Shooting the Olympus 9mm Fisheye Lens
Apr12

Shooting the Olympus 9mm Fisheye Lens

Today’s Post by Mark Toal One of my favorite mirrorless lenses is the Olympus 9mm Fisheye Body Cap lens and I’ve written about using it to photograph cars—pros and cons—on my car photograph site/blog. Today Mirrorless Photo Tips’ Mark Toal takes another look at this interesting and affordable lens and shares some tips and techniques. A few weeks ago I had a chance to try the new Olympus 9mm Fisheye Body Cap lens. For...

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Glamour & Boudoir Photography in Micro Four-thirds Time
Mar11

Glamour & Boudoir Photography in Micro Four-thirds Time

You may be interested in trying glamour photography but think it’s difficult and requires lots of expensive equipment but the truth is that all you really need is a camera, lighting and a subject. I’ve covered the subject of Where to Find Glamour Models and if you missed it, use the search feature to find all the related posts in the series. Lighting for the intimate portrait at right was provided by affrodable Godox monolights....

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Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”
Mar11

Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”

I am hardly a wildlife photographer but sometimes they just walk into your own backyard , as was the case with this young mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) photographed, literally, in my backyard. Several times a day individual and groups of mule deer stroll leisurely across Daisy Hill on their way to find nourishment, usually my landscaping. I started photographing this critter from the sidewalk in front of my house at 150mm, slowly...

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Keeping Your Photography Gear Simple
Feb03

Keeping Your Photography Gear Simple

Guest Post by Mark Toal, photographs by Joe Farace KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” that was originally credited to aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson. His KISS principle stated that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than  complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. Nowhere is that more true than in photography and it’s one of biggest...

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Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera
Jan16

Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera

Sigma’s ART lens category includes the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN and 19mm f/2.8 DN lenses designed for mirrorless lens cameras. Priced at $199, both lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear auto focusing motor for accurate and quiet focusing for video. They have metal exteriors and a simple focus ring with varying textures to distinguish each part of the lens. The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN is a relatively wide-angle lens...

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Fun with Lensbabies & Mirrorless Cameras
Dec23

Fun with Lensbabies & Mirrorless Cameras

Today’s Post by Mark Toal I have to confess that I love to work with interesting and fun accessories that let me be more creative and see things in a different way. Once I discovered that Lensbaby, Holga and Diane lenses were being modified for Micro Four-thirds cameras I was in heaven. I remember the first time that I read about the original Lensbaby about 10 years ago. I went to my local camera store and asked when they were...

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Shooting Summer Rodeos
Jul14

Shooting Summer Rodeos

Summer is rodeo time in the West so last week I headed to the St. Paul, Oregon 4th of July Rodeo. Rodeo’s can be tough to shoot because they usually take place in the afternoon when the sun is the brightest and the shadows are the worst. Try getting detail in the cowboy’s face being shaded from the bright sun by a black cowboy hat. My solution is to check out the action in Slack, which usually takes place very early in the morning....

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