Tag: Photography

September – Beginning of Grape Harvest Season

That’s right, grape harvest season is here and it is probably the favorite season of all wine lovers and connoisseurs.

X-Photographer Thomas B. Jones is a German/American photographer specialized in portrait and documentary photography. Meeting interesting people, exploring exciting places and capturing otherwise fleeting moments nourish his passion for photography. 

In Germany, grape harvesting usually starts around mid-September, fitting this occasion, we found this xX-story documentation “Generation change at the Kusterer winery” by @thomas_jones_fotografie.

Since July 2020, Maximilian Kusterer has been the owner of the Kusterer Winery in Esslingen, which he took over from his parents. In 2012, he created his first own wine and today, he focuses primarily on elegant fruit and a discreet use of wood.

How to: Creating Light Painting

You might have seen it a few times already, but probably not under its correct name… We are talking about light painting, or also called light drawing. Most of us are familiar with the term and photo technique ‘long exposure’ (longer exposure time). Light painting is a form of long exposure, but brings it to the next level whilst creating an art piece that looks like it has been drawn even though it was taken with a camera.

Terry Hall with FUJIFILM X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR – F18, ISO 200, 10.0 sec

Light Painting

We all have seen those stunning images of streets where streetlights or headlights on cars become trails and melt together, creating something special without seeing the actual vehicle. This unique effect in cityscape images can be created while shooting at night or in low light with longer exposure times. Of course, this is nothing new, but creating and sketching scenes and photographs specifically to use the unique effect of long exposure to create something similar to a painting is referred to as “light painting”. Photographers are specifically looking for a moving light source such as a candle, flashlight, LED lights or another light source, aiming to alter an image while using long exposure. Thus, light-painters not only take the picture as-is instead add another element by highlighting a subject, creating trails of light, flashes, and other special elements like these.

X-H2S Meets FPV Drone

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“In the wake of excitement and fulfillment after each project passes, our desire to go bigger and do more continues to go on,” explains the filmmaker duo Double Vision from New Zealand. One major aspect that needs to be addressed appropriately is the seemingly endless equipment.

Every photographer or filmmaker will at some point be part of a project where all you can possibly carry is just one compact system covering it all. In their last two projects, the duo tested the FUJIFILM X-H2S hybrid camera system without experiencing any other X-Series camera before. Therefore, having a totally unbiased approach towards the X-H2s and its performance.

They never shot with an X-Series camera before, they never shot a mountain bike movie before, and tested the camera to the fullest by putting it on an FPV drone.

How to: Capture Better Travel Portraits

Walking through the streets of Paris, Barcelona, Rome or just taking a stroll along the promenade of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Traveling through different countries, cities, and cultures is probably something we all love. Slowly our lives are turning back to a more routine and less restrictive daily life. Thus also travel becomes possible again. Spring season is in full swing too and many people are ready to travel to different locations and countries again to admire and capture special sceneries. To get pleasing results, we have some helpful tips to make your memories unforgettable.

People are the heart of any culture, so when you journey to other countries or cities, you will find travel gold in their faces and the way they live. Street portraits and candids are two different types to capture those moments. While shooting a candid, your subject is likely to be unaware, or at least unconcerned, of your presence. Portraits are more likely to be posed, and will perhaps include eye contact, with the subject fully aware they’re being photographed. Consequently, some tricks are important to keep in mind…