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100 YEARS OF OLYMPUS EXHIBITION

Olympus marks its 100th birthday this year and to conclude various celebrations and events throughout the year they have joined up with individuals also celebrating this momentous landmark to create a unique portrait project.

GAVIN HOEY’S AVIATION APOCALYPSE

GAVIN HOEY’S AVIATION APOCALYPSE

The Gatwick Aviation Museum in Charlwood, Surrey provided the perfect venue for Gavin Hoey’s Aviation Apocalypse workshop. With so much to see and shoot, the photographers were split into three groups giving everyone the chance to work with both models and get some top tips during an mini Olympus photo walk around the museum.

DUST TO DAWN

DUST TO DAWN

We caught a rare moment between adventures with Olympus Visionary Philip Volkers, who’s been, quite literally, on fire for the sake of his art. Get the low-down on his new book, a compilation of images from the desert festival, Burning Man.

5 OF THE BEST APPROACHES FOR INSTA-WORTHY SHOTS

5 OF THE BEST APPROACHES FOR INSTA-WORTHY SHOTS

Olympus travel Ambassador and Instagram pro Martina Govindraj loves to travel, shooting unique frames from exciting perspectives wherever she goes, always with Olympus in hand. Read on to discover tips and techniques for capturing some of Martina’s favourite destinations, and the kit to shoot them with…

GLORIOUS COLOURS AT KEW GARDENS

GLORIOUS COLOURS AT KEW GARDENS

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).

SEEING NEON AT GODS OWN JUNK YARD

SEEING NEON AT GODS OWN JUNK YARD

Despite the weather taking an unexpected turn for the better, twenty intrepid photographers shunned the sunshine and gathered instead inside the neon ‘Mecca’ that is Gods Own Junk Yard for a different kind of lighting experience. Olympus Ambassador Gavin Hoey was the host for this portrait masterclass, with the Olympus team on hand to offer advice and loan out kit to experiment with.

SNAPSHOT: WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH TESNI WARD

SNAPSHOT: WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH TESNI WARD

“Hi, my name’s Tesni and I’m a full-time wildlife photographer! Two years ago, I found myself in a difficult position without a job, so I decided to take a risk and try to become a full-time wildlife photographer; I can honestly say I’ve never looked back!” – Olympus Ambassador Tesni Ward shares her recommended kit and techniques for wildlife photography, and how she prepares.

BASKETBALL WITH THE LONDON LIONS

BASKETBALL WITH THE LONDON LIONS

A basketball game featuring the London Lions and the Plymouth Raiders was always going to be an intense and exciting clash – so who would turn down an invitation for full press courtside access at one of London 2012’s iconic Olympic venues to capture the event? On the night we were joined by 9 keen photographers in the Copper Box Arena for what proved to be a truly fulfilling photographic experience.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 4K

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 4K

It’s time to sort your Ultra HD from your HD, your PAL from your NTSC and perfect your video workflow. Why? It’s film-making month! If you want to make your videos look their best and get the perfect accessories to help – you’ve come to the right place. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be looking at everything video-related, and that includes 4k. But, let’s start with the basics…

BEHIND BARS WITH OLYMPUS AT GLOUCESTER PRISON

BEHIND BARS WITH OLYMPUS AT GLOUCESTER PRISON

I have to say, going to prison wasn’t exactly number 1 on my bucket list – but who could possibly turn down an invite to a photography workshop in Gloucester’s very own recently decommissioned prison? So, on a crisp January afternoon I joined 30 other keen photographers in the prison’s Chapel for what promised to be a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

INSPIRATION FOR GETTING STARTED IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

INSPIRATION FOR GETTING STARTED IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Street photography month has been a blast – in particular, the images flooding into our social streams are awesome. One thing’s clear – Olympus kit and street photography go together like, well, Olympus cameras and street photography. If you’re starting out, we’ve got loads of resources to help you. Not least our very own social media streams – hit up our Instagram or Facebook to see what we mean. Or go our back catalogue of blogs – we’ve already covered the four essential skills you need to tell a story, as well as the best lenses to use and how to get both candid and not-so-candid street shots. But if you’re still looking for inspiration, all you need is a decent project. Fresh out of ideas? Let us help…

THE BEST TIMES OF DAY TO CAPTURE GREAT LANDSCAPE SHOTS

THE BEST TIMES OF DAY TO CAPTURE GREAT LANDSCAPE SHOTS

Perhaps you’ve headed out to an incredible location, only to be disappointed by pictures that don’t do your scenery full justice. There are lots of things you can do to improve your photography, from investing in better lenses to improving your post-production chops. But when it comes to landscape photography, perhaps the best move you can make is paying more attention to the times of day you’re actually shooting.

FOUR ESSENTIAL SKILLS PHOTOJOURNALISTS NEED TO TELL A GREAT STORY

FOUR ESSENTIAL SKILLS PHOTOJOURNALISTS NEED TO TELL A GREAT STORY

This week we’re delving into the research and prep that’s vital for every brilliant photo story. With photojournalism month in full swing, allow us to assume for a second that you’re reasonably on top of how your camera works. Getting a well composed, sharp frame is no problem for you, and you’ve made good progress when it comes to processing and exporting your finished images. Problem is, that’s not all photojournalism is about.

PERFECT VIEWS: OUR FAVOURITE PHOTOS FROM LANDSCAPE MONTH

PERFECT VIEWS: OUR FAVOURITE PHOTOS FROM LANDSCAPE MONTH

We’ve had a blast during Landscape Month. As the days get shorter and sunsets get more accessible, this has been an amazing time to get inspired, get outside and make the most of the world around us. But by far our favourite aspect of Landscape Month has been watching your images flood into our social media streams. From urban to rural landscapes, and from sunrise to sunset – and even a few in between – it’s been you, our photographers, who’ve been setting the standard.

SHOOTING WINTER STAR TRAILS

SHOOTING WINTER STAR TRAILS

It’s landscape photography month here at Olympus towers – and no, that doesn’t just mean holding your camera the right way round. This week: the most challenging landscapes of all – the night sky. If there’s one thing photographers love to obsess over, it’s light. What kind of light you get at different times of the day, where it’s coming from, what colour it is, and what it does to that neat arrangement of rocks you’ve found to act as the focal point of your image.

GOING UNDERGROUND IN ALDWYCH STATION

GOING UNDERGROUND IN ALDWYCH STATION

40 intrepid photographers spent the afternoon exploring the booking hall, tunnels and disused platforms of the decommissioned Aldwych Tube Station. The location provided the backdrop for two differing photo shoots directed by Olympus Ambassadors Gavin Hoey and Marcus Clackson. Splitting into two groups, half the party travelled back in time to photograph a vintage set up with model Beth and a 50’s themed set-up led by Marcus in the station booking hall.

HOW TO SHOOT STREET FASHION

HOW TO SHOOT STREET FASHION

It’s fashion month at OLYMPUS towers, which is great news for our resident fashionistas and terrible news for office manager Kev – his jeans-and-t-shirt ensemble has never looked more tired. For photographers, though, it’s an amazing time. Style afiçionados go all out and let their flagship garments fly, creating the perfect opportunity to get some ad-hoc high-fashion photos. So roll up that plain white background, put away your light stands and take a brave step outside of the studio – it’s the streets that provide the perfect backdrop this season. As sartorial people from all corners of the world descend on your city, use our top guide on how to make your street photography pop with haute-couture highlights.