10 Best Micro Four Thirds Travel Photos By Me Rick!

Travel photography and micro four thirds cameras – a perfect combination

What are the 10 best micro four thirds travel photography photos taken by me? In this post I will share these 10 images with you and tell you where I took the photos, the camera settings I used, the gear I used and also what I was thinking when I took the photos. These really are 10 of my best travel photography images which I am rather proud of (even if I do say so myself).

Who am I?

For those of you who don’t know me I am Rick McEvoy, a photographer and travel website creator based in the south of England. I specialise in architectural, landscape and travel photography.

I have been using Canon DSLRs for years, but this year took the plunge and invested in a micro four thirds camera.

What is a micro four thirds camera?

Micro four thirds cameras are smaller than DSLRs. The sensor is smaller too, but they pack a real punch with their image quality.

What micro four thirds camera do I own?

I started off with an Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk 2 which I took to instantly. So much so that I bought its big brother, the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2, which is now my go to camera for travel photography.

Why not a DSLR?

I noticed last year in Greece that I was leaving my camera in the hotel, or in the boot of the car, and taking more photos with my iPhone than usual.

Basically I was getting fed up with my DSLR.

So when I got back from that trip I started looking into alternatives. I spent a long time looking into this and ended up with the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2. I will add links to the posts about all of this at the end of this blog post – I want to get into the 10 photos right now.

Where were these photos taken?

On one of my favourite Greek Islands, Rhodes. They were all taken on this trip earlier on this year, the first time I had got to use the camera properly.

A quick word on the camera settings

All the photos were taken with my Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2 and Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens.

All the photos were taken using the auto bracketing feature on the camera, where three images are taken at the same time (with different exposures) which I merged together in Lightroom to create a master image which I edited.

So when I say shutter speed in the descriptions below I am referring to the first shot.

I had not learnt how to use the camera properly to be completely honest, so I used Auto ISO for the first time ever, and put the camera into my go to mode, Aperture Priority. I set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed.

All the photos were taken on a tripod, so this works just fine for me.

OK – let’s get onto the 10 photos

Photo 1 - Scooter at sunrise in Lindos on the Greek Island of Rhodes

Scooter at sunrise in Lindos on the Greek Island of Rhodes

Scooter at sunrise in Lindos on the Greek Island of Rhodes

Location

About 5 minutes from the main beach in Lindos.

Something interesting about the photo

I was walking along the back path after a not so stunning sunrise slightly spoiled by clouds when I came across this scooter parked by a building.

Everything clicked into place and I got this shot which I absolutely love.

It just goes to prove the point that you should just get out there and take photos – do not wait for perfect conditions as you never know what you will find.

Camera settings

  • Focal length 17mm

  • Aperture F8

  • Shutter 1/4000th second

  • ISO 200


Photo 2 - Tree at sunrise on Rhodes Greece by Rick McEvoy

Tree at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

Tree at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

Location

On the top of the hills above Navarone Bay on the outskirts of Pefkos.

Something interesting about the photo

This is what greeted me when I got over the brow of the hill from the place where I had parked my car. I couldn’t risk going any further up the rough gravel road leaving me a bit of a walk!

So hot and sweaty before I had even got my camera out, and late as the sun was just about to appear, I stumbled upon this scene which I had to stop and photograph!

Camera settings

  • Focal length 17mm

  • Aperture F8

  • Shutter 1/60th second

  • ISO 500

 

Photo 3 - Sun and tree at sunrise on Rhodes

Sun and tree at sunrise on Rhodes

Sun and tree at sunrise on Rhodes

Location

The hills above Navarone Bay – the same location as the previous photo but this is in portrait format for Pinterest.

Something interesting about the photo

I wanted to get a portrait version which works better for Pinterest, so having taken the first shot I moved and adjusted the focal length to get this shot.

No this is not just a crop of the previous image – I really do thing about this stuff!

And one more thing here – I used an aperture of F22 to get the starburst effect in the photo which is exactly what I was after.

And I love the effect even though I had not tried this before with this camera and lens combo.

Camera settings

  • Focal length 32mm

  • Aperture F22

  • Shutter 1/1600th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 4 - The Acropolis of Rhodes at sunrise

The Acropolis of Rhodes at sunrise

The Acropolis of Rhodes at sunrise

Location

The top of the hills above Navarone Bay looking towards the Acropolis of Rhodes.

Something interesting about the photo

This was the first photo taken with the 40-150mm lens. Not bad is it? I had done with the sunrise, so decided to have a play with this telephoto lens and see what I could get.

And I got this which I really like.

It is very unusual for me to actually use a telephoto lens, so this makes a very welcome change.

And as for the sharpness and image quality? Looks fine to me!

Camera settings

  • Focal length 89mm

  • Aperture F8

  • Shutter 1/100th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 5 - Sunrise from Prophet Elias Church Pefkos

Sunrise from Prophet Elias Church Pefkos

Sunrise from Prophet Elias Church Pefkos

Location

Taken from the Prophet Elias Church on top of the hill above Pefkos.

Something interesting about the photo

This is one of my favourite sunrise locations. And in this shot I wanted to convey the height and depth of the scene, which I think I have done pretty well. I know I have cropped off the top of the sun but hey I am only human!

Camera settings

  • Focal length 26mm

  • Aperture F11

  • Shutter 1/200th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 6 - Rock pools at sunrise on Navarone Bay

Rock pools at sunrise on Navarone Bay

Rock pools at sunrise on Navarone Bay

Location

The beach at Navarone Bay.

Something interesting about the photo

I was walking back from my sunrise shoot and started looking at reflections in rock pools.

And this is when I took full advantage of the fully articulated screen and held the camera just above the rock pool to get this ultra-low angle view. Using the touch screen I could focus and take the image.

And I could actually see the screen even in this super bright and contrasty scene – quite incredible really.

Yes I love the touchscreen on this little wonder.

Camera settings

  • Focal length 12mm

  • Aperture F13

  • Shutter 1/160th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 7 - Tree 2 at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

Tree 2 at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

Tree 2 at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

Location

Back on top of the hill overlooking Navarone Bay

Something interesting about the photo

This is the tree that you can see as you drive from Lindos to Lardos on top of the hill. I have looked at that tree many many times, and finally got to meet it personally.

And yes after that morning every time I made my favourite drive on Rhodes I looked up at that very tree and smiled to myself.

Camera settings

  • Focal length 21mm

  • Aperture F16

  • Shutter 1/320th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 8 - Boat at sunrise, Lindos, Rhodes

Boat at sunrise, Lindos, Rhodes

Boat at sunrise, Lindos, Rhodes

Location

The main beach in Lindos. At the far end there is a small jetty which is used for daytrips to various places.

And for me to take photos from.

Something interesting about the photo

This morning the sunrise was not great, as there was a band of low cloud on the horizon, so I had to find something different to photograph.

So I walked around the beach and thought about my favourite jetty. And there was a boat there which was most excellent – there aren’t always boats moored on this particular jetty, so I had my focal point for this image, with a couple of ropes too!

Camera settings

  • Focal length 12mm

  • Aperture F22

  • Shutter 1/640th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 9 - Windswept Tree At Sunrise Rhodes Greece

Windswept Tree At Sunrise Rhodes Greece

Windswept Tree At Sunrise Rhodes Greece

Location

On top of the cliffs overlooking Navarone Bay

Something interesting about the photo

This was the photo I took on the way back to the car. I was hanging out by now, having drunk all my water. I liked trees that have been sculpted and formed by the weather like this tree.

I left the lens flare in this photo as it seems to balance out the image nicely, and we all know that the sun causes these things to happen so why not?

I again used F22 to get that wonderful effect on the sun – I was not sure how the 7-14mm lens would be doing this, but I am loving the effect I get.

Camera settings

  • Focal length 18mm

  • Aperture F22

  • Shutter 1/640th second

  • ISO 200

 

Photo 10 - Greek Flag At Sunrise

Greek Flag At Sunrise

Greek Flag At Sunrise

Location

Back at the site of the Prophet Elias Church on top of the hill in Pefkos

Something interesting about the photo

I love this shot. I thought I would save the best till last for once.

This is the Greek flag and the photo of the landscape just before the sun illuminates a new day on the wonderful Greek Island of Rhodes.

I have taken a video of this scene which you can view on my YouTube channel.

This photo tells the story of sunrise in Greece – I love to be able to tell a story in a single image.

Camera settings

  • Focal length 12mm

  • Aperture F8

  • Shutter 1/100th second

  • ISO 200

A word on my Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2.

I wrote a post last week which tells you a lot about my new camera and what I think of it. You can read the post here Is The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 The Best Travel Photography Camera?

Do you want one of these cameras?

And if you are interested in buying one of these little wonders here are Amazon affiliate links – if you buy anything having used one of theses links I get a small commission.

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2

Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens

And the two together

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 and Olympus 12-40mm F 2.8 Pro Lens

Further reading

I have written a few other posts about micro four thirds photography, which are these.

Micro Four Thirds Explained – A Beginners Guide

Micro Four Thirds - Small Cameras For Travelling

My Micro Four Thirds Travel Kit – Travelling Light In Style

Professional photographers who use micro four thirds - really?

And the video for this blog post will be published tomorrow on my YouTube Channel.

How to follow me

If you want to keep up with everything I am doing you can do the following

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Paxos Travel Guide

And also follow me on Pinterest

These are the main outlets for my online content at the moment.

Rick McEvoy

Summary

I hope that you found this post interesting, and next week I will continue the theme by writing about my best travel photos taken with the Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk 2! Well why not? There is some good stuff in there.

And then after that I might treat myself to an on-location post and video.

Rick McEvoy ABIPP – Photographer, writer, website creator

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Is The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 The Best Travel Photography Camera?

Last week I wrote a post about how to choose a camera, having chosen a new travel photography camera for myself, the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2.

So is the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 the best travel photography camera? I think that it is, and this post I will tell you why I think so and what I like about the the EM5 Mk 2. I will also tell you about the post “how to choose a camera”, and how I applied this thought process to buying the EM5 Mk 2. And I will share some of the photos taken of this wonderful little bundle of photographic cleverness.

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 is my travel photography camera of choice.

More on the photos taken with the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 later in this post.

Whats in this blog post?

In this post I will tell you who I am, what the 31 things were that I wanted in a new camera, if I got them in the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 or not, and my views on my new camera. And I will answer the question at the end as well. Ok I did so at the beginning, but this will be a fuller answer!

Sorry – I nearly forgot – I will include a sprinkling of photos of my Olympus camera - more on the images I have taken later.

Here it is.

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 on location in Rhodes Greece

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 on location in Rhodes Greece

OK – are you with me? Let’s get to it!

Who am I?

If you don’t know me hi, I’m Rick McEvoy, an architectural, landscape and travel photographer. I am a professionally qualified photographer, being an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP).

I have been using full frame Canon DSLRs for years now, but have recently dived into micro four thirds photography Olympus cameras and lenses.

I have three websites, this one, Paxos Travel Guide and Photos of Santorini.

So you will see how important travel photography is to me!

Check out my work on my main website Rick McEvoy Photography – I have three portfolio pages, all of the images on these pages have been taken using my Canon DSLRs.

This will change next time I update the pages, as I use the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 more and more for my travel photography work, and the odd commercial architectural commission.

Which leads me nicely back to the subject.

Is The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 The Best Travel Photography Camera?

That is the question I will answer, but first, lets go back to the blog post last week.

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 on location in Rhodes Greece

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 on location in Rhodes Greece

How To Choose A Camera

Last week I wrote a blog post titled “How to choose a camera – 31 practical things for you to consider”.

This was based on an older post, and formed the basis of the thought process that led me to buy the Olympus camera.

Here are the 31 things that were important to me on my new camera – did I get them with the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2?

1 - Smaller and lighter than my Canon 6D with lenses

The camera body is certainly smaller and lighter, even more so with the 12-42mm pancake lens. But throw on the lovely but not so small 7-14mm lens and it becomes more of a lump.

A smaller lump granted but hardly pocket-sized!

2 – In-camera HDR

Well it turns out that it does have in-camera HDR. The camera takes four photos at different exposures and creates a single RAW file.

I did not know this until I was researching some of the finer points of this post.

I am very excited by this, so much so that I can forgive the lack of GPS. Almost.

3 – GPS

No GPS. And this does not please me. So the workaround is that I take a photo on my iPhone and add the locational data in Lightroom. I know I can do this, I have just not had time to do this yet.

And to be fair on every shoot I take photos and videos with my iPhone.

4 – Wi-Fi

Yes. Built in Wi-Fi with the Olympus Image Share app on my iPhone. All I have done is connect this, but I will give this a go on my next trip.

5 – Connectivity as good as an iPhone

Time will tell once I have given the app a go.

6 – The functionality of an iPhone

Erm no. To be honest no. The menus are fine and as logical as the ones on my Canon cameras but no revolution here.

7 – Connectivity to my iPhone

I will see about this.

8 – In camera image processing

Not like I was thinking no. But that might just be me! Lets forget that one.

9 – Fully articulated screen

Yes. For the first time ever and I love it.  I need to get used to moving with the screen at a jaunty angle – I think I have some personal co-ordination issues to get over!!

As with all these things practise will make perfect.

But yes and this makes me so happy.

10 – A screen I can actually see in normal light and also in direct Greek sunshine

On my trip to Rhodes the screen was much clearer so yes to this. It is a small screen but much brighter and clearer.

11 – Touch screen with full functionality

Touch screen with some functionality yes. I will work on this and let you know how I get on in my next update, but the one thing that I did want was to be able to touch the screen and focus and take a photo, which happily I can do with this camera.

12 – Ergonomics that make it a pleasure to use

OK. I have to be honest here. Not really. The camera is so small how could it be?

My Canon 6D is bigger with an excellent grip, plus the fact I have been using it exclusively for years make it virtually an extension of my hand!

This needs a lot of time but might get there.

And a grip might help.

13 – Simple logical menu system

The menu system is just fine.

14 - 4K video with high quality audio recording

Yes. And with 5 axis image stabilisation movie recording greatness is surely only a matter of time!!

There is a high bit rate of 77Mbps too. Whatever that means?

Can anyone tell me?

This is another thing I am excited to try out.

15 – Excellent Vlogging/ recording capabilities

See above – the combination of the video capture with the fully articulating touchscreen make this look like an excellent prospect.

With one exception.

I like to record me taking photos with my camera - I will either have to stick with doing this on my iPhone or buy another EM5!

And I need to sort out a microphone.

16 – Smaller cheaper lenses offering the similar image quality

Yes. I think so anyway. I tend to use the 7-14mm lens which is hardly cheap or small. I  have also used the 40-150mm lens which is just that and the 12-42mm pancake lens which is tiny.

I need to get a couple more small lenses and see how these perform.

17 – High quality sensor

Yep image quality is excellent. I used the EM5 on an architectural shoot alongside my Canon 6D to see how it performed. I issued the photos taken with the EM5 to my client (a regular client as well) who did not notice any difference.

18 – Excellent low light performance

Looks pretty good to me but looking forward to much more testing once I know how to use it properly (ie not use Auto ISO which I am loving too by the way)..

19 – Stuff like time lapse, long exposure and other good stuff etc built-in

Yes! How exciting.

I have not used this yet but the EM5 (which is what I will call it from now on) does have a 40M high res feature – the camera captures 8 shots and merges them into one.

And even better news – this feature can create a RAW file.

The high res bit is interesting, and now the camera comes with focus stacking, which I cannot wait to try out. I was going to buy a piece of kit just for this so happy with this.

And it also has a bleach bypass filter, which “adds a warm, mysterious atmosphere to every kind of scene. At the same time it highlights the metallic surfaces of cars, machines and more.”

OK – lets give this a go as well.

This is what I was after – stuff to play around with.

Happy again, and the fact that focus stacking and bleach bypass are new features provided through firmware updates is even better. Now that is so good and something I have never had with Canon.

20 – A sensor that does not need cleaning

No. Does such a thing exist? I do not think so.

21 – Interchangeable lenses

Yes. Of course.

22 – Tilt Shift capability

No. Am I bothered? Not any more, as I sold my tilt shift lens some time ago as I never used it. This paid for the camera!

23 – Ultra-wide angle lenses

There is a 7-14mm lens which I am currently lusting after/ trying to blag. That would give me 14mm full frame equivalent. I am excited to try this lens.

This is wider than any lens I have ever had before which is an exciting prospect.

Watch out eBay sellers!

24 – Bespoke programming

I have not found this yet. But there are function buttons that look like they are programmable.

25 – RAW Capture

Yes. I would not have bought the EM5 if it did not have this.

26 – EVF

Sorry. EVF = electronic viewfinder.

Yes. I tried this out on every trip to the airport and love it. And I love the fact that I can look at the images that I have taken in the viewfinder. Although I have to say that I am still finding this confusing!

The only problem now is that I have nothing to do when I am at the airport shopping. Will probably end up buying flip flops on my next trip.

27 – Computational photography

Yep there is some good stuff in this camera.

  • High res

  • Bleach bypass

  • Focus stacking

  • HDR

28 – Focussing in the dark

I have not properly tested this yet.

29 – Weather sealing

Yes to both the EM5 and the 12-40mm lens. Which is good considering where I take my photos.

30 – And the ability to output straight from the camera

Erm not sure yet but  think that I might be able to do that with the app.

31 – Shiny new loveliness

Yes. Of course. And it is shiny and lovely.

I bought the black body – should I have got the shiny silver metal one?

That was the list I created some time ago.

Not bad going Olympus – I have managed to get all the things I needed apart from GPS.

What are my thoughts on my new camera?

Well I love it. I really enjoy carrying it around with me.

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 on location in Rhodes Greece

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 on location in Rhodes Greece

This is what I specifically like about my Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2

1 - Image quality

I was worried about this. Would I be happy with the image quality after all those years using full frame Canon DSLRs and Canon L series lenses.

I needn’t have worried – the image quality is excellent.

2 - Taking photos with the camera

I enjoy taking personal and travel photos again. Some of this is because it is novel, shiny and new.

But it is also because this camera is a pleasure to use.

3 - The fully articulated touchscreen

I really like and value this. This is a game changer for me, something that I will use all the time. I take photos from unusual angles on every shoot, and this screen will help me with this.

And I will also be able to use the EM5 for videos of myself. I just need to look into the audio.

Absolutely loving it!

4 - The 12-40mm lens

This is a solid chunk of a lens. It has a lovely feel to it. And the image quality is excellent.

I really like this lens.

5 - The 40-150mm lens

A very light lens, which takes some getting used to. And considering its effective focal length of 80-300mm very small and light indeed.

I do worry about the durability of these lenses, which feel rather fragile.

Lets see how they get on with me!

6 - The 12-42mm pancake lens

Tiny tiny lens that I got this photo with.

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I have not used this lens that much but it really is tiny. It is currently attached to my EM10 which is stored in the glove box of my car when I am out and about,

7 - The size of the camera

It is smaller than a DSLR, and is easier to hold in one hand. Add the 7-14mm lens though and it is not that small a combo but still smaller and lighter.

8 - The price of new lenses

A lot cheaper than Canon lenses, the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro is available at the time of writing for £899.00 from Wex Photo and Video. That is not too bad a price for such a lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8.

9 - The fact I can fit it in my glove box if I want to

And I do. Well my EM10 which I bought first with the 12-42mm lens.

10 – I can take photos using the touchscreen

I love this. I can touch the screen and the camera will focus where I touch the screen and take the photo. I assume it meters there as well.

I know – I need to look into this a bit more.

11 – New features

It is wonderful that that new features are being added in firmware updates. That is like getting a new camera, and is very encouraging for the future.

12 – The 5 axis image stabilisation.

I know that the camera has this – I just need to play with this and see just how good it is.

I could have titled this post 10 (ok 12, and if you read on actually 13) reasons why I love my micro four thirds Olympus camera.

But that sounds a bit click baity.

But a post for another time.

What do I not like about the EM5?

No GPS

This is a shame for me. As I said I have a workround but this is an additional process that I did not want to have to add to my workflow.

Not as much computational stuff – or is there?

Yes there is more than I thought which is excellent news. I found that out in the writing of this post so no negatives here.

The hand grip is a bit small

So basically I need to buy a grip, but not one that is going to make it too bulky. The last thing that I want to do is chuck a load of accessories onto the camera and make it big and bulky – sort of defeats the point of it.

What about my architectural photography?

Well. As you will have realised I have just found out about some features that I did not know about.

RAW HDR image capture, HIGH res RAW image capture – things that I will can for commercial work. Of course for now I will try these things alongside my Canon 6D but exciting propositions these are!

I have kept my Canon 6D and essential lenses for now, which will remain my commercial photography workhorses, although for how long I am not sure now.

The more I learn the more I want to make the jump fully to micro four thirds.

What gear am I going to get for my new camera?

I have to have the 7-14mm lens.

This will make the 12-40mm lens sort of redundant. I do not need the F2.8 for the photography I do, all that has done is make the lens bigger and heavier.

I am going to get some small, cheaper lenses and give them a go

And a grip to help with my clumsy hands.

And I have a universal L bracket with Arca Swiss plate for my new travel tripod, the 3 Legged Thing Corey.

And there is my Olympus OMD EM10 Mk2

I nearly forgot about this even smaller camera. Now this does live in my glove box, with the pancake lens fitted.

I used this combo to take one of my favourite winter photos in a long time, which you can see above.

OK – so Is The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 The Best Travel Photography Camera?

Yes. I think it is. It has lots of exciting features that I am looking forward to learning properly.

The image quality is excellent, it the camera is small, lightweight and a pleasure to use. And it is packed with excellent features that will help me to take better photos. If features do not do that they are unnecessary distractions to me.

At the end of the day all that matters to me is the photos that I create. OK if the camera is a pleasure to use as well then that is a bonus.

Which the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2 is.

Check out my website where you will find 12 photos taken on my trip to Rhodes Greece. This was the first foreign trip I have been on without my Canon DSLR and lenses ever.

And I did not miss them to be honest.

And also check out the video that accompanies this post on my YouTube channel.

Do you want to buy the camera or the lens?

If you fancy buying either the camera body and/ or lens here are Amazon links to both - these are affiliate links so if you buy either/ both item(s) using these links I get a small commission - you do not pay extra, it just comes off Amazon’s profits (which I am sure they can afford!).

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2

Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens

And the two together

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk2 and Olympus 12-40mm F 2.8 Pro Lens

Further reading

I have written a few posts about my journey into micro four thirds photography – here they are

Micro Four Thirds Explained – A Beginners Guide

Micro Four Thirds - Small Cameras For Travelling

My Micro Four Thirds Travel Kit – Travelling Light In Style

Professional photographers who use micro four thirds - really?

Talking of further reading I am going to read this book.

Mastering the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk II

and get to know my camera properly. I recommend that you do the same with your camera, whatever it is.

Rick McEvoy

Summary

That is enough gear talk for now. Next week I am going to write about my 5 favourite micro four thirds travel photography images.

And I will come back to my micro four thirds Olympus camera later on this year.

I know this photo of me is with a Canon camera - I don’t have a picture of me yet with my Olympus camera but as soon as I do I will replace it I promise!

Rick McEvoy - Travel Photographer

#travelphotographer #travelphotography #microfourthirds #olympusem5

Minimalist Travel Photography Gear – This Is What I Use

Regular readers will know that I have been moving towards smaller camera gear.

Well having got back from Canada how was my minimalist travel photography gear? It was pretty good to be honest. In this post I will tell you all about my much-reduced amount of gear for travel photography, the good, the bad, the annoying and the not needed!

I hope that this post inspires you to take less gear out with you and concentrate on taking photos – this has certainly worked for me!!

First, here is the stuff I took for a weeklong trip to Canada.

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Yep, this is all I took for a week long break to British Columbia in Canada, visiting Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton and all places in-between!

It might look a lot when laid out like this, but this is the least amount of gear that I have taken. And there is some more work to do to get to the minimalist set up I am after. But I am getting there.

Why am I writing about this?

Well this all started last year when I went on a two-week trip to Rhodes, and apart from photographing sunrises I did not get my Canon 6D out of the boot of the car at all. I was basically fed up with the bulk of my gear. Now this is not solely down to the size of my Canon gear, although that is part of it. It is also because I take too much stuff that I do not need.

Is mirrorless micro four thirds gear the travel photography answer?

In part yes. Sure the gear is smaller, but it is not that small that on its own this is the answer. When I stick my 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens on the front of an Olympus micro four thirds body it is quite a chunk of glass.

Sure if I used the 12-42mm pancake lens I good could get my Olympus EM10 Mk 2 in my pocket, but that is not my lens of choice.

Basically less gear is the other part

I always pack too much gear. For this trip I packed much less gear, and some of it I did not use. I will get onto that later but let’s start with the good stuff.

What did I like about my minimalist travel photography gear?

Well I liked the Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk 2. And the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens.

I didn’t use the 40-150mm lens – to be fair other than to make sure that it works I have not needed this lens yet.

What did I like about the Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk 2?

Well it is quite new to me, so there is still the novelty factor, shiny new syndrome. A quick word about the camera and the main things I liked, and I will get on with the rest of the gear.

The size of the camera

As I said before the lens is quite a lumpy thing but that is my choice to use a Pro lens, but the camera is still smaller than my Canon 6D – smaller to make a difference.

The amount of space in my camera bag for other stuff.

I managed to get my camera and lenses in the bottom section of my Peak Design Everyday Backpack, leaving loads of space for other stuff.

I actually had a half empty bag for the flights to and from Canada which was different. And my bag was much lighter and did not have bulging sides.

The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

I love the EVF on my Olympus camera. This is the first time I have owned a camera with an EVF, having spent a lifetime taking photos with SLRs and then DSLRs, all of which have an optical viewfinder. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Changing the focus point on the touch screen

I did not know how much I would take to the touchscreen, but it has been brilliant. And I mean brilliant in helping me to take photos. One of the main uses I have found for the touch screen is to change the focus point just by touching the screen where I want the camera to focus.

I do not want technology just for the sake of it – I want technology that helps me take photos.

The tilting touchscreen

Another thing that I really like and will be even better when I get the EM5 with the rotating/ tilting screen.

I like to take photos from unusual angles, high and low, and the tilting screen helped me with that.

The clarity of the screen

Yes the screen is brighter and easier to see. I have not tested it in Greek sunshine yet, but things are looking promising. And next month I will be trialling this little gem of a camera in Greece which I cannot wait to do.

One handed operation

I was able to walk around the Granville Island market in Vancouver and quickly raise my camera, focus and shoot with one hand, which was actually easier than doing this with my iPhone which was brilliant.

This is as close as I get to street photography!

The levels on the camera

Yes the Olympus EM10 has horizontal and vertical indicators in the viewfinder which I absolutely love.

Another word on packing gear.

I took a rear lens and body cap meaning that I could separate the camera and lens meaning they took up even less room in my camera bag.

And what about the other gear?

I also liked the Peak Design cuff – this was a big improvement on the strap that I was using, and this clever wrist strap tightens nicely around my wrist but is easy to remove – another great product from Peak Design!

And my favourite travel tripod

Yes, my good old Manfrotto Pixi is even more at home with my Olympus EM10 on it – I set it up on the top of the Whistler Gondola and recorded the skiers flying by down below – I did this whilst drinking a lovely hot coffee at the summit.

This is the scene, and here is one of the videos. I forgot to photograph my iPhone on the tripod but here it is rested on the window cill before I rememberd that I had my mini tripod to hand!!

Taking videos with my iPhone

Here is the video

What did I not like?

It is not all sweetness and light - there were things that I was not happy with that need sorting.

There always are……

The way the camera sits in my camera bag.

This is something I need to look into. The camera is so small there is no logical place for it to be secured on the top section of my Peak Design Everyday Backpack, which is where I like to have my cameras. My Canon 6D sat nicely in the top section of my bag – well it filled it to be fair!

No GPS

This is something that I really miss – the GPS on my Canon 6D was an invaluable tool, and my Olympus EM10 does not have this. I am going to have to look at how I can sort this when I get the EM5.

There is a work round for now – take photos on my iPhone and I can copy and paste the GPS data into the metadata of the photos taken with the Olympus camera, but this is a faff I can do without to be honest.

This is the main sticking point at the moment that needs to be sorted.

The fact that the widest I could go was in full frame equivalent 24mm – I want wider than that.

I use a 17-40mm lens in addition to my 24-105mm lens. And when I use the 17-40mm lens most of the photos I take are taken at the 17mm end.

So the question is this – do I get the 7-14mm lens? This will give me a super wide 14mm focal length. One for the future methinks.

The grip on the camera

The grip on the OM10 is too small for me – I am used to the big chunky grip on the Canon 6D to be fair. When I get the EM5 I will buy the grip that will sort this issue out.

The way that the tripod sits in my camera bag.

An unexpected annoyance was the way that my new travel tripod, the Peak Design Corey, sat in my camera bag. This needs looking at – I ended up with the tripod head either pointing up above the top of the bag or face down getting damaged.

Has this camera changed the way I take travel photographs?

Yes, In a number of ways,

I use it more and noticed that I have less photos on my iPhone. Not good for immediate use but as this is not really a priority to me definitely a good thing.

HDR

I have done more single image captures. This is in part down to having the wonderful EVF. Talking of which.

EVF and live in viewfinder exposure compensation

I used AV mode and exposure compensation pretty much the same way I did with the Canon 6D, but enjoyed it more, especially the instant feedback in the EVF of the image capture.

And what about things that have not changed?

Yep there are things that have not changed which is a good thing - this is not an exercise in binning everything I have been doing in the past after all!

Go to focal length

I still start wide and zoom in when required. So 12mm is my default focal length, as was 17mm with my Canon 6D.

I am going to analyse the focal lengths that I use – after all if I only ever use 12mm I might as well get the 7-14mm Pro lens and give myself room to play in the ultra wide arena.

What gear did I use?

  • Olympus OM-D EM10 and 12-40mm Pro lens

  • Pec Pads and Eclipse lens cleaning solution

  • Spare batteries and charger

  • Spare memory cards

  • Manfrotto Pixi for videoing skiers on the mountain

  • And what gear did I not use?

  • My brand new shiny three-legged thing tripod

  • My Platypod

  • My 40-150mm lens

Did I miss my Canon 6D?

No, not really. I was quite happy as I was.

And I have noticed since I got back from Canada that I am missing some of the features of my Olympus camera which my Canon 6 does not have, especially the EVF and touchscreen.

I know that newer Canon cameras have these features – it is just new to me with the gear that I have.

And some of things have very quickly become instinctive to me. I have started touching the LCD screen on my Canon 6D to change the focus points, but this is not a touchscreen, so nothing happens!

What about my ageing mince pies – sorry eyes?

I have adjusted to the smaller camera just fine, as the screen is much bigger than the one on my Canon 6D, and the EVF is much clearer and easier for me to read.

I should write an article titled “Cameras for the over 50s!” – actually that is not a bad idea.

I was concerned that I would struggle to read the dials and screens on a smaller camera, but this has not been a problem at all, which is a pleasant surprise.

A word about my Canon gear

My Canon gear still works wonderfully well and is still what I use for my commercial architectural photography work. This post is not a mirrorless is amazing/ DLSRs are so last year post. Nor is it an Olympus is better than Canon post.

No – my Olympus micro four thirds camera gives me options which are always good. And having some shiny new (albeit second hand) photography gear does help.

I am not knocking DLSRs or Canon – there is still a big place for both.

Lessons learned for the future

I think that the EM5 Mk 2 with grip will work even better.

Do I need to get a wider lens? I am going to stick as I am for now, and for my next trip I will take the other body with these two lenses.

I did not miss the longer focal lengths, meaning that my choice to buy the 12-40mm lens instead of the 12-100mm lens was the right thing for me.

I will hold the thought that the 7-14mm lens might be my go-to lens,

The one thing that I need to work out is a camera bag. I have contacted Peak Design and asked for their advice – lets see what they come up with.

Update – the good folks at Peak Design have got back to me and advise that I use the lower sections of the camera bag, which is not great as I want the camera to be sat on top of my camera bag so I can access it – one for me to work on.

I do have an idea.

My camera and my iPhone

The other thing which I mentioned earlier - I used my camera more than my iPhone to take photos. This is a good thing – the reason that I started looking for other gear was because I found myself not using my Canon 6D on a trip last year – it sat in the boot most of the time.

Now this is not good for the immediate access to images that my iPhone gives me – this is of course one of the brilliant things that an iPhone does.

But this is not the biggest thing for me, so I can live with it. I am more concerned about capturing the images I want whilst I am away which I can work on when I am back in my office.

Summary

This post is all about the minimalist travel photography gear that I used on a trip to Canada – there is a bit of refinement, but I am on the right road to having just the gear I need with me.

Rick McEvoy

I will write an update in June after my next trip and see how I got on using my new gear photographing a Greek Island with lots of sunrises!

Please check out my post next week which is all about Pinterest, the social media platform which is actually useful.

Rick McEvoy – travel photographer, writer, blogger

Photos Of Santorini Is My New Travel Photography Website

I am delighted to be able to announce that my first travel photography website is now complete – it is called Photos of Santorini. It was completed when I finally got around to buying a logo for this website, which is taken from one of my photos. In this post I will tell you all about this website and my plans for future travel photography websites.

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Sunrise Photography Settings That Work For Me Every Time

What sunrise photography settings do I use? Typically, I use F8 or F16 aperture, ISO 100 and the shutter speed the camera chooses using AV Mode on my Canon 6D. In this post I will tell you all about the camera settings I use which will help you take great sunrise photos easily every time. I will also tell you the actual camera settings I used to take the 5 sunrise photos included in this post.

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Rick McEvoy Photography – one of those periodic recaps

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Things have not gone quite as planned. Nothing disastrous, just other things that have arisen along the way, with some additional work that I have been doing on my website.

And some new ideas from things that I have learnt recently. The new ideas have changed my plans going forward, hopefully for the better.

There are things that I want to do, and things that I was planning on doing that I will be deferring for very good reasons.

The latest rethink

I am therefore having a bit of a rethink about the content of my photography blog and what I am going to be doing over the next three months.

My photography blog

My photography blog is still the core of my photography business, being the daily update of content on my website which gets shared into the outside world on a daily basis.

And to be brutally honest the core of my SEO work. One day I will rank highly in Google for the search term photography blogger!

Whats coming up on my photography blog in April then?

The completion of the editing of my Santorini photos. As mentioned on my blog the other day, Lightroom appears to be behaving itself much better these days which is great news for all of us Lightroom users, and there are a lot of us.

I ordered 16GB of RAM from Crucial the other day, which I will be fitting myself. With this doubling of the memory in my Dell PC I should be benefitting from the latest performance increases introduced in recent versions of Lightroom Classic, now on version 7.3.

I decided to leave the image editing until I had plucked up the courage to order the additional RAM. At the time of writing this I have ordered it, have received it, all I need to do now is pop it in my PC. I don’t want to say anymore as I don’t want to tempt fate.

My hope is that with the new external hard drive, the significant clean up of the files on my PC, the speed improvements in Lightroom and the increased memory in my Dell PC that I will find photo editing a joy once again.

And if this works a new SSD will be ordered next month – one IT upgrade at a time!

And the image processing I will be doing?

This is the schedule of sets of travel photography images that I want to produce

I want to carry on with my travel photography work, which is an area of significant interest to me going forward.

To be honest if I can make a living as a travel photographer I would be quite happy! And I could easily combine my photography with writing to achieve my ultimate aim - travel photographer and travel blogger!

New web page

Staying with the travel photography theme, I will be adding a new set of 12 images to that web page, with optimised images but no text. Lets see how that performs along with everything else I am doing. When I say perform I mean in SEO terms – do I need to do any more work or is the metadata on the images combined with the other things I am doing all that I need to do?

This is a trial of how I produce web pages in the future, which will hopefully transform how I work.

Updates to my website pages

In addition once all the computer changes are in place I want to add new images to each and every page of my website.

Yes - every page.

Why? I have just worked out that I can automate the import of Lightroom Metadata into my Squarespace website. This is a good time to do this, and I have scheduled time each week to go through my pages one by one and renew all the images. They may be the same images as are already there, but with the metadata rewritten and imported into the correct field on my website for consistent optimisation.

And I have been waiting until the time it takes to do such work is less, which is right now for the reasons above.

And while I am there I am going to review the metadata on each page and update it – this is quite a quick job now that I know what I want in these fields – it makes sense to do this at the same time as the images.

The metadata will reflect the content of the image metadata and the keywords pertinent to each and every page.

And the good thing is that all the images will be prepared for publication on any external channels, as all the metadata will be there.

My website needs a refresh in places!

I have looked at some of the older pages and they are looking dated. I have updated a lot of the images on many of my web pages, but never finished this exercise properly.

New material

There is the inevitable additional material that this exercise will produce which will feed directly into my photography blog – all the bits working together nicely.

Page text and content will be reviewed at the same time, but not actioned yet.

I will continue with some back of house website work, and will be trialling this in conjunction with a variety of web page constructions and contents.

I am hoping that other things that I am doing will negate the need for lots of additional work, but this is something for long into the future, possibly next year.

Is the work I am doing with my blog and website working?

I think so - I am experiencing a significant increase in traffic to my website – my target is to achieve 1,000 visitors per month by the end of the year – at this rate I might reach this target sooner.

I am also experiencing an increase in enquiries – this is the real benchmark. If I get 10,000 visitors to my website but no enquiries so what?

The content of my blog posts

I will also be continuing with my regular varied set of blog posts about all things photography. The mix of posts will include

  • Long in depth posts
  • Information about articles being published on Improve Photography and other websites
  • Images old and new
  • Videos
  • Image processing
  • Business news
  • Website news
  • Gear
  • Opportunities
  • Things that have happened to me that others might find of interest
  • And anything else that fits in with my photography business and the world of photography in general

Planning my work

One other bit of news is that I have now allocated half hour chunks of time to specific tasks in the week. I am trying a new approach to getting things done, having successfully transformed the former nightmare that was emails.

New resources that I recommend

How to be a Productivity Ninja – Graham Allcot

Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business And Influence – And How You can Too - Gary Vaynerchuk

And my next piece of light reading

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People

And finally

One final point for today which has just come to me as I finish writing this post is this.

What percentage of time in a photography business is spent taking photos? In my case I would guess 10%. 20% on a good week.

Blimey. I never thought it would be like this. But the truth is that I really do enjoy all this other stuff.

I love taking photos, and processing them in Lightroom. I get a real buzz when I receive feedback from a client – that is the best feeling.

And I am enjoying the writing about photography and my photography work – the more I do it the more I enjoy it, and hopefully the better I become.

Now its time to cross my fingers, install that RAM and get back to those pictures of Santorini.

Rick McEvoy Photography

What am I looking for in my next camera? Find out here

I am angling for a new camera. This is what I hinted at yesterday.

Why am I after a new camera? A number of reasons. Well two mainly.

Firstly, I have to say that there is nothing wrong with my Canon 6D and accompanying lenses – I still get great photos and love using them for commercial work.

But

I am getting a bit fed up carrying around a DSLR everywhere I go.

I want something smaller. Add on all the lenses and it is a bit of a hassle that I am getting tired of.

I feel that I am missing out on lots of technology.

This has come from the technological advances with my iPhone, along with using the DJI Osmo Mobile for taking videos with my iPhone. And very funky panoramic shots where the DJI Osmo Mobile moves the iPhone to take nine different photos and stitch them together.

As I said, there is nothing wrong with my Canon 6D. It takes great photos, and has worked faultlessly for me. The simplicity of the Canon 6D is part of it’s appeal to me.

That being said I want to try something new, and also something smaller.

There are the two fundamentals, which lead me to the question – can I replace my Canon 6D and all the related stuff with something much smaller and still get the same results?

I am going to have to try. I think it is fair to say that I do not need to do this – I want to do this.

And the arena within which I can experiment is my travel photography work. I need to get something for upcoming trips in April and May.

So to get the ball rolling what features do I want in a new camera?

These are the features I am looking for. In no particular order – these are the things that are important to me off the top of my head – now I don’t want to think about this too deeply now!! You know what kind of trouble that gets me into.

Here are the headline features that I want.

  • Excellent image quality
  • Video in 4k
  • Easy to use
  • RAW and JPEG image capture
  • In-camera HDR with RAW files
  • Small body (pocket sized?)
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Mic in socket
  • The ability to use an L bracket
  • GPS
  • Quick connectivity to my phone
  • An LCD screen I can actually use

The ability to expand the lens range to replace my Canon stuff if I decide to go down that road. I do not want to embark on a new system if I like it but I cannot use it going forwards.

I need the range of focal lengths that the lenses that I currently use provide, which is currently 17mm all the way to 200mm. Not too much to cover to be honest.

It is the wide part that is of concern to me, and the potential loss of tilt shift lenses, which I have mixed views about.

I have to say that I find the prospect of having a much smaller set of gear exciting. I might be able to stick with my Peak Design Everyday Backpack which will be excellent news, with the same equivalent gear taking up less space than my existing kit.

This is my shopping list.

Obviously it would be nice to get a manufacturer to supply me with the gear – lets start with what that camera might be.

Off the top of my head my options are

Sony

Fuji

Olympus

Panasonic

Not too bad then.

I have discounted Canon and Nikon neither whom are offering mirrorless options at the moment, which is what I am really after.

Things that I will not be able to have

  • Tilt shift lenses
  • Use of my existing sets of filters – this will be a temporary state until I decide what to do.
  • Full frame sensor – this will make the camera too big and too expensive.

I will look at this.

OK – I have looked. And decided that I want to start this process with a new camera costing less than £500.

And yes, I said start this process. If I can get images that I am happy with using a smaller camera I will look at moving to that system completely.

Narrows it down nicely. And having looked at various cameras my initial thought is to give the Sony A6000 a go. I think. This is currently available from Amazon for just under £500.

I will hold that thought and see. Give myself a month to have a think and see what the end of March brings in terms of decisions.

Writing helps me with my thought processes, and the production of this blog post has crystallised things that have been in my head for some time now.

And with that I will say goodbye until tomorrow, when I will be back to my photos of Santorini.

Rick McEvoy Photography – going places

And here is my first picture of Santorini

This is the first edit of the first picture of Santorini.

Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography - travel photograper   

Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography - travel photograper

 

And this is the edit of the image above using Snapseed on my iPad Pro. I like this!

Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography

Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography

And here is the black and white version, again using Snapseed

Black and white travel photography in Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography

Black and white travel photography in Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography

Here is my first picture taken in Santorini.

This is the fist image I took. It is a single image capture on my Canon 6D processed in Lightroom, cleaned up in Photoshop, with extra versions produced using Snapseed. 

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The beginning of my travel photography work on my pictures of Santorini - finally I get to work on these images from this fantastic destination

 

This is the beginning of that thing I have been waiting to do ever since my wonderful wife whisked me off to Santorini for a birthday treat to die for – a photographic trip to Santorini no less.

I know – how lucky am I?

I wrote about this back in April, check out this blog post from 20th April.

This is the nuts and blots of the article that I wrote on April 20th on my photography blog.

Firstly, here is the list of things that I wrote out when sat waiting for the sun to appear on the second morning in Santorini.

The first morning was taken up with the excitement of the clouds down below – more on that in a later post.

Here is the list, as typed into my iPhone 7 Plus sat on a hill.

”Thoughts

  • Gear
  • Clothing
  • Temperature
  • Memory cards
  • Back up
  • Image capture
  • Gear didn't use
  • Gear used all the time
  • Camera
  • Leases *typo – should be lenses)
  • Bag
  • Tripod
  • Loupe
  • Accessories
  • Subjects
  • Learning
  • Not take obvious
  • 5 am
  • Recce
  • Queues
  • Flask
  • Boots
  • Warmer clothes
  • Headphones
  • Top 20 images
  • Capture
  • Import
  • Cull
  • Select
  • Organise
  • process
  • Publish
  • 20 images one by one
  • GPS
  • Videos
  • Panos
  • iPhone 7plus
  • Video stabilisation
  • You Tube
  • Gear
  • Keywords
  • Polarising sunglasses.”

This is the actual list I made. I wanted to capture my thoughts in a place where I had the time to do so.

OK. Just needed to get that out of the way.

I have written about this before, but here I am going to summarise everything into this single introductory post. Forgive me for repeating myself but it has been such a long time and now I am finally ready to begin.

I have been waiting to write this first post ever since I went to Santorini in April. Work has got in the way though. I always feel like December is a good time to take stock and reflect, and I am going to do that and give myself time to enjoy my pictures of Santorini, whilst developing various parts of my photography business.

This will provide a blueprint for me for future trips, as well as trips I have already been on.

The key to this though is to take my time with this process, and I have allowed myself all of December 2017 and January 2018 to do all the things I want to do, which are as follows.

I know – before I go on, I have missed a week already, this being the 7th December. No problem – I will add a week in February.

Here are the things I will be working on, writing about and spending time doing.

1 – Talk about what I wanted to get out of my first dedicated photography trip. This is this post.

2 – Sort the images. This will be the next post with text.

I have decided that I am going to do some quick edits of images I like just because I can. Then I will get into the serious stuff. I have been working very hard recently and need some enjoyable image editing work.

And then I will get into the detail of the process of sorting out the images. I want my blog to be helpful to photographers, and for the images to be of interest to everyone. I will explain the entire process from import to having a set of images to edit. I will talk in this post about rating and rejecting images, and what I do with rejected images.

I have the time to do this in an organised and structured way – and that is the point of this exercise. To give myself time to work on the images from a special trip.

In sorting out the images I will explain the entire process, including the very boring subject of metadata, and specifically the following fields I will be populating in Lightroom.

  • Metadata
  • Keywords
  • Titles
  • Captions
  • Copyright
  • File name – yes even the file name is important.

An extension of the metadata is the research that is needed to identify the metadata that will help me not only sell my images, but also will give me the maximum SEO benefits of these images on my website, photography blog and I guess in social media outputs.

3 – Editing the images.

Once I have selected images of interest, I am going to process them as I usually do in Lightroom and Photoshop. When I say as I usually do I mean using the latest refinements of my digital image processing. This is the processing that I would do for portfolio images or images for commercial clients.

At this point I do not know how many images I will be editing. I have said before that if I get 20 images that are good enough to publish I will be happy. I will talk about this more in the post about sorting the images, but need to make the point that I am going to be selling these images as stock images, so I am not just producing portfolio images, so the number of images I edit will be higher.

There is an important point here – when you are selecting images you need to know what you want them for. If I was looking for 1 or 2 portfolio images out of this set of over 2000 images I would be looking for very specific things. As however I am looking for images that are going to be for sale in stock libraries the criteria for selecting images is much more different – basically I am choosing images that I think have a commercial value.

One additional note here that has just come to me – alternative crops.

I am going to look at alternative crops of images to see what I can come up with. I am thinking here of extracting a point of detail, like a picture of a single church amongst the cliffs of Santorini – I guess you can call these intimate landscape images.

This is something I really enjoy doing but to be completely honest I often forget to do – this is the time to do this and work this into my workflow for the future. Thankfully the resolution of my Canon 6D allows me to take quite a small area of a picture and produce perfectly viable commercial images. I am writing this with a particular image of a white church in mind, having just taken a sneak look at the first of my Santorini photographs.

This will really finish off my editing work and I am delighted that this particular image has prompted this thought.

And black and white images. I must not forget them.

4 - Editing the images with other software.

As well as doing my conventional editing with Lightroom and Photoshop I will also be trying other photo editing software.

Luminosity Masks using Raya Pro – bought last year but I have never had the time to experiment properly.

Luminar software – the windows beta was released in July which I am looking forward to trialling.

Aurora HDR – if it has been released on Windows by the time I have had a proper go with Luminar.

Amd a new one to my list.

Lumenzia – another luminosity masking programme.

And, software on my iPad Pro.

I am going to spend the time to learn how to use these different methods of processing images, and decide which if any of these I want to use going forwards, or if I am happy to stay as I am with Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. I might process just a selection using these different photo editing software products – let’s wait and see. I do need to give each of the software products proper time to learn them though, to inform me about which I will be using in the future.

I want software that is quick and easy to use that takes the images processed in Lightroom to another level. That or it replaces processing images in Lightroom altogether?

And now that the Nik Collection is back on the scene I might have a look at that as well.

Which reminds me – I need to choose a go to black and white software package.

5 – Editing the images with my iPad.

Is this viable? Can I go to a mobile only workflow? Apart the fact I have just spent some money on a brand-new monitor it would be interesting to see if this was viable. I don’t think this is viable but will certainly have a look. There may be some magical things that I can do with my iPad Pro that I am not aware of. It is worth exploring for sure. If I can replace the default Lightroom/ Photoshop with something more current and cutting edge this could well be of interest to me. I get the feeling that photo editing software is going to change significantly in the next couple of years.

As well as looking at a brave now mobile photography world I will of course look at how I can take some base RAW images and edit them using

And I will have a browse and see what else is out there.

I am keen to look at other ways of working here. This is why this is going to take a couple of months, but all with the same set of images.

6 – Producing images with movement.

Currently I love Plotagraph on my iPad. I will have a play with some of the selected images and see what I come up with. And see If there are other ways of getting movement into images.

7 – Writing about the image capture process.

This is very important to me – I want to write about how I approach a trip such as this, how I prepare, and the things that I did not think of such as taking some decent footwear. All I had was my Moshulu red pumps would you believe!

8 – The gear I used.

I am going to describe the gear that I took on this trip, and how it worked for me. I have lots of shots of my gear in action. When I say in action, in use is probably more realistic!

And even some pictures of me. Looking a bit bedraggled to be fair!

I am going to talk in some detail about the equipment I took, the equipment I didn’t take, what I learnt and any regrets!

9 – Videos

I took some videos on my iPhone, and will be looking at these and seeing what kind of quality I got from my phone. These videos I am going to publish on You Tube and my blog. I am also going to look at how I can improve my videography in 2018.

There are also videos I took and pictures of my camera setup and the views I was capturing. These will all be included in the posts on my photography blog.

I even took videos of my Canon 6D actually taking photos – exciting stuff eh!

10 – Stock Photography

The next thing in this process is what to do with the images I have produced.

Sell them is my plan.

This is how I am going to approach the image selection – I have not decided which edited sets are going to go for sale yet – best wait until that has been completed and I have all the image sets to compare.

I need to decide which stock sites. For that I need to read a book. But that will be a separate post. Or separate series of posts about making money from stock photography.

This is the beginning of me taking stock photography much more seriously, with the aim of producing a tangible income from stock images and stock videos. This will be the research stage, and this might run on after everything else as it is such a big subject in its own right. The pictures of Santorini are really just the beginning of this.

11 – Social media

Obviously, I am going to share all these images on social media, and I will report on how this went, which images were successful, which weren’t.

12 – My photography business in 2018

How has everything up to this point shaped my photography business going forward? I will be thinking about this every step of the way, as I strive to produce better images more efficiently and get them into the most appropriate and lucrative commercial markets.

I am also going to be looking at commercial partnerships with camera equipment manufacturers.

13 – My website

At the very least I will have 12 pictures of Santorini on my website, and 2 months of blog content. I will wait and see what other influences this process has on my website.

14 – And finally a summary of everything that I have learnt. I am not going to call this lessons learned – this sounds much too corporate!

No point doing this if I don’t record what I have learnt, and even more importantly act on these things. I will set the date now of the 15th February for a post called – lessons learnt from my trip to Santorini.

I know other things will happen along the way, but I must capture the things that this fantastic photography trip has given me, and it is important that I give myself the time to work on the images captured.

Being a travel photographer would be my dream job – that is my end game if I am completely honest!

15 - Outputs

I am allowing myself a period of two months, December 2017 and January 2018, to concentrate on these things alone, with the following outputs. Dedicating so much time means I need actual outputs.

  • A selection of images from Santorini.
  • A fully edited set of images using Lightroom/ Photoshop.
  • Some improvements/ tweaks/ modifications to my image processing workflow. And I might even write my workflow down you never know.
  • Alternative edits of the image set using Luminosity Masks.
  • Alternative edits of the image set using Luminar.
  • Alternative edits of the image set using Aurora HDR.
  • Alternative edits of the image set using other software on my iPad. Software to be confirmed!
  • An alternative black and white set of images – software to be confirmed.
  • A plan and a process for stock submissions.
  • A plan and a process for behind the scenes videos, and how they are uploaded to You Tube.
  • A new website category called Travel Photographer, with a page with called Santorini. With 12 images and maybe some text too – not decided on that yet.
  • A post on the 15th February 2018 in which I will write about all the things that I have learned from this wide and varied 2 months dedicated to my pictures of Santorini.

That should do it!

2200 images. 10 outputs. 2 months.

Time to get on with my Santorini photography.

And a last-minute change - 10 quick edits. Sorry can't wait. This I will do first and then take my time over the rest of it! 10 edits, 10 days. 10 blog posts. And that will buy me some time to get the next lump of text written and suitably polished to provide the next splendid read for all of you.

And with that it is time to edit the first image. Ooh and look what it is……..

Rick McEvoy Photography