MEET OLYMPUS EXPLORER JUSTIN KAUFFMAN

 

WHO ARE YOU?

My name is Justin Kauffman. I’m an outdoor adventure and lifestyle photographer/cinematographer from Montana. I grew up playing in the mountains and can usually be found outside diving into water, climbing mountains, or exploring different areas of the world.

 

 

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?

I got into photography in high-school by blowing my knee playing men’s league soccer – I was illegally slide-tackled and tore my ACL, MCL, and meniscus. After the injury my parents gave me a camera for my birthday and I quickly fell in love with photography. I have been shooting and going on adventures ever since.

 

 

 

INTRODUCING OLYMPUS

How did you get started with the Olympus system?

I was initially drawn to Olympus after hearing wondrous reviews about their in-body stabilization and performance-to-weight ratio. These two elements piqued my interest and I knew I had to try the system out for myself. I quickly fell in love with the features of the camera and have been using my E-M1X ever since!

How does Olympus help you do your job?

My favorite features of the Olympus gear I’m currently using are its weight, rotating screen, and ability to take 60 photos a second. Since I’m hiking and traveling a lot it’s crucial for me to have a camera that balances weight and performance. This camera and lens combination has been perfect for my adventures and style of shooting because it checks all of the boxes I need. It’s light, has a crazy burst mode (which is ideal for diving or action photos), and has a battery life that crushes every other camera I’ve used. Plus, the rotating screen is a huge added benefit because it simplifies getting low angle shots when I want to emphasize a reflection or capitalize on a lower perspective.

 

How does Olympus help you do your job?

My favorite features of the Olympus gear I’m currently using are its weight, rotating screen, and ability to take 60 photos a second. Since I’m hiking and traveling a lot it’s crucial for me to have a camera that balances weight and performance. This camera and lens combination has been perfect for my adventures and style of shooting because it checks all of the boxes I need. It’s light, has a crazy burst mode (which is ideal for diving or action photos), and has a battery life that crushes every other camera I’ve used. Plus, the rotating screen is a huge added benefit because it simplifies getting low angle shots when I want to emphasize a reflection or capitalize on a lower perspective.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?

In addition to how nice and friendly every employee is, I like knowing that there's always someone I can reach out to to pick their brain about gear. Whether it's about lens selection, custom button configuration, or editing photos in post, I have access to someone super knowledgeable about exactly what it is I want to know. They've also built an incredible camera ecosystem and I like knowing all my gear will perform the way I need it to when I'm in rugged environments away from civilization.

 

 

 

TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Try to get out and shoot as much as possible. Even if conditions don't look promising or you're not feeling it, I think you should go for it! There's been so many times that I've been indecisive or unsure about a hike and then I force myself to go and luck out with crazy conditions (or, if you don't get crazy conditions, at least you forced yourself to get outside and be active).

TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS

Learn your menus and take advantage of all the customizable buttons on Olympus cameras. I've remapped a lot of the buttons to fit my shooting style and that's my favorite feature about this gear. If you know what you like to shoot and can think about ways to speed up your workflow there's an almost-endless possibility for wayward s to make your life easier. Some of the things I've done is:

  • Remap a button to toggle Image Stabilization on/ofF 
  • Use a button to toggle punch zoom
  • I remapped a button for recording video
  • I have two different settings programmed with the A/AE button

 

 

MORE ABOUT JUSTIN

Website: Justin Kauffman
Instagram: @justindkauffman