Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Exciting Olympus Announcements including the 150-400 (1000mm effective zoom)

1. OLYMPUS UNVEILS UPDATED M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL LENS ROADMAP

@GetOlympus just announced the newest updates to their lens roadmap – including a new 8-25mm F4.0 PRO, a 100-400mm lens and a telephoto macro lens! You can see the new roadmap at: getolympus.com/development

I personally am looking forward to their macro lens. I love, love, love my 60mm macro (it is my favorite lens of them all), but am looking forward to a longer macro for those more skittish critters. Olympus has LOTS of lenses, but a longer macro lens will be great to have!


2. If you’ve been waiting for @GetOlympus’ new M.Zuiko 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens – great news! It’s scheduled to be released this winter – along with a first-ever Bird Intelligent Subject Detection AF firmware update for the E-M1X.

This is the first Olympus® interchangeable lens with a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, extending the maximum focal length to 1000mm (35mm equivalent).

Check out all of their updates: getolympus.com/development



3. How cool is THIS !!!
@GetOlympus is developing a firmware update to the E-M1X that adds Bird detection to the camera’s Intelligent Subject Detection AF! It’s scheduled for release this winter. 😊

4. Did you see that @GetOlympus just launched OM-D Webcam Beta software?

Use select OM-D cameras when calling your friends and family on programs like Zoom and Skype! Check it out at: https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/olympus-om-d-webcam-beta.

OM-D Webcam Beta is compatible with the following camera models:
  • E-M1X
  • E-M1
  • E-M1 Mark II
  • E-M1 Mark III
  • E-M5 Mark II

Also check out Robin Wong' video on this -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7UyNrLX1Dk



5. Tom and I are excited to learn that we have three new Olympus ambassadors. Please join us to extend a very warm welcome to our newest Olympus brand ambassadors, Olympus Educators Steve Ball, Ryan Fisher, and Ben Knoot!
  • Ben Knoot is a nature photographer based in Arizona. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. Ben now leads educational and instructive photography, birding and birding with a camera (BWC®) tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours (http://www.tropicalbirding.com). Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earth’s beauty as much as he does. You may have seen him on Creative Live during the free Olympus week.
  • Steve Ball is a bird photographer based in Seattle, Washington. The Pacific Northwest is where he discovered his love of photographing birds, while working for Olympus as a National Account Executive. He enjoys photographing all types of birds; both trained/education birds and birds in their natural environment. Steve also very much enjoys light painting. Steve has been voted ‘World’s Best Dad’ by his cats J
  • Ryan Fisher is a professional photographer based in Easton, PA. Primarily shooting events and weddings, but also conducts commission work including portraits, architecture, urban and rural landscapes, and some long exposure work, he’s proud to pursue his passion of photography in the community where he was born and raised, alongside his beautiful wife and three amazing kids. He owns two successful photography businesses: Lasting Image Photography by Ryan Fisher, and a photography group on Facebook he founded with the intent to educate photographers and nurture a positive photography community: “The Lehigh Valley Photography Group,” which is now 8,200 members strong, and showcases work by photographers from all over the world.
6. Lastly, There are just a few days left to get your FREE Olympus camera, with the purchase of three pro lenses


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Olympus cameras


Lots of commotion yesterday with the Olympus headlines...

I got up this morning and guess what? My Olympus camera, with all of its amazing technology (technology like live composite that no one else has) and in-camera focus stacking and pro-capture, which are just amazing, STILL WORKS!

I have received a lot of questions. The opinions herein are my own and do not reflect Olympus. I have made a note when an answer came directly from an Olympus communication to Tom and I as brand ambassadors. Certainly, time will answer some of the questions being asked, but here are some answers...
  1. Olympus will continue business as usual. The camera business is not being shut down. 
    • This was statement was officially sent to us from Olympus 

  2. Read #1 again. Don’t panic -- Olympus cameras did not implode overnight, and they are not going to spontaneously combust and disappear.

  3. Nikon is owned by Mitsubishi. Volvo is owned by Geely from China. Jaguar is owned by Tata Motor, India. Mini is owned by BMW, Germany. Lamborghini is owned by Volkswagen, Germany. I am glad that Olympus did not just close (like Kodak who could have sold their camera division) or transfer their amazing technology to another camera company. Hopefully JIP will just bankroll the camera division and let the camera team do whatever they need to do to deliver results. I seem to remember that Minolta DSLRs became Sony DSLRs. The announcement in and of itself does not worry us. Allegedly, the entire division is supposed to be included in the transition. This includes patents, R & D, inventory and most important the personnel themselves, who have worked to make the Olympus cameras what they are today. The fact that all camera sales are way down as compared to ten years ago because of cell phones impacts the entire photographic industry, not just camera companies.  

  4. Is Olympus going to stop producing cameras? It is the intention that Olympus will continue to sell and support cameras and lenses. Although specific market plans are still under negotiation with the buyer, Olympus plans to continue business in the Americas.
    • This was statement was officially sent to us from Olympus 

  5. Your Olympus warranties are still valid. The transfer is not expected to affect Olympus service and Olympus' Authorized Service Centers will continue business as usual during the transfer process.
    • This was statement was officially sent to us from Olympus 

  6. The Olympus Authorized Service Centers are conducting business as usual. Check your repair status by visiting: https://www.olympusedesk.com/cpgrepairs/cpg_servicerepair.asp  
    • This was statement was officially sent to us from Olympus 

  7. There are no plans to change product launches in 2020. Products that have been announced as under development will be introduced to the market as planned. 
    • This was statement was officially sent to us from Olympus 
    • Tom and I are looking forward to the 150-400 with the built-in 1.4X (1000mm handheld!) that is being released in 2020. We do not regret making the transition to Olympus or the fact that we just got four EM1 mark III cameras!

  8. I can tell you that Tom and I have no plans to make any changes to our gear (except add the new 150-400mm when it comes out). We absolutely love:
    • The Live Composite technology. I cannot contemplate doing night photography, light painting, cloud stacking, Neutral density photography, etc. without Live Composite – and no other system offers Live Composite. It is a game-changer for night photography. As is the new Starry night AF AI (EM1 mark iii).
    • The weather-sealed camera bodies and lenses, it is liberating to be able to photograph in the rain and not have to worry about your gear or have your creativity impeded upon by bulky rain gear. 
    • The in-camera focus stacking. I cannot tell you how many times a day we use in-camera focus stacking, capturing images with beautiful backgrounds and tack sharp subjects straight out of the camera is awesome
    • The really cool pro-capture feature where you can capture frames before you trip the shutter
    • The amazing IBIS, the image stabilization is awesome. I can routinely handhold images that were taken at 1/8 second and have taken a lot of sharp images at 1,2 and even 4 seconds!
    • The supersonic dust prevention sensor
    • The lenses with their sharp glass. The 60mm lens is my favorite, but their 12-40 2.8, 40-150 2.8, and 300mm f4 are equally great. I love being able to handhold 600mm (or 840mm with the 1.4x) -- at a fraction of the weight (and cost) of other camera lenses.
    • The ergonomic and lightweight EM1 Mark III – my favorite camera body! 

  9. I have no idea if the Olympus Educator program that Tom and I are part of will continue. Of course, we do hope that the Olympus ambassador programs will continue.

  10. The full statement of the Olympus Imaging Business memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. (JIP) is here: www.olympus-global.com/news/2020/nr01695.html 

  11. The Olympus Technical Support team is available to answer any product questions! Hours of operation and contact information can be found by visiting: https://www.getolympus.com/customer-service#contact 
    • This was statement was officially sent to us from Olympus
    • You can find support information for all Olympus products online by visiting: https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/support 

  12. For the most up to date information about Olympus products in the Americas, visit: getolympus.com
    • Olympus's online portal: https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/contact-olympus 
    • Specific inquiries can be directed to: ConsumerPR@olympus.com
Our advice is for Olympus users to keep enjoying their cameras and take lots of photographs. 

If we get any more specific information, we will share it.

Here are some of our Live Composite images -- Live Composite is not available in any other system...






Thursday, June 11, 2020

Let us share some photography tips with you

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tips from the Olympus Educators


FREE - Tips from the Olympus Educators
When: June 10th 7PM
https://tinyurl.com/OlympusEducators61020



Come meet some Olympus Educator and let us share some photography tips with you. We are a group of Olympus Educators, an is an exclusive, invite-only program that offers consumer photography experiences in the form of workshops, seminars and educational forums that will enhance customer knowledge and skills. https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/educators

This webinar is a chance for you to meet and get to know the Olympus Educators in the United States. Each photographer has their own specialties, style, and unique approach to photography. If you already shoot Olympus, have been thinking of switching to Olympus, or would like to learn more about how to use Olympus camera equipment to create stunning images, then this is your chance to meet all nineteen educators. We will be asking a series of questions and then we will take some questions from the audience as well.

Come learn who can help you on your photographic journey with the Olympus OM-D system!

We are using Olympus gear completely now. www.tinyurl.com/lisatomO

FYI, ANYONE can attend our workshops (mobile device, film camera, dSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

Olympus- New Cameras & Lenses are Here! Shop Now
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8462989-11968384







Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Interview with Peter Forsgard

We are grateful for Peter Forsgård for such a wonderful interview! check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFxkNYgZjnc
We have enjoyed watching Peter's videos and LiveStreams, but being interviewed by him made us realize how wonderful and easy-going he is! We thank him for having us.
Get Olympus #getolympus PhotographybyLisaandTom Tom Cuchara


Peter Forsgård, Visual Content Creator, Photographer, lecturer, author, blogger, vlogger and a podcast host, Olympus European Visionary
peter@peterforsgard.com
www.peterforsgard.com
www.youtube.com/user/JPeterF

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Join Tom and I tomorrow 2pm EST on Peter Forsgard's YouTube Channel

Join Tom and I Wednesday 2pm EST on Peter Forsgard's YouTube Channel

The Live Stream link stream is: https://youtu.be/BFxkNYgZjnc


Peter Forsgard, Visual Content Creator, Photographer, lecturer, author, blogger, vlogger and a podcast host, Olympus European Visionary
peter@peterforsgard.com
www.peterforsgard.com


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Heart in the Sky and Star Trails

Tom noticed that the big dipper and the north are over our house, so he decided to take the Olympus EM1 mark III and 8mm lens outside and try out the new Starry AF feature (works well!).

Tom noticed that there is a heart shape (see below) in the sky above our house. Join our email list to find out about our photography classes, tours, and workshops, as well as photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist



Camera Model: E-M1MarkIII
Lens: OLYMPUS M.8mm F1.8; Focal length: 8mm; Focal length: 16mm (in 35mm film)
Exposure mode: Manual (Bulb --> Live Composite mode)
Aperture: 4
ISO: 1600
Shutter speed: 10 sec frames; 544 frames for a total of ~90 minutes -- stacked in-camera on lighten blend mode

Tom saw the heart shape first above the house, top left, and then noticed the big dipper in the heart-shaped sky, upper right, he followed the big dipper to the North Star and then set his camera on Live composite mode, which only added NEW light, which means that he can get star trails despite the light pollution in our town. Live Composite is fun for star trials, light painting inside and outside, fireworks, car trails, etc. It gives you an image straight out of camera that does not need stacking in Photoshop.
He used Starry night AF (a new AI feature in the new EM1 mark III camera) to focus on the stars.


#lisatomphotos #getolympus #startrails #starrynightAF

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Title: FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Title: FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Location: https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators

When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: This webinar is a chance for you to meet and get to know the 19 Official Olympus Educators in the United States. Each photographer has their own specialties, style, and unique approach to photography. If you already shoot Olympus, have been thinking of switching to Olympus, or would like to learn more about how to use Olympus camera equipment to create stunning images, then this is your chance to meet all nineteen educators. We will be asking a series of questions and then we will take some questions from the audience as well.

Come learn who can help you on your photographic journey with the Olympus OM-D system!

 View and attend webinar at https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators

We are using Olympus gear completely now. www.tinyurl.com/lisatomO

FYI, ANYONE can attend our workshops (mobile device, film camera, dSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

Olympus- New Cameras & Lenses are Here! Shop Now
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8462989-11968384 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Backgrounds

This magnolia was photographed using a lightbox for sidelight. It was taken with my 60mm lens (1/250 sec f11, 15 images focus stacked in-camera). Keep reading to learn more about our OOF backgrounds (OOF = intentionally out of focus)








The backgrounds were OOF (out of focus) images printed by Jesse Thompson of Milford Photo. When I find an image that has pleasing colors I put the lens on manual focus and defocus the image to taster (usually shooting at f2.8 to f4 to keep the bokeh). When your prints arrive, use a few pieces of double sided tape to adhere them to foam core ($1 dollar store) or matboards (or you can take a back off of a store frame since you cannot get out for supplies right now)


You can join our email list to find out about us and tips like this one about backgrounds http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist



#lisatomphotos #getolympus #homewitholympus #magnolia #lightbox #focusstacked PhotographybyLisaandTom Tom Cuchara Get Olympus