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The latest edition of the Olympus Mag is now available for FREE download. This month the mag is definitely worth a read, not least because I've had another article featured.

In this, the May/June edition, I've written extensively about the fantastic level of service I got from Olympus after a recent mishap at a wedding when my beloved OM-D E-M1 got into a fight with the pavement (and lost). In the article I detail the process of arranging the repair, the shipping and turnaround times and the quality of the repair itself of course.

Ever wondered where your camera goes to when you send it off? Want to know just who it is fixing your camera when it gets there? What about the costs? It's all mentioned in the article, so head on over to the site now, or download the Olympus Mag App from your App Store today.

If you were ever in doubt about Olympus' ability to offer a professional level of service and support to owners of their cameras, this article should remove those doubts.

Thanks again to Daisy Dickinson for picking up on my article and putting it into this edition

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We’re super excited about the release of the new TOUGH TG-TRACKER camera, Olympus’ first action cam with 4K. Taking its hardy credentials from its TOUGH cousins, this dinky cam may be pocket-sized, but packs a punch - and you can read all about it, then enter to win one in the new May issue of Olympus Magazine.
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Hi +Martin Bailey. I've just finished reading through your article on 'Exporting for Web'. I always find it interesting to hear about how others approach this part of the all-important process.

One question for you: do you give thought to the type of device or platform your images are being displayed on in terms of whether it's a desktop or a mobile when exporting the file? I see in your article that you export as Jpg with the embedded color profile (which I do to), but in terms of file size, dimensions etc, do you have a preference in mind, or do you trust that each platform will re-size the image for it's own needs? I know that the iPhone is particularly good at this provided the site is 'mobile friendly' and these days most platforms such as Sqaurespace, Photoshelter and most of the good Wordpress themes will do right by us all in this regard, but I would still be curious to know if you have some sort of 'optimized for mobile' export preset perhaps?

The reason I ask is because, you have a far larger audience than I do, obviously, but I get around 400 visitors a week and the breakdown of traffic fluctuates between about 20% - 40% of visitors visiting from a mobile device (Safari for iOS is a popular browser for example). With this in mind I started to export images using smaller file sizes and even looked for a gallery solutions for my clients that were optimized for mobile first and foremost, thinking that this is possibly a trend that will see more and more visitors finding my site on their smaller-screened device. Squarespace does claim that if you upload a good hi-res version of your image it will then create 7 or so different copies each optimized for different devices and platforms and will then present the most appropriate to the visitor depending on what they're using. But, this doesn't always feel smooth to me. As such I tend to export images and simply leave them at about 150Kb in size, sometimes a little less and leave the rest up to Squarespace and each persons individual browser and device. I guess we can't cater for everyone individually.

One specific example is that my most recent wedding client doesn't have a laptop or PC (or Mac) at home and was viewing all of her wedding photographs on iPhone and iPad (I was surprised!). All images I present to clients are effectively optimized for print (outputs sharpening and exposure etc), but this doesn't always feel right when looking at an often over-bright iPad screen.

This was a bit of a waffle, sorry for the long post, but would be interested to hear your thoughts.

Thanks in advance.
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+Michael Rammell, I would say to really summarize, my advice would be to not optimize for any one audience, but built a site that automatically optimizes for as many audiences as possible.
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I went out for a short walk at lunch time and found myself in Waterstones in the Photography section. Whilst all the usual suspects were on the shelf (most of which I have), one book I came across was new to me: "The Street Photographer's Manual".

Whilst the book itself may be called a manual and does in fact offer instruction to help you create more thought-out and intentional street photographs, this is also a very impressive and vast study of street photography. This book looks at both various techniques and elements that contribute towards stronger imagery and makes use of examples by the greatest street photographers of our time, such as Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Gilden, Saul Leiter, Trente Park and more. These examples give the book's instructions conviction and only serve to show that this thorough - yet concise - book is something you can not only read for inspiration, but learn from at the same time.

The Street Photographer's Manual is filled with both fantastic photogaphs and practical guidance in equal amounts.

The author; David Gibson is a street photographer and well respeceted photography tutor, having taught in many countries and some rather prestigous establishments. It's clear that Gibson has drawn upon his educational experience when writing this book.

I've only been reading this for about 30 minutes, but have so far managed to consume chapters on Shadows, reflections, Layers and Saul Leiter. I can see this being a book i refer back to time and time again already.

I would definately recommend this book to anyone with an interest in street or documentary photography. And, if you're unsure if that is you or you're not certain what street photography is - that's all the first chapter :)

http://bit.ly/The-Street-Photographers-Manual
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Check out Episode 74 of Street Focus. This week's episode is, well..me!

+Valerie Jardin and I discuss juggling life and photography adn the project that allows me to photograph every day; Sleeping Commuters.

For more photographs and to listen to the show just head on over to the TWiP site, right here: http://bit.ly/twip-street-focus-74
 
Street Focus 74 is live! Take a listen here, on iTunes, etc and share the love! This is a fun episode with +Michael Rammell ! http://thisweekinphoto.com/street-focus-74-sleeping-commuters-with-michael-rammell/ 
We often talk about the importance of personal projects on this show and making the time to go out with the camera every day. Today my guest is UK photographer Michael Rammell. He embarked on a photographic journey during his daily commute to work and photographs sleeping commuters. In this episode we talk about his projects, the idea behind it and how much he’s learned so far.
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FREE Desktop Wallpapers

Not everyone knows this, especially you guys here on Google+ , because I haven't been dilligent enough to keep my Google+ profile as up to date and active as I should have, but now that I'm back I wanted to let you know that I've been making some of my work from this year (2015) available as high-res downloadable wallpapers.

I've been fortunate enough to get out with the camera quite a bit between photograping weddings and family time and that's really given me the chance to create bodies of work I'm really happy with. Including a set of Macro Dandelion's from the summer, some landscapes from Glencoe in Scotland made back in September, photograph's from Venice and even some photographs from the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in France.

If you want to take a peek, check them out below. For the high-res downloadable files head on over to the website and download them for free!

Even if you don't want to download them for use as wallpapers, the pixel peepers among you can get a look at some files from the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and judge for yourself :)

#Olympus #OlympusUK #OlympusMag #OlympusMagazine #omdem1 #photography #landscape #macro @wildlife #London #England #wallpapers

http://www.michaelrammell.com/wallpapers/
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Hey +Martin Bailey, would you be able to give your thoughts (perhaps as a blog post) about ISO invariance your understanding of it?

Just having a conversation (debate) on the subject elsewhere on Social media.

My own understanding is that an 'ISO-Less' camera will produce a file that, if the image is under exposed, can be brightened in post without the effect of further noise / grain being added.

This all came about with my own mention of the ETTR method, of slightly over-exposing an image to reduce the noise, and then preferably bringing the exposure down in post instead.

From what i can gather one method (invariance) works for under exposed files and post processing, whereas the other (ETTR) captures more light in-camera, therefore less noise, and that in itself gives for what we could consider a cleaner file in post production?

Whilst invariance seems to be a technology/software, and ETTR is a technique. I'm not suggesting from my understanding that it's one or the other, either, but are you able to put in to Marrin Bailey terms, what it's all about?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi +Michael Rammell! This is something that has come up a few times during my recent workshops, and I have made a note to talk about it at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later.

The first thing I need to do is test how well my 5Ds R works with this technique. I don't expect it to be as beneficial for a Canon user as it is for the Sony and Nikon (Sony sensor) users, because we don't have the same low noise levels.

The other reason I don't think I will use this method is because you still have to be aware of your exposure. You'd essentially need to still expose long enough to not start to plug up the shadows. It's not like you can just expose everything at ISO 100 for 1/250 and adjust in post. If I'm going to be keeping my eye on the exposure, I am more comfortable exposing for the highlights than I am for the shadows. Not only have I been doing this so long it's second nature, there are tools on my camera to help, like the highlight warnings. Some cameras show plugged up shadows too I believe, which would make this easier, but mine don't, so it's more difficult for me than exposing for the highlights.

Anyway, thanks for thinking to ask Michael, and yes, I'll be sure to talk about this at some point soon.

I hope you are well mate!

Martin.
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Street Focus 74 is live! Take a listen here, on iTunes, etc and share the love! This is a fun episode with +Michael Rammell ! http://thisweekinphoto.com/street-focus-74-sleeping-commuters-with-michael-rammell/ 
We often talk about the importance of personal projects on this show and making the time to go out with the camera every day. Today my guest is UK photographer Michael Rammell. He embarked on a photographic journey during his daily commute to work and photographs sleeping commuters. In this episode we talk about his projects, the idea behind it and how much he’s learned so far.
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Check out Episode 74 of Street Focus. This week's episode is, well..me!

+Valerie Jardin and I discuss juggling life and photography adn the project that allows me to photograph every day; Sleeping Commuters.

For more photographs and to listen to the show just head on over to the TWiP site, right here: http://bit.ly/twip-street-focus-74
 
We often talk about the importance of personal projects on this show and making the time to go out with the camera every day. Today my guest is UK photographer Michael Rammell. He embarked on a photographic journey during his daily commute to work and…
We often talk about the importance of personal projects on this show and making the time to go out with the camera every day. Today my guest is UK photographer Michael Rammell. He embarked on a photographic journey during his daily commute to work and photographs sleeping commuters. In this episode we talk about his projects, the idea behind it and how much he’s learned so far.
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Sleeping Commuters

Photographing every day is a sure way to maintain a keen photographic eye. It's not always possible of course, but when I can, I do. Whether that's with my iPhone or my Olympus cameras. Recently I've found a new way to make photographs of interesting subjects every single day...

A few months back I started to commute on the train to my day job rather than driving. It gives me time to be productive on the journey and I also get a bit of a walk each day as well. Being a photographer I tend to observe and watch people and on the train you tend to see some real characters and some interesting faces. One thing I noticed though, particularly on the 7am train, is that a lot of people use their commute to get a little extra sleep. I found (and still do) find this fascinating: people are commuting to work so early in the day that they've become accustomed to sleeping on the train as part of their routine! They're usually in such a deep sleep that the sound of the train screeching to a halt, the conversations of people on their phones and the loud 'Beep, beep, beep!' of the opening doors at each and every stop don't even wake them!

So, I started to photograph these people as they slept on the train. At first it was a bit of fun, but I've now developed quite the body of work and I like to imagine what it is that each person does and what their day has been like that means they're in such need of that extra sleep! Not all of the sleepers in this series are early morning snoozers though, some of these are on the return commute in the evening.

I make the photographs on my iPhone 6Plus and then email a new sleeper each and every weekday into my online gallery. You can check it out right here: http://bit.ly/sleepingcommuters

Follow me on Instagram @RammellPhoto and use HashTag #SleepingCommuter to keep up with the project


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All-Olympus Wedding, Portrait and Street Photographer known mostly as the Host & Producer of The Ready Steady Pro Photography Podcast.
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Hi there, I'm Michael Rammell.

Let's start with the highlights:

Now for the biography part:

Michael has built the successful and popular Ready Steady Pro Photography Podcast from scratch. The Podcast and the supporting community aims to aid photographers looking to turn their photographic passions into profitable businesses. The show pulls in hundreds of listeners each week with a mixture of round-table discussions and interviews with leading industry experts who offer advice on going pro and share their stories of when they transitioned. The show regularly features the very people it's looking to support on their journey. Guests such as Valerie Jardin, Andrew HellmichFrank Doorhoff and David DuChemin have all made appearances.

Michael has appeared on a number of popular Photography Podcasts including the excellent Photobiz Xposed Podcast with Andrew Hellmich and the thought-provoking and engaging Photography 121 Podcast with Stephen Cotterell. Michael is also a very active moderator on the Martin Bailey Photography Google+ Community

As a professional Photographer Michael remains a registered member of The Guild Of Photographers

Social Media Links & Websites (i'm all over the internet):

Weddings & Portraits: www.rammellphotography.com
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    Ready Steady Pro - the Podcast for Photographers Turning Pro. Each week I sit down with a guest or a group of guests and discuss all matters photography. Mostly this podcast is about the business of photography, including Sales, Marketing, Pricing and much more. We talk inspiration, Social Media, dealing with clients and of course we chat craft and gear too!
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