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Be Camera Ready For Once In A Lifetime Photos

written by Julie Cohn

One of the best parts of traveling is seeing new things that are different from everyday life.  I love to find the beauty in the unexpected, but as a novice photographer, I was not well prepared for those unexpected candid shots.  A perfect photography moment would present itself, and I was either too busy fumbling with the settings or lens on my camera, or worse, did not have my camera with me.  I can’t even tell you how many incredible moments I missed because I was not ready.  Over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about being better prepared as a photographer so hope my ten tips to be camera ready for those once-in-a-lifetime photos, as well as information on the Olympus® OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera, will help you to become a better photographer too.

{This post is sponsored by Olympus® but opinions and photographs (unless captioned) are mine.}

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When I travel, I enjoy visiting historical landmarks and botanical gardens for photography inspiration, but I never know what to expect when I get there.  Seasonal flowers may be in bloom, animals and insects could suddenly appear, or the light might catch at the right moment.  Just because I am being spontaneous does not mean I can’t be prepared; I want to be ready for anything that can happen.  Here are some techniques I use to capture those candid moments.

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  1. Keep your camera and at least one versatile lens with you at all times.
  2. If photographing a specific destination, arrive early to scope out the a few spots that would make great photos.
  3. Take photos from many different angles.  If there is too much light in one photo, a different angle may capture the moment.
  4. Better yet, play with light.  Catch the sunset reflected in a wine glass instead of the direct sunset, or focus on the shadows in the corner of a frame.
  5. When photographing people, catch them when they least expect it and when they are not looking directly at the camera.
  6. Don’t always look for the perfect shot, look for the interesting shot.  Some of the most imperfect things make beautiful photos.
  7. Take lots and lots of photos.  The more photos you take, the more likely a few of them will turn out great.
  8. Shoot in the RAW mode.  You will get a higher quality photo that captures light, color, and depth better when you shoot RAW.
  9.  Be fearless. When you find the perfect shot, don’t hesitate, because the moment could be gone.
  10. Notice everything.  The hummingbird lurking in the bushes, the red umbrella amongst a sea of black umbrellas, and the seagull pecking at the seashell near the surf can all make great spontaneous shots.  Learn to be aware of your surroundings.

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Olympus® OM-D E-M5 Mark II

logo_olympus_rgb-jpgOlympus® has a great camera, the Olympus®  OM-D E-M5 Mark II, with features that make taking candid shots easy.  An 81-point selectable auto focus, a high-speed mechanical shutter, and a lightweight weatherproof casing are must-have features to catch those spontaneous moments.  The 5-Axis Image Stablization takes better photos in low light and allows for blur-free images without a tripod. A camera that has everything you need, when you need it?  Score!  An added bonus?  With the purchase of the new Olympus® OM-D E-M5 Mark II, you can “complete the picture” with a free domestic airline ticket.  For more information about the Olympus® Fly With EM5 program, please visit their website at www.FlyWithEM5.com

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