MEET OLYMPUS PHOTOGRAPHER TIM BOYER
WHO ARE YOU?
Hi, I’m Tim Boyer and I teach the art of bird photography. I live in the Pacific Northwest but photograph birds and teach bird photography throughout the North American continent. I wrote the book, Learn the Art of Bird Photography, am a graduate of the Seattle Audubon Master Birder program, and frequent presenter on bird photography and shorebird migration at bird festivals and photography events.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
In high school a very wise and thoughtful teacher suggested I join the annual and newspaper staff as a photographer, so my creative impulses would, shall we say, be channeled in a more positive path. I knew I was going to be a photographer when I dipped that photo-paper into the development tray the first time and like magic something that I had seen through the camera just appear on paper. That sense of awe, joy, excitement was incredible and I try to remember it whenever I go out to shoot now.
How did you get started with the Olympus system?
My first real camera (1979) an Olympus OM 1 was a graduation present from my parents. Armed with the OM 1 and a job as a mountain guide I was able to create mountain landscape images that were published in several climbing magazines in the 1980’s.
So, I’ve come full circle with Olympus, the lightweight OM 1 was 1/3 the size and weight of other cameras back in the day, and now the micro four-thirds is just as lightweight. The compact form factor and lightweight of the lenses just make it comfortable to carry around the right gear for each photography trip.
What’s your go-to Olympus setup?
I travel with the E-M1 Mark III, and the E-M1X cameras and the M. Zuiko 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, the M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 PRO, and either the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO or the 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lenses. I also have the FL-900 flash and the MC14 – 1.4X Tele-converter in my bag
How does Olympus help you do your job?
Having a lightweight camera system that has fast Auto Focus, 7.5 stops of Image stabilization and sharp, fast lenses makes my job easier. As a bird photographer handholding the camera and lens during birds-in-flight shooting sessions just makes getting the shot fun and easy. Recently I walked 9.5 miles in 6 hours, photographing birds in Florida, I would not have been able to do that with heavier equipment.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?
I like that we all share ideas so readily, encouraging each other in being creative.
TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Get outside and photograph as much as possible. Practicing with your camera, mastering the camera settings, enjoying the birds, all this helps to pull you along through the bird photography journey. The freedom to wander around with a lightweight system like the Olympus M1 Mark III and a telephoto lens like the 300 f/4 IS Pro just makes it easy and fun to walk around and photograph birds.
TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS
Be open minded towards creativity and photography. We’ve been through the DSLR revolution and given up film, and now we’re going though the mirrorless revolution where we’re giving up heavy camera lens which makes photographing birds lighter, easier and more fun.