Out and about this morning with the Olympus OM-D E-M10, I thought I'd try out the Art Modes. This is not something I'd normally use as at best I consider them to be a gimmick and if I was going to get all 'arty' I'd do it in Photoshop anyway. Having said that, there is a mode on the OM-D E-M10 that allows the user to apply all of the Art Filters to the same shot. Not only do you get all of the images that the filter is applied to, 12 in all, but if shooting RAW the original RAW file is also kept untouched for post processing later. So you really haven't lost anything by applying the filter apart from a little bit of space on your memory card.
Not only can these filters be applied but there are also a multitude of differing effects that one can adopt in camera. Not all of these filters are appropriate for the image I chose, for instance the Diorama filter (essentially a tilt/shift effect) doesn't work at all on this type of image. As I said, not something I'd use often but it's nice to have the facility to mess about a bit if I want to.
The following images are the same shot with the Art Filters applied.The first is the untouched RAW file. Can you guess which is which? Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pinhole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line and watercolour?
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