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by Ash Mills
In early 2019 Salisbury Cathedral asked their Visual Arts Advisor Jacquiline Creswell to come up with ideas for a new Nativity Scene to replace the paper mache figures created by Peter Rush which have been used since 2004.
by Gavin Hoey
One of the many amazing things about being an ambassador with Olympus UK is getting the opportunity to work in locations that I would never be able to access myself. So when Olympus asked if I’d be interested in running a portrait session during a low light workshop at the Roman Baths in Bath, I jumped at the chance.
by Gavin Hoey
One of the reasons I love working with Olympus UK is their willingness to run workshops in unexpected places. So when they asked me to find a portrait workshop location and I suggested a sewage pumping house, Olympus said let’s do it!
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.
Olympus Ambassador Jimmy Cheng is one of the lucky few to get their hands on the OM-D E-M5 Mark III ahead of its launch. Here he shares his first thoughts…
On one not-so-fine day in October, we headed to Reading for an exclusive event at the incredibly picturesque Carters Steam Fair; a traditional English travelling funfair with rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s!
Photographer Robert Lendon takes the road less travelled to capture candid, authentic images of different cultures
University Parks in the ‘city of dreaming spires’; Oxford, was the venue for this year’s spectacular photography event with our old friends Giffords Circus.
The Olympus sponsored After Nyne Gallery in Holland Park, London, recently hosted a unique exhibition featuring a collaboration between Godfather of Rock Music Photography, Gered Mankowitz and Royal Portrait Painter, Christian Furr. As a teenager, Mankowitz was asked...
As Olympus reaches 100 years, the UK team are marking the occasion with a special portrait project, which aims to celebrate the centenary with those who are also celebrating the grand age of 100.
From tiny to giant, dry to wet, below the sea and above the clouds, Jay McLaughlin took on the challenge of photographing the many worlds of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Commercial photographer Marcus specialises in design, advertising and editorial photography, delivering images for a broad range of clients. Marcus has vast experience in location, lifestyle, people and product photography developed on assignments undertaken both in the UK and abroad.
Thinking of switching systems? Pro photographer and journalist Ian Farrell spent a week with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Last summer the world’s greatest football tournament saw thousands of fans head to Russia to watch 32 nations compete to be world champions. It was an opportunity Olympus Visionary Peter Dench could not resist and so he set out across the country on the Trans-Siberian Railway, travelling more than 5,000 miles in seven days.
Olympus Visionary, Peter Dench, talks to us about shooting and surviving the 5,772 miles of the Trans-Siberian Railway, in the thick of the 2018 FIFA World Cup action.
Olympus Mentor and fashion photographer Magic Owen shares the story behind this captivating fashion shot of Gemma Huh.
Give your next portrait shoot a fresh look with these three simple but creative ideas.
Debbi Clark has had work featured in Vogue, Homme and Tatler, photographed the likes of Kate Moss and Damian Lewis and set up her own charity. We speak to the woman who’s capable of it all…
Milan plays host to some of the most fashionable people around. In the run-up to fashion week, we ventured to the uber-chic city with our guide, Jay McLaughlin, who shared his shoot secrets with us…
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are our favourite gear picks that’ll help keep you light, agile and able to capture every spontaneous shot on the big day…
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…
Wedding season is on its way, and one thing is clear: wedding photographers need all the help they can get. Fortunately, the Olympus tech could help save the day on your next big day. Ladies and gentlemen, we present Pro Capture Mode. Pick up the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and prepare to have your socks well and truly blown off.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Portrait month is coming to a close at OLYMPUS – we’ve loved seeing your pictures on our various social networks. They confirm one thing, OLYMPUS shooters love a bit of street and people photography. We still just have time to focus on the technical side of people snapping.
As the seasons change, so do the themes for the photo-mad folk at OLYMPUS Towers. With fashion month nearly at an end, the team begins to transition, smoothly and beautifully, to portrait photography.
So you’ve got your own OLYMPUS camera, and you’ve happily been taking photos for a while – and you’re starting to feel as though you’d like to share them with the world… Well, Instagram is the perfect place to get started. If you’re into a certain genre or subject, there’s nothing like nosing around other people’s images to get a little inspiration. And who knows? You might even make a friend or two along the way.
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.
Gig photography is a difficult one to pack for: a super-long lens for tight portraits of the lead singer? An ultra-fast wide-angle to capture the excitement of the crowd? A one-size-fits-all walkabout lens? Join us on a rummage through the OLYMPUS kit cupboard and prepare to update your Christmas list – these are the lenses that every music photographer should have on their shortlist.
Treat a music festival like a zoo-meets-street-photography challenge. Photographing portraits will tell a much fuller story about the vibe of wherever you are – and festivals tend to draw an outgoing, diverse-looking crowd doing something they love, making photography a snap. As long as you take a little direction from us, of course…