Zone focusing is a useful technique for manual focus cameras, and for cameras with a slow autofocus. It involves setting the focus to a certain distance and then relying on depth of field (the zone) so that everything that you want to be in focus will then be sharp, or sharpish, in your photos.It was the method relied on by old masters like Cartier-Bresson, who didn’t have autofocus cameras.* It’s useful for wide-angle lenses, as they naturally have a big depth of field.I use zone focusing for street photography on my Fujifilm X100 because the autofocus isn’t really fast enough for many situations where you need the camera to focus instantly. Using the manual focus mode (switch on the side set to MF) and setting the focus distance to about 11 ft, I know that at f/8 the focus will be good from 6 feet to almost infinity. In manual focus mode on the camera, you don’t have to wait for the camera to focus – it’s instant….
When it comes to Street Photography there are not universal recipes, but I prepared this quick guide for those using Fujifilm X100 (S, T) cameras.MF or AF?As a street photographer I don’t have much confidence with AF, no matter how much promises to be fast. I dig manual focus mode. With Fujifilm X100 cameras, you need to reprogram the AE/AF Lock button to work as AF only: this is a great feature to consider. I point at my feet and push the AF lock button and this works most of the time, but sometimes you can also point to focus at a tree to the distance you would your subjects in focus in order to fit better your needs and your approach in the street. Refocusin is a way to go with the AF button: when you think that your subject won’t get covered from the DOF (depth of field) of your current setting, you need to refocus your Fuji. M, A, S or P?I know many street photographers use A, and if it works for you go with this. For Street Photography we need to take in account we are making photos with moving subjects most of the time and a correct exposure is the priority: I prefer S and M.ISOI currently dig the AUTO ISO with my Fujifilm X100S. I usually stay between 400 and 1600. Remember to set the minimum shutter speed to 1/125 sec. in order to have sharp pictures…….
I purchased a Fujifilm XE1 near the beginning of 2013. My initial thinking was that I wanted a smaller system for some overseas travel, so I got it well ahead of time in order to run it through its paces. The primary Fujifilm alternatives to the XE1 at that time were the X-Pro1 and the X100 bodies. All are wonderful cameras, and all use essentially the same 16MP sensor. (Fujifilm’s tends to use the same sensor across their entire line, at least among cameras using the same sensor format.) 16MP is plenty for most purposes, particularly for handheld photography. I know this because I had made rather large fine art prints from earlier cropped sensor cameras and later from the 12MP Canon 5D. Here is a quick rundown of the three models at that time. The X100 (along with its successors the X100s and X100t) was a simple fixed lens rangefinder style camera with 23mm lenses, equivalent to 35mm lenses on 35mm film cameras or full frame. The X-Pro1 was an interchangeable lens rangefinder style camera that provided an ingenious hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder system. It was introduced as the high-end camera in the set. The X-E1 (like its successors the X-E2 and X-E2s) is a very small (almost as small as the X100) rangefinder style camera with an electronic viewfinder and interchangeable lenses.Recently, after relying on the X-E1 for over three years, I upgraded to the X-Pro2. I’ll have more to say about that below, but for now consider it much like the X-Pro1, though with a 24MP sensor and other improvements……
After years of using Nikon and Leica’s . I bought a second hand 1st Generation X100 unit as the reviews on the camera were outstanding and I wanted something small enough to carry with me all the time . The only drawback at that time, is the fact that I had to deal with initially were odd looks and comments of my peers of “Why a Fuji”..LOL!!! I don’t seem to hear much of that nowadays… The only words that give justice to this Gem of a camera comes from the poet WB Yeats … “The world is full of magic Things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper”. The X100 is such a Thing! This camera surprises me every time I use it with latitude and range… I actually feel myself getting and better at my art every time I use this baby…….
I have always dreamed about visiting Mongolia. Ever since I was young boy and I first time read stories about Genghis Khan. I watched every documentary about this remote exotic country. With eyes glued to the screen I promised myself that one day, I definitely make the trip. My time came in fall 2015 and I visited the country twice! During my first trip I climbed Khüiten, the highest peak in Mongolia. I also attended the annual Eagle Hunting Festivall in Bayan-Ölgii province. Couple of weeks later, I had to unexpectedly relocate to different part of the world for work and with few months to spare in between the jobs, I decided to travel. Mongolia was the obvious choice again since I was so impressed first time. As before any trip, I usually do my research about destination, people, customs etc. Still to this day, more than half of Mongolian population lives nomadic lifestyle. Country is the 19th largest and distances are vast. There is so much to see and good planning is essential………
Its been a very busy month with travel, multiple workshops and a brand new Fuji X-Pro 2 to test! I’m finally getting a moment to post before we run out yet again. Today I’m going to be talking about how the mirrorless camera systems are changing the way photographers approach the photo workflow, and I’m suggesting that we can re-evaluate the traditional raw-file workflow. Now, what I’m talking about here can apply to many mirrorless cameras, but I am most excited about the Fuji X system cameras and specifically Fuji’s latest camera, the X-Pro 2, which I feel is the ultimate expression of the mirrorless approach to photography today……
In February I wrote an article about the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 Printer called “A photograph needs to be real: The beauty of the Fuji Instax printer“. In that article I shared my thoughts about “growing up” in the era of digital photography and how, recently, I had come to realize the value of the printed photograph. I discussed the impact an amazing printed photograph has on me, and also my desire to print more often. While thinking about some upcoming photography projects I was planning, and a photography trip I was about to take, I realized how valuable the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 printer would be. Thankfully it worked out that I could receive one before I left for my trip. I have to admit that I was like the little kid on Christmas day waiting for the courier to deliver the printer. I will always be the guy who nerds out on new gear, but this time it had special meaning to me……..
I was taught the basics of photography by my wonderful Uncle who had a successful photography business in the City of London in the 70s; he was very well respected within the photography community and made his name for his Architectural photography, he had this amazing eye for capturing buildings and interiors, he always spoke about converging lines that drew the viewer into the image. He was a true master and taught me to take a moment and step back and really look at the scene in front on the lens. Another important lesson he taught me was, if I see something that catches my photography eye, just before firing the shutter let those emotions register as he believed (as do I) that those feelings and emotions transfer onto the censor! When I visited him in the big city, we would spend long hours photographing the cityscapes but also walk through the busy London streets photographing the people, capturing the lives of strangers on film, bringing those moment’s to life on film, yes film! ……