In late 2015, my wife and I explored the possibilities of opening up our first retail store for our beard grooming products, Bonafide Beards. The initial idea was to have a location that offered retail, production and office space. The location we chose was on the premises of Urban Grind Coffee Roasters in Parkhurst. Their shop had the wood clad look and feel that we enjoyed, and it was something that we could match up quite closely....
Last year (2016), in preparation for my trip in May to China, I decided to analyse the photos I took on previous trips so that I can consolidate and optimise my lenses for this trip. This was quite an eye opener for me and it helped me to lighting my camera bag tremendously....
Growing up my family was filled with carpenters, photographers and musicians. I had an interest for all of these careers yet cameras caught my eye as they just looked more interesting than tools and instruments. Something that can capture time seemed to outshine the rest.
My name is Ben Cherry, I’m an environmental photojournalist and Fujifilm X-Photographer. I’ve been using the X Series for over three years now and was given the tremendous responsibility of being a part of the X-T2 project. Its predecessor, the X-T1, was a revelation for the X Series and was my go-to camera for the previous two years. With a huge viewfinder, weather sealing, 8 frames per second and an articulating screen, what wasn’t to like with the previous generation?
After already receiving the latest Fujifilm X-T2 in May this year, Fujifilm X-Photographer Peter Delaney has had ample opportunity to test out this new flagship, also taking it to Etosha in Namibia to shoot wildlife. We chatted to him about the camera at a recent launch event in the Pilansberg National Park. Click on the Soundcloud link below for the full interview.
TechSmart caught up with Fujifilm X-Photographer, Pierre van der Walt at a recent launch event for the flagship X-T2. Van der Walt has been fortunate enough to have shot with the camera for the past few months and talks about the improvements found on Fuji's latest
My normal way of travel is to have a camera backpack (filled to the brim) as my carry-on luggage. Apart from all the camera gear, I also keep all the necessary extra things such as my battery chargers, my tablet and its docking station, a pair of socks and spare underpants in the backpack. So why on this trip I decided – at the last moment – to move my pack with all the chargers, wires, etcetera to my normal bag is beyond me!
Tswaing is an impact meteorite crater in South Africa situated just over 35 kilometres north-west of Pretoria. It is estimated that it was fromed when a meteorite slammed into the earth’s crust about 220 000 years ago. It was a stony type meteorite between 30 and 50 meters in diameter. The impact formed a huge crater, 1.4 km in diameter and 200 m deep. This crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world.
I’ve been covering a variety of subjects for 13 years and while I love photographing weddings in my documentary style, I have loads of fun shooting skateboarding for magazines. I’m an old skateboarder myself and have an unfair advantage in that I know skateboarding and can often figure out the best angle to capture a trick from to make it look even better.
You can't deny the attraction of a camera that can shoot at the level we photographers need and want, but at the same time can fit in most pockets. This camera is so damn easy to take with you anywhere and its image quality is spot on - true to the Fujifilm we love and know so well.
The lens has a focal length of 18,5mm, but is the same physical size as the 23mm on the X100, so all filters, lens hoods,etc. will fit.
Travel photography can easily be boring. For you as traveller it is important to document your travel - this is even truer for us photographers. But showing the photos afterwards to friends and family normally will put them to sleep - even in daytime!
What makes it different is its very compact size. Pretty much exactly the same size as my wife's XF-1, which is remarkable for a camera with an APS-C sensor, and the addition of a touch sensitive 180 degree folding selfie screen. A first for Fujifilm.
For me, if I could have the processor, viewfinder and auto-focus and put it in my X-pro1, I would be so happy. The button placement is great and the joystick is really nice to have, and I would love to spend a bit more than 2 days with it. I guess the debate you have to have with yourself, is if the price tag is worth it.
FujiFilm X-Photographer Pierre vd Walt recently completed an assignment in conjunction with Guess Jeans and Royal Enfield. The entire shoot was done on the FujiFilm X-T1 with the Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 lens.
When I photograph my subjects there are few things on my mind. First and foremost is the well being of my subjects, I never want them to feel threatened that they may enter a “fight or flight” scenario. The other is that I photograph my subjects aesthetically, so that my photographs resonate with the viewer.