“From Japan, to the world”

This time, I wanted to create a series of photographs based on the theme “From Japan, to the world”.

By adding Japanese-type emotions and items, my goal was to produce art that incorporates the Japanese spirit while also integrating various international elements. I went location scouting in temples and shrines in Kyoto, taking photos in several places. At one temple I asked them for a big favor — to light up the lanterns along the temple’s stone stairway in the early morning. I then had a model wearing high heels stand on the stairs and took photos of her. She stood absolutely still with an umbrella in hand, and the umbrella had a flash installed inside. It was summer and very hot, so the session was pretty brutal. …

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A photographer living in Nagoya, Japan, HASEO is a full member of APA (Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association). He is committed to capturing real images, and refuses to alter his work with synthesis or CG. Focusing on the darkness of the human mind and society, his photography expresses original stories based on his unique view of the world. He developed his own “policy” of capturing all women beautifully, which is widely appreciated by photographers and hair stylists in Japan.

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Outdoor photography | Tom Ormerod

The weather (and the light) is important for all outdoor photographers and especially for Landscape shooters. So when I was offered the chance to field test the new OM-D E-M1 Mark III, I knew I had to put it through its paces and try to experience many different conditions.

There is nothing I enjoy more than a photo road trip so I decided to split my time with the camera between one in the damp autumnal South West of the UK and another in the warm but infinitely changeable conditions of Madeira.

The conditions throughout the Dorset & Devon trip were certainly, variable including gale force winds, torrential rain, blue skies and sunshine.

Family man Tom has been around cameras for many years but only found his niche in 2017 when he started photographing seascapes around his home county of Dorset, UK. Since then he has become a semi-professional photographer, selling & showcasing his work, delivering workshops & talks and sharing his love of capturing the land and sea. He can often be found before sunrise on the hills, cliffs and beaches of Dorset and its neighbouring counties. He actively promotes the social elements of photography both online and in person, enjoying shooting with others as much as being out alone.

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Tom Ormerod Photography
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Landscapes by Chris Poplawski

Chris Poplawski is a Southern California native who loves experiencing new landscapes and engaging with wildlife in their natural element. While his life’s work is mainly dedicated to travel and brand photography, he also spends my time building relationships with couples and people around the world to capture their love stories.

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Landscapes by Chris Poplawski
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Landscapes and Seascapes

Alexa Rakow is a landscape and seascape photographer based out of Santa Barbara, California.
“My love for photography started as a child with a hand me down camera and 10 rolls of film that were gifted to me. I quickly realized I loved capturing the moment especially when combined with being in nature and seeing breathtaking landscapes. While photography is my full time passion, it’s only a part time career. Most days you can find me chasing around a five year old as his nanny.”

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Landscapes and Seascapes
by Alexa Rakow
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Capture drool-worthy photos of your favorite foods with these photography tips.

Take a moment to play around with basic photo framing: the rule of thirds, S curves, leading lines, diagonal lines, and symmetry versus asymmetry. Certain foods may look beautiful when arranged on a simple plate, while other foods take on a new form if you fill your frame with an extreme close-up. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you don’t have to fit everything in your photo every time. Let your viewer’s imagination run wild by choosing to share just a part of your seven-course spread.

Natural lighting is good, but natural lighting with a hazy filter is even better. Always aim to shoot outdoors during golden hour or use translucent curtains to filter intense light through windows. Also, don’t be afraid of shooting at a high ISO (400 – 1600) to get an artfully grainy shot. If neither of these options are available, use a camera with manual settings to adjust exposure or a lens with a fast aperture that captures more light when shooting delectable dishes in low light areas. Just leave the flash off.

A perfect image is all in the prep. This could mean work-in-progress shots of diced vegetables on a wooden board or fruit sitting in a harvest basket waiting to be baked. Use ingredients to add character and texture by creating imperfections like overflowing sauces, dollops of cream, herbs, crumbs, and grains of sea salt. Again, think about the depth of your photo and focus on various ingredients to see what yields the best shot.

I always say that composition is 51 percent of a photo, editing is 49 percent, and lighting is 100 percent. Lighting is everything. Think about what a camera is: it’s a box that lets in light. Beyond that, composition is the foundation of your photo. Because composition is based on universal visual principles, it’s the thing that’s going to make your photograph universally appealing. That being said, editing is the thing that’s going to make your photograph even more attractive. Basically, think of composition like bone structure and editing as your makeup.

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Capture drool-worthy photos of your favorite foods with these photography tips.
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Elevate Your Bird Photography Game

Elevate Your Bird Photography Game with our FREE 26-page guide featuring photography tips from world-renowned bird photographer and Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne, gear recommendations and more!

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The Olympus Guide to Shooting Pretty Darn Sweet Bird Photos
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