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Creative Camera Tethering With The New Alien Skin X4 Software

If you have ever thought about tethering your camera to your computer and it seemed like a difficult process, especially with Adobe and other programs, then you need to look at these videos.  You may question why you would want to tether and have your images come up in your software and you may think it is only for people doing portrait shoots but that is not correct.  It makes a great tool for doing in-house product shoots, in-house artful shoots, and with Alien Skin X4 you can also shoot in several different presets at the same time so you can see what creative film look works best for your images.  It is not just for Fuji as it will work for almost all cameras.  Check it out on Alien Skins website below.

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Alien Skin X4 was recently released and has a great many features that should appeal to very creative photographers and yes even those who are not so creative.  The best thing you can do is go directly to their website if you want to learn more and even download a 30-day trial.

Is it a viable alternative to the popular subscription only Lightroom CC Classic.  Yes, it is and it is not a subscription which is really nice.  It has layers, folders, collections, tons of presets and filters with what many have said and I agree, the best film presets ever produced. Tons of them.

Take so time to learn something new by downloading their trial copy. RIGHT HERE.

 

 

AND IT IS FALL – AGAIN

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.

The Fuji XH1, Not for me but it will be and should be for others

I made a switch from the larger Dslr cameras years ago and never looked back.  I finally wound up with the Fuji X system, right from the beginning, and love everything Fuji has done in regards to style and especially image quality.

I cannot not  say how and where I was able to get some play time with the Fuji H and I had already come to some conclusions after reading all the information on the web but the link I have given you a link below as well as the video review from Kevin Mullen and it sums up the opinion I had already come to.

I think this camera will prove to be one of the most exceptional video cameras that has come out in a while, and for those who want to make use of Fuji’s exceptional long primes and zooms will find that this camera will be a very welcome addition. It is a market segment that Fuji has not addressed up till now but it is a segment of the market they must enter. This hybrid falls between their medium format camera and the  outstanding Xt-2 and seems to be a logical step forward.  But for me personally it violates what the original concept of the Fuji X system. That concept was all about  small size, light weight, and quality imaging.  The outstanding quality imaging is still there but not the smaller size and lighter weight.  The feel of the camera reminds me of the dSlr bodies I used from Nikon and Pentax and Canon.

This camera will well accepted by Fuji users who have been looking for a camera that will balance nicely with bigger and heavier glass.  I should also note that some of the special video features are only available by adding on the grip accessory which makes the camera even larger and heavier.

Because of the increased size and bulk and weight, this is a not camera I would personally want to use.

I like the new features which will enhance the shooting experience. The 5 axis image stabilization and faster auto focus as well as the new film simulation offering. None of that would make me want to carry this camera around.  Hopefully these features will appear in the X pro 3 and the XT-3 if they ever come to be.

However, for the video shooter, the sports photographer, wild life photographer wanting to use longer lenses, this camera could and should find a place in their camera bag, in a studio or out in the great outdoors shooting wildlife and landscapes

But for those like me who want small and light and very portable and stealthy, ready to go anywhere cameras and lenses the Fuji X pro 2 and Xt-2 or XE series, should not consider this new camera body concept.  Save your money and add some great new Fuji lenses instead.

If you think you might want to check out this new camera, there is a Fuji in store demo on February 24th and District Camera, at their Burke, Va. location.

 

 

 

https://f16.click/gear/fujifilm-x-h1-mini-review.html

Why Have You Stopped Taking Pictures

Lately I have been speaking with people from all walks of life who used to love photography and making pictures but for reasons that are not really clear, just stopped doing it. 

What started the conversation was my little Cosyspeed Streetomatic Plus camera bag with a Manfrotto Pixi Evo table top tripod sticking up out of a side pocket.  When I explained my passion  for going minimalist they wanted to see what that meant.  Then they began to talk about the photography they used to do.

Men, women, young, older than young told me that at one time they owned a camera and lenses, still owned a camera, film or digital and some even had spent time in darkroom or at desk top computers with their photography.  Most said they had their phones, but really did not feel that a phone camera provided what a system camera like Olympus, Fuji, Sony, Nikon or Canon did.  The one common denominator was that at one time they loved, loved their photography.

When I questioned why they had stopped most really weren’t sure but felt perhaps that other priorities in life such as career building became a dominant factor and certain things had to be side lined in order to grow in other areas.

On a personal note and I told them that I felt that it was sad that they had stopped recording the important moments of their lives, abandoned something they loved to do instead of trying to incorporate it not only in their lives but the lives of their friends, their families.

Not only was all of that left behind but too was a chance to expand, to grow their artistic capabilities and to share those capabilities with others.

I have spent a lifetime involved in many aspects of photography having started in my dad’s darkroom right up to today. My love for photography as a hobby and a profession spans a lot of years and I consider myself fortunate that my personal love of photography was enhanced and expanded by working in world of photography which fortunately did not diminish my personal photography endeavors.

As I told the folks who I have met, if you have side lined photography, for whatever the reason and have interest in coming back at any level, I am here to help or guide you along that path.  So if I can be of any help please be sure to contact me. 

What Happens When Your Camera Is The Same As Every Other Camera? An opinion piece!

 

What Happens When Your Camera Is The Same As Every Other Camera?  An opinion piece

I have used a lot of different camera brands and overall they all produced very nice images.  But the system that I finally wound up with after all my years of shooting with different cameras is the Fuji X system.  If I was to look at images from my current Fuji X camera, the X pro 2, and other camera systems all intermixed in the same folder and dumped into the same software I would have a very hard time knowing what camera produced what images in that folder.

So what does that leave me with?  It leaves me with a mirrorless camera system called “X” which is aesthetically very pleasing to look at and very comfortable to use having all kinds of dials and buttons for doing creative photographic stuff.  But it also leaves me with the feeling that the images that came from the first X cameras like the X100, X10 and X Pro 1 were much more AESTHETICALLY (film like) (smooth) (sort of pastel) pleasing which was why I bought into newer generations of the X brand.  It was not only the Jpeg files which are processed in camera but it was also the raw files.

This does not mean that the images out of the X’s today are not excellent because they are.  It means that a certain quality that Fuji seemed to have master with their first X bodies has been replaced by something that any dSLR can produce.

So that leaves me with the aesthetic look and feel of the body and the prime lenses I use.  And that will have to be enough I guess because at this stage of the game I have to admit that I am not disappointed in the image quality when it comes to resolution and dynamic range which is on a par with other cameras.  But I am disappointed with the overall look of the images from an emotional point of view.

I have to ask how and why this has happened?  I was led to believe that it was the different design of the Fuji sensor that made the difference in color and texture in the images but I guess that turns out not to be the case.

It’s not a deal breaker only because I no longer have the desire to break in a new system that for all practical purposes will give me the same image quality I am currently getting.  But I do miss that aesthetic look of the images from the first early X cameras.

Essential = absolutely necessary; indispensable-Cosyspeed Streetomatic plus

Essential = absolutely necessary; indispensable – Cosyspeed Essential Solutions

 

That is what most dictionaries say.  And what that means based on what each individual believes will determine what in their photographic life is essential.

For the fun of it I am including a small poll to see what you feel is essential.

I’ll get right down to specifics about what I use:

  1. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes and one 18-55 zoom, cable release, extension tubes, 4 batteries, extra memory cards (2), Custom Slr strap, Spider Light Belt Holster, Nissin i40 flash.  I use a Billingham Hadley Pro shoulder bag (cross chest).  It is quite weather proof like my cameras and lenses.
  2. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes, 3 batteries, cable release, lens cleaner, Nissin i40 flash, extra memory cards, cable release, cell phone   I use a ThinkTank Urban Approach 10 (weather resistant and rain cover)  shoulder bag (cross chest)
  3. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, small Fuji Mini Flash EF-X20, lens cleaner I use a waist pack called CosySpeed Streetomatic +.  This bag is adjustable up to 50 inches and can be warn around the waist with it resting on a hip.  It can also be used cross chest as well. It is weather resistant and comes with a rain cover.

It has taken me too many years to determine what is essential for me.  Every time I think I have figured it out I wind up still going back to old habits and taking with too much gear, most of which does not get used.  That was then and this is now.  And now after 74 years of weight bearing shoulders and back containers for carrying gear I know I have it licked.

The Cosyspeed Streetomatic + (plus) is the Goldilocks solution.  I is not too  big, to small. It is just right for a comfortable day out with the bare essentials I need for taking photographs all day long.

This is what I actually get in this bag.

  • Fuji X pro 2 with a 35mm 2.0 prime lens with lens hood mounted and an L bracket attached to the bottom of the camera for tripod mounting.  Please note that in a picture below I show the Cosyspeed finger strap attached.  It comes with the Cosyspeed bag and is a very secure way to have your camera in hand.
  • Fuji 50mm 2.0 with bayonet hood
  • Fuji 23mm 2.0 with bayonet hood
  • 2 Fuji (OEM) batteries
  • 2 Extra Memory Cards
  • 1 iphone 6 +
  • 1 small flash in a case added to the belt of the waist pack
  • 1 lens cleaning cloth

There are days when I may only take the 18-55 zoom with hood extended.  But usually it is my 3 primes.  Two of my primes are attached to back to back rear lens caps that I glued together for portability and efficiency.