The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO-via PetaPixel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are about to learn something new, or are revisiting what you may of have sort of put aside for the love of automation it is always a smart thing to do learn or relearn the basics.

This article posted on PetaPixel is going to do just that for you.

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will attempt to a

Source: The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

Major firmware updates coming for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2: DpReview & Fujirumors

Thank goodness there is at least one camera company that cares about and supports their customers.

 

 

 

If you are a Fuji X photographer you have to be in love with the folks at Fuji who have continuously updated firmware in their camera models at no charge and without any hassle since the inception of the product line.

Unlike other camera companies whose firmware updates are for fixing existing problems that should have been done long before the camera or lenses came to market Fuji not only admits when there has been a problem but also continues at least for a couple of years to update firmware so that it incorporates brand new features that the cameras did not have before.

In this case Fuji has announced one upgrade for the Xpro2 and the XT2 that will be here at the end of March and another that will probably come the end of may and it will add 33 brand new or enhanced features between the two models.

Not only do they produce beautiful and innovative products, you are virtually guaranteed that you will not be left behind as new models enter the market place.

I would call them the industry good guys.

 

Fujifilm will launch a couple of major firmware updates for its X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Features on the way include focal length-dependent minimum shutter speed in ISO auto and added tools for video shooters. Read more

Source: Major firmware updates coming for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2: Digital Photography Review

AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs: Digital Photography Review

 

 

AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs

It was back in November 2016 that Nikon did what was unheard of in the walls of Nikon Inc., and downsized by 1000 personnel to help stop a leaking boat.

Now the exceptional, never delivered DL series of cameras is gone before it ever really got here.  They have had all kinds of excuses for why delivery could not happen and now they say it is too expensive.

Nikon says that the development costs had become too great to continue. A statement released today also mentions the company’s concern that it wouldn’t sell enough units to make up for the increased costs, due to a slow down in the market.

On top of all that they have had an extreme financial loss as stated in this article from DPreview.

I personally think the DL series had great consumer potential, if they had delivered  when they were supposed to.  I know a great many people looking to carry less and some were even willing to own both cameras in lieu of a DSLR outfit.  Sad.

What is even worse is the fact that Nikon was and is the only camera company not to embrace mirrorless cameras.  Unlike Leica, Hasselblad, Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and the list goes on.

And then there is the Key Mission 360 degree cameras.  Is this late to the party POV camera enough to pull up the Nikon losses?  Only time will tell.  In the meantime competition like GoPro and others have been showing declining sales of this type of product for several years now.  Who is steering the Nikon ship?

The camera manufacturers have been on the losing end for a while because of steep competition from the phone industry.  But no matter what any one says, the phone concept as being a main camera for the serious photographer is BS.

In my opinion he quality of images from terrific stand alone cameras is still greater, better, and necessary if consumers are going to do the smart thing and print their images instead of goo gooing  over them in front of a tablet, phone, or computer monitor which don’t offer what a good print will always offer.

 

Nikon has officially put an end to the DL series. Announced just under a year ago, the three DL compacts would have had 1″ sensors, and were originally set to ship in June 2016. Read more

Source: Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs: Digital Photography Review

Fan Boys and Girls (PERSONS) and the bullshit they Spew

images-1Fan Boys and Girls (PERSONS) and the bullshit they Spew

You can find this plague almost everywhere on the web and no, it is not spread by mosquitos.  I have seen the FAN PERSON SYNDROME for so many years that I have almost become numb to it because it is just so crazy.  All brands have their Fan Persons, and they are incredibly brain washed about what they own is the ultimate photographic tools in the world and everything else is simply less than rat poop in the world of photography.

I shall excuse Leica cameras and lenses from the above statement, because they just can’t help themselves.

It is more than likely that I have way too much time on my hands.  As a matter of fact my wife tells me that a lot, but because that may be true it affords me the TIME to do a hell of a lot of research about the industry. the hobby, the profession, the passion I and others like me have for photography.

I have to admit that when I was the Nikon sales rep for so many years I just loved fan persons.  I mean while it was my job to sell Nikon and teach about Nikon it was also my job to cultivate people who would travel the land far and wide and spread the word that Nikon was the professional’s choice, and how it was loved by so many enthusiastic photographers.  I loved fan persons.  I still love them today, but imgresunderstanding the phycology behind fan persons, I also know that whether the product be great or maybe not so great, it is always going to be GREAT to them and right or wrong they will spread the word, create converts, and swear on a stack of the good book that the brand they use is the finest in the world bar none.

Thankfully in our photography world today there really are no bad brands.  All of the cameras that are out in the market place are exceptional and all they need is a dedicated instruction  book reader and an owner who actually takes the time to learn about the gear and even more important about photography.

The problem with the Fan Person Syndrome is just that.  What is good for the goose may NOT BE GOOD FOR THE GANDER.

In many cases your friends, relatives (who can be friends), your teachers and yes even the folks behind the camera counter can be fan persons.  And they are perhaps going to try and sway you to what they love and believe in even though it may not be right for you.

It may not fit right in your hand.  The viewfinder may not be what you like, the controls are not comfortable to use, you may not like touch screens (I don’t), it may be too heavy, too light, to big or maybe too small.  There are a lot of variables here and to let a fan person sway you with what the spew could set you on a course of hating photography because of a bad decision.

Reading blogs on the web can have the same effect unless you find some writers who can really be neutral.  They are the bloggers who understand that not everything is a perfect fit and that is why there are so many different choices.  Now they may recommend one over the other and give very good reasons as to why the say what they say, but only you can make the final decision.

I have a friend and for the purpose of this article I shall call that friend Elmer, and Elmer some time ago asked me to recommend a camera because what was being used which happened to be a Canon camera was heavier than it used to be because Elmer was older now. Sorry, but that does happen.

I told Elmer what I was happy with but recommended to go to the local camera shop to pick up the camera, hug it, look through it and get a feel for the controls.  Elmer did that, but was also told to look at another camera system as well, based on Elmer wanting a smaller and lighter camera to carry around all the time.  It was smaller and lighter for sure and Elmer called me and asked what I thought and I said, I do not like the menus in the camera and that the buttons for me were too small, but that the images from that camera were excellent.  Elmer bought that camera, and now one year later Elmer is very unhappy with the camera, the menus and the buttons but is invested in the system and would have to make a large expenditure to get into something else.

What actually sold Elmer on the camera however was not the sales person in the store.  It was another customer standing near by being a busy body, who put in their two cents and raved and through confetti in the air, all for the love of a brand.  Right or wrong.  Elmer was swayed by, you guessed it, A FAN PERSON.

I watched a Youtube video this afternoon and heard and saw a professional photographer lambasting Sony for what seemed hours over a repair issue which was more his fault than Sony’s fault.  Here is a guy, who travels a lot, who is an avid, foaming at the mouth Nikon Fan Boy, who for some reason had decided to start using Sony.  After his last adventure he returned home to his home in Australia and sent his camera off to Sony Pro Services which I guess is not that well-developed yet in Australia but it is here in the USA.  He sent it off for a cleaning including the sensor which he says he does after every trip.  I question just how professional he is if he is not up to cleaning his own sensor even though Sony, and everyone else almost say do not do that or you will void your warranty.  I mean I do not know a lot of people who do not know how to clean a sensor.  As a matter of fact I taught people to clean their sensors and most camera stores can do it for you as well for a fee.  Anyway he ranted and ranted and ranted until I was ready to destroy my expensive Apple monitor with a coffee cup.

Now it just happens to be that this guy who pissing into a cup over Sony service is a NIKON FAN BOY.  That’s right.  A NIKON FAN BOY.  So what was that really all about.  While he ranted and raved about how Sony sucks, he kept raving about how great Nikon pro services is.  Well then why was he using Sony?  I’ll let you ponder that for the rest of the day, or week.

Opinions are great.  But that is just what they are.  Only you can make up your mind.  If you do not have a local camera store to run over to, then go on the web and look for respectable renting companies like WWW.BORROWLENS.COM or WWW.LENSRENTALS.COM and rent what you are interested in for a few days.  You will spend a minimal amount compared to what a mistake might cost you and you will learn what is right for you without some not bag trying to convince you that what is good for them is good for you.  If you are local in northern Va then you can try WWW.DISTRICTCAMERA.COM

The Philosophy Of Less – – – If You Own Way Too Much Gear Then It Is Time To Get A Smaller Bag

I recently had a visit from a photographer friend who I have known for a very long time.  We were friends in several territories I covered for Nikon for 33 years.

He was in Washington DC for an assignment and he had a couple of days before he had to get shooting.

He looked pretty tired and physically uncomfortable and I badgered him until he let loose with his story.wheelbarrowgear

He owns 3 systems of camera gear.  Canon, Sony A7, and Fuji X.  While he uses them all, his Canon system remains his current mainstay so he carries his 2 Canon 5D Marks, together with 3 zooms and 3 prime lenses, 2 flashes, etc.  His total load weighs in at about 25 pounds.  So he hurts from carrying all his gear, he carries the extra body, all the lenses and flashes and accessories.  But here is the real deal.  He generally only shoots with 2 of his lenses and 1 body and 1 flash.  He carries it all, even with all of his experience because of a fear he might need the focal length to get the shot.

So even after all the years of shooting he was still fundamentally impaired when it came to carrying less.

So I challenged him, well okay created a situation that would force him to change and adapt and have more confidence in his ability to get the shot with the gear I was going to let him carry.  I gathered up his Canon and Sony gear while he slept and secured it in a galaxy far, far away and left him only with his Fuji Xt1,  23mm 1.4, and 56mm 1.2, 50-140 zoom, small flash by Nisson 3 batteries, 4 cards, 4 packs of Lens Cleaner and lens tissue.  And I grabbed a ThinkTank Photo 30i mirrorless bag of my shelf and loaded his gear into it.  I shall not describe the reaction, the language, and the frustration he showed as he left to shoot his job, yelling I ruined his life.

Long story short, he returned from his job, 1200 images later, hopped up the steps in front of the house ready to go out for dinner.  He wanted to know if I would come live with him so I could hide his equipment on a regular basis.

Of course that is not going to happen. However, he is now convinced that self restraint, and reaching for the smaller  bag, making it a container that he has to live and work with, is possible and that less is more and better for his back.

He has been leaving his Canon gear at home.  Not because there is any thing functionally wrong with it except for the fact like Nikon and other full sized systems it is too big, too heavy.  He gets to his assignments in less pain and with more energy and has learned that even with all of his experience as a journalist, he can get better imaging with less gear by relying on the smaller bag and his exceptional talent.

For me the decision what to take is an easy one.  I own the terrific Fuji XT1 and 4 primes, and the lens that is generally on the body for my walk about is the pancake 27mm 2.8.  fuji xt1A very small but might sharp lens.  I generally couple that with either my 14mm 2.8 or 56mm 1.2.  I like fast primes.  My other system is one that most will not remember.  It is the Ricoh GXR system and lens modules.  I have the 24-85 zoom, 50mm 2.8 macro, and the 28mm 2.8.  That whole system fits comfortably in one small bag.  That bag is called the Cosyspeed Streetomatic (black but other colors available) and it can either be worn across the chest or around the waist.  These are small systems, with great imaging and controls and one or the other is always with me.

I have a lot of small bags and large bags for that matter but I have found the Cosyspeed Streetomatic protective while supplying quick access to my camera.  Very handy especially for someone like me who really loves street photography.

But it is important to remember that no matter what kind of photography you love the Philosophy Of Less should apply.  Whether you are out for the day enjoying the sites, on the street to capture life as it happens, hiking through the woods, etc..

Everyone I know is strong willed enough to make a decision on less gear and learning to make less gear work for you.  Photographers for many years have done just that with great success and less stress.

 Go to the cosyspeed web site if you are using small mirrorless, or small Dslr products and learn what a pleasure going out for the day with your camera gear can be.

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The image to the left is the Streetomatic in different configurations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited By Brian Zwitwww.schoolofcreativephotography