Month: January 2018
I was planing on bringing you my review on my Gnarbox but due to my heavy editing workload this month and the fact my new G Tec drive has not arrived I am going to have to bring it to you next month.
I am now the only UK member of the Gnarbox Pro Team. I am really happy to be working with Gnarbox as I feel Gnarbox is a perfect fit for my workflow.
I have had a play around with this great product and I am happy to say it’s easy to use and I see some great potential in the Gnarbox for my back up solution in the field.
I don’t normally have much time for editing in the field the most I do is a couple of quick edits for Social media. The fact I can edit RAW files on my phone or iPad with the Gnarbox really does appeal to me. I am getting more and more in to Video and being able to use the Gnarbox to throw some quick edits together for Social media is also great.
It’s not got massive storage but most of the time I don’t need it to back up my Street Photography.
Intel Quad Core, 1.92ghz CPU
128GB or 256GB Solid State
USB 3.0, USB 2.0, SD and Micro SD Ports
4000 mAh 3.7v rechargeable battery
4 Core Intel HD Graphics GPU
2gig of Ram
Duel Band 300mbs 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
Data Transfer up to 4GB per Minute
iOS & Android Compatible
Battery Life 4-6 Hours
Water Shock and Dust Resistant
5.3″ x 4.3″x1″ / 1lb
I hope to bring you a review over the next few weeks.
These are the 5 tips from my latest YouTube channel 5 TOP TIPS
Tip Number 1
Buy and use a rangefinder camera like the X100F or the XPro2 just depends if you want a interchangeable lens camera or not. I love my X100F for ease of use and portability. But the XPro2 with the 16mm lens makes for an amazing combo.
Tip no 2
Make sure you go out with an idea or a theme ! It could be as simple as Red,Yellow,Blue or you could have so many other reflections, light and shade high, low the list is endless. But don’t just going out without a plan or you will come home disappointed.
Tip No 3
In mixed lighting conditions like we have in the UK unless you are trying to be creative shoot on Auto ISO as its just one less thing to worry about. I set mine in the Menu to Auto Iso 1 Base 200 Max 6400 Shutter speed 250 Sec.
Tip No 4
Move the focus point from the middle of the frame to the upper third when you are shooting people up close as this will put the focus point over their face and not in the middle of the frame and if you are shooting wide open this will give you a better chance of getting the head and face sharp.
Remember the 5 golden rules of a great Street Image Light / Composition / Moment / Great Subject and Emotional Impact.
I guess I have fallen in love with this camera, it blows me away every time I use it and to think I left it so long before I invested ! I have always secretly wanted to get a medium format camera but I never really had the need for it or a business case to buy it, as I said in my previous post about the GFX I just decided to buy it as an early retirement present to myself, not that photographers ever really retire.
I have three projects to shoot with the GFX this year as well as getting back in to Landscape photography and this is the perfect tool for the job.
Three of the projects I am involved with will include really large prints and even though the other X Series cameras are capable of large prints they cant hold the detail as well as a bloody great images sensor in a medium format camera.
One amazing thing about the GFX is the ability to switch it to C Mode once the Lens is set to C and the ISO dial is set to C and the shutter speed dial is set to T the camera is in Command mode and the back and front Command dials act as a DSLRs command diles do and control the Speed and Aperture. Also if you push the front command dial you can then alter the ISO so this puts the Exposure Triangle at your fingertips.
The command mode gives you the control you need to dial in the exposure you require for LE Photography ( Long Exposure ).
The old way was to take and exposure and then calculate the filter factor with the current exposure time to give you the time it would take to make the exposure. Well that all just changed the GFX50s can’t do a timed exposure up to 60 minutes on its own.
Let me explain, you set up the shot focus the lens then set the lens to M to prevent it from re focusing when you press the shutter. Then you simply place the filter you require like the Lee 15 Stop in the holder and adjust the Aperture do the desired depth of field. Then you move the shutter speed all the way until the camera meters for the sceen through the filter. Once you set you then just set the self timer in the Q Menu to 2 seconds to prevent camera shake and make your exposure. You don’t even need a cable release so that’s one thing less to blow around in the wind.
This function alone as made my whole life so much easier and considering the GFX is about the same size as a D800 and my Landscape kit now consists of one camera and three lenses I am really happy. I use the GF23mm GF32-64mm and the GF110mm and this little lot is quite a light lighter than the Nikon D3s and pro lenses I used to carry and the images from the GFX are outstanding as it the dynamic range.
Right I best get back to wales and see what else this thing can do.