“All that glitters”

… most certainly isn’t gold, unfortunately! 🙂 Abstract macro of some old costume jewellery.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/49948841197/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Best wishes,

Leigh

Macro lighting, greenscreen and post processing video (1 Hour long) !

Hi folks,

A mammoth video today, 🙂

An hour long video, a quick run-through including my macro lighting setup, Olympus Capture and Workspace,  Green Screen Wizard Studio Pro, DXO Photolab 3, Luminar 4, Topaz Sharpen A.I and NIK Viveza 2 Software. I’ve not attempted to detail all the many powerful features of the software but rather to describe a few of the features that I frequently use and find the most useful.

Kind regards

Leigh

Let there be light

Hi folks,

I have a new addition to my macro lighting, a battery/DC adapter powered RGB LED light with Android control App.  The unit has power output setting from 0-100% in +/- 5% adjustments and one can adjust the colour temperature, saturation, hue etc..

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I have also upgraded my Green Screen Wizard software to the Pro Studio version which includes a very useful and well-featured editor.

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Kind regards

Leigh

Macro shooting indoors during lockdown is helping me to stay sane.

Hi folks,

Thank heavens that I’ve been able to get into macro photography as it means that I can try experimenting with this whilst confined to home. I’m itching to get out and about and pursue my main interest in landscape photography again but it’s proven to be quite absorbing.

My small macro setup, light tent, OM-D E-M5 II, M.Zuiko 30 mm macro lens, Godox TT350O flash and X-1 radio flash trigger and LED ring light. This has proven to be a very flexible lighting arrangement.  The ring light can be operated either stand alone in manual flash mode or as a continuous light source and/or used in conjunction with the X-1 and TT350O. I also have four mains powered LED lights that came with the light tent  The TG-5 is there to take the closeup picture below of the EM-5 II. I’ve also been experimenting further with the TG-5’s amazing microscope mode which allows focus as close as 1cm  and both cameras have focus stacking and/or focus bracketing.

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I’m using Olympus’ Capture tethering software and their Workspace software with the camera connected by USB. I found some interesting PC and Android software called Spacedesk which has enabled me to add my 10 inch Android tablet as a fourth monitor connected by USB which is much faster and more reliable than WIFI, the software also has a touch screen mode. This allows me to display the two Olympus programs across the four monitors. The Capture software on the two larger displays and the Worskpace software on the two smaller displays.

Top left: live view display and Capture tether controls, top right: Capture output full screen, bottom left: Workspace main window and bottom right closeup of a captured file. By moving the Android tablet near to the camera and displaying the Live view window output from Olympus Capture software on it I can extend the battery life on the EM-5 by turning off the LCD screen  and also have a larger live view display which, along with focus peaking makes fine focus adjustments even easier. As soon as the camera has finished writing to the PC the Workspace software will display the files and one can examine them in more detail as I’m doing here on the bottom right display.

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Some colourful batteries and green background that I chose for this post.

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The same after using Green Screen Wizard software to change the background to one of my choosing.

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An interesting learning curve and something that I can see myself doing more of in the future.

Stay safe, stay at home my friends and kind regards,

Leigh

PS. I discovered another nice thing about the Spacedesk software, one can connect more than one Android device by USB or WIFI so it’s possible to extend one’s Windows desktop to even more displays. 🙂 I did so by adding my smaller 7 inch tablet as a 5th display.

Doing a bit of Macro

Hi everyone,

As we’re confined to home I’m taking the opportunity to get into some macro photography with my 30 mm M.Zuiko macro lens and new light tent. For those not in the know, that’s not a lightweight piece of camping equipment, it’s something to light up whatever you’re photographing. I didn’t bother to iron the backdrops yet in my haste to try it out but did a couple of quick test shots. Diffused lighting from two lamps, one either side and in-camera focus-stacked @f/8.

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and some downsized crops

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Best wishes,

Leigh

A perfect fit for my body cap lenses :)

Hi folks,

My stereo earbud cases arrived and they are a great fit for My Olympus 9 mm and 15 mm body cap lenses and also a 62 mm filter in each case.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PJ5JK44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Best wishes,

Leigh

Cases for Olympus 9 mm and 15 mm Body Cap Lenses.

Hi folks,

I found these online, they’re for stereo earbuds etc. but I measured up and I think that they’ll make nice small hard cases for my Olympus 9 mm and 15 mm body cap lenses. They’re available from Amazon individually or as a two coloured red and blue twin pack which is what I’ve ordered to make them readily identifiable. The lenses are plastic and I don’t think they’d stand up to hard knocks. As they have a mesh pocket they could also be useful as filter cases for filters up to about 70 mm in diameter or possibly slightly smaller.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PJ5JK44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PJ5JK44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kind regards

Leigh

 

A very nice cheap little camera bag

Hi folks,

I thought I’d share this with you. If you’re like me and have CSC/MFT or any other small camera kit then this compact shoulder bag is a great buy. It’s also a bargain at £6.99 on Amazon currently – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0152WW60W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I’ve tried it with several different kit load outs. It has a small back pocket which holds a couple of spare batteries etc..

Manfrotto NX Camera Shoulder Bag I for CSC Kit – Bordeaux Red

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OM-D E-M1 I and 12-40 mm zoom

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E-PL-5 + VF-4, Lumix 12-32 mm and 35-100 mm and Olympus 9-18 mm zooms

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OM-D E-M5, M.Zuiko 12 mm, 17 mm and 45 mm prime lenses.

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E-PL5 + VF-4, Lumix 12-32 mm, Lumix 35-10 mm and 9 mm and 15 mm body cap lenses in cases.

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Kind regards

Leigh

 

Manfrotto Pocket Tripods.

Hi everyone,

A short follow on post showing both models of the Manfrotto pocket tripod fitted to my OM-D E-M5 II plus Fotodiox grip and Lumix 12-60 mm, E-PL5 plus  VF-4 and Lumix 12-32 mm and TG-5. They seem to work very well.

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Kind regards

Leigh