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Post-upgrade clearout

I’ve recently made a big investment in new equipment, the biggest of which is a complete switch to a Fujifilm ecosystem, for both stills and video, meaning I have no use for most of my Canon kit any more. Then as I look through the drawers, I realised there were other pieces of kit that I wasn’t really using any more for similar reason so I decided to round these up and oragnise a clearout sale to hopefully replace stuff I don’t use with stuff I do. So here’s the list. See the bottom of the post for transaction modalities. All photos were taken at the time of publishing this post.


The new X Factor: Thoughts on the Fujifilm X-T2 announcement

I don’t usually write posts about gear news, but Fuji’s latest announcement has managed to get the reserved person that I am to buy into the hype. As mentioned in the title, Fuji has announced the next iteration of its co-flagship camera, the X-T2, a few months after the release of the X-Pro2. To understand why this announcement turned out to be a big deal for me, let me give you a bit of context


Analogue journal #1: Film adventures

I have a confession to make. Until recently, I never really shot on film. As a kid I’ve used disposable film cameras, but my life as a “serious” photographer started with digital.

I’m experimenting with creating looks and being able to produce them regardless of the camera I’m using. Part of this process led me to look into film stock emulation. The conclusion was that the best way to understand how film works is to actually shoot film so I bit the bullet and got myself a film camera and some rolls of film.


First impressions: C100 MkII

One of my objectives this year is to play with more video-oriented cameras, mainly for my personal experience, but also to make an educated decision about a potential purchase. The first camera to open the ball is the Canon C100 MkII as it was the cheapest to rent in my shortlist. I went on to shoot a short film for a weekend.

Note: This is in no way a review of the camera. I had it for two days and only shot one. That’s nowhere near enough time to have a definitive opinion on the camera, but first impressions are worth sharing.


Subtitles for editing foreign language interviews

Being my first feature project, there are a lot of things in Back to the source that I’m doing for the first time. But not knowing how to do something has rarely been an obstacle for me. Solving technical problems is something that I enjoy quite a bit, in fact. Case in point, foreign language interviews. In this post I will explain the method I use to prepare them for editing.


Against the machine: on exposure compensation

A few months ago, if you had asked me “what is the point of exposure compensation?”, I would probably have replied “if you’re shooting in RAW, nothing”. And I would have been very wrong. I know I’ve been talking about the Fuji X-T1 a lot recently, but it did change the way I work in many ways. And one of them taught me to make sense of that fairly obscure thing that is exposure compensation. I mean, many cameras have a dedicated dial for it, must be important, right?


On assignment: Noorderwind

A few weeks ago I was in the Netherlands for the last overseas film shoot for Back to the source. I went there to see Maarten Kamphuis and Youval Kuipers of ProGauntlet. Youval is also the director of Noorderwind, a group of Historical European Martial Artists who are also stunt performers. He asked me to if I could get him a few photos he could use on promotional material. As I needed some more promo photos for the film myself, I was happy to oblige. This turned out to be the most “guerilla” shoot I’ve done so far, but I’m pretty happy with the results all things considered.


Taming the wide beasts

When I started getting serious about photography, I seemed to be erring on the telephoto side of the lens spectrum. I’m not sure why, maybe I felt more comfortable shooting from further away. Until recently, the widest lens I owned for the 7D was a 28mm. Bearing in mind it’s on an APS-C sensor, this isn’t massively wide. But this changed after I got the Fuji XF 10-24mm for my X-T1. Considering my favourite lens is a 35mm, seeing the world at 10mm through a viewfinder was a bit of a shock. This prompted me to start experimenting on how to best use wide and ultra-wide lenses.

All the photos in this post have been taken on the Fuji X-T1 with the XF10-24mm F/4 R OIS.