Me, an Olympus & Marrakesh……..

Me, an Olympus & Marrakesh…. Last week I took a trip to Marrakesh, a nice bit of down time and some time away from emails, phone calls and work… I decided I’d leave the Nikons behind and head out with the Olympus OMD-EM5 which Olympus UK have kindly loaned me for testing, reviewing and a few personal projects… There are elements of the camera which to be honest I’m not keen on. The digital viewfinder & the touch screen are not to my taste, in fact I really dislike them. The focusing isn’t fast and has trouble at night…However, certainly for travel photography, it’s an awesome tool.. I loved chucking this in my pocket and generally being quite discreet… it’s a well made camera, feeling quality in the hand and withstanding a few bumps and knocks without any problems… I’m very impressed with the image quality this little camera packs.

I’ve found with my rather large manly(!) hands, that after a while the camera isn’t the most comfortable, but equally, you put any small camera in my hands and it’s a similar feeling.

The rubber grips are put in the right places, which does help when using the camera in anger. My main gripe is simply with the digital viewfinder… maybe it’s because I’m old school or something, but I cannot stress how much I dislike the digital viewfinders that all these cameras seem to have… I find myself getting a slight headache.. I guess given the amazing size of the camera, they simply have run out of room for an optical viewfinder.

In the whole, I’ve really enjoyed shooting with this camera. I would say it’s probably one of the best travel cameras on the market.

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit
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