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When do I take pictures in manual mode

I am not a manual mode photographer. There I said it. For many people, being a professional photographer is synonymous with shooting in manual mode. For some people a professional photographer should only take pictures in manual mode. That view…
exposure x3 vs lightroom
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Migrating from Lightroom to Exposure X3 from Alien Skin

I've been using Lightroom since the version 1.4 became available. That's probably about 10 years ago. I've been a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud service for photographers, which has Lightroom and Photoshop for about $15 a month. I am still…
Cape banks and La Perouse walk
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La Perouse and Cape Banks Botany Bay walk

I am starting to like these weekend walks. They are really pleasant and the views are spectacular. The walk we did on Saturday was the La Perouse Botany Bay walk. Cape Banks circuit. I think the reason I was not too keen on these walks before…
Fujifilm X-T2
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How to prepare for a photography workshop

I run photography workshops so yes, this is a self promoting blog post, but I think for anyone planning to attend mine or any other photography workshop the info can be of value. Dust off your camera a week before the workshop and take pictures…
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Hunter Valley and Wollombi

Last weekend we decided to go on a little trip to the Hunter region, about 2 hours drive up north from Sydney. We've been there many times before, and winter is really not the best time to go, but we had to do something with our weekend. It's…
Canon to fujifilm x mount adapter
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Canon to Fujifilm X-mount adapter

Fujifilm doesn't have big glass. I think that's pretty much common knowledge, cited often as a "deal breaker" by Canon or Nikon users. I think its a very fair criticism and as usual, the harshest critics are those shooting with kit lenses, but…
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Camellia gardens

It pays to network, I have to admit. I had a chat with a hair and makeup artist I worked with on a beauty shoot we did a couple of weeks ago, and we got on a topic of shooting locations. I am always on a lookout for those, as shooting at…
Fujifilm X-t2
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Disable Shutter Speed Dial on X-T2

I find it a little annoying that the shutter speed gets bumped almost every time I shoot. The back dial is so soft, that it's very easy to change the shutter speed without realising it. The main value is set on the top dial, which can be locked,…
Fujifilm x-t2
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Does the X-T2 need a touch screen?

I've seen comments on you tube complaining about the fact that the Fujifilm X-t2 has no touch screen. Some of these comments are very critical to the extent that people reject the camera outright because of lack of touch screen. I'm beginning…
Flash Metz M400 for Fujifilm
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Metz mecablitz M400

So there are options for a flash on a Fuji with TTL, after all. Not yet available, but Metz just announced their new line of flashes at Photokina. They don't have a price yet, but if it's going to be similar to their current models, it should…
Fujifilm X-T2
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Fujifilm X-T2 battery life

Every reviewer out there complains about the poor battery life on a mirrorless camera. I think by now, they should stop comparing it with a DSLR, acknowledge that mirrorless uses much more battery than a DSLR and perhaps just compare  battery…
Fujifilm X-t2
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Auto Iso on Fujifilm X-T2

I saw a comment made by one of the prominent YouTube reviewer about the Fujifilm X-T2 auto Iso options. On a list of Pros and Cons they listed the 3 Auto Iso options as a Con, stating that it was unnecessarily complicated. Hm... Whatever do…