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Reviewing the Fujifilm X-T1

Today, we take a look at mirrorless camera courtesy of Japanese camera manufacturer Fujifilm, the Fujifilm X-T1. With Fujifilm having a good reputation in its mirrorless cameras, we shall see in this review if the X-T1 would do just as well.

Exterior

With dimensions of 129.0mm (W) x 89.8mm (H) x 46.7mm (D) and a weight of up to 440 grams, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a bit larger and a bit heavier compared to a number of mirrorless cameras, though not as bulky and heavy as that of a DSLR. The camera body itself looks sturdy with a solid waterproof and dustproof build that is typical of many Fujifilm cameras. The controls are set up quite nicely in a way that you won’t feel overwhelmed seeing a lot of buttons especially at the back.

One feature going for ii is its built-in electronic viewfinder with its high magnification and a faster response time, something many professional photographers would find enticing. It also has a tilting LCD screen which is sadly not a vari-angle type.

The camera can shoot images of up to 16 megapixels and capture high definition videos of up to 1080p. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi capability which lets you add locations and share your photos instantly online. There is no built-in flash in the camera but an external flash is included in the package.

Photographic Performance

The Fujifilm X-T1 boasts of an APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR II processor which allows you to capture images of stunning quality. Aside from this, the sensor also helps reduce the noise on your image more effectively.

The EXR II processor also plays a role in the camera’s speedy performance. Thanks to this processor, autofocus performance is fast as it is capable of shooting up to 8 full frame images per second.

The Fujifilm X-T1 also boasts of a feature called Intelligent Hybrid AF which is a quick, responsive autofocus system that uses contrast and phase-detection methods for better focus performance in a wide variety of lighting conditions and shooting situations. Manual focus is not left out as the camera also has an Enhanced Manual Focus feature that greatly enhances the manual focus accuracy.

The camera can shoot up to ISO 51200, though for RAW it is limited only up to ISO 6400. It also boasts of a built-in panorama feature which allows you to take extensive landscape photos, though it does not perform quite as well if there are moving subjects involved.

Speaking of RAW images, the camera has a built-in RAW converter that lets you modify some elements in the file like exposure and white balance before doing further processing on to your computer.

Video Recording Performance

The camera’s video capabilities allows you like a wedding photographer bristol to shoot 1080p videos in 30 fps or at 24 fps. Video also has an autofocus tracking that will ensure the sharpness of the video even if the subject is moving.  For better video sound, you can connect an external microphone to the camera’s hotshoe via the external mic jack of the camera.

Other Features

The Fujifilm X-T1 has a range of filters to provide some additional effects or create some artistic renditions on your images. It also supports the usage of UHS-II memory cards which provide faster transfer speeds during shooting.

As this camera has WiFi capability, you can use it along with Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app. With this app, you can browse through the images stored on your camera over your iOS or Android phone and transfer photos and videos as well.

Final Thoughts

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a worthy addition to an already impressive lineup of cameras Fujifilm has introduced to the market in recent years. Overall photo quality is topnotch with the vivid and stunning images this camera produces. Automatic and manual focus performance is also topnotch, and this camera is one of the best focus performing cameras in the market these days. It also doesn’t hurt that the camera’s design looks good and sturdy, mimicking the look of classic cameras with modern features to boot. Its Wi-Fi capabilities are also impressive as well, especially with the app set up on your phone.

On the downside, there are a few I can note here. For one, the RAW capabilities of this camera is somewhat limited and the panorama function needs some improvement as well.

Overall though, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a very good camera. If you’re looking for a mirrorless camera, or a DSLR-like type of camera, this one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market that I would highly recommend.

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All About Concert Photography

If you are someone who is into music, especially live music, then concert photography would be something you could consider going to as a photographer. You get to enjoy your favorite musical artist playing a favorite song of yours live and be able to enjoy the experience too. However, it is also one of the most challenging in the sense that we do not get to have control of almost any parameter in the picture: the subject, the lighting, not to mention we are limited to the angles we could shoot with the limited free space available. Then there are the people attending the concert who would be certainly captured in our frame and they could only care less.

Despite these challenges, concert photography is actually less difficult to do than what most people might think. Let this post show you how.

For starters, try to go to a more intimate concert that would enable to roam a bit more freely and shoot from any angle you wish. If you have a band that you know personally, it will be a good place to start from.

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The camera

They often say it’s not the camera that is important but the person behind it. But in the case of concert photography, the camera plays a big role, especially due to the environment these concerts are usually held. For instance, many concerts are held under dim lighting, so your camera should have lenses with wider aperture (like f/2.8, f1.8, or f/1.4) and using cameras that allows us to take photos at high ISO without noise. Even if your camera could not be able to take high ISO images with less noise, boost the ISO settings anyway and just adjust things in post-production. And in dynamic shows like rock bands, we will have to use a relatively high shutter speeds to freeze movement of drummer or the singer.

Another challenge would be the measurement of the light and selecting the correct exposure. In live shows the optimal would be to measure light from a point which we want to expose by using the point metering. Still, check the histogram and the monitor for overexposed points, to ensure that the important objects in the frame are exposed properly. Shooting in RAW is highly recommended too to correct images better.

Should I Use Flash?

Unfortunately, flash has no effect on lighting the singer, especially if you’re far from the stage so better turn it off. If you are close to the stage remember to first measure the light by the environment until you get proper exposure in terms of atmosphere you want before adding the flash to get some ambient lighting showing the atmosphere while the flash will lit the singer and freeze his movement.

Wait for the spot light

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When it’s too dark and we are far from the stage and we cannot use the flash, wait until the spot light, the narrow, focused and strong light, will light the artist for a more artistic effect. In concert photography, what matters are certain moments more than the whole event itself.

Color

In most concerts, red is the dominant color. So be careful that the red color will not “burn” and lose details in affected areas. Better take the photo a bit underexposed in RAW and then add some brightness so no details will be lost in those areas. If it fails, one option is to convert the image to black & white so you can save its quality.Having some photography knowledge pays off in cases like this.

Composition

Of course, the most important element to consider in concert photography, or any photography format for that matter, is composition. Whatever story you wish to tell about the concert through photos. you should have good and interesting compositions to show. It could be a close up image of even just hand playing the guitar or the whole band doing the performance. It all depends on your artistic taste and equipment as well.

Concerts are not an easy event to photograph, as an event photographer will tell you. but with a some practice and knowledge, you can get beautiful results.

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