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Review: FujiFilm X100T Mirrorless Camera

FujiFilm X100T


If you’ve been with me for a while you know that I have a love/hate relationship (90% love, 10% hate) with the widely acclaimed, previous-generation Fuji X100S mirrorless camera.

You can read my original review of the X100S and my second-look at the X100S for all the details, which I won’t repeat here.

Well, for Christmas, I bought myself the newer model: The Fuji X100T. (more…)

How to Set Your White Balance with a Gray Card [video]

Amazon: My Inexpensive “DGK” White Balance Card
Note: After my review caused them to sell out, they doubled the price.  Still cheap though.

Amazon: A More Expensive “High End” White Balance Card

Lightroom Made Easy

Secrets of Successful Event Photography

If you have trouble watching the Video here you can watch on YouTube at this link:
How to Set Your Camera White Balance Using a Gray Card

Portrait Photography for Profit – Interview with Brent Mail

Click here for a huge discount on Brent’s “Portrait Photography for Profit” course 

As a way of saying “thanks” to my subscribers, who inspired him to create this course, Brent is offering you a huge discount, but only for a limited time.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of making a living from your photography, grab this course now.  Even if you’re not ready to launch your photography business yet, you get lifetime access to this training, so you’ll find it waiting for you when you’re ready.

I hope you find it as helpful and inspiring as I did!

— Phil

P.S. What’s also great is that Brent will share a portion of any sales from that link to help me create more free tutorials for you.

Photo Comparison: Fuji vs Olympus

Photo comparison Fuji X100S to Olympus OMD EM5

Click to enlarge

In my previous post, I compared my experience shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera to my previous mirrorless camera, the Fuji X100S.

Several readers expressed an interest in seeing some side-by-side photos to compare image quality.

Fuji-Olympus 100 Percent Comparison

Click to enlarge to 100% Crop – This clearly shows the sharpness advantage of the Fuji

So I took a stroll around my neighborhood and took identical shots of various objects with the two cameras for comparison.  I set both cameras to full auto, which is not the way I normally shoot, but I wanted to test “intelligence” of the camera in choosing what it thought were the best settings for each shot. (more…)

Tips for Phone/Tablet Art Photography

iPhone Art Example

Self-portrait by Sebastian Michaels – Click to enlarge

How to Hone Your Artistic Skills While Creating Great Images on a Smart Phone or Tablet

by Sebastian Michaels [guest post] 

It’s a new world out there.

The art being created today by serious “iPhoneographers” rivals (and often surpasses) easily 90% of anything I’ve ever seen created with Photoshop.

It really is that good.

When Bob Weil (2013 IPPA Photographer of the Year and author of the book The Art of iPhone Photography) decided to put together a serious online course showing the advanced layering and compositional techniques possible now on an iPhone or iPad, I knew I wanted to be part of it … But I also knew, going in, that most people were going to need to start with a more basic, fundamental skill set.

So that’s what I’ve come up with for you here. (more…)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Camera: A First Look

Olympus OM-D E-M5 ReviewThe new wave of compact, mirrorless cameras is the most exciting thing to happen to digital photography since…well, digital photography.

Cameras that perform like DSLR’s (well, almost) but without the weight, the bulk, and the backache are a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry that was starting to stagnate in a war of megapixels.

Last December I plunged into the mirrorless market by reviewing the remarkable Fuji X100S, and I updated that review in June after using the camera for six months.

And while I still think the Fuji is an astonishing camera — near perfect in many ways — its few shortcomings have sent me searching for an alternative, or at least an additional, small camera. (more…)

Fuji X100S: A Second Look

Fuji X100S with Lens FilterIn December I wrote about traveling with the Fuji X100S camera for a week, and how it was both liberating and occasionally frustrating.

After using the camera sporadically for six months, and and after another recent heavy-use trip, I’d like to share some revised thoughts now that I know the camera a bit better.

I’d especially like to highlight two important features that I didn’t get to use in my previous Hawaii trip, and which I think are strong advantages of this camera. (more…)

Two Great New Photography E-Books

New E-BooksI know many of you love photography e-books because they are:

(a) Inexpensive,
(b) Easy to refer back to any time,
(c) Portable on all your devices, and
(d) Did I mention inexpensive?

Well, while I was busy finishing my Event Photography course, two of my favorite photography teachers put out great new e-books that I am long overdue in bringing to your attention.

Let’s look at each separately. (more…)

Winters’ Road to Seeing is Worth Traveling

Winters Road to Seeing Book CoverDan Winters has a handwritten sign in his darkroom reading, “The print will speak of the love that has been infused within it.”

And that’s a pretty good description of his mammoth new photography book Road to Seeing.

It’s infused with love. Of photography. Of life. Of human beings. Of art. Of mystery. (more…)

Wow! Event Photography Course Feedback

Event Photography CourseFirst of all, if you are among the over 900 new owners of my new Secrets of Successful Event Photography course in its first week of release, a huge THANK YOU for your business and your wonderful feedback.

Second, if you’re not among those buyers, I’d like to share some of the feedback (both positive and negative) to help you decide if this course is right for you. (more…)

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