Tips for Capturing the Colors of Autumn from Olympus


I recently returned from an 11-day, 1,500 mile driving tour of New England, which took me across six states (which is a big deal to a California native because here you can drive nearly 1,000 miles just going from one end of the state to the other) and I got to see a few burgeoning  signs of what is considered “Fall Foliage Season” in that region of the country (see my photo above).  It is an annual endeavor for many professional and amateur photographers from across the country to capture the colors of fall, so it’s great that Olympus is sharing some helpful tips for doing so at the peak of this beautiful season. My favorite tip is below. Click here to see the whole story by Olympus.

Use Exposure Creatively

On a clear sunny day, you can take pictures of the red and yellow autumn colors against the blue sky. On a cloudy day, try using exposure compensation to give the impression of a painting. Set the exposure compensation more towards the + (positive) side and the details of the cloudy sky will disappear and become white. When the sky turns white, the autumn colored leaves will appear in the picture as if painted on a white canvas.


Tips for Brilliant Firework Photos from Olympus

photo by mrpattersonsir (creative commons)

Olympus is sharing some great tips for photographing fireworks just in time for the 4th of July. My favorite tip is below. Click here to see the whole story by Olympus.

Create a trail of lights with a sparkler

Experiment with your camera’s Night Scene+Portrait mode to capture amazing photos of light trails. This Scene Mode will fire a flash to illuminate your subject – but it will also keep the shutter open long enough to capture a light trail.

*If your camera does not have Fireworks Scene Mode or Night Scene+Portrait, your best alternative is to try Night Mode while using a tripod.


Photographing Children in a Developing Country


I recently came across this post by cashewman called “13 Tips for Great Photography in a Developing Country” (via BoingBoing) and it got me to thinking about the times I’ve shot scenes of life in a developing country.  Over the past few years, I have spent time visiting the orphanages of Tijuana and Baja California, and always bring my camera along for the trips. Whereas in the U.S., photographing children is  fragile and often dangerous ground for photographers to trample, even for those of us with the best intentions, in Mexico the children and their guardians seem to welcome the chance for little ones to be in front of the lens. However, there are two things about photography that I have learned over the years that have helped me to understand the true experience of these orphaned children even better.

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Pentaxian Mark Dimalanta Gives Surf Photography Demo

PentaxianMark Dimalanta has been giving a presentation on the world of surf photography all week at the Pentax booth at PMA. Mark, a Huntington Beach, CA native, a surfer, and a former doctor, has traveled to the best breaks all over the world to shoot some of the greatest surfers of our time and pay homage to the Hawaiian tradition that now spans the globe.

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Winter Shooting Tips from Olympus Photographer Jay Kinghorn

Olympus tapped digital imaging consultant Jay Kinghorn to share some great tips for shooting in the harsh elements that winter can bring. In the article, Kinghorn details the process of winter-time shooting from what to wear to boosting ISO speed. My favorite tip is below. Click here to see the whole story by Olympus.

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