Posts Tagged ‘Olympus


Looking For Autumn at Horseshoe Bend Park

This video attempts to capture some of the remaining summer colors combined with the start of autumn colors. I’ll take a look at composition options and I’ll share some of my camera settings. Enjoy the hike!

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Exploring The D&L Trail From Weissport to Jim Thorpe, PA

This is a quick video of my hike into Jim Thorpe, PA on the D&L Trail. Check out the many photographic opportunities along the way, including some of my camera settings. I hope you enjoy the trip and please consider subscribing. For better quality here is a YouTube link.


Railroad Boneyard

Check out the video of this amazing place my friend took me to.
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Photographic Adventure to Jacobsburg State Park

Take a look at my discoveries during my photographic adventure to this amazing state park. Explore, Capture and Create!

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August 2020 Newsletter

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Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm Lens review

I had the amazing opportunity to test out this new lens that Olympus announced today. Check out my video of my shots and let me know your comments. Here is a link to my YouTube video:


Ricketts Glen State Park Waterfalls

Please check out the video and consider subscribing. This is an explorational & educational hike to Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park with a focus on the waterfalls.
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Smoke on the Water



An early morning hike at Peace Valley Park.
Camera: Get Olympus #getolympus OM-D EM-1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 25mm, f/6.3, 1/50 sec. (handheld)
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January 2020 – Happy New Year Newsletter

This a repost of my newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, please click HERE.

Welcome 2020 – Perfect Vision-

Let the light shine through…A new decade is ahead of us and an amazing decade has just passed.  I am sure as is true for many of you, there is a lot to reflect back on in the past decade and so much to look forward to as we begin 2020.  I am not about resolutions however I am all about being grateful for so much to be thankful for and the opportunity to continue to capture people, nature, cultures and structures in unique and creative ways.  20-20 has a unique connotation- to see clearly!  Here is to capturing all that life brings forth in the new year!  Let the light shine through…
This image was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X using the M Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO with the settings of ISO 500, 12 mm; f/1.8, 1/50th sec.

OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The latest new camera in my bag.  As Olympus says:  SMALLER, LIGHTER, AND SO MUCH SMARTER.

If you’re tired of lugging around heavy DSLR camera bodies and lenses, the OM-D system is a revelation. It’s smaller, lighter, and more portable, providing you greater freedom of movement to capture any image. OM-D lets you enjoy photography instead of feeling weighed down by bulky gear.

The E-M5 MARK III is 55%smaller and 64%lighter compared to average DSLR systems (as of October 2019)

And check out the image quality taken in Cleveland Ohio.
This image was taken with the OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M.ZUIKO ED 7-14 MM F2.8PRO. Settings ISO 200, 7 mm, f/4.8, 1/125th second.

Disney – May the Force Be with you

If you have not seen the new Star Wars Movie –  drop what you are doing and go see it!  In October we surprised our grandkids with a Disney Trip.  I could fill this entire newsletter with favorite photos from the trip as it was totally magical.  I did take the opportunity to capture a few images that will have you feeling like you are on the Star Wars movie set.  Disney’s recreation of the Millennium Falcon was nothing short of amazing.  The ride, by the way was well worth the wait!

For this image I used the Olympus  OM-D E-M5 Mark III  paired with the M.Zuiko ED 12-40 mm f2.8 PRO. Settings ISO 200, 12 mm, f5.6, 1/320th second.

Tucson Arizona – Visionary Summit

I just recently came back from the Olympus Visionary Summit in Tucson Arizona where I had the opportunity to photograph some desert shots.  It is such an honor and privilege to work with the Olympus team and my fellow visionaries –  having the opportunity to share ideas, techniques and learn more ways to leverage the amazing Olympus equipment & technology.

I used the OM-D E-M1X paired with the M.ZUIKO ED 12-100mm F4 ISO PRO lens.  The settings for the first shot were ISO 200, 17mm, f/20, 1/80th second. The second image was ISO 200, 29mm, f/6.3, 1/100th second.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

This fall I was invited to present to the Chagrin Valley Camera Club and lead a photowalk in Cleveland.  One of my favorite elements to photograph is architecture and this was a perfect setting for me. As I stood outside of the the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, I was able to capture these images.  What inspired me was the graphic details of the buildings and I am pretty sure I could hear the music in my photos!

Both images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-MIX using the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens.  The settings on the first image were ISO 200, 9mm, f/8.0, 20.0 seconds.The second image settings were ISO 200, 7mm, f/8.0, 5.0 seconds.

Jim Thorpe in the Fall

This has become an annual outing with Dan’s Camera and Olympus.  Each year I lead a photowalk through Jim Thorpe capturing iconic buildings; trains and the beautiful fall foliage.  This is basically in my backyard and each year I find new and creative elements to photograph.  You can also check out the video I created for the participants which depicts the photoshoot. The image was shot with Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the M. Zuiko 12-100 F4.0 IS PRO  with the settings of ISO 250, 20 mm, f/9.0 and 1/60th second.

Johnson Photo Imaging – Bradeonton, Florida

I was recently with the crew from Johnson Photo Imaging presenting several photo workshops and leading a few photowalks on behalf of Olympus.  Such a great time walking through Braedenton with the team from Olympus and Johnson Photo Imaging.  Here are a few images from the photowalks.

For both images I used the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark III using the M. Zuiko 12-100 F4 ISO PRO lens. The settings for the first image were ISO 200, 100mm, f/6.3 and 1/640th second.  The settings for the second image were ISO 1250, 100mm,  f/6.3 and 1/200th second.

The Camera Shop of Muskegon

Nothing like a midwest welcome.  From the moment I arrived, through the weekend  with the team at the Camera Shop of Muskegon, we had a blast sharing about the Olympus system and actively photographing the area.  Muskegon is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Here are a few images I captured.

Both of these images were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. I used the M.Zuiko ED 9-18mm F40-5.6 for the first image and the settings for the first image were ISO 200, 9mm, f/10 and 1/800th second.For the second image I used the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8PRO lens with the settings at ISO 500, 7mm, f/5.6 and 1/60th second.

New York, New York

Architecture, street photography and culture are all synonymous with New York City.  I was born in Brooklyn and New York is always a favorite place for me to photograph.  It is so rich in history and each building in town tells a story.

Here is a shot I took from outside of B & H while I was presenting information about the new camera in a series called “Break Free and See the New Olympus E-M5 Mark III”.

This image was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M. Zuiko 17 mmF1.2PRO. The settings were ISO 200, 17mm, f2.0 and 1/100th second.

Network Magazine – Lehigh Valley

Network Magazine is the Lehigh Valley’s high end business-leader driven magazine that began its publications in the summer of 2015.  This magazine is published quarterly and I have been the cover photographer since its inception.  The magazine wanted a local look and came to me to share images that they select for each issue that are converted to black and white.  Here is the most recent cover image.  To see more about the magazine, click here.

Following me on Instagram & Facebook?

New Year begins new travel opportunities and I wanted to let you know that I will be sharing images along the road on Instagram and Facebook.

If you are not already following me, I invite you to find me on Instagram at @franktaylorsmith or you can click on this link from your web browser: & on Facebook at

Coming up – Workshops and Presentations

I have several presentations and workshops coming up over the next few months that offer instructional content as well as hands on workshops.  Please check out the links below to see if you can join me.  Please also check out my website for presentation updates at as events may get added.

Chester County Camera Club
Travel Photography
May 13, 2020
South Jersey Camera Club
Creative Elements of Architecture
May 14, 2020
Focal Planes Camera
Creative Elements of Architecture
June 11, 2020
Doyelstown Camera Club
Nordic Travels Presentation
June 8, 2020
Pocono Camera Club
September 15, 2020_________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Photographing in the fall has so much potential with the changing seasons as well as with the holidays. Every year the photographic opportunities increase not only by the number of organizations and families that go all out decorating, but also by the ability to combine the in-camera features of the Olympus system with a few post-processing tricks to create haunting moods in your Halloween images.

Behind the Shot:
Spooky Pumpkin Patch

Who doesn’t love a pumpkin patch? The season is brief and the dramatic tones created by nature are perfect for setting up the “great pumpkin shoot.”

The Planning
Since Halloween displays are only up for a limited amount of time, it’s important to plan ahead. Strategically plan your locations or even do a site visit to scope out the best time to avoid overcrowding. Plan out your shots knowing that you will also need to be fully adaptable when you are actually shooting. This may require extra tools like step ladders or potentially even lighting to capture the shots.

On my site visit, I’ll typically utilize many of the in-camera filters to plan out my shoot. The time of day is also a critical factor (as is the weather) to capture the best imagery.

Pumpkin patch
OM-D E-M1 | M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
1/160s | f4.5 | ISO 200

The Shot
Once I am on location my goal is to set up the shot, take a few test images and determine the best lighting; location and camera settings. I typically will have my tripod and if needed, I will use a step ladder (which means handheld shots). You need to have strong foreground for the image, and you can look to create “moods” through shadows and post processing.

Pumpkin shot wide
OM-D E-M1 | M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
1/400s | f6.3 | ISO 200

Composition is always foremost. For my pumpkin shoot, I typically get low to the ground. Before deciding on my positioning, however, I move around and check out the potential image from various angles. It’s important to also make sure there are no random objects in the image that would otherwise detract from my goal.

I always look for a primary subject which can be either in the foreground, mid-ground or background to focus on for the shot.

Pumpkin Composition
OM-D E-M1 Mark II | M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
1/60s | f16 | ISO 250

A few of the in-camera filters such as dramatic tone; selective color and focus stacking work great for capturing the “dramatic” or “spooky” elements of Halloween.

Selective Color
Example: Selective Color

I also like to use High Dynamic Range (HDR) shots when there are extreme contrasts. HDR requires you to take a series of shots at different exposures. You can either allow the camera to process the images or you can process them in post processing.

HDR Pumpkin
For this photo, I combined shots with the following exposure values: -4,-2,0,+2,+4
HDR Example
Exposure: -4
HDR Example
Exposure: -2
HDR Example
Exposure: 0
HDR Example 2
Exposure: -2
HDR Example 2
Exposure: 0
HDR Example 3
Exposure: +2

After the Shot
I will typically post process these types of image to create the final mood. I work with the RAW files from my shoot and will look at both the RAW shot as well as the in-camera JPEGs. I’ll also bring the RAW files into Photoshop to bring out the light and the dramatic tones of the photo in order to achieve the desired effect.

More Secrets for Creepy Captures

Find a strong foreground for the image, then look to create “moods” through shadows and post processing. Check out these examples below.


While creating this series of images, I first noticed the shadow on the floor. Taking note of the door opening, I decided to add an interesting element in the doorway – the vacuum. I then decided to look for a model to be in the doorway, and to focus on the shadows. Light is very important and any opportunities for shadows can really add to the photo.

final visitor
OM-D E-M1 Mark II | M.Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
1/80s | f3.2 | ISO 200

To create the mood, I used the in-camera dramatic black & white setting and the monochromatic setting in post processing. Finally, I created a swirling vignette to eliminate any distractions and to enhance the creepy effect.


I found this eerie subject in good light with a dark background. In post processing I slightly de-saturated the image and added an exaggerated amount of contrast. The resulting dark shadows enhanced the creepiness of the mood. (2 images with mask).

Ghost Mask
OM-D E-M1 Mark II | M.Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
1/60s | f2.8 | ISO 640 | -0.3 Exposure


In order to create more power and add drama to this image, I positioned my camera very low to the ground and used a very wide angle. I also activated the in-camera black and white dramatic tone filter.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II | M.Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
1/250s | f5.6 | ISO 200
Frank Smith


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Frank Smith is a self-taught photographer whose love for the craft goes back to a very early age. Decades later, Frank’s passion for photography has yet to fade as his skills continue to evolve. A native Northeasterner, Frank often focuses his lens on regional and local scenery including the Pocono Mountains and the historical sites of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His raw travel and philanthropic photojournalism covers global themes, shedding light on cultural issues such as regional corruption in areas including South Sudan and Haiti.



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