Friday, July 10, 2020

Multiplicity: Fun with compositing

Informal family photo -- COVID style via multiplicity.
Tom and I teach multiplicity quite often, here is one example of how multiplicity to use.

Tom and his siblings were together for purposes of his late Dad's estate. They wore masks and social distanced, but before everyone left Tom wanted a quick informal family photo. Rather than a more traditional family image wearing masks, Tom had each one stand and quickly grabbed an image of each sibling, using the ten-second self-timer for his image. It wasn't planned. There was no clothing consultation, no hairstylists, no formal posing, no flash, no reflectors -- but Tom did not want to let the rare opportunity of all five siblings together at once be lost.
Multiplicity: Fun with compositing
Multiplicity is also a FUN Way to Learn How to Use (and Master) Layers and Masks.
July 21st 7pm Register here $99:
Multiplicity is a photography technique in which the same person is photographed from different angles and directions and then the bunch of photographs are digitally re-mastered in Photoshop showing clones of the person doing different things all in one photo.
If you're ready to take your creativity to a whole new level – and have fun doing it - this is the workshop for you! During this Zoom class, you'll delve into the innovative genre of multiplicity photography and what it can do for your photography.
Instructor Lisa Cuchara covers everything you need to know including what multiplicity is, when and how to use it and why you want to do it. Discuss what you need for the shoot and walk through each step of taking the photos. Learn how to bring it all together, via Photoshop, layers and masks, as Lisa gives you a step-by-step tutorial on everything you need to know.
You'll discover how to create an interesting story with a single shot – and breathe new life into your photo sessions.
Create a unique "selfie" or just pretend to find your long lost twin and post the photo to Facebook, this will be a FUN workshop!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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


@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:

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:

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:

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 --

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 ( 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