|Olympus E3 with 14-35 f2.0 lens ISO 100 f9, 1/100 of a second|
One of the skaters brought her daughter along that is in high school. She wants to be a photographer as a career and asked my advice. I simply told her to buy any camera with manual controls, no matter how cheap and take photos every day. I also loaned her a good beginners photography book and offered for her to tag along with an upcoming shoot. The hair stylist we often have in the studio was one of the skaters so I thought she could tag along the next time she comes in. It's very cool to see someone with an eye on the photography profession so young. Her enthusiasm was awesome and it had me jazzed. I even gave her the E3 to take the group shot above after we were outside and all done. I couldn't resist the attention of all the fun skater ladies!
Ever wonder what I do with myself when I'm alone in the studio? I get bored and distracted sometimes and fall victim to my low attention span. I was about to do that video in the previous post about the Lumopro LP160 and thought I should refresh my memory about how well it worked, or didn't work. So I took some photos of myself using the timer on the E3. Yes, it is true, I am a nerd and one day I will burn out my retina.
Thom Hogan is creating a stir again on the 4/3 rumour forum where he is predicting Olympus will either have to:
- fix their financial woes (maybe sell more cameras and stop dropping formats like I suck back coffee in the morning)
- Sell the imaging division of Olympus and stick with Medical equipment which is profitable (maybe sell to Panasonic)
- Close the imaging division all together.
I doubt Olympus will close, but I can't really disagree with Thom on his statements. They are just one of those loveable little photo companies (hey I like them) that has always struggled with a direction. Pentax was like that for a while, but with the Kx, Kr and K5 seem to have found their way. Sony is overtaking Nikon is sales and Canon gets more and more boring every day at the top of the pile. Possibly Olympus' new CEO will bring direction and vision to the brand. We can only hope.