In February 2014, the Japanese brand Kowa announced the development of three MFT manual focus lenses: an 8.5mm f/2.8, a 12mm f/1.8 and a 25mm f/1.8. I had the chance to try two of them at The Photography Show in Birmingham. The lenses I tried had an older exterior design but the optical design inside is exactly the same as that in the definitive versions.
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Have you ever set yourself a specific project or challenge to improve your photography? If not, let me tell you that not only is it an excellent way of developing a specific skill, but it also encourages you to learn about a genre in which you may have had very little interest.
Since we as artists all enjoy exercising our creative abilities and sharing our imagery with a wider audience, Mathieu and I at Mirrorlessons in association with Tyson Robichaud Photography Blog have decided to embark on a monthly Flickr photography challenge, and we invite all of you to join us for the ride!
If there was one thing I was dying to try at The Photography Show in Birmingham, it was the new Panasonic GH4. The reasons are many: it is a new high-end Micro Four Thirds camera with a brand new sensor, an improved autofocus system and 4K video recording at 100mbps, amongst many other things. The list of improvements is actually much longer but I will stick to the main aspects since I only had a few minutes with the camera, which, I should mention, was tied to the Panasonic desk like a dog on the leash.
Take one of the most inspiring European cities, combine it with nearly two dozen photographers who have only ever met online, add some pleasant weather, mix together with friendly conversations, jokes and casual shooting, and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable photo walk.
This is exactly how we would define last Saturday’s LNDNWLK, a photo walk we organised with fellow photographers Johnny and Rebecca Patience. It was born from a simple interaction on Twitter, and grew into an event with more than twenty participants from England, Ireland, and countries as far as Luxembourg and Italy. There were film and digital shooters, medium format, full-frame, APS-C and even point-and-shoot cameras. One photographer received his new camera just in time for the walk, and another decided to join in after seeing all of us together, perusing the streets of London in search of the perfect light.
Last weekend I did a photo shoot for the young Italian actress Barbara Novara. She wanted to update her photo book and look as natural as possibile in the images. It was for this reason that we decided to work outdoors with natural light. I checked the weather forecast and Saturday turned out to be the best option.
In 2013 I wrote an in-depth article about post-processing the Fuji X100s colours with Adobe Lightroom and many other software programs. One of the most interesting benefits when working with Fuji X-Trans cameras is their unique colour palette rendering. The colours look different, less digital than any other camera. But to completely enjoy them, you need to rely on the OOC JPGs. If you want to work with the raw files and not lose these colours, you have to find a software that can match them as closely as possible. Unfortunately, Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw were the last on the list regarding colour accuracy.