Olympus PEN E-PL7 For Fitness Bloggers #LoveMyPen

In September 2016 I decided to purchase the Olympus PEN E-PL7 – or the now updated E-PL9 – it was being heavily touted as THE go to camera for (fashion) bloggers mainly due to the capability of the screen being able to flip for the perfect selfie. I feel I start a lot of posts saying this, but, as you know, I’m not a fashion blogger, but I did see something in this PEN that could be for me.

My love of photography started from a very young age though. My first camera was a chunky Canon which took film in those days. I have stacks and stacks of photo albums documenting me growing up due to always owning a camera. When phones came out with cameras it just meant I got to carry one less thing yet document even more. I always had a point and shoot for holidays though…

Previously, photography was not an art in my eyes though. It was just a way to remember things that had happened in the past. Then along came the likes of Instagram and I saw pictures in a different way. I started to see a different perspective. I (invested and) updated my blog design then realised that my photos didn’t live up to my new outlook…

Here’s how I’ve been working with the PEN for my (Health, Food and) Fitness Blog…

1. Don’t Waste Your Money If You Won’t Get Out Of Auto

When I first got the PEN, I used auto mode and thought my images were stunning. Then I realised that I had no control over how my images were turning out and had no idea how to get the images that I could see in my minds eye. So I took things into my own hands and started by organising #ThePhoto101 workshop which took place in August 2015. Led by Eulanda Shead, we spent a few hours learning about how our cameras worked outside of auto mode…

I then signed up for a foundation course in photography (leading to Diploma in Photography, should I choose) with the institute of photography. It’s online, so I can dip in and out when I like, brush up the skills I have already gained and also learn a few new ones!

2. Don’t Forget All Your Equipment

Shortly after purchasing the PEN, I bought the 45mm lens. This lens creates the most stunning images with all the bokeh (background blur) a girl (or guy… most likely just blogger) could desire!

I also have / would love:

You can also check out my list of must have accessories for any type of blogger to personalise your Olympus PEN.

3. Pancake Lens vs Standard Lens

When the conversation comes up in groups about the PEN, this question is asked a lot. Should you buy the (cheaper) standard kit lens or get the (more expensive) pancake lens?? Well, for the real fashion bloggers in the house, it seems the pancake lens wins as it makes the camera fit in your handbag perfectly. I tried the whole tiny handbag thing and erm, well, it doesn’t work for me in a day to day reality. I can usually be found lugging around a huge bag. But still, I love the pancake lens purely for aesthetics.

4. Taking Action Shots

I found this epic setting on the PEN where the camera takes a series of shots in a row allowing you to take great action shots and capture just. the. right. moment. you do end up with a lot of images but just refer back to my point about getting a large capacity SD card.

5. Keep Learning

Check out the stylonylon blog for heaps of photography posts specifically for the Olympus PEN. I recently followed her 15 tips & tricks and have been loving the Super Control Panel which allows me quicker access to all the settings when I’m in the moment!

6. My Favourites

I love the 1:1 image aspect which is perfect for instagram. The flip down screen for selfies. The removable flash (which I barely use due to knowing how to use the camera settings). The stylish accessories available. And the fact there is still so much more to discover (i.e the PEN has an array of built in filters which look epic! Just need to find time to play around with them…)

What camera do you use for blogging?! Are you considering purchasing the Olympus PEN E-PL7?! …any questions you’d like ask?!




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  1. Matilda Iglesias
    February 18, 2016 / 02:16

    I use my iphone for some photo's (candid captures). But if I know I want nice photo's, then I make the effort to use my camera (canon 6d). I'm getting my nerd on now. I only shoot raw, do all my raw edits in acr, and then bring them into photoshop if I want to tweak them some more. I love my pancake lens (40mm) it's so versatile, and makes carrying around an already heavy camera easier. The best way to really learn your camera, is to get out of auto and just take your camera everywhere and take photo's. Photo challenges are great for this.

    • Elle Linton
      February 21, 2016 / 22:56

      yeeeeeeeesssss!! …maybe I should create a photo challenge?! you are so right, I try to take as many photos as poosible to get the practice in, learn how to use my camera and to learn what I love in an image!! I'm yet to learn about shooting in raw (not even sure my camera does) but I will get there!! …my phone (iphone 5s) doesnt seem to have such a good camera, but I take my camera everywhere!!

  2. Jenna
    February 15, 2016 / 20:11

    This is fate i found your blog-I just bought an Olympus pen today! I'm so excited to try! Jen http://www.abalancedbelly.co.uk (from Twitter chat!)

    • Elle Linton
      February 16, 2016 / 10:25

      So excited for you 🙂 any questions, you know where I am!

  3. Cassandra Schmigotzki
    February 11, 2016 / 15:47

    I seriously thought you were going to talk about a pen not a camera! LOL I only have my phone to take pictures.

    • Elle Linton
      February 11, 2016 / 18:45

      hahahaha!! …I am a huge fan of actual pens though and could probably write a post all about them!! I too used my phone up until a few months ago, they are so good these days! I have an iPhone 5s and it seems to be on its last legs so seemed sensible to separate the two for me 🙂

  4. Kalliopi Sakellariou
    February 11, 2016 / 14:28

    To be honest I haven't figured out what camera I really need!I mostly film and recently I discovered the go pro madness!I have a NIKON D3200 not so bad but also not so perfect!I just started an online course and I hope to finally learn how to handle my camera!I always love your pictures so it seems that this camera was a good choice for you!Have a great day!

    • Elle Linton
      February 11, 2016 / 18:52

      Thank You 🙂 …ahhhh a go pro is kinda on my wish list!! Eep when I'm out running or doing other fun stuff outdoors in all weathers! …I don't think any camera is perfect tbh! you just work around what you have! and if it aint broke, don't fix it as they say 😉

  5. Natalie Garland
    February 11, 2016 / 13:58

    This is so handy! My PEN E-PL7 arrived this week and I can't wait to have a play around with it 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      February 11, 2016 / 18:45

      You know how excited I am for you! Any questions just holler!…and if you fancy a meet up to play around just lemme know!

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