I had another great year at The Photography Show and this year was just the same as last year as far as questions were concerned, but this time about the Xpro2 and not the X-T2 so I have decided to answer a few questions in this blog. If you came to the show and listened to my talk for Fujifilm UK, you will know how much I hate writing and why. I also only tend to write my blog when I have something to say, the rest is just noise.
One of the great things about TPS is the fact that so many photographers get together in one place and get to inspire each other. I always come away from the show buzzing with ideas. This year the biggest buz and the coolest places to be where the SmugMug Stand and the Fujifilm Stand, this is in part to the huge community of like minded photographers that love to be part of what is becoming the coolest collaboration in photography ever.
To many people get bogged down in the TEC, at the end of the day you only need a box with a lens and a way of controlling Aperture, Exposure and ISO the rest is all personal taste.
We all choose cameras we like the look and feel off and we listen to the people around us for feedback and read reviews etc, that is the same for a sofa or pair of shoes or a toaster.
People are free to choose what ever camera they like so there is no real need to moan about one you don’t like go buy one that fits your personal requirements.
All you really need is the exposure triangle the rest is just semantics! I was asked over and over again at the show to pick all the fault’s in the XPro2 and when I said it does not have any, one person was pushing me for a fault he even said “so what would other people say was wrong with it” I don’t know what other people would say I have never been one to wish a camera had this or what or needed x or y I just buy a camera that I feel an emotional connection to and that has the exposure triangle close to hand, after all that is all I NEED ! I don’t need much more in my line of work, I am a Photographer and just need to take pictures. I do like a great lens to give me a sharp image if I want a sharp images and Fuji lenses give me that in droves.
I have an XT10 for Street and to stick in my pocket and that has a 27mm lens on it, I have another XT10 with a 90mm lens on it. My XPro2 has a 35mm f/2 lens on it and my X-T1 has a battery pack and 50-140mm on it most of the time. These are all for different jobs like a mechanic with a socket set! The Cameras are the ratchets and the lenses the sockets so picking fault in ratchet or socket for one job is pointless when you have a great set of tools ! I get asked about 4k video etc and I roll my eyes ! I have two GoPro cameras for video if I want to shoot 4K but in all honesty the Video in my XPro2 or X-T1 is great for blogging etc If I wanted amazing stunning video I would buy a new tool for my tool box not moan about the ones I have.
So why do I buy new cameras if I am not chasing the tec ? I chase the warranty that’s why, you see so many people blaming the manufactures and moaning about faults 5 months or 8 months out of warranty. I thinks it’s mad! Social media has become a media hub for moaning about out of warranty issues with all brands. As a professional even before I used Fuji X Series camera I used to buy a new Nikon body every time the warranty ran out that way if I ever had an issue I could return it and get it repaired without any hassle. To be honest in all the time I have owned the Fujifilm X System and I don’t look after my tools as much as I should, I have never had to have them repaired. The only camera I sent back was one of my X-T1’s for the light leak issue and that was turned around in 7 days.
Quite a few people think we get our kit for free but this is just not true, I paid for all my Fuji X Cameras and lenses before I was a Fujifilm Ambassador and still do to this day. We do get to hire new gear when it’s available and free of charge but it has to be given back. The only camera I have been given was the Fuji XPro2 and this also had my name on the serial number. This was a gift for all my hard work in the XPro2 launch and my ongoing work for Fujifilm. But when I say given, if I had invoiced Fujifilm for my time this it would far outweigh the cost of the camera.
Mirrorless cameras make great tools and don’t take up any room so you can in fact have quite a few in your toolbox, I also do like a spare body for back up.
I was asked at the show if I could choose one X Series camera what one would it be ! That is like saying what is your favourite Socket or wrench! Well the answer if it was a toolbox would be SnapOn and what ever socket I needed for the job.
So why Fuji, well I started buying the X Series cameras and the found this great community around the world that all had this passion for the brand, they would share there passion and I soon found myself starting Fujiholics to put on events to get everyone together to share the passion and take photos, mostly of coffee and cake and each others cameras it appears !
As far as a camera is concerned, I only need an exposure triangle and I am happy, but the X Series have given me so much more I have never had so many collaboration talks with so many photographers. The Fujifilm teams all over the world are all great people and are all part of the community in one way or another.
If you pushed me to say what is the best all round Street Combo I would have to say the XPro2 and 35mm f/2 lens at the moment but that’s because I LOVE shooting Acros Film Simulation with Green filter Jpegs are my thing at the moment as I hate processing with a vengeance. The 35mm f/2 is just sexy that is all !
I try to have an emotional attachment to my work and I need the same feeling with my camera system. Perfect tool for that is right for the job.
They X Series do look good next to a coffee and cake to !
Quite a long way back, I was asked to talk at The Photography Show by Marc Horner from FujiFilm UK. I had been a FujiFilm X Photographer for a while and was very excited to be able to represent Fuji at the show, easy decision to make ! I just said yes, and put it to one side it was months away and I had plenty of time to prepare. I did think about it every now and then and decided to get my good friend Gerallt Jones to shoot a short introduction Video to start my presentation. I wanted to keep it true to Fuji and have the short film shot on the Fuji X-T1 in black and white. We got together with a few of the Fujiholics on the 15th of February 2015 to shoot the film and I was not in a good place !! I idea of messing it up was getting to me big style. I was freezing up to the camera, every time G asked me to speak I forgot what I was doing, it got so bad we dropped the voice parts and just went for a soundtrack! I think suddenly it all hit me in 34 days time I will be up on a stage and what if I forget what to say! That was going round and round in my head for a few days after the video shoot ! I just did not want to let Marc and FujiFilm down and was getting nervous. I teach courses all the time, and talk all the time but this was for FujiFilm and it was at the NEC ! I managed to stop looking at the great big Cake, and break it down in to small slices. I left the presentation to the last minute to finish off, and then put the video on a flash drive and presentation on my lap top all backed up to a spare stick just in case I lost the first one ! Well time went by and I was fine very proud to be asked and was very excited, by the time we had got to the NEC and was relaxed and ready to go. We managed to get in to Hall 5 and see the StreetScape stage the night before and that was fine! Well it was big! Like a great big cake! But it was fine.. We made our way over to the Hotel and met up with the Fuji team and had a few drinks and everyone was excited about the show. We went up to our room and I got in to bed all relaxed then BOOM ! Great big Cake came back, 12.00,12.30,1.00,2.00,2.30,3.00,3.30 no matter how much I tried to think about every slice it was still a huge CAKE ! We made our way over to the show and I got set of for talk number one of my five talks for the weekend, and I was still stuck with a huge cake, all the normal nerves and worries about what can go wrong. We set up and a crowd started to form not just a couple of people at least 100 people were around the front of the stage, I thought I hope they all stay and don’t wonder off! Sip of water Video goes on I take my position and its time.. By the time I had got on the stage and started talking I was CAKE free ! 100 people had become 200 then 300 and I was having the time of my life and I did not swear once! What an amazing experience to get up on a stage and not only talk about my passion for Street Photography but to be able to do it for FujiFilm UK. So thank you Marc Horner and FujiFilm for asking me to talk it was an amazing experience and thank you The Photography Show for the great stage set up, and the AV guys who relax you and make it all so simple ! One of the best experiences you can have as a photographer is talking about your work and your passion, so thanks every one that came to see me, I hope you got something useful out of my excited waffle ! If you want to come and see what I am all about then here is a list of my UK workshops for 2015 WORKSHOPS Images above by Gerallt Jones Thanks for coming guys and listening so intently to my Street Life talk…
We met up at 17:00 hours in Victoria Square and a Fujifilm X30 was given away as a prize.
We then set of to Royal Mail Street and made our way to the Old Line Birmingham Canal after a brief Street camera demo from myself and a quick Q & A by Damien Lovegrove.
Damien was soon to live up to his new name and the Love Gloves came off for the above shot. The Loveglove name came from a Japanease translation of Lovegrove a few weeks back when Damien was representing FujiFilm UK in Japan as one of the FujiFilm X Photographers.
Most of the images from the evening were posted on Twitter under the #FujiTPSWalk and are well worth a look. I managed to grab a few images between chatting and demonstrating a few street photography techniques. We then made our way to a local pub for a quiet drink before ending the evening. So, if you are at The Photography Show next year look out for a Street Walk, one of the best ways to see a city and make new friends.
If you don’t want to wait till then, have a go at this great competition by Clifton Cameras and FujiFilm UK and try to win one of three Fuji X100T’s and possibly a trip to Paris.
You can also come on one of the free Photowalks planned over the next 6 months, see web site for details http://www.techtoyreviews.com/fujifilm-xt10-rumors-sensor-fuji-xt1-price/