How To ‘Get The Shot’ With Olympus PEN E-PL8

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With the growing popularity in blogging and social media, gone are the days of taking a quick #OOTD snap on your phone. The quality of imagery is just as important now as the content. And with so much creative talent around it’s beneficial to invest in your own equipment, and I recommend that a professional digital camera is a great place to start. For me, having a small camera which can fit into my handbag when travelling, and that’s light enough to carry around for the entire day is a must. Oh, and it’s got to look stylish too, right!?! I’ve been using the Olympus PEN E-PL7 for a number of years now (those of you who follow my blog will already know this) and I haven’t looked back. A bonus about this camera is that you can flip out the display which is perfect for taking flatly images and selfies! I also find it convenient and easy to Wi-Fi images straight to my phone for editing, and there’s a handy remote control feature too via the app. And most importantly it takes amazing pictures, did I mention that before? There’s many more great USP’s about this genius of a camera, but these are my most used/favourites. So when Olympus PEN contacted me on having a private masterclass with Jay McLaughlin about learning how to ‘Get The Shot’ with Olympus PEN E-PL8, clearly I was all in! Finally I can learn how to use my camera other than on auto (shocking I know, but who has the time to spend hours learning via boring YouTube videos).

How To ‘Get The Shot’ With Olympus PEN


Jay explained how easy it is to use your own location to your advantage. It’s actually surprising just by using the right angle and frame, you can make an image stand out. By utilising the most of your home surroundings, your content will soon feel unique to you! And then you’ll stand out for all the right reasons. Who wants to be another fashion blogger shooting in Notting Hill (yawn)!? It’s time to be original by shooting local as opposed to copying trends.


Continuing from above, there’s little photography tricks that help you ‘get the shot’. Experimenting with things like the rule of thirds and leading lines can be considered. To be honest this is something which I’ve already been doing for sometime without actually realising the ‘visual arts rule’ and technical terms. But it’s great to now know more about these guidelines when composing an image.

How To ‘Get The Shot’ With Olympus PEN


Yes, that include me too! To instantly improve your photography all you need to do is switch from ‘iAuto’ on the mode dial to ‘P’. It’s that easy! The ‘P’ stands for program, so actually your camera is making all of the decisions but you now control the light. By moving the wheel around the shutter button you can either make the photo brighter or darker. This is great as I love lighter/brighter images and it’s a step in the right direction to learning more about my camera. Next up is ‘A’, but we’re saving this for another time – as they say, big changes start with small steps.


All of the images above were taken on the Olympus PEN E-PL8 by Jay. He kindly explained, whilst photographing me, how and why to use the Olympus 17mm and Olympus 75mm lens. For travel and street style shots use the 17mm, it’s wide enough so you can get lots into a frame. It’s also great for using indoors for food photography too as you can get right into a shot. For outfit detail, blur and portraits you want to consider the 75mm. It’s a long lens so FYI, you need to back away lots to get the person into shot but great for the detail which you capture.

I hope these tips on how to ‘Get The Shot’ with Olympus PEN useful? You will be able to see more images which were taken on the day by Jay over this next week of style posts. I will reveal my new Olympus PEN E-PL8 camera very soon here on LifenStyle too, so watch this space. Can you guess which colour I picked from the range? She has already been on a test drive, you can see the quality of photography even for my first time experimenting with the new lenses here. Let me know what you think? I’m so excited to have the knowledge and the equipment to take blogging onto the next level.

Get the Look

Dress Little Mistress



*Shoes Sarenza

Sunglasses Chanel

Jewellery here


I’ve teamed with OLYMPUS to bring you 25% OFF the PEN E-PL8 and a selection of lenses! All you have to do to redeem this offer is use the code RHIANNONVIP at the OLYMPUS Webshop – happy shopping!


Photography c/o Jay McLaughlin



  1. 2:14 pm / 2:14 pm

    Ooh love this post – always looking for photo tips! Also in the market for a new digital camera too… wondering if the lovely people at Olympus Pen might have a discount code or two for those of us keen on investing? xxx

  2. Neale Madden
    10:34 am / 10:34 am

    Hi Rhiannon, I’ve just purchased this camera using your discount code so thanks for that. I was wondering what lens you normally use, is it the standard one or do you use different ones depending on the scenario etc. My girlfriend and I are starting a travel blog and would be good to know how to get the most out of the camera, similar to the way you use yours.


  3. 12:25 pm / 12:25 pm

    Hi Neale,

    That’s great news and you are most welcome! Congratulations on joining the Olympus family!

    I do use a couple of lenses. If you’re looking at doing a lot of travelling I would highly recommend the 17mm 1: 1.8 as it’s a great addition. Or I have to admit the 75mm 1: 1.8 does have a gorgeous blur to portrait backgrounds. So these two I would say are the best should you want a similar look to the way I use mine.

    Let me know how you get on and please include a link to your travel blog too!


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