Wide Angle Photography With Gavin Hoey

Wide Angle Photography With Gavin Hoey

Olympus UK has just released another Facebook Live video as part of their "Learn with Olympus" series. Their Ambassador, Gavin Hoey, talks about wide-angle photography.

Suitable for photographers using any brand of camera, not just Olympus, this light-hearted and informative hour-long lecture covers all aspects of wide-angle photography, including how wide-angled lenses can add context and drama to portrait shots. He continues to talk about how they exaggerate perspective and the myth of distortion. Their drawbacks are also discussed, with problems such as getting your feet in the picture. He also looks at correcting such issues in Photoshop.

Besides addressing the potential difficulties of shooting wide-angle, he speaks about their benefits too. For example, he declares enthusiastically how they lend themselves well to creating starbursts.

For those who want to learn more about depth of field, included in the video is information about getting front-to-back sharpness. He illustrates his talk with a range of superb portrait and landscape photos, as well as a (kind of) wildlife shot.

Many of the photographs are captured with the excellent Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens. For UK-based photographers, Olympus is offering a generous cashback deal with their wide-angled lenses. The details of that are in the video.

If you don't already subscribe to Olympus UK's twice-weekly online presentations, it is worthwhile doing so. They are, of course, using Olympus kit, but the tutorials and discussions with professional photographers are informative and fun to take part in no matter what you shoot with.

Most of the sessions are aimed at beginner to intermediate photographers, but they also welcome more advanced questions. If the question is too involved or technical to answer during the live session and relates to the Olympus kit, Olympus UK invariably offers free one-to-one sessions with their technical experts. This is an excellent service that I have taken advantage of a couple of times.

Gavin's excitement, plus the banter he has both with the viewers and with his wife, Sam Hoey, who works behind the scenes, make them a particularly enjoyable watch. It's also worth keeping an eye open for the regular presentations from their other experts all of whom give superb presentations.

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14 Comments

Fristen Lasten's picture

Link to video?

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

It's embedded right below the first paragraph.

S Browne's picture

Not visible or clickable.

Fristen Lasten's picture

Nope

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

It's there. Some of you guys may have be having browser incompatibilities.

Ken Hilts's picture

It isn't visible for me either, but examining the page source reveals the Facebook Live link at:
https://fb.watch/4QnLaZu1Ol/

S Browne's picture

Thank you!

Ivor Rackham's picture

Thanks for highlighting that, Ken. Does your browser have a Facebook blocking add-in like Facebook Container, or AdBlocker Plus, or Ghostery, or similar tools They can prevent you seeing embedded Facebook content.

Ken Hilts's picture

Yes, due to Facebook's pervasive tracking, I generally only allow FB content when actually using the FB site directly.

Ivor Rackham's picture

I do agree with you, Ken. I'm not a fan of that either. I had to remove Facebook Container to be able to post the article.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

You could have just allowed this site in the FB Container. Then, if you wanted. remove it's access when you were done

Ivor Rackham's picture

True, but to cut a long story short, I had a second plugin that was also blocking it, so I just uninstalled FBC and enabled FB on this page through the other plugin.

Ivor Rackham's picture

If you have a browser plugin such as Ghostery, ABP or Facebook Container or Facebook Blocker, they may prevent you from viewing the video. I had to remove FB container from Firefox to be able to post it.

Jan Holler's picture

Have no FB account, never will have one, can't watch it neither above or with the posted link in the comment, would have to log in.