization with 12-100 PRO, but yes, this is the perfect combo for night cityscapes. For such type of images I prefer to control the exposure and I almost always bring it down, because the normal metering will brighten everything and it will look a little bit unnatural with "burned" lights around the shot. We need pure black in the image for depth. There is no problem to underexpose it when you're at base ISO and you're not going to brighten the shadows or at least not too much.

  33. Stephen Fox August 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Bravo! Great example of just what can be achieved in low light with Olys m43 system. Long overdue. It’s nice to see the benefits of IBIS on show,…camera blogs talk about it but practical demonstrations of the real benefits pretty rare….

  34. Eugene Kim August 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks Robin
    I watch your video as more like guilty pleasure
    I want to shoot Olympus, I did for the longest time when I was doing more landscape work, but now as a wedding photographer in the U.S., the smaller sensor was definitely more challenging
    Hopefully I can soon (started using some LED lights, so when I get good enough with it, I will give another go)

  35. lazynut August 22, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Robin, what that noise during the pictures show? Anything but this one.Please. Thanx!

  36. Howie Mudge August 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Excellent video and clearly shows how fantastic the M/43 system is.

  37. Edwin Canlapan August 22, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Nice challenge robin. Which lenses were you using?

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