Do You Have the X Factor? | Olympus Proteges

After much planning by Olympus and their various teams, I’m delighted to announce a brilliant opportunity for photography enthusiasts  in the UK only – how do you fancy bagging yourself a fabulous Olympus EM10 camera (yours to keep) and the chance to have some one-to-one guidance from an established mentor? Learn more by clicking here: Olympus Proteges. You don’t have to be an advanced photographer by any means – you just need to be passionate about your hobby, willing to learn, and up for a weekend away in a few weeks time.

I’m really excited about my involvement and I can’t wait to find out who my protege will be following the nomination period. Those gorgeous people at Olympus will also be sending us somewhere fun where we can photograph a variety of animals together and get some great pictures with the new EM10.  I’ve been an independent Olympus user for the last couple of years and so it was great to be invited onboard to play a part in this project – I’ll be able to pass on what I’ve learned about these cameras and their considerable potential. You can see plenty of photographs on this blog and on my dedicated pet and animal photography site: Pet and Animal Photography West Sussex.

It doesn’t matter if you’re fairly new to photography or if you’re already starting to explore image making seriously – get a head start and hit the ground running with some personalised tuition from your very own dedicated mentor. I’ll be exploring animal photography with my protege – I photograph animals of all shapes and sizes from domestic pets to birds and wildlife. Many of my animal photographs can be termed as portraits but I occasionally like to add something creative or even quirky. An animal can be a defined primary subject or a smaller but important compositional element to a wider pictorial study. In other words – no mug shots allowed!

The great thing about animals is that they can be quite easily found whilst we’re out and about – particularly birds, or animals living in sanctuaries. The tough part about shooting animals is that we can’t always control our subjects or their environment. In my opinion animal photography can be pretty challenging for that reason – I’ll teach my protege how to make the best of a given situation, how to relate the animal to its environment, what camera settings to use, how to think about composition, and more importantly to never give up!




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