Photographer Tomasz Lazar finds that the Fujifilm X100S is the best choice for his brand of street photography. Tomasz Lazar is a photographer from Poland and a graduate of the West Pomeranian University of Technology. His black & white documentary images of street culture have won numerous accolades, including placing in the Sony World Photography Awards and the International Photography Awards. “I also took second place in ‘People in the News’ category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest and received Picture of the Year at BZ WBK Press Foto 2012,” he tells X Magazine……
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I recently interviewed world renowned celebrity wedding and lifestyle photographer Mike Colon for an upcoming episode of the Sprouting Photographer podcast. Mike is an amazing photographer – his client list includes Usher, Jim Carrey, Mel Gibson, Grace Ormonde and Louis Vuitton among others. His work can be found in publications such as People, Us Weekly, Instyle, Rangefinder, Photo District News, American Photo, Shutterbug, as well as many of the Amherst Media and fine art photography books found in bookstores today. Mike knows his stuff, and one look at his website validates that he really is an outstanding photographer. Mike is also a highly sought after speaker in the photography industry and teaches at all of the major photography conferences across the country and abroad. This is why I asked him to be on our podcast – to talk business! One of the discussions that Mike and I get into in the podcast is the psychology of pricing for photographers. As you know, pricing is a topic that is near and dear to me – Rob and I wrote a book on the topic! I love Mike’s purist approach to pricing, though – he explains how important it is that as you increase you prices, you must also simultaneously increase your photographic quality and your customer service. It kind of comes down to a “chicken or the egg” problem – do you produce better quality imagery and increase your customer service level and then increase your price to match? Or do you increase your price and then scramble to get your imagery and customer service up to the same level? You’ll have to listen to the podcast (once it’s live) to hear Mike’s full answer…..
I was going to wait for the XPro2 to arrive at some point next year, but just could not wait! I needed a back up camera for my XPro1 and when the XE2 came out, it just looked so good. I hear a rumor the XPro2 will be weather sealed, this is great news. I know everyone else would like a full frame model but this would impact on my investment in Fujinon lenses, so hope the XPro2 is still a crop sensor. I decided to have a look around at some of the early images posted by Kevin Mullins and some of the other Fuji guys and decided I had to have one, so put my order in to Cambrian Photography in Wales, so a big thank you to Sarah, only a three day wait for a new camera was well worth it. If you live in the North West or North Wales I can recommend a trip to Cambrian Photography! The place is just full of great camera gear and they have a great coffee shop across the road and fish and chip shop close by! But be warned they have most of what you want on the shelf and in stock so take your credit card!! I decided to give the XE2 a day out at Chester Zoo, a little strange you might think for a mirror less camera that is supposed to be slow! You could be right, but I am going to be shooting events in some low light situations in 2014 and need to see what this little camera can do. I opted to try the Fujinon 55-200mm 3.5-4.8 lens, the main reason for this was my preferred set up in 2013 was a 300mm 2.8 Sigma on a Nikon D3s so I wanted to see what I would be missing and how well the XE2 would cope ! …..
I’ve had the XE-2 for about 3 months now. I’ve put it through its paces, and I find that I pick it up more than my Nikons now. When I first picked it up, I had a D3s and D800 and was looking for something smaller for every-day use. It was perfect. I sold my D3s and picked up a Df hoping for a similar experience. I absolutely love the Df as well, but the XE-2 is just easy. I love the fact that I can take a picture on the XE-2, transfer it to my iPhone, pop it into VSCO or Snapseed, and have an awesome shot ready to toss on Instagram in a minute or two. I have taken more keepers with the XE-2 in the past 3 months than I have with my Nikons. Not to say I don’t use the Nikons or that I can’t make great images with them. I still carry one of them plus a couple lenses with me wherever I go since I only have the Fuji 35mm f1.4. In the case of this trip, I kept the Df with an 85mm and the D800 with a 35mm on the passenger seat next to the XE-2. I just didn’t use them as much. So here are my favourite images from 10 days in Norway, taken with the XE-2……
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Ever since I was a child I’ve been getting myself into trouble and adventure, seeing where it would take me, and what would happen. As my mother would say, and still does. “Jason, my son has been a life long adventurer, raconteur, vagabond, and is always looking for the next wind that will blow him across the sky, and drop him into the next great time of his life”. You can quote her on that! She will agree, she took the picture of me below, then got onto the phone & quickly called the insurance company…just in case. We still have a good laugh about that. There have been many great time’s in my life. But never without a camera of some sort in my hand. At an early age I was… and I’m still fascinated by the still image. The Fuji Film X series camera’s allow me to do just that… explore, and let my feet do the walking, and my camera do the talking. Just like I did in Texas, New Orleans, Virginia, DC, Los Angeles, Mexico and only God knows where else along the way. It’s been fun! ……
From Haight & Ashbury to Chinatown to North Beach, I truly enjoyed doing street photography in San Francisco last weekend. It was a family vacation, not a photography trip. Although I had my Fuji x100s with me at all times, photography was not the focus of this trip (no pun intended). I still managed to grab a few shots here and there. I’ll be back and will most likely lead a photo workshop there in 2015…….
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Street photography.. Hm.. I always wanted to do it, but like many of you I was too afraid of it. I was really nervous to get close to strangers and take a candid shot but the last couple of months things have changed. I’m still not a street shooter/warrior, but I feel more confident and step by step I overcome my fear of street photography. I also realized that people usually don’t give a damn about somebody photographing them and most of them don’t even notice me. Quite often I chose a spot what I find interesting and I wait for someone to walk into my frame. There is still room to improve, I still have to get closer to my subjects but I feel I’m on the right track and I’m really enjoying this whole new experience.
All images were taken with the Fuji X100s and the X-Pro1 with the 35mm lens.
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…. and while the X100S was intented for personal work rather than commissioned work I started using the X100s as a substitute for my 35mm 1.4. At receptions, I’d roam the room with that camera. Silent & inconspicuous (until people notice the strange camera and start a conversation). The main question I would get is “what is the difference?”. After 12 hours into the wedding day my answer would be …. the weight. A couple of weeks after I got my X100s the shutter curtain got stuck and I had to send it back to the factory for repairs. A known issue and Fuji handled it swiftly. To fill the void, I started reading up on the XPROI, a major firmware update was just around the corner. How come so many pro photographers like Zack Arias, laRoque, Bert Stephani were able to make this system work. I knew I should probably wait for the X-PRO2 but I wanted to see for myself. So I got me an XPROI paired with my obvious first choice of lens: the XF35 1.4 (50mm equivalent) and a slightly wider XF18 (27mm) to push myself into trying something different. (35mm never was my favorite) I figured I’d sell the body and keep the lenses for an X-PRO2 if I didn’t like it. But we never parted. The X-PRO1 was not as sluggish as I thought it would be and it fit so nicely into my hands, much better than the X100s. Even with the EVF and AF slower than the X100s I really started to love this camera and lens. And having some lens options made me start using this camera as a 2nd body……
My year has just started from the photography point of view. After my shoulder surgery I am ready to travel again and explore new places. I thought it would be nice to share some insights about the places I travel. I try to give u the best tips for photography spots and other insights. So here is my first review on Barcelona. It was my second visit to Barcelona – time was pretty tight, cause I spent just the weekend there but I tried to make the best out of it. I don’t want to get into details about sightseeing places – I am sure this will be on your list when u travel anyway. I highly recommend the beach area of Barcelona. Best time is in the morning – then the place is not too crowded and there is already much to see. Young and older people are coming together for a chat, to bike, skate or just stroll around. This area is fantastic for street photographers – the light is incredible and a perfect spot to catch some nice shots or just have a drink and enjoy the surrounding. Don’t miss to walk around the little streets next to the beach area. This area is incredible beautiful and reminded me a bit of Napoli in Italy…….