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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Architecture photography is good for you

A few weeks ago, I went to Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, for a photo walk. I hadn’t done one in a very long while, and I needed to field test my new Fuji X-T1. I also wanted to try a 2-camera setup, with a 70-200mm on the 7D, and a 10-24mm on the X-T1.

Usually, when I do a photo walk in an urban setting, my focus is on street photography. But that time, I thought I’d try something different and had a go at architecture photography. Taking pictures of buildings usually isn’t my thing, but this turned out to be in many ways an eye-opening experience.

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Swords and fists

Just over a year after I decided to consider going into photography professionally, I’ve reached the milestone of getting my first paying client. Granted, it was someone I already knew, but you need to start somewhere, right? My client was my Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) instructor Martin “Oz” Austwick, who needed portraits to use on his websites and on social media. Here’s how it went.

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