MEET OLYMPUS PHOTOGRAPHER KEITH WALLACH
WHO ARE YOU?
I'm a wildlife and conservation photographer based on the North Coast of Oregon. I specialize in bird photography and aim to bring awareness to coastal birds and wildlife by creating emotive imagery to spark conversation within the conservation space. I partner with local and regional nonprofits to create imagery for their conservation campaigns, marketing efforts and to create impact for species in need.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I realized I was a photographer after I had the opportunity to photograph an endangered species of fox on Mt. Rainier. Wildlife conservation quickly became a major topic in my work and I finally felt like I could make a difference with my photography. It was no longer about just taking a picture, but about helping save a species. This was the moment I knew I was a photographer and had a bigger job at hand.
How did you get started with the Olympus system?
I actually got my start with Olympus after meeting a fellow Pro, Andrew Desiderio. He came up to the Oregon Coast to shoot with me and a few of my photography friends and we became pretty close after talking about photography and our backgrounds in baseball. He showed me what his Olympus gear could do and a week later I sold all my Sony equipment and switched to Olympus. The rest is history!
What’s your go-to Olympus setup?
My go to set up is the E-M1X with the M.Zuiko 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, and the M.Zuiko 1.4x Teleconverter.
My whole gear bag:
- E-M1X E-M1 Mark II
- M.Zuiko 12-45mm F4.0 PRO
- M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
- M.Zuiko 300mm F4.0 IS PRO
- M.Zuiko 1.4x Teleconverter
- M.Zuiko 2.0x Teleconverter
How does Olympus help you do your job?
Olympus gear is so durable I never feel like I cannot be out in the elements. For someone that is based on the North Coast of Oregon it is pretty vital that my gear can withstand the rain and snow. Not having to worry that my gear is going to break when I am shooting in the elements makes my job so much easier.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?
It has got to be the community. I have made some lifelong friends and learn something new from other Olympus photographers every day. The Olympus family is just that, a family and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of it.
TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Get out and shoot! I know it sounds obvious, but the more time you spend shooting, the better. Learn how your camera works, know where the buttons are and how to change your settings quickly and you won’t miss a shot. But above all, get used to shooting in as manual of a mode as you feel comfortable with and push the limits a bit. Shoot RAW!
TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS
The story behind the image is just as important as the image itself. Challenge yourself to find new compositions that are more emotive and break the rules a little, not everything has to be the rule of thirds. Lastly, the sun doesn’t always have to be behind you. Play with backlight and see what happens!