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by Geraint Radford
Howdy! Geraint here, Olympus Ambassador and biscuit addict. Here’s a little blog post to discuss my favourite feature on my E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X – inbuilt Focus Stacking. I use this feature to capture handheld images of the macro world.
We took a trip down to SEA LIFE Brighton (AKA the oldest operating aquarium in the world) for the launch of the new flagship member of the Tough family; the TG-6.
Macro photography can open up an amazing world of wonderful details, changing the everyday into exciting, stunning images. Here are three simple projects to try!
Geraint Radford has a deep love for the natural world and capturing some of its smallest creatures. We discover marvellous macro photography with this Olympus Ambassador
Opportunities for macro photos are all around us, whether it’s shooting close-up shots of textures or fruit in your home, insects and nature, or maybe even something a little more creative. Be prepared with the right kit to take magnificent macro shots.
What could be better than a day photographing mouthwatering food prepared by two top chefs….Oh yes eating it too! That’s what 20 keen photographers got to do on the recent Olympus Food Photography event at Kent Cookery School, where an eclectic array of fresh dishes were cooked up using delicious seasonal ingredients.
Picture the scene: 10 keen photographers grouped in a stylish restaurant in St. Margarets, hungry to learn all about the ins-and-outs of Food & Drink Photography. Enter Olympus Ambassador Marcus Clackson, ready to teach exactly that!
Built in 1935 Sandford Parks Lido is located near the centre of Cheltenham and retains many of it’s original 1930’s architectural features. It provided an ideal backdrop for our vintage portrait workshop hosted by the inimitable Gavin Hoey, ably supported by the Olympus team and our two models for the day Erin and Roger.
On a fine summer’s afternoon, in the grounds of the majestic Blenheim Palace, with Giffords’ 2018 production ‘My Beautiful Circus’, 60 lucky photographers gathered for the circus themed photography workshop.
Macro photography reveals the world’s hidden detail in all its glory, turning subjects once mundane, into the truly magnificent. Here are three projects for you to try…
How can you photograph a small subject and capture all the detail? Photographer and Chiswick Camera Centre owner Andy Sands talks through his focus stacking technique…
GUEST POST BY NEILL TAYLOR
Last weekend I enjoyed a day shooting at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It was an event organised by Olympus UK, and provided by them as a free benefit of having recently purchased an OM-D E-M1 Mark II (to replace my trusty Mark I).
Love was most certainly in the air for the latest Olympus event at Soho’s vibrant Graphic Bar, with a group of lucky photographers assembling for a ‘Speed Dating’ workshop like no other! The group was split into smaller groups, each starting off by taking part in one of three sessions hosted by the Olympus Ambassadors and experts.
With temperatures peaking at over 30˚C this was always going to be a hot ticket – so it was a fortunate 60 photographers who joined our OLYMPUS experts and Ambassadors for a day of E-M1 Mark II inspired fun at Oxford University Parks with the fabulous Giffords Circus.
Depth of field can be a tricky thing to get your head around. It can be adjusted in either direction by changing your lens’ aperture, or by twisting the zoom ring. Or by moving closer to or further away from your subject. What we’re saying is: depth of field is a bit of a movable feast. Most of the time this isn’t too big a deal, until you hit macro focusing…If you’re set on shooting macro, here’s what you need to get focusing right.
BY MARCUS CLACKSON
This is a great time of year to get out with your camera and enjoy photographing the huge and varied amount of garden shows, events and seasonal displays of flowers to be found in the UK’s parks, woodland and private houses. Every week you’ll find new bursts of colour created by different plants and flowers coming into season – so it’s worth doing a bit of homework to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time, and ready to capture the best photography possible. Here’s my advice for getting ahead of the pack and making the most of the summer season.
Trying your hand at Macro photography means you don’t need to be standing on top of a mountain or leaning perilously over the edge of a building to get a great shot. It takes a little time and effort, though – simply having a decent macro lens isn’t going to cut it. Picking the right subject, finding a good background and – crucially – lighting everything properly will make an enormous difference. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Wildlife photographers in the UK have a tough beat. Much of our wildlife – when it’s not making itself scarce for winter – is either shy, nocturnal, small or, often, the holy un-photographable trinity. But with winter over, you can start thinking about busting your cameras out again, and although British wildlife might not be keen to do you many favours, there’s still plenty of it about. Here’s how to find wildlife to photograph during the spring months.
Throw your plane tickets in the trash and put away your passport: wildlife photographers in the UK have plenty to point their cameras at. Whether you’re looking to shoot fascinating birds, large mammals or even experiment with a spot of dive photography, this sceptre’d isle has something for virtually all wildlife photographers, from weekend warriors to those who love nothing more that popping on a ghillie suit and lying in a bog all week. So treat your telephoto lens to a clean and pack a few spare memory cards and head on our north-to-south wildlife tour of the UK.
BY LUCY CLARKE
On 5th April I was lucky enough to be invited to the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark II Experience Day at Kew Gardens, hosted by OLYMPUS Ambassador Marcus Clackson. The sun shining, birds singing and OLYMPUS camera in tow I set off and made my way to Kew.
To celebrate #Macromay we’ve picked out the top 6 tips for macro shooting, including advice for choosing the right lense, tripod and lighting.