Image sharpening should be the very last thing you do to a digital photograph before outputting it for it’s final use. You should make all adjustments, exposure, color, curves etc, first, then save the image. Next you need to resize it to the output size and save a new version of it. Finally once the image is fully ready to go, only then do we apply the sharpening.
Tania and I had some specific plans for photography this year. Netherlands for the tulip season, a drive through Northern Europe and tour of the UK shooting landscapes. Sadly, one man’s megalomaniac dreams have put paid to some of that, for the time being.
Since that Zenit I have owned and used more cameras than I care to remember. Some great, some awful, some completely nondescript. However amongst that motley collection lie some absolute gems, so cameras that help define me as a photographer. So without further ado, here are the five best cameras I ever owned.
Eventually I added the Fujifilm X-Pro1 to my kit bag, added a couple of lenses and sold the Nikon gear. At first I was worried that I had made a big mistake. Then on a stock photo shoot of London, I realised that the two Fuji’s were perfect for my needs. Since then I have stayed with the Fujifilm X system, my current set up is as follows.
There is a saying that a bad workman always blames his tools. However a good workman is nothing without the right tools. This is very true in photography. Our creative vision can only be translated to beautiful images if we use the right tools of the trade.
Newcomers to photography will often stick their cameras on program mode. Many will be happy with this because they are getting technically great looking photos. Indeed, modern cameras with their incredible computing power and advanced algorithms will often flatter us.
I want to share my knowledge of shooting video with you, through my new course Video for Stills. I have spent several months honing down the differences and similarities of shooting video and condensed them in to a video series.
One thing that did strike me with the purchase of the X-T4 though, was the fact that photographically, I was well adrift in the doldrums. The years of shooting stock video to make a living had taken it’s toll on my passion for stills photography. It was time to change that with a photographic project.
One of the biggest joys in photography is being able to capture new and exotic places around the world. Travel and photography are two sides of the same coin, perfect companions yet the modern world sometimes makes traveling with your camera difficult.
For any photographer using or contemplating the Fuji X system, the Fujifilm XF14mm is a must have lens. There is an alternative, the 18mm pancake, however other reviews suggest this lens is not as sharp as the 14mm and of course, it is not as wide.
I can safely say I am very happy with the performance of the Fuji X Series for travel stock photography. Over the three weeks I shot with them, I took nearly 4000 images, the number that were unsharp I could count on the fingers of one hand.
Sometimes, all the planning in the world can be entirely undone by a little petty bureaucracy. I had planned a visit to London in late August, partly to visit family but mainly to shoot stock images of my birth city of London, something I had never actually done.
Color plays a key role in photographic composition as it does in other aspects of design, it allows us to convey emotions from the warm yellows of a summer’s evening to the cold blue of an Antarctic landscape. Greens and blues are soothing, whilst reds alert us to dangers or problems.