This article provides a World Photography Day overview and shares some thoughts on the various sessions that were live streamed. If you did not have the opportunity to view any of the live stream sessions held yesterday during the World Photography Day, you can still view them online. Links are provided throughout this article.
I made some time in my schedule to watch 6 of the 7 sessions. Since the one by Sergio Marcos was broadcast in Spanish I decided to take a pass on that particular session.
For what it’s worth, here are my thoughts on the 6 sessions that I watched. You should take my opinions with a grain of salt since my interests may be quite different from yours. It is also important to remember that evaluating photographs is a purely subjective exercise. What one person likes may leave another cold.
The Macro Session
Coffee with the Cla(i)re’s
While the session was titled “The Macro Session’ the presenters didn’t even begin to discuss macro photography until about 25 minutes into their 1 hour presentation. The first section contained a bit of an overview of the World Photography Day program.
Much of the first half of the session was spent on discussing Starry Sky technology. This was out-of-context given the title of this session. When the presenters finally got around to ‘macro’ they were using an M.Zuiko PRO 300 mm f/4 shooting from a tripod. They attempted to do a live example of photographing subjects with this gear while the session was going on. This part of the presentation did not appear to go as smoothly as intended.
The overall content could have benefitted from more examples of related macro images or in-depth discussions about macro techniques.
Exploring Menus & Dials
David Smith is a very knowledgeable, Olympus technical expert. Given the complexity of the Olympus menus it would be a challenge for anyone to fit in a lot of detail during a one hour presentation. David was very organized, well prepared, and provided a good overview of the basic menu system.
He answered numerous questions from the audience and demonstrated how to find various functions or make adjustments in real time. This added quite a bit of value to his presentation. While not all of the questions from the audience were of interest to me, David’s command of the subject was evident and I quite enjoyed his presentation.
I think this presentation had quite a lot of value, especially for photographers who are new to the Olympus system.
Exploring Bird Photography
Andreas is a somewhat subdued presenter. He did provide some good content on general preparation for bird photography and some insights on camera gear. He also provided some detailed content on camera settings. I enjoyed many of the photographs that Andreas featured in his presentation. His interests also include landscape photography so there were some landscape images captured during his birding hikes included in his presentation.
The Art of Nature
Andres’s presentation was about shifting one’s photographic style from typical animal photography to pursuing a more artistic approach that tells a story and engages a viewer more deeply. This presentation featured many silhouette and back lit images. Andre took some time to discuss some of his technique to harness available light.
Photographers who want to combine animals and their environment in a more artistic way in their images would probably enjoy this presentation.
Wildlife Photography From Safari to Your Backyard
Brooke is a talented wildlife photographer and I’ve enjoyed seeing her work in the past. She can be an energetic and expressive presenter. This particular session featured about a half dozen images captured during a recent safari to Botswana. I quite enjoyed the images in terms of composition and lighting. They were all good examples of the quality of Brooke’s work.
Brooke went into a lot of detail about her trip to Botswana and no doubt some folks would find her anecdotes interesting… especially if one is planning this type of photographic adventure. I would have loved to have seen a lot more examples of her Botswana images along with commentary from this talented professional.
Olympus Innovations for the Outdoor Photographer
In my estimation Peter Baumgarten’s presentation was the absolute highlight of World Photography Day.
His presentation was very well focused and covered a wide range of Olympus technology. This included focus bracketing and stacking. Exposure bracketing. HDR. Time lapse. Pro Capture. C-AF + Tracking. Bird AI. Hand Held Hi Res. Live Composite. Starry Sky. And, Live ND.
Peter did a terrific job explaining the how’s and why’s of his technique and shared a fantastic assortment of photographs throughout his presentation. What I particularly love about Peter’s work is how he uses Olympus technology in very innovative ways.
If you have an interest in the incredible technology that is packed into various Olympus cameras… and want a good dose of inspiration as well… this is the presentation to watch.
I hope this World Photography Day overview has been helpful. If you only have time to view one of the sessions covered in this overview, I would highly recommend Peter Baumgarten’s Olympus Innovations for the Outdoor Photographer.
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