Fuji X100 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
As a professional photographer, the $830 I spent for a used Fuji X100 could be better spent on something that I really need. Before I get into the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, let me say that the X100 is way cool camera for all the reasons you probably have already read about. I was so excited to have a hip looking camera that could possibly free me of my larger DSLR and lenses. I was looking forward to having a camera that made me think more creatively and could produce stunning images that would shine in my portfolio. I'm waffling...do I keep it or send it up on a rocket?
READ THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY...
Natural light video and headshot techniques
While going through almost 200 videos that are on the Lightenupandshoot Youtube Channel I re-discovered a great video on natural light. Scrims, what aperture to use, reflectors, using your environment, the look away technique, location hunting, shadows, white balance and some headshot tips.
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Gear secrets, Approaching and Technical - Lightenupandshoot Style
Lightenupandshoot is all about getting out and having fun with photography. You don't need a ton of expensive gear to get amazing results or to have fun with photography. It starts in your own backyard with an idea of what you want to shoot. Grab your significant other, friend or family member and visit some place for the weekend with your camera or with your version of the Backpacker Studio. Focus on people, the location, story telling and having fun...the vision or idea for photographs will happen.
In this video I show you my minimal gear set up when I'm having fun on a weekend gettaway. At the end I show photographs that were taken with a mixture of natural light or a one light set up. Easy peasy!
You can see all of my images at 500px here, or view sample when you click READ MORE below. The story created in 500px is one of my favorites, this is how I love to tell a story and share these images with my friends/family.
I finally fold and buy the Fuji X100
The earth would need to spin a few more times before I experienced the X100; talking about missing the hype. It seemed as though every blogger and photog in the industry was raving about this little beast called the X100 by Fujifilm over a year ago. I must admit that my initials thoughts were "the hell with a small camera with only a fixed lens. That camera will never compete with my D700." But the sexy looks of a vintage 35mm and portability had me thinking I need to explore this camera first hand. First, I dove deep into Zack's post and other blogger dudes to see what all the hype was about.
Conviced that the X100 was the compact camera for me (over the pricey XPRO1), I rolled the dice and bought a used one off Ebay for $810 which included the lens hood, filters, leather 1/2 case, extra battery and leather strap. Yesterday, I felt like a little kid with excitement as I plopped out of bed at daybreak to test drive my new X100. I blazed out the door with rain jacket in hand and throttled over to downtown Fort Worth with a @$%&* grin on my face. Thanks to the internets I was prepped and prepared with all menus and functions familiarized. If you want to skip my ramblings and check out my 500px story click here. READ MORE
How to find a model in 5 words...glimpse into the past
A great video from the past! "How to find a model in 5 words or less." I started LUAS to document my journey as a photographer. Andy was there at the beginning to assist in creating entertaining pieces and provide the technical wizardry in blog posts. Like all good things in life, things must come to an end and people go into different directions. I haven't worked with Andy in over a year, but the Lightenupandshoot philosophy still is very much alive.
I continue to grow as a photographer and as an educator. I not only make inspiring videos that show me doing what I love, but I also invite other photographers to shoot with me on one of my Tag Alongs. A Tag Along is where several photographers join me on a photography adventure; we shoot, we have fun, we talk shop, we go gear crazy, we shoot models, and we all learn.
I'm re-vamping the LUAS site to make it better over the next few months...it's a bit outdated and in need of an overhaul; I'm no web guru and need a a little help (Joomla guys help me get this thing looking better...hahahaa!!). Stay tuned for more exciting things to come: more inspiring videos, gear reviews, adventure stories, technical tips/tricks and my creative thought process.
Enjoy this blast from the past!