Tips and Tricks

Eight hours, windswept | An X-T1 time-lapse experiment |
Patrick La Roque

As most of you know I’ve been using the X-T1 extensively — it’s become my main camera. Any minor gripes I had have effectively been swept away by daily use and rewiring most of my reflexes to this new body. I’ve even stopped hitting the dedicated video button by mistake… Although on that front I still have my fingers crossed for a customization update ;) I’d been meaning to do something with the new Interval Timer Shooting function for some time now, but while I’m often impressed by conceptual photography and projects involving tons of preparation and forethought, in my case it’s not the type of work that comes naturally. I also needed a subtext, a reason to do it beyond “Look Ma! Time-lapse!”… I’m not going to claim this is the most impressive example of time-lapse photography ever produced — we’re talking baby steps here, a first attempt. But on the whole I’m happy with the results and I think it fits in with what I usually do. So, before we dive into the BTS stuff, here it is (if you click on the HD icon you can see the 1080P version on Vimeo – well, a compressed version of it.) ……

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Street Photography is as simple as it is complex.
Tips for Street Photography | Art Photo Feature

Street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like. Street photography is about the uncertainty… the challenge… the joy of capturing that perfect moment… perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place. As the Admins of the APF Street photography Group, we will be sharing tips on street photography every week, these are based on our experiences. Over the years, we have been in various situations, shooting in different parts of the world and based on our experiences we want to help you realise that there are opportunities to take good street photographs almost everywhere. These tips will help you keep it simple and hopefully make your job easier the next time you go on the street …We hope you will find these useful…….

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10 First Impressions on the Fuji X-T1 | Bryan Caporicci

Here are my 10 first impressions about the Fuji X-T1 after a very limited time experimenting with it:

  1. I love that the viewfinder (and eye sensor) is in the middle of the camera. Often when I am taking pictures around the house, I will put the camera all the way to the ground to get a different perspective and use the LCD screen to compose. Putting the X-E2 against the ground would often trick the eye sensor into thinking that my eye was up to the camera. This would shut off the LCD screen and therefore make it tough to take a picture. The X-T1 with the viewfinder (and eye sensor) in the middle of the camera doesn’t have this issue. Love it!
  2. The tiling LCD screen is great!
  3. The buttons feel solid, but they are a bit small.
  4. The depressed buttons on the directional pad will take a bit of getting used to. They aren’t as easy to press as with the X-E2 and other models.
  5. I love that the X-T1 takes the same batteries as the X-E2 and X-E1. Makes the transition much easier.
  6. The position of the SD card slot is more convenient on the side (X-T1) vs on the bottom (X-E2).
  7. There is no dedicated movie mode on the X-T1, instead you just press the “movie record” button  while in “picture” mode and it starts recording a video. Much more convenient than having to switch modes like you did on the X-E2.
  8. Speaking of movie mode, there is still not full manual control in movie mode (shutter speed) which is annoying. Hopefully this can be fixed in a firmware update in the future.
  9. Face detection can be applied to a “function” button which is very convenient. When I hand off my camera to a family member or friend to take a picture with me in it, it is nice to have face detection easily turned on so that they don’t have to worry about focus. With the X-E2, I would have to dig into a menu which was inconvenient and took up extra unnecessary time. With the X-T1, it’s the push of a button! Voila!
  10. Talking again about the “function” buttons, I love that you can assign the “Auto ISO” controls to a “function” button – it’s very convenient for quick changes to the minimum shutter speed…..

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Setting Up Your X-T1 Menus!!!! | Bill Fortney

Why wait, too hot at the pool!  So here is the disclaimer, remember this is my thoughts on menus settings after one week of using the camera!!! For only a week I think I’ve learned a lot, but keep in mind some of these first thoughts could change over time, but for now I”ll stick by them!…..

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Create your own Lightroom Plug-ins with Photoshop Droplets |
Thomas Fitzgerald

Here’s a handy little tip I discovered recently. You can use Photoshop’s droplets to make Lightroom Plug-ins. Ok, that might be over-selling it slightly, but, by creating an action in Photoshop and then saving it as a droplet, you can then assign that droplet to work like a plug-in in Lightroom. Here’s how I’ve used it… To start, as part of my on-going quest to get the most out of Fuji X-Trans files, I had been working on a way to clean up the weird edges that Lightroom can give with x-trans files. I ended up with quite a complex photoshop action, which actually works quite well (more on that in a future post) and also adds some sharpening and a few other things. I don’t know what made me think of trying it as a droplet, but I’m glad I did. Anyway, the process is pretty simple, so here’s how to do it. In this example I’m using another action I created, for sharpening 24mp images……

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Fujifilm X-T1—Fn (Function) Button Configuration | Zachery Jensen

I have seen some discussion on the topic of how to configure the Fn buttons on the new Fujifilm X-T1 camera. It’s a reasonable topic to discuss as there are now numerous configurable buttons, a brand new array of physical controls, and with all of this new capability comes new limitations. There have been concerns voiced about certain functionality left deep in menus while other functions are no longer quickly accessible, making their use “worse” for some photographers. I don’t intend to magically solve everyone’s problem. However, I have given a reasonably large amount of consideration to my Fn button configuration and would like to show it to you and explain the reasons. If we’re both lucky, my method will be ideal for you either in whole or in parts and possibly help you realize a solution to a perceived problem with the new X-T1 interface design……

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Why Wi-Fi? | Don Craig

How the Fujifilm Camera App saved me

Sometimes I wonder why companies spend the time developing new features, when they don’t appear to have a lot of value. At least to me. Well, one of those new features just proved very beneficial to me. That new feature is the built-in Wi-Fi on the Fujifilm X-E2 and the corresponding iPhone Camera App. I have used the Camera App to transfer photos from the X-E2 to my iPhone and iPad in the past, but I have never considered it appropriate for my work photography, as it doesn’t integrate with my Lightroom workflow (import, rename, tag, title, caption, process, upload to Flickr). To maintain that workflow, I use a laptop, with LR installed, when I travel. I typically do that processing and delivery within a couple of hours of the end of the event, as I wait for a flight home. I can edit a very large number of images in a short time and deliver the initial batch of images to be posted, so that my colleagues can start to distribute to government websites and social media outlets. Upon returning to my office, I can integrate the laptop files and edits into my main LR catalog, and finish any edits and delivery of images…..

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Settings for Great Black and White with the Fuji X100s – Part II |
David Knoble

It’s a long time coming, but I wanted too finish the discussion I started about using black and white with the Fuji X100s. I extend this now to really include all the Fuji X series, including the X-Pro1 and the X-E2. If you recall from the first part I tried what others have used by increasing contrast using the red filter option. However, I didn’t like the grey rendering for some colors. Using color filters for ten years with black and white film, I used the K2 Yellow filter more than any other. I used the light green filter scone most and only rarely used the red filter. There is no question that red produces the highest contrast. However, red also passes red light through as a very light shade of gray and blue light as very dark gray. If most of your photography consists of portraits, the using the red filter will result in artificially light colored lips (red is light, remember?). Landscapes typically turn out more natural which is why the red filter is used most often in landscape work. So, what is the solution? …….

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Small Camera, Big Vistas – My Fujifilm X100s Landscape
Photography Kit | Roy Cruz

…. a big part of the job in landscape photography is getting there. That’s why the way you pack your gear is crucial. Instead of using a dedicated camera bag, I use an insert that can be placed in any regular backpack or shoulder bag. This particular one is a Horus Bennu HD321022. In this photo, I packed the camera, wide lens, cable release, filter holder assembly, filters, charger and two spare batteries. The filters go in a Cokin plastic case or filter wallet, both available from eBay. As you can see there is plenty of room to spare (and I’d love to fill it with an interchangeable Fuji X system soon ). Using an insert keeps your photography kit discreet and flexible. When it’s all packed and folded, it looks like this (note the soda can for size reference)……

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Shooting tethered……with a Fujifilm X-cameras | Don Craig

I do a moderate amount of studio photography. When I do, I shoot portraits for government ministers, deputy ministers and executives for my work and the occasional freelance portrait job. When I do shoot in a studio environment, I have missed being able to shoot tethered since I made the switch to Fujifilm X-cameras. This past week, I started to shoot tethered using my X-cameras. In anticipation of a studio session to shoot images for an opera promotion poster, I wanted to have a way to see the images large, right away, and to share them with the client with whom I was collaborating. I wanted fairly quick feedback on what is working and not working, so that we could achieve our goals for the shoot without having to wait until I had downloaded the photos to Lightroom. Mind you, I wasn’t looking to make edits, all I wanted to do was see the files large enough to make critical decisions. ……

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