How To Take Photos Of Yourself For Your Blog or Instagram With The Olympus E-PL9

How To Easily Take Blog & Instagram Photos Of Yourself  With The Olympus E-PL9

Let’s talk about the remote control function of the Olympus pen series cameras, how they work and why they’re easy to use. As well as practically talking about how to take photos of yourself. Oh, and there’s a very attractive 20% off discount code to be used on the Olympus website for all of you!

What happens when you don’t have an Instagram boyfriend? Or your husband isn’t good with a camera, or your friends don’t take more than one shot when you ask them for a photo? (Rookie mistake.) It’s hard to capture the perfect content for your blog, website or Instagram when you don’t have a billion set of hands right? Which is why if you’re serious about content then it’s best to get a camera that can bridge that gap and be the extra set of hands needed to nail the perfect shot.

The first camera I invested in as a blogger was the Olympus E-PL7. Upgrading from my phone to an actual camera about 3 years ago is where the visual side of my content really took off. And while I hear a lot of people say ‘you can still blog and use a phone for your photo’s’ which is true, I do highly recommend investing in an Olympus Pen series camera when you’re ready to. It does make the world of difference.

I still use my E-PL7 but I recently invested in the new E-PL9 for various reasons. I needed something that could record video in 4K now that I’ve branched out into YouTube as well, and the new E-PL9 offered more in terms of connectivity and use. Being married to a professional video producer who loves cameras more than most other things in life, my usually hard to please husband was seriously impressed with everything the E-PL9 offered. “This is a great little camera Chloe.” And that won it the sign of approval.

Olympus E-PL9 Remote Control Tips

One of the reasons I initially invested in the Olympus Pen series first with my E-PL7 and now again with my new E-PL9 is because of the remote control option. My husband may work with cameras but he loathes shooting with me (and vice versa!) so I don’t have that Instagram husband on hand. My son is still too young to train as my little sidekick and I do most of my work in the week when my friends are at work too. So I needed something that allowed me to capture pictures that didn’t involve needing someone else to hold the camera. And the Olympus Pen cameras offer the perfect way to take a photo of yourself using the remote control. No hands needed.

With built-in WiFi you simply connect your camera to your phone via a simple-to-download app called OI Share. This then connects and turns your phone into your remote control. When you log on to the OI Share App this is the home screen you’ll see:

Olympus E-PL9 OI Share App Review

It’s very simple to use. The Remote Control tab is where I spend most of my time. And we’ll come on to that shortly. There’s also the Import Photos tab that allows you to whizz across your files from the camera directly to your phone for quick Instagram posting etc. There’s also a Camera How To which is a DIY type tab, then an Edit Photo tab and Add Geotag tab. All pretty self explanatory.

When you open the Remote Control tab, you’ll see what the camera sees directly on your phone, thus allowing you to use it as a remote control. The image is in the middle and the settings are all along the bottom. The most obvious thing you’ll note is the camera button at the bottom which captures the shot. Press that and you’ve taken your first self photo in seconds – without needing to hold the camera or involve anyone else.

Using the remote control option you can control the f.stop value, exposure, ISO and white balance manually. Basically everything you need to get the perfect shot. There’s also a self timer option which is even better for getting excellent self photos. You can adjust the timer depending on how long you think you’ll need to get ready, I usually go for about 8 seconds, and the app will count you down. Hide the phone from sight and use the time to take that perfect and professional shot. All you need to do is pose!

How To Use The Olympus E-PL9 Remote Control

You don’t need to be the best photographer to use the remote control option. In fact, it’s a great option for those who don’t know a lot about cameras and still want great photos! You can leave all the settings on automatic and they’ll carry over to the app when shooting. Or as you grow in your skills, you can begin to adjust the exposure and the f.stop etc to get the right lighting, brightness and control the depth of field (that dreamy blur!) It’s a one-click wonder when you need it and a more intricate adjustment ability if you want too – perfect for both novice photographers and those who are used to working with a proper camera a bit more.

After you’ve taken your shot, all that’s left to do is return to the home page of the OI Share app, head to Import Photo’s which looks like the example below, click the images you want to share and they’ll move to your phone via the WiFi connection. Voila! You have some proper pictures with you in front of the camera and not hiding behind it!

How To Use The Olympus Pen Remote Control Feature

And FYI – for those of you reading this and wondering about file format, when transferring over the files, these will always be JPEGS when moving over WiFi. If you want the RAW files to edit then you’ll need to remove the memory card and put them on your computer manually as RAW files don’t transfer by WiFi – they’re too big.

Now you’ve seen how simple it is to capture pictures of yourself in front of the camera, all that’s left is a Tripod to mount it on. You can invest a little or a lot in a tripod and that’s entirely up to you. I have a £12 Tripod from Amazon that’s lasted me the entirety of my blog career so far and I have no intentions of upgrading it any time soon as it does the job perfectly. This is the one I have. A Tripod will position your camera and hold it securely in place. They all usually extend and fold away easily so you can take them away with you and store them easily.

So there you have it – the easiest way to take pictures of yourself. And it doesn’t involve an Instagram husband, balancing your camera on books stacked on your table or you never being in the actual picture. The remote control feature of the Olympus Pen series was one of the biggest selling points for me as it makes life so easy when it comes to content creation.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to invest in the E-PL9 then hopefully this will have swayed you and taught you how to take photos of yourself! If it wasn’t enough, Olympus have kindly given me a 20% discount code for all my readers to use on their own camera purchase!

Use code LADY20 on the Olympus Website to get 20% off your E-PL9 and take your blog and Instagram photos to the next level.

How to take photos of yourself for your blog or Instagram

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16 Comments

  1. Candice
    July 12, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    I am currently saving for a camera! Sadly do not have the funds and have been using my iPhone for all my photos! Thanks for the tips! Your photos are beautiful

    Candice x

    natalyaamour.com

  2. Nicola Niemc
    July 12, 2019 / 11:41 pm

    Wow, 20% is quite a handy discount, thanks! How long will the discount apply for, or is it indefinite (just thinking, I might not be able to afford this camera right now, but I could always start saving… 😉)

  3. July 13, 2019 / 2:15 pm

    such a helpful post – I need a decent camera for my blog haha x

  4. July 13, 2019 / 3:17 pm

    I have the exact same tripod, it’s fab for the money and so sturdy! I wish I had a camera rather than my phone but I just don’t have the budget for it. It looks so easy to take photos of yourself using it. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

  5. July 13, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    I am still only currently using my iphone for allll photos and every single day I feel like I need to up my camera game!
    Rosie

  6. July 14, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    I used to use the canon app but now I use a remote and it’s so much easier x

  7. July 14, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    I have the EPL-8 and I love using it to take photos. I’ve only just got the live view feature on my app though!

  8. Erin
    July 15, 2019 / 12:58 am

    This is the only way I have to take my photos! Luckily I have gotten pretty decent at it!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  9. July 15, 2019 / 10:44 am

    I really need to learn how to do this with my camera as I don’t have anyone that would spend that long trying to get a decent photo! x

  10. Sarah
    July 15, 2019 / 11:38 am

    I think I can link mine to my phone and use it as a remote but not tried it! xx

  11. Roxie Watt
    July 15, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    The remote function sounds brilliant. I’m currently looking for a new camera so this post is super helpful.

  12. July 16, 2019 / 10:49 am

    I use my iPhone for all my photos at the moment, but its crossed my mind more than a few times that investing in a proper camera is the logical next step. Even just from the perspective of image quality. I hadn’t ever considered a camera with a remote for photos, but its such a great idea!

    There are very few photos of me on my feed or blog simply because I don’t have anyone to help talk them. Perhaps I need to start saving!

    Em x

  13. July 26, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    My EPL7 is still my baby – I for a while found myself using my phone, but the quality difference when I went back to my camera was ground breaking. I always forget about the remote function – thanks for the reminder 😀 xx

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