Leigh works at Fujifilm Australia as a Direct Market Communications Specialist. He is an experienced photographer and blogger who enjoys sharing his extensive imaging knowledge with photographers around the world. To learn more about Fujifilm Australia's products visit http://www.fujifilm.com.au/
Featuring one of Fujifilm’s flagship cameras, the X-Pro2 at $300 cash back, with up to $300 cash back on selected XF lenses, there is plenty on offer.
Could you see yourself selling your current Digital SLR kit and joining the Fujifilm community? Many photographers have before, and now is the perfect opportunity.
Or are you an existing X Series user after a specific lens, then we encourage you to take up this offer? Let’s explore a few scenarios…
You might have been photographing with a Digital SLR for many years and recently you have heard a lot of talk about the Fujifilm X Series image quality and colour reproduction. You may even know a photography friend who keeps raving about the size and weight of their X Series camera when compared to their previous camera? Does this sound familiar?
We hear this scenario all the time online, across stores and when we are out and about meeting people it is not uncommon to hear how many photographers love their X Series cameras and lenses and how it has reignited their passion for photography. It makes us proud to do what we do, so today we are hoping to ignite the passion for many more by offering this fantastic cash back promotion.
Let’s explore a classic example of what we hear about:
A photographer switches from a Digital SLR Kit to a Fujifilm X Series Kit.
Typically, enthusiasts or professionals may have approximately 2 to 3 lenses. These lenses normally consist of a wide angle, prime and telephoto, and ‘changing over’ can be an expensive exercise. Taking the current Fujifilm Cash Back offer into account might make this exercise the perfect time right now.
Replacing your existing Digital SLR kit and purchasing a Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF16-55mm (wide), XF56mmF1.2 (prime) and XF50-140mm (telephoto), you could save over a thousand dollars. $1100 cash back to be exact – that’s not too bad at all!
Whatever you decide, whether it’s a single lens or full Fujifilm kit, this promotion is sure to be a winner amongst many Australian photographers, so we encourage you to get in early.
Hailing from North West Tasmania, Laurie enjoys capturing the hidden depths of nature along the Western Tiers and Tarkine wilderness with his Fujifilm X-T1 and, more recently, X-T2.
Let’s start with the basics: Where is home? What are your hobbies? What inspires you from day to day?
My home is the North West of Tasmania. There, my hobbies include amateur radio, bushwalking and of course, photography. My inspiration mainly comes from the beauty of nature and adventurous bushwalks, especially rainforests, mountain streams and waterfalls.
How did you develop an interest in photography? How did you learn and develop your craft?
I have always had an interest in photography but it never really took off until after the workload eased off, so I honestly consider myself a novice, having only started with enthusiasm around four years ago.
My interest developed from the wish to record all the waterfalls my wife and I would visit on our bush walks. The learning basically came from experience, experimentation and the desire to improve the quality of shots. I would see photographs I liked taken by others (not necessarily well-known photographers), and I would try and emulate what I had seen. It was pretty rough for a while (still is at times), but over time, things improved and I’m still learning today without winging it quite so much.
Do you have a particular photographic style? If so, what would you consider that to be?
I wouldn’t call it a particular style, but I try and present my own interpretation of what I see. Although, over time, I have tried to emulate other styles and incorporate some of that into my photos. I still try and produce an end result that I am pleased with—one that is not necessarily tagged with fads of time. I like to try and keep it reasonably natural except where flowing water is involved … I prefer a longer exposure on waterfall shots.
“Liffey Falls section” by Laurie Davison, taken with Fujifilm XT-1 + XF10-24mmF4
What’s your favourite location to shoot in Australia? What’s your favourite subject to shoot in general?
I really do have a mad affair with the Western Tiers and the Tarkine in Tasmania. In saying that, I also really appreciate anything along the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range. My favourite subjects are without a doubt waterfalls of any size, shape and form.
Consider your favourite or most memorable Fujifilm photograph. Where was it taken, how was it shot and what does this photo mean to you?
I really don’t have a favourite, but the shots that mean the most to me are probably the shots that have been the hardest to obtain, such as remote areas that take a real effort to reach.
To me, it’s about the whole trip from start to finish, and there is something about looking at a photograph and recalling the complete journey.
What’s your favourite X Series camera? Why do you prefer that particular model?
The X-T2. I have the X-T1 as well, and it has taught me a lot, but the new X-T2 is like the X-T1 on steroids.
For years I lugged about a DSLR full-frame kit and to be honest, it’s not getting any easier as I get older, so that is why I looked at the lighter mirrorless systems. I tried a few and eventually settled on the Fujifilm system as I found myself more at ease with it. It’s more or less not much different to operating the familiar DSLR—not having to dive into menus all the time to change settings for me is a real plus. Those dials at your fingertips is the way it should be.
Which Fujinon lens(es) do you prefer?
I prefer the XF10-24mmF4, as it suits the environment I am usually in. Quite often I’m not in a situation where I can back up with a prime to fit it all in, and when I do have the room I can be flexible. It really fits in well and is my go-to lens 95 percent of the time.
“Lavender fields, Northern Tasmania” by Laurie Davison, taken with Fujifilm XT-1 + XF10-24mmF4
Could you describe your photographic workflow? Do you prefer any third-party, post-processing software, camera accessories or community networks to develop and share your work?
I try and keep the bulk of my workflow simple, confining it to using Lightroom with the odd time utilising the use of Photoshop CC. To me, it’s another steep learning curve at the moment as I have only started using the latter in recent months. If I have something special as a one-off to work on, then I will use CaptureOne as I find it and the Fujifilm RAW files work well together.
Do you have any additional final thoughts regarding Fujifilm X Series? Do you have any tips or advice you’d like to share for other photographers out there pursuing their craft?
I’m just glad that Fujifilm keeps updating our cameras with regular firmware improvements. Other cameras I have owned certainly didn’t see as regular updates and this possibly held them back a little. Now I know I have the latest in technology available.
As far as tips are concerned, the best I can offer is to learn as much about the camera you’re using as possible. Get to know it inside out. With the photography part itself, just do what you love and keep learning. Your passion will eventually show through in the results. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the people you admire and look up to because most are only too willing to lend a hand. Most of all, have fun doing it.
“Cascades on the Western Tiers” by Laurie Davison, taken with Fujifilm XT-1 + XF10-24mmF4
To see more of Laurie’s work, you can follow him on Instagram at @ljdphotos.
You set up your shot, with its lighting and composition just as you want. But when you see your image, you find it is ruined by blur or debris. The lack of clarity in your picture may be caused by many things, such as a moving camera, incorrect focal range or dirty lens. Though difficult to detect as you shoot, these complications diminish your picture clarity.
Do not settle for little mistakes that defile your shots. Follow these five tips to make your images sharper.
Monopods and tripods are useful for all photographers, novice and expert alike. Invest in a sturdy tripod or monopod that you are comfortable maneuvering. In low-light situations especially, pull out your tripod. Its three legs are more solid than your two for steadiness when you’re also dealing with slow shutter speeds.
Even the best tripods aren’t perfect, though. Weigh down your tripod as needed and use your body to block any wind that might tip it.
(“Belmore Falls” by Brian Mann (@bmannphoto), Fujifilm X-T1)
Hold your camera with a sturdy posture.
Most blur is caused by mid-shot camera movement, however slight. If you are not using a tripod or monopod, at least use the best posture possible. Keep your camera in both hands and close to your body, with your elbows locked. When possible, support your balance with an external surface, such as a wall or tree.
Use a mirrorless camera or a lock-up setting.
Even when you do your part to maintain steadiness, your camera’s mechanics can foil the shot. Many DSLRs rely on mirrors, which swing as they send visuals from the lens to the viewfinder. Movement from that swing, known as “mirror slap,” can lessen image sharpness.
To avoid mirror slap, work with a mirrorless camera, such as any in the Fujifilm X Series, or select your camera’s lock-up mode, which swings the mirror into place well before you activate the shutter.
Set your aperture and ISO right for the moment.
Most lenses have an aperture that produces the sharpest images. If you set your aperture to either extreme of your lens range, you may have softness because of light diffraction. Whatever your lens, test it at various apertures to gauge its top performance. For a traditional lens, the ideal setting is likely in the middle of its range. For a wide-angle angle lens, it may be a small aperture (or large f number), because the lens is designed to capture a big focal range.
(It is definitely not an eyebrow-raising lens and will not attract a lot of attention, making it that much easier to grab a shot unnoticed.- Sven Schroeter (@bokehmonster)
Maintain a tidy camera lens.
Every so often, pause from shooting and clean your camera lens of dust and debris. Even material too small to detect with your plain eye can diminish a few pixels of your image. Clean the lens thoroughly, because smudges may warp the light in your shots.
With your camera steady and tidy, and with your lens working from its best range, you can take sharper images consistently.