MEET OLYMPUS PHOTOGRAPHER EMILIE TALPIN
WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Emilie Talpin. I grew up in Chalon sur Saône, France, the birthplace of Nicéphore Niépce and the first photograph.
Despite this background, I got into photography very late and in 2018 joined a local camera club where I met a group of talented photographers and was inspired to dive deeper into the art of capturing moments in time. Now, everywhere I go, it is with my trusted camera by my side. Lately, I’ve been concentrating on wildlife and macro photography, in particular water drop refraction, but will occasionally stray with friends to an astro or landscape photoshoot.
As a French teacher, I am inherently eager to learn and try new material; a practice also applied outside the classroom as I explore the world around me and chase my next photo.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
In the fall of 2018, I was encouraged to buy a camera after getting positive feedback on an image I took with my phone. That is when I bought my first camera and vowed to invest 100% in the art of photography.
It really is quite ironic that it took moving to the United States for me to connect to the cultural heritage that comes with growing up in a French town that is only a few miles from where the first known photo was taken.
How did you get started with the Olympus system?
As a few of my friends were talking about switching to Olympus, I decided to research the OM -D E-M1 Mark II and I could not believe what this small camera was able to do. In the summer of 2019, I borrowed one at a conference and as soon as I held it in my hands, it was a perfect fit and instant love. I understand this sounds cheesy but it really was a Cinderella story. The best camera is the one you can carry everywhere without feeling that it is too heavy or that you will have to choose between wildlife or macro when heading out on a walk. Shortly after that, I ended up selling the heavy gear I owned and bought the OM-D E-M1 Mark II as well as the M.Zuiko 60mm Macro and the 12mm as I really wanted to do macro and night sky. Soon after than I acquired the 40-150mm for wildlife. Those three lenses are always a must in my daily kit.
What’s your go-to Olympus setup?
My daily bag includes:
- OM-D E-M1X
- OM-D E-M1 Mark III
- M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
- M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro (if planning on insects) or M.Zuiko 30mm Macro
- M.Zuiko 100-400 F5.0-6.3
- M.Zuiko 150-400 F4.5 TC1.25X PRO
- LS-P4 Recorder
- M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0 (for night sky and videography)
- M.Zuiko 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO (for night sky or landscape)
- 2X Teleconverter MC-20
- Olympus 10x42 pro binoculars
How does Olympus help you do your job?
As a teacher, it is important to provide the best quality and most affordable materials to my students. I create my own textbooks and use Open Educational Resources so students do not have to pay any extra fees. My Olympus cameras allow me to illustrate my textbooks and also record my lectures, as well as enable me to have better quality for video conferencing with my colleagues and students thanks to the OM-D webcam. My camera is also the perfect way to balance work and leisure allowing me to get out and be creative.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?
You can always trust the Olympus family to help you through your journey and reach your goal. Everybody in the Olympus family wants you to succeed and is ready to answer questions and inspire you as well as provide excellent photography advice.
TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
My tip would be the same tip I give to my students: if you start dreaming in your target language, that means that something has clicked and you are on your way to fluency. I believe it is the same for photography. You need to practice every day until your camera becomes an extension of your hand and eye. Your camera is the tool that reflects what you see and feel.
TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS
Never forget why you take photos. Let your passion take you on new paths and help you find new angles.