Olympus EM10-II Easy Settings for Moon Photography

We all love Full Moon shots right? I came across a tutorial on taking moon photos which proved it was so much easier than I thought it would be and you do not need a full fancy mega expensive lens either!

I used my Olympus EM10 Mark ii with the basic 40mm - 150mm f4/f5.6 telephoto lens plus a tripod, but the tripod isn’t essential, if you have a steady hand or a wall or large sturdy object to lean against you will still capture good shots.

The recommended settings are :

ISO 200 (Yes really)

F8 (The most frequent sweet spot for many lenses)

Metering Mode - Spot Metering

Anti Shock Mode

White Balance - Sunny (yes really)

Once I had my settings all set up with my camera on the tripod, I just needed to find the focus point and adjust the exposure settings, using my auto focus I positioned the focus point so it sat on the edge of the moon, therefore capturing the contrast between the bright light of the moon and dark sky, which makes easy for the camera to find the focus. The last setting needed was to adjust the exposure compensation, I tested it on a few shots, I was somewhere around minus 2.7 - 3, just keep trying to see which suits your lighting condition best. I like to use RAW files instead of JPEGS for my post processing, these moon photos had the bare minimum of editing in Lightroom, basically a little bit of Contrast, some tweaking of the shadows, black and whites, finally a little sharpening. I was very pleased with my first ever attempt, I cannot wait for another full moon opportunity, just hope the weather will play fair too!

Stuck for Instagram Caption Ideas ?

Are you like me when it comes to posting your beautifully created photos onto Instagram or any Social Media Platform, then you get the writers block? Stuck for ideas for your Instagram Captions seemed to be quite an issue on the social media, which was how I came up with this journal/planner notebook to help solve that very problem. I personally found if I kept a few jottings on what was happening during my week when it came to posting a photo I found it so much easier to write using my notes to help me, so here is my latest journal which I hope very much will be of some use to everybody else too!

I have nearly 90 journal lined pages each with an individual guided prompt that hopefully may spark an idea for the writer, with plenty of space below to create your own ideas. Plus some pages to collect your favourite new hashtags, with a 3 month undated weekly planner to jot down your life’s events. Naturally there are some pages too, all in a 8.5 inch square soft cover book.

Dot Grid Bullet Journal now on Amazon !

Lets keep this short and sweet, I have my first Dot Grid Journal/Notebook on sale with Amazon, ( hooray). This summer I have been busy learning how to use Illustrator to create floral designs, I have 10 years, more or less experience of taking Floral Photography, I wanted to do a bit more with my photography and photos other than selling prints and cards. I had the idea of creating my own floral graphic designs to use amongst other things for stationery. This is my first basic Notebook, just pages of equally spaced dots grids which are so useful for organising your thoughts, creating to do lists, practising your doodles, sketches, crochet patterns, basically whatever you want to jot down into a handy notebook. I am full of ideas for others which will be more specific, planners, prompt guides plus of course adding some coloring books for the grown ups. But I wanted to try this out first, create a basic book but create my own cover design, needless to say I have ordered some notebooks which I will using as a giveaway on Instagram soon, so make sure you take a peek and don’t miss the chance to win one! I used Createspace which is part of Amazon to publish it, but this is now being merged into Kindle, yep Kindle is no longer simply all about E books, but will be selling real books, that you can touch and feel, turn the corners over (infuriates Mr H ) I enjoy reading on my Kindle it is so convenient for travelling, and now I am amused at how full circle we go in life, Kindle selling the real thing again.

Anyway I am chuffed to bits that I have created my own design and have a bullet point booklet up for sale across the world!

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Freebie Printable



As you know I am currently learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and what a learning curve it is ! However I was pretty pleased with my first printable document, a weekly planner which can be used a simple weekly 'To Do' list  or even a a Blog Post Schedule reminder. It is an A4 size and will print 'Landscape'.


Here it is available as a PDF download for you, feel free to download and reuse as many times you care to! 

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