Olympus pros teach photo techniques in ‘Anywhere Classroom’ video series

olympus educational video series working title anywhere classroom s1 e1

Thanks to high-speed Internet connections and seemingly unlimited Web space, educational videos are a popular means to learn about new things. The internet is full of video classes teaching the viewer certain aspects of the craft of photography. Sometimes, these are made by enthusiast amateurs, sometimes by professionals, sometimes by companies dedicated to educational videos – and sometimes by equipment manufacturers.

Only recently, Nikon announced a series of videos featuring the company’s ambassadors talking about topics such as lighting, outdoor photography, portraiture, and more. Canon, too, has online resources. Now Olympus has announced a similar series of educational videos, called “Anywhere Classroom.” It, too, features professional photographers speaking on behalf of the company, and just like Nikon’s series is focused on Nikon gear, Anywhere Classroom features Olympus Micro Four Thirds equipment.

In the first season of the series, Olympus Visionary and National Geographic photograpger Jay Dickman talks about landscape, wildlife, and nature photography in one five-minute-long episode each. And while he explains his workflow and using the critically acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera and his favorite lenses from both the Micro Four Thirds and older Four Thirds DSLR systems, the general knowledge that is being passed along can be applied to any brand of photographic equipment. 

(Watch Jay Dickman’s instructional videos for Olympus, and you’ll learn how to shoot nature images like these (above).)

As an appetizer, you can watch the first video of Anywhere Classroom’s season 1 below, featuring Dickman talking about landscape photography. The second season, which is slated to be “coming soon,” will feature “Olympus Trailblazer” and commercial photographer Alex McClure talking about light painting. The videos are available over at getolympus.com/anywhereclassroom.

(Via dpreview, Olympus; images via Olympus)


MIT science photographer isn’t an artist, but her work could fill galleries

Felice Frankel is an award-winning photographer, but she doesn't consider herself an artist. As a science photographer, she has been helping researchers better communicate their ideas for nearly three decades with eye-catching imagery.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Social Media

Instagram’s new Close Friends List lets you decide who should see your Story

Have a story to share, but don't want to send it to everyone? Instagram now offers a close friends list that will allow users to share stories with only the users included on that list.

Photography News: Tiffen launches portable LED, COOPH designs heated photo vest

In this week's photography news, Tiffen launches its first LED in the portable, robust Lowel light line. And this odd photo vest by COOPH has a built-in heater controlled via smartphone.
Emerging Tech

Buying on a budget? Here’s all the best tech you can snag for $25 or less

We live in a world where you can get a cheeseburger for $1, a functioning computer for $5, and thousands of HD movies for $10 -- so it stands to reason that you should be able to pick up some pretty sweet gear for $25.
Social Media

Hotel chain offers an Instagram ‘sitter’ who will post photos for you

If the pressure to post stunning Instagram photos is ruining your vacations, then how about hiring a local Instagram influencer to do the job for you while you go off and enjoy yourself? Well, such a service now exists.
Emerging Tech

Keep your holiday gift list high-tech and low-budget with these gadgets

Modern technology doesn't always come cheap, but there plenty of premium devices that don't carry a premium price. Whether you're looking for a streaming device or a means of capturing photos from above, our list of the best tech under $50…
Social Media

Ride the rails and share your stories with Amtrak’s new social media residency

Amtrak is looking for travel fans with a knack for telling stories on social media. The new Amtrak social media residency program wants amateur travelers to share photos, video, and written content from aboard long-distance trips.

Full-frame mirrorless cameras just made their Hollywood debut with this thriller

The Possession of Hannah Grace isn't just a thriller -- it's also the first Hollywood feature film to be shot completely with a full-frame mirrorless camera. The film was shot with several Sony a7S II bodies and anamorphic lenses.

Lens Rentals zooms in on the most popular cameras of the year

As 2018 comes to a close, Lens Rentals is taking a look at most popular cameras of the year, based on rental data. While Sony and Panasonic saw more rentals than the previous year, Canon is still the most-rented brand on the platform.

Luminar’s new libraries don’t even need you to manually import images

Luminar 3's new libraries feature doesn't require importing -- images are automatically added after clicking on a folder. The long-promised libraries feature gives editors a Lightroom alternative with organization tools as well as syncing…
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.

Photography News: Startup redesigns tripod heads ‘inside out’ for more flexibility

Well, this doesn't look like the ball heads that we've seen before. Instead of designing a tripod ball head with a small cutout, the Colorado Tripod Company created one with most of the ball exposed, allowing for more possible angles.