A Different Wavelength to Inspire: Landscapes in the Infrared Spectrum

“Have you done any photo projects?” This is a question I loathed answering for a long time. I am asked this question several times a year and my response makes me cringe. “No, I haven’t done any sort of photo projects.”

Ugh…Inadequacy. As an Olympus Trailblazer, I am inspired by this type of work from my peers, and I knew it was my turn.

I have always wanted to put together some sort of cohesive series of images. However, over the years I have never found anything that I felt would make a good personal project for me.

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The Secrets for Getting Out of Creative Slumps as a Photographer

Let’s face it: constantly innovating, creating new ideas and coming up with the next “most spectacular image” can be exhausting. We’re all looking for ways to carve out our own space in this giant world of photography without looking like we’re just trying to be different for the sake of being different. It usually happens right after a string of excessive creativity. The pendulum swings. You wake up ready to tackle the day and think up your next amazing idea and boom: your mind is a giant empty canvas…a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

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Cheap Photo: ONA Backpacks And Canon EOS Savings!

Man, is it almost the weekend already?! This week has flown by and here we are, ready for another deals post to send you off into the ether of another weekend. Today we have some killer deals on Canon DSLRs and very stylish ONA backpacks. Check it out!

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Cheap Photo: Great Nikon, Olympus, Canon and Sony Savings

We figured we would give you a glimmer of joy today with some great deals on some of the gear that you have been looking to add to your kit. Deals include savings from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus so take a look!

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Review: Olympus M. Zuiko 30mm f3.5 (Micro Four Thirds)

You really have to give it to Olympus: even when you’re not working with their highest-end glass, the image quality is still super stellar–and that’s the case with the new Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro lens. It isn’t one of the company’s best built lenses, but it also isn’t one of their worst. Rendering the equivalent of a 60mm f7 field of view in the full frame equivalent, you have little to no reason to stop a lens down like this.

And beyond there, there is a whole lot to love here.

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Concepts and Better Composition Composing of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography, like any other genre, has its many-what I will call-“unofficial rules”.

There are rules about how to expose a scene using methods such as the zone method developed by Ansel Adams, exposing to the right to get as much detail as you can from the shadows, or even bracketing multiple exposures and creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. And then there are rules for composition. The most famous of which-and one you probably learned of first-the Rule of Thirds.

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This Monstrous Micro Four Thirds Combo is All You Need to Be a Spy

Photos by Going_mad. Used with permission.

This is what happens when you combine an Olympus OMD series camera with the Sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 lens and a Kippon adapter. It’s huge–but considering the 2x crop factor involved here, you’re getting a heck of a super zoom lens., Essentially this lens becomes a 100-1,000mm zoom lens offering with full autofocus capabilities.

Believe it or not, this isn’t uncommon.

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Inspiration: The Olympus PEN-F Shoots Some Beautiful Video

We feel, and most others agree, that the Olympus PEN-F was one of the most beautiful cameras to come out in the last year and a half or so. The craftsmanship, build quality, and all of the aesthetics were on point and top notch.

Unfortunately, we also felt, and many agreed, that the price was a little high based on what you were getting from an image quality and performance standpoint. Most of our thoughts focused on the still image portion of the camera, but how about its video? Well, it is certainly not meant to be a primary video camera for a video focused creative, but how about for those just looking to capture some good video clips here and there? Continue reading…