Olympus Baking & Photography Workshop

In conjunction with Olympus and Baker’s Brew Studio, I held a cupcake baking workshop with some photography tips for some lucky followers who RSVP-ed for this Father’s Day themed event!

During these 3 hours of fun, I taught them how to bake deliciously moist red velvet cupcakes from scratch, frost them with decadent cream cheese buttercream and then take tantalizing photos of the #foodporn they’ve created with loaned Olympus E-PL7 cameras!

The RSVP response for the event was overwhelming to say the least, and I’d like to thank everyone that expressed interest in attending, unfortunately we had to limit the number of invites due to the capacity limit of the venue! I would’ve loved to meet all of you. But I’m sure there will be similar opportunities to get up close and personal with you guys in the future.

Knowing how to bake and teaching other people how to bake are two very different things. The first is a personally acquired domestic skill, while the other relies more on clear cut demonstration while executing the activity.

Doing public speaking while trying to juggle demonstrating the activity live as well sure isn’t easy for someone who struggles with multi tasking like myself, and while it’s always a challenge, I do enjoy conducting the various baking lessons I’ve done!

My biggest worry of any baking class, more than “will their bakes turn out alright?”, is “are they having fun?”. But there wasn’t any need for concern that day, I was thrilled to see smiles and laughter all around from enthusiastic participants!

Much to my relief, most people seemed to tackle the baking task rather efficiently, it’s not easy to handle such a large group of people and it helps a lot when people have prior experience in the kitchen and the willingness to learn!

While our red velvet cupcakes slowly cooked and rose to little red puffs of perfection, we enjoyed refreshments provided by Baker’s Brew Studio and I shared more with these girls more about how I take my #shibertybakes and #shibertycooks photos on Instagram with my Olympus PEN cameras!

I love Olympus as you can always trust the image quality to be amazing with an easy-to-navigate user interface. Having had a PEN E-PL5 before, the PEN E-PL7 is the perfect camera for me and my lifestyle! With a super convenient flip-down screen & 3-Axis Image Stabilisation, taking high quality selfies have never been easier. Also, I can edit and upload my photos from the camera straight to my phone with the Olympus Imaging App! As I’m always on the go, this is a great feature as I do not like to compromise the quality of my photos.

During the event, there was a range of accessories and props available to suit the different looks you can pull off with the customization properties. You can choose different strap patterns, bright coloured camera skins, various camera body colours and lens selection according to your own personal style and flair!

With the My PEN, My Style Online customization service, you can carry your PEN E-PL7 as a fashion accessory to suit your getup! Choose from a wide range of colourful and exciting strap options from the likes of floral prints to patterned shapes and a handy assortment of premium leather camera bags from American brand Jill-E, and chic, colourful Cath Kidston pouches to keep your camera well protected from dust or scratches!

Customize your own camera fashionable PEN E-PL7 at https://www.shopatolympus.com.sg/mypenmystyle.html!

With the flip-down selfie screen, it’s so easy to take a flattering photo of yourself & your friends now!

I really enjoy bringing around my Olympus PEN E-PL7 these days, because despite being lightweight, it packs a punch delivering high quality photos. You can choose between 4 different lenses to suit your PEN E-PL7 but I chose the M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f1.8 lens as it’s great for food photography! Not only does it let me take my food images up close, but, it creates a soft defocusing effect which brings out the finer details in my photos. Also, I don’t have to worry about dimly lit areas as this lens has got it covered!

I also shared with them some photography tips that I find extremely useful when I’m taking food pics for Instagram: in short, always style your food item making use of the elements on the table (or other tables nearby!), fill the frame leaving little white space, up the contrast and saturation of the photo, and play around with your angles so as to gain new perspectives.

We had a mini contest whereby they had to upload pictures of their freshly baked red velvet cupcakes to the #OlympusXShibertyevent hashtag on Instagram, using the convenient in-built Wi-Fi function the Olympus PEN E-PL7 offers, that sends the pics straight to their smartphone where they can upload to social media immediately, and I would pick a winner with the best photo to win a box of macarons by shibertybakes! I was very impressed by several entries and had a hard time picking just one winner..

But pick a winner I did, and rightfully deserved it was!

Congratulations on taking such a good photo and I hope you liked your box of macarons!!!

Thank you sweet girls for your wonderful presence and participation, I had a great time teaching you how to bake red velvet cupcakes and it’s always a blast meeting you people in real life!

Special thanks to Olympus for organizing this afternoon of baking and photo taking for us to partake in!