So on thursday I got whisked away by Olympus to Berlin for the launch of their new 'Photographer's Playground'. Situated in Opernwerkstaetten, a workshop building in the old East Berlin where backdrops were created for the Berlin opera, the playground features a vast array of art installations all begging to be both appreciated and photographed. From a corridor filled with cardboard boxes, each one with it's own spinning wooden ball bouncing to create a truly unique cacophony, to the sealed ecosystem filled with mould, there was easily enough to keep peoples attention. Of course there were drinks and nibbles, as well as plenty of cameras to play with if you didn't have your own, making it easy for everyone to have a play!Read More
Just before Christmas I picked up a new client for a very nice job in San Francisco. It was a very short trip though! I left London on December 21st, shot at lunchtime on the 22nd, edited in the afternoon, then flew back the following day. 21 hours flying in a couple of days! Good job I love to travel! Hehe
Firstly, I'm really loving this whole electronic check-in via my iPhone malarky. It's the future, I tell thee! So after arriving in the US, and having a conversation with immigration about the pros and cons of digital vs film, I jumped in a cab and headed off to the hotel. After checking in and dropping my bag off in the hotel room, I went out for some much needed sustenance. On a recommendation from the awesome beatnik concierge, I ate at Tommy's Joynt. I'm still not entirely sure what I ate exactly. The people in the queue before me ordered something that looked amazing, so I had what they had! It was basically a roasted ham of some sort with mashed potato. It was epic though! After food, I went for a quick wander before heading back to the hotel to make sure I was fresh for my photoshoot in the morning.Read More
One of my pet hates when using a lot of modern digital cameras is that unlike their film counterparts from 20+ years ago, quite often they feel like computers with lenses on the front. It's like you push a button and then electronic wizardry happens and a photo appears. I much prefer the sound of a mechanical kerchunk of a shutter and the ratchety sound of film being wound on. Shooting on film makes me feel like it's really me that's taking the photo, and not the camera.
In an attempt to take back a little bit of control and make myself feel like more of the photographic process, I got hold of an MF-2 adaptor for the Olympus OM-D. What this allows me to do is use all the old OM lenses on the OM-D. Now the first reason for doing this is that the optics are awesome, but another reason is that I now have to manually set the aperture on the lens, and do all the focussing manually too. Ok, so it's still attached to the front of electronic wizardry, but it's a start!Read More
I've always been sceptical about my teaching abilities in the past, so when Olympus asked if I would be up for doing a couple of workshops as part of their OM-D Events series, I was a little apprehensive. My main concern was how was I going to fill the 4 hour time slot with decent and worthwhile content that people would find both informative and inspiring?
I've never given any talks before, so I had no clue how long things take to talk about, but after a couple of days with a notepad and pen (old skool is still the way to brainstorm!), I managed to put together a decent framework. The main point of my talk was always going to be more theoretical and philosophical, rather than showing people lighting setups and the like. There are plenty of people out there teaching that kind of stuff.Read More
A few months ago I blogged about a shoot I did for Olympus User magazine to review the new Olympus OM-D. Well having used the camera for several months now, I thought I would go a bit more in depth and go through some of my feelings and experiences of this new camera.
Last year I blogged about my Olympus PEN E-PL1 and how much I loved it. After a year of using it, whilst still loving it and taking it everywhere, I had discovered a few areas I thought it could improve upon. Well Olympus have clearly developed a telepathic R&A department, because all the niggles that were in my head are completely gone on the OM-D!Read More