My good friend and talented photographer Gary Tyson from F8 Photography in Hong Kong has recently put together a very helpful video on how to convert Fujifilm X-T1 RAW files into black & white with Lightroom 5.4 and Silver Efex Pro 2. If you are unfamiliar with post-processing your street photography into black & white, the instructions is a great starting point for any camera. You can also download my black & white Neopan 1600 for Lightroom here. You can download all my Lightroom presets for free here.......
Via Thomas Menk
With all due respect to Chase Jarvis, we're all sick of hearing that "the best camera is the one you have with you." It's just so irritatingly true. For those of us with too many cameras and too li...
Via Jacob Caddy
“ I have over the last 12 months been buying cheap film cameras from various places like ebay and charity shops etc hoping to come across a camera that may be comparable to my various SLR's image qu...”
After doing our last digital vs. film test we received several questions from followers wondering why we didn't compare a full frame digital capture to 35mm film or 645 film to a $30K digital back. The simple answer was that we were simply comparing the capture mediums, not cameras. The easiest way to do that was to use smaller format pro-sumer cameras. At the time many enthusiasts and "Professional" photographers were still shooting the D300 and other cameras like it (I still think the smaller sensor size has an advantage when shooting telephoto zooms).
Via Lars-Göran Hedström
Italy has a way of becoming part of you. I feel that I carry little pieces of it with me everywhere I go, and undoubtedly, I am spoiled forever when it comes to pizza, pasta, and a good latte macchiato. These images were all shot on my trusty little digital, the Fuji X-E1 with the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens. I experimented a bit here with a black and white post process. I was never much of a black and white person, but it grows on me lately. This Sunday Johnny and I leave for a week in Paris, and we plan to shoot a lot of film – both black and white, and color. I can’t believe that this little Indiana girl will be photographing the Eiffel Tower soon, and sipping café by the Seine .....
Via Thomas Menk, chrome81x
“ Fujifilm X-T1 - Fujinon XF 56mm (80mm eq.) w/polarizer 1/340" f8 ISO 200 Converted into monochrome with Silver Efex Pro 2 Fujifilm X-T1 - Fujinon XF 56mm (80mm eq.) w/polarizer 1/4000" f1.2 ISO 200 Converted into monochrome with Silver Efex Pro 2 Fujifilm X-T1 - Fujinon XF 56mm (80mm eq.) 1/4000" f1.2 ISO 200 Converted into monochrome with Silver Efex Pro 2”
Via Ross Murphy
“ I've posted a few pictures here from my outing to the NSC Velodrome in Blaine, MN. I was out mostly for fun and to support my friends racing. I had been inspired a while back by some track racing images from my internet photography and bike friend Wade out in California. I finally made the trek out to Blaine, MN and shot the opening round of Thursday Night Lights track racing. What an incredible evening and joyous night. After showing up, I went and filled the paperwork out, signed my liability waiver and got my volunteer vest. I did this so that I could shoot from the infield. I received instruction as well as some warning about where the pace motorcycle exits the track. The key things were that I could not get too close to the track and you can't obstruct the officials point of view. OK.. Got it. Now let's get to shooting. Gear - I shot two cameras; the Fuji XT1 and the Olympus OMD EM1. I had a back pack full of gear but this is what I ended up shooting with for 99% of the night. * Olympus OMD EM1 w/Really Right Stuff baseplate * Olympus 12-40 Pro f2.8 * Panasonic 42.5 f1.2 * Fuji XT1 w/battery grip * Fuji 14mm f2.8 wide angle * Fuji 55-200 f3.5-4.5 zoom * Small, short tripod I also brought a tripod to do some remote shooting. I intentionally did not bring a flash, not only because I am not that good using one yet, but because I like natural light and the vision I had was to play with the harsh shadows of the track and the low evening light. Here is my favorite shot of the night. It looks almost perfectly choreographed. Riders positions mimic the shadow of the track. It's almost like a podium finish. This is exactly what I was going for. I shot this with camera mounted to tripod, low and near the track through remote shooting. I set to manual focus, set my desired ISO, aperture and shutter speed and connected my phone thru the awesome wifi feature. This was great as I could stand/sit well back from the track and not distract the racers or disrupt the field of view for the officials. With the wifi feature, I could hold the phone in front of me watching the view from the camera while at the same time watching what was going on with the races. It is only a 250meter track, so it's easy to hold the phone in front of you while you circle the track and follow the racers. When I saw something good developing, I could wait until the perfect moment and start shooting in bursts. Thank goodness the EM1 has a deep buffer and quick file write times. I was able to get many great shots this way. Overall, I was super pleased with my gear and my set up. I really wouldn't change a thing with the exception of trying to shoot a bit more tight and isolating the riders a bit. As the light dipped below the horizon and the track was lit by the stadium lights, I switched to the amazing Panasonic 42.5 f1.2 for a few shots. Below is an example that shows you the look I am going for on my next trip. While this specific image itself doesn't convey the speed of the track, it does give you an idea of what my next attempt will show, tighter viewpoint, effort, speed, and isolation. Lastly, you may be interested in my thoughts on the EM1 vs the XT1 for these shooting conditions. As I have written before, I am more comfortable with the EM1. I know the controls, the speed and the capability. Because of this I favor it, but I can also tell you the XT1 did tremendous as well. Here are a few shots from that camera for you to compare yourself. I mostly shot wide, but did put the long zoom on it for a few compression type of shots such as the riders shots on the rail. I must say that both are extremely capable. I prefer the EM1 for overall performance and ergonomics. I prefer the fuji for manual focus shooting, low light and really wide shooting because I have the 14mm prime. Image detail wise I prefer the Fuji. Working with the files, I strongly prefer the EM1's flexible files while I prefer the noise control of the Fuji. Overall IQ wise, I don't have a favorite. They are both different and unique tools. For me it comes down to what I want out of a shoot and I will pick the proper tool. I have more thoughts and images from the Fuji X-T1 here. If you missed it written above, I know these images are processed with a harsh contrast and some of you may not prefer this look. Both cameras are capable of very good output regardless of your personal style. I intentionally was going for this look as I really wanted to play off the harsh contrast of the light, the track, the shadows and later on in the evening the stadium lights. It was just my vision for this evening. If you have specific questions on either camera, please email me through the contact form or leave a comment. I'll do my best to answer. ”
Via Ross Murphy
“ When I got a chance to try the new Fuji XF56mm f1.2 I jumped at it, not just because it was substantially cheaper and lighter than the Canon 85mm f1.2 II I’d played with last year, but because this lens is a clear shot across the bow at Canon and Nikon, with a lens aimed at professional portrait...”
Via Ross Murphy
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A fast short-tele portrait lens is a “must-have” for many photographers, especially for those in the wedding and portrait industry yet for a long time, it was missing in the Fuji X Series lineup. There are third party versions, and there’s also the sharp, compact XF 60mm F2.4 but nothing made by Fuji, below the F2.0 range. As of spring 2014, that changed with the release of the XF 56mm F1.2 R lens, an optic that many have been patiently waiting for. With the crop factor taken into account, the 56mm F1.2 is approximately an 84mm equivalent, which is a preferred focal length for many portrait and wedding photographers. Its fast aperture is also prized in this type of lens both for available light photography and for creating beautiful shallow depth of field or as some refer to as “bokeh”. So far, the details sound promising but does the XF 56mm F1.2 really cut it? Is it worth its asking price of $999.00? Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out......
Via Thomas Menk
I recently spend one week camping in the southern and south western part of Norway, on the coast line from Kristiansand to Stavanger. It's a beautiful area of Norway I think, especially in the summer. You don't have the nice deep fjords of western Norway, or the mountains of North Norway that goes steep into the sea - but this part of Norway has its beauty of its own I think. I could have used a lower ISO and 1/60 sec and gotten a sharp image - but the wind made the grass swayed in the wind so I bumped the ISO to 800. Also I wanted to use f/16 to get it nice and sharp from front to back. I travelled together with my wife. She is pregnant, and that made some impact of what I could and could not do. Most of my photos were taken during day time, in harsh sun light. Not the best time of the day for taking pictures. Still, I managed to get out some mornings on my own and take som shots, while she was sleeping.....
Via Thomas Menk, Ross Murphy
“ My thoughts on using the new Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II lens, particularly for landscape astrophotography. Introduction The Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II is a dedicated mirrorless camera l...”
Via Ross Murphy
With a few weeks to go before the end of May, when I was due to fly out to Istanbul for a summer internship, I found that I was in the market for a new camera. I’ve been a Sony shooter for the past four years, and since I would be photographing quite a lot for the internship, I wanted to have another camera. If my a580 bit the dust, it would be far too expensive to replace it here in Istanbul, and I couldn’t take that chance. I was caught between an a99 and any of Fujifilm’s offerings. I ultimately went with the X-Pro1. Here’s why..........
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