First Impressions, Fuji X-E1

I’ve had the X-E1 for a little while, courtesy of Fuji and Photo Techniques Magazine. I’m working on an article for the magazine, and I thought I’d share a few thoughts along the way:

First Impressions, Fuji X-E1:

  • A very lightweight camera body, due in part to its largely magnesium-based construction.
  • Controls are well-placed on the camera body.
  • LCD-based menus require some studying of the instruction manual.
  • LCD is bright and easy to read, even outdoors.
  • Camera automatically switches from LCD view to electronic viewfinder.
  • Image quality is very good (more on this later).
  • RAW processing software is subject of debate (more on this later).
  • The 18-55 kit lens provided with this camera exceeded expectations.

Here’s an image taken to test resolution and color:

Test shot, Fuji X-E1, Studio Lighting

Test shot, Fuji X-E1, Studio Lighting

A Review of Gura Gear’s new Bataflae Camera Packs by C. David Tobie

Gura Gear has rapidly developed a name and a following amongst serious photographers. So when a new flagship Gura Gear camera pack design was released at PhotoPlus Expo I took this opportunity to test the new Bataflae pack against my own needs. I will be focusing on the smaller of the two models: the Bataflae 26L pack, for use with DSLR equipment…

read more…..  A Review of Gura Gear’s new Bataflae Camera Packs.

 

Galleries 101: How they work, How to get considered, How to be included May 2, 2012

via the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association:

Galleries 101: How they work, How to get considered, How to be included
Wednesday, May 2 6:00 pm
Century Room (Santa Clarita City Hall)
FREE

Representatives from three Southern California galleries will discuss how the art business works today. Panelists Jenifer Livia with Red Brick Gallery in Ventura, Karen Nichols of La Galeria Gitana in the San Fernando Valley, and Julie Rico of Julie Rico Gallery in Los Angeles, will provide you with insight into what you need to do to be considered, how the business works, as well as other tips that will assist with your career. Local art dealer and artist, Michael Powell, will moderate.

Check out the WORKSHOPS tab at the top of this page for our upcoming Photo Tour and Workshop to the Palouse!

Segment 9, Photo Review Series: Line, Light, and Color with David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta

Photographers Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir analyze David’s midnight Manhattan street scene photo, which was created by engaging his technical expertise, but being guided by compositional instinct.
Image © David Saffir
(Video is part of the Light, Line, and Color series © 2012 by Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir.)

Next Segment, New Photo Review Series: Line, Light, and Color with David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta

No photographer can plan everything. Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir discuss how photographers hone their eyes and minds to take advantage of often fleeting accidents of nature and timing that can lead to momentous photographs. Image © David Saffir
(Video is part of the Light, Line, and Color series © 2012 by Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir.)

PS – take a look at the Workshops tab at the top of this page!

Next Segment, New Photo Review Series: Line, Light, and Color with David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta March 2, 2012

David Saffir waited 45 minutes in this underground canyon for just the right light. In his discussion about this picture with fellow photographer Sally Wiener Grotta, David explains how he chose his exposure to define the sense of space, texture and movement.In addition, they explore the various elements that make it such a successful picture.
Image © David Saffir
(Video is part of the Light, Line, and Color series © 2012 by Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir.)

Next Segment, New Photo Review Series: Line, Light, and Color with David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta

David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta discuss how Sally used natural light and instinctive control over the angles within her composition to create this portrait. At the same time, Janice and Sally collaborated on creating the moment together, as a evocative personal experience.

Image © Sally Wiener Grotta, from her American Hands project
(Video is part of the Light, Line, and Color series © 2012 by Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir.)

Part Three, New Photo Review Series: Line, Light, and Color with David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta

David Saffir and Sally Wiener Grotta explore how Bill Truran used shadow and light in this portrait, not just to define structure but also to make a human connection between the child and the viewer.
Image © Bill Truran displayed by permission.  (Video is part of the Light, Line, and Color series © 2012 by Sally Wiener Grotta and David Saffir.)

New Photo Review Series Coming Soon!

I’ve been working with Sally Wiener Grotta on a series of discussions of photography – less theory and more practical – ranging over use of light and shadow, energy in an image, focus and composition, textures, rule of thirds, and much more.

Eastern Sierra, California © D Saffir

Each discussion is presented in the form of a Quicktime movie. The image is displayed, and our unplanned, candid comments and discussion are provided as well.Our initial set includes nine discussions. All took place when we happened to be attending a conference. Audio is ok but not broadcast-quality (next time!) – but the discussions are lively and in many cases we make an effort to approach photo review in new ways.

We hope you enjoy these – we certainly plan a series during 2012, probably one each calendar quarter. We welcome feedback and questions, as we’d like to keep raising the bar as we go forward!

I expect to publish these within the next week or so.

Thanks, and good shooting!