Being on the hunt for a great camera, to give me the option of taking photos with something other than my phone, I jumped at the chance to go on a photowalk in Cambridge with Olympus alongside a group of fantastically talented bloggers.
Being fresh on the scene and with next to no camera knowledge I must say I was nervous to meet up with the pro-bloggers at the Campkins camera shop. I needn’t have worried as everyone was so welcoming, super friendly and happy to offer advice and before I knew it I had an Olympus Pen E-PL8 in my hands and we were setting off round Cambridge!
First things first, there is no denying that this is one seriously good looking piece of kit. I believe it is available in white, black and tan and they are all beautiful. We were lucky to have David with us to give us plenty of advice on it’s many capabilities. I tried to keep up and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the other girls mastering the techniques. The camera gives you plenty of on the go editing options and it is incredibly easy to use the built in wifi to download pictures straight on to your phone making it perfect for sharp, stylised Instagram updates from wherever you may be.
I have very little to compare the Olympus Pen to but I loved using it and while I need to do some more research I’m pretty much sold. I think a few photography courses would be a good idea too of course! Apart from the first picture which I have edited on Instagram I have refrained from editing any of the pictures on here to show exactly what I, a basic novice, managed to take in essentially Auto function with a little help.
I loved having the time to walk around Cambridge and take in the sights, there were roads I had never ventured down and for once I wasn’t weighed down with a nappy bag, stroller and the stresses of keeping an almost 2 year old happy! In fact it made realise what a huge benefit it would be to have a compact system camera as I definitely don’t need another heavy item to lug around.
I managed to try out a few of the features, for example you can play around with the colour and make it so that you only pick up one colour of your choice, I’m guessing there is a technical term for that. I took a moment to snap my pretty pink Nike trainers and eventually braved unhooking the LCD screen to flip it and take a ‘selfie’ of sorts and play with the depth of field, sorry it’s pretty close up!
I’m praying none of my fellow Film and TV grad pals are reading this as I clearly know zero camera lingo and most of them were camera geeks, it was more of a theory course and zero practical but still, I can hear the groans already!
I also took lots of snaps of us all learning and getting to grips with the camera, here are some of the fab bloggers I got to hang out with.
I have always loved taking photos and I’m eager to get to grips with it a bit more if only to get better family photos and up the quality for blog posts. If you’re a camera pro I’d love to hear any insights and tips for taking better photos, great locations for snapping away and any thoughts on the Olympus Pen cameras.
Finally, a huge thank you to Ally from The Middle Sister for organising the walk and to all the girls for making me feel so welcome. I’m planning to join the Cambridge Creatives for another Photowalk around Cambridge at the end of month so I’m sure I will be posting more snaps of Cambridge before you know it, for now I will leave you with a few more photos from the weekend.