Month: March 2017

Venice X100F

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I was last in Venice with the Fujifilm XPro1 back in 2013 and have been missing it like crazy for the last four years. I have just got back from Venice with Paul to run a Fujiholics workshop. The weather was a mixed bag but Venice gets so busy it is always at its best out of season.  My favorite times of the year are October, late February or early March.

I took with me the X100F, XPro2, XT2 and will write about the others when I get time after TPS and probably next month.

I decided to just use the X100F with Jpegs only as part of my 2017 Year of Colour, forcing myself to just use Jpegs with no RAW backup was the name of the game. So I set the camera to Image Quality Fine, Film Simulation Velvia, Dynamic Range 200, White Balance Auto, Highlight Tone -1 and Shadow Tone +1 to start off with.

I was editing the images out in Venice on the Ipad Pro with Snapseed and as part of this process in the end decided to set the Highlight and Shadow tones back to 0 for now and just make the changes in Snapseed. I have always wanted to be able to process very quickly so making changes in camera confuses me at times because I find myself undoing the changes I made in camera at the processing stage.

I must point out all the images in this blog are shot on a preproduction X100F.

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X100F ISO 640 1/640 sec f/3.2

Even though I am a Candid Street Photographer I have included a few other images here from my trip.  Venice is an amazing place for photography. I have never seen so many cameras in all my life as I did on this trip but that was probably down to the fact the carnival was just finishing as the workshop started. There are some seriously big back packs around in those small alleys thats for sure !

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X100F ISO 800 1/640 sec f/4
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X100F ISO 3200 1/4000 sec f/4

The only downside to this time of year is the ever changing light, even though the colours don’t have quite the same depth and beauty in the shade or shadow, I do like the way the X100F handles the fast changes with the Auto ISO, I know most people are scared to ramp up the ISO but I haven’t ever worried about this and set mine to Auto with the base at 200 ISO and the Max at 6400 ISO. I know you can ramp it up to 12800 but there was no need during the day. I do prefer what you see is what you get and if it’s dull its dull, you can’t have great weather and images all the time. This is the down side to colour photography and this is a great learning curve for me on my Year of Colour.

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X100F ISO 4000 1/4000 sec f/4

I used to shoot manual all the time but for Street I prefer aperture priority. That way I can just get on and shoot and not have to worry too much about the camera settings. I do switch back to manual when I have more time on my hands to think and compose.

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X100F ISO 3200 1/4000 sec f/4
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X100F ISO 6400 1/4000 sec f/4

I do quite like breaking the rules and playing around with camera settings when I get a new camera. It is always interesting to see how the combinations of ISO and shutter speed affect the tones in the images. I have to know what I can get away with in what light and at what speed.

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X100F ISO 3200 1/250 sec f/4
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X100F ISO 4000 1/200 sec f/5.6

Venice is an amazing place and feels so safe to wonder about day or night, so it’s a great place to walk around with your camera. I caught the last few days of the carnival so managed to capture a few of the interesting characters. I have to say I love the X100F, it’s a great upgrade from the X100T and the sensor is stunning.  The lens is a little soft at f/2 as it was on the X100T but I shoot most of my work around f/4 anyway these days so its not a big issue for me. Its great to now have a battery that lasts most of the day, but that was also not much of an issue for me on the X100t once you realise your camera’s limits you can compensate yourself. I used to carry 3 batteries for my X100T and for the X100F I carry two.

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X100F ISO 6400 1/800 sec f/4
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X100F ISO 1250 1/640 sec f/4
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X100F ISO 1000 1/640 sec f/4

I do like the way all Fujifilm cameras handle colour and black and white. I used to shoot Nikon and it was a real pain in the bum trying to get Nikon RAW files to look the way I wanted in colour and the Jpegs were worse. The images in this blog are all Jpegs and only had Lightroom cc edits and most of them have had only slight changes with a crop or minor contrast of clarity changes. I can’t bring myself yet to just use out of camera jpegs due to the fact I need a colour style and that is what 2017 is all about. I do however think if you just take images for you and you dont need a style then you could just set the camera up to shoot Jpeg and with a few changes in the settings you would not need to process the images and you could just use the Jpegs with no editing and this is amazing ! In the days of social media you can just wifi the Jpegs from camera on the fly and you are done. The X100F is just perfect to carry in your pocket everywhere you go and makes a great street travel camera.

With its fixed lens you have no worries about sensor cleaning and if you wanted to, you could add the conversion lenses to your collection and still not have sensor dust issues.

With the addition of the Digital Zoom this is a serious amount of reach for a pocket camera, the TCL-X100 Converter will give you 50mm, 72mm, and 100mm reach.

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X100F ISO 400 1/160 sec f/4
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X100F ISO 200 1/640 sec f/8
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X100F ISO 320 1/1000 sec f/4

Street Photography Workshops

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Edinburgh

All my Street Photography workshops apart from Liverpool are with Calumet Photographic this year.

I have already been to Birmingham and London and this weekend I will be back in Edinburgh on Friday and Glasgow on Saturday. If you are starting to get into Street Photography  or have been doing it for a while and have lost your way or your mojo then this workshop with give you all you need to take your Candid Street Photography to the next level. The workshops are tailored to enable you to think out of the box and show you all the skills you need to handle your camera in a discreet way so as not to upset your subjects.

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Glasgow

The images in this blog where all shot in Glasgow or Edinburgh on Fujifilm cameras, but even though I am a Fujifilm Ambassador you do not need to bring a Fujifilm camera on these workshops. Any make of camera will be good and that includes a smart phone if that is all you have.

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Glasgow
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Edinburgh

I am still running my own Liverpool workshops and these can be found on my Eventbrite page HERE. In 2018, I hope to be running some joint Street workshops with some of the great Street Photographers though Fujiholics and you can find all the future dates for the Fujiholics Workshops HERE.

The workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend will start with a brief on What is Street Photography? which will last 2 hours. We will also look at some of the great Street Photographers past and present images.

I will be offering a practical approach to candid street photography with camera handling techniques.

I only shoot Candid street photography but we will have an open discussion on other styles, with the way other people view this approach.

I will give you an insight into the importance of projects and themes in Street photography to help you grow and develop.

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Edinburgh

My workshops are for anyone interested in Street Photography to bring like minded people together so you not only learn from my style but you can also learn from each other. It always amazes me when you bring like minded people together how much you can learn and be inspired by each other !  I love to share my passion of Photography and Street with you all and I get a great deal of pleasure in watching you learn and grow following a workshop.

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Edinburgh

A large percentage of Street Photography is learning to see and studying the masters, and my workshops give you all the tools you need to follow the path. Many of the people who have been on my workshops have developed their Street Photography and taken it to new levels. I have seen some amazing images in Black and White Street and Streets in Colour on FaceBook, shot by some of my workshop attendees, and this always brings a big smile to my face. Its always great to see their work getting selected for the main gallery.

I am one of the few admins on the Black and White Street and Streets in Colour team, and that gives me a great insight to Street Photography around the world.

I look forward to seeing you guys on one of my workshops in the future and if you need any advice on other Street Workshops in the UK worth attending then please let me know.

I would also recommend a great book by David Gibson The Street Photographer’s Manual

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