Every year people with all sorts of cameras having waited for one of the most wonderfully colorful and crisp seasons rush out into the world to create some spectacular images.While I will more than likely do the same this year, I also wanted to take a look back at lots of images to give myself the inspiration to get my butt out there once again on the chance that there is something going to happen that I have not seen before.
Today I use Fuji X camera gear but over the years I have worked with several different camera systems. Most of the images in this gallery were taken with Fuji cameras but there are some that were shot with Nikon, Pentax and Olympus. I have never used a camera system that I did not like. They have all been great pieces of technology and have made my photographic endeavors very pleasurable. Today I travel as light as possible and own a Fuji X pro 2 camera and three prime lenses. 23mm,35mm and 50m, all 2.0 lenses. The whole system is light, compact, and weather sealed, and on any given day my total package to go out with is no more than 6 pounds total and that includes the aforementioned gear, 4 batteries, 2 extra cards, cleaning stuff, cable release. I may throw a flash in my pocket should I need a touch more light. 🙂 and there is always a small lightweight tripod in the trunk of my car.
The same goes for software. Software today is greatly improved over what was available many years ago and while the packages offer pretty much the same basic controls there are some that provide a lot more creative control and it is not unusual for a photographer to work with several softwares to create the look they want to achieve. For the most part I cannot tell you what was processed with what and unless I look at my Exif data I couild not tell you what camera or lens I used.
Today my software includes an Adobe subscription which I may stop but maybe not. Then there are three creative packages. One is the Skylum Luminar. Another is Alein Skin X3, and a third, but not used often is Skylum Aurora Hdr.
I use Adobe subscription that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC Cloud based, and Lightroom Mobile CC for the Ipad Pro. The only reason I use it is because it is the only software company that provides a complete “eco” system. What does that mean? It means that if I am working on my Ipad Pro and processing images, everything I do will be saved to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Because of that I can go to my office and launch Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic and the images will sync to those applications for further use or data collection. Of course it also works in reverse. Process on my computer in my office and open up my Ipad pro and launch the Lightroom Mobile app and those images will sync to my Ipad Pro. Very convenient. And it is possible to tell Lightroom Classic to bring down images from the Adobe cloud and have them actually store on the Ipad Pro just in case I am going to be in a place where there is zero WiFi. Whew. It’s a lot. You are also locked in to the Adobe library which is not my favorite data storage option. if other software companies could provide apps and syncing capability I would probably kiss Adobe goodbye.
Digital cameras have certainly come of age. Today digital camera’s are computers and enable us to capture beautiful images as long as you make use of a lot of the technology plugged into the camera bodies and lenses.
I am not writing this blog article to convince you to use all the features your camera offers but to write about one feature that is crucial to keeping your cameras current.
Because your cameras act like a computer, manufacturers from time to time make changes to the software/firmware of your camera and provide easy ways to access these changes and KEEP YOUR CAMERA AND LENSES & FLASHES UP TO DATE.
It would be worth your while to get on the manufacturers web site and ask to be notified when there are firmware upgrades
You can log on to product review workshops such as WWW.DPREVIEW.COM as well as Image Resource who post changes when they occur and give you links to the manufacturer’s web upgrade pages.
Most upgrades involve a correction to the cameras firmware.
Some companies such as FUJIFILM not only make corrections, or upgrade features in older cameras that are in new cameras coming out. They are pretty much unique in the photo industry when it comes to that kind of upgrade.
It is not only camera bodies that get upgraded but lenses too and in some cases, electronic flashes, but rarely.
Keep your gear up to date. Go to your manufacturers web sites and find out what you might be missing.
It is very important however to read what the upgrades being offered do for your camera and you. There may be times when a manufacturer changes something that you don’t want changed. An example of that is some of the latest firmware upgrades from Nikon make third party batteries useless in your cameras, and another change from Nikon has disabled some Sigma Lenses.
I do not know for sure but I would not be surprised if other manufacturers change things from time to time as well.