Fuji Tag

We have all seen the dreadful selfies that our friends send us on Facebook. Horrid things taken with mobile phone cameras - men take them in the bar and women take them in the toilet - and the worst of them squeezed through Instagram or some other filter until they turn brown and fuzzy. The saddest of them are seized by other viewers and batted endlessly around the net. ALL of them are stored somewhere in Langley, Virginia or Beijing or Moscow to bolster some data base or other. Perhaps they make trading cards of them...

So you're going on holiday? You're going to travel? And you want a camera that will take good clear pictures? And you want it to be compact with a real optical viewfinder that you can see through even if it is in the full glare of the sun?And you want to pay under $ 500?Have we got the answer for you - if you are quick. We've just got a snip of Fuji X-10 cameras bundled as a package with their fitted leather case for $ 499. This camera is the closest thing to the 35mm compact camera that digital has yet produced - and it has the added fillip of a zoom lens and and a whole fridge of fresh film built in...

Did goe to Government House ballroom laste friday night for a Steampunk Ball and was greatley amused.Steampunk is dress-up for adults. Like the Sealed Knot, or the SCA, or the Muzzle loaders - but with the advantage that you can drink and take photographs in character. And the ladies dress up big-time. Unlike Burlesque, I think most of them keep their clothes on, but there is always room for speculation - particularly under a bustle...

I am starting to be surprised by the improvements in the packaging of new photographic equipment. Oh, sure, as a sales person I still complain about the way SOME manufacturers package new cameras in a way that you cannot get the component parts back into the box so that the customer can take it home - and SOME manufacturers of inkjet paper have such confusing packaging as to harm their own sales...

Those of you who will be travelling shortly, and wish to record images of exotic scenery and native customs would do well to repair to the shop of Camera Electronic in Stirling Street in this city, where you will learn something to your advantage.You would be well advised to bring your purse with at least $ 500 in it and be prepared to spend it. You will not regret the decision.Ask to speak to Gavin or Dick in particular or any of the other staff should they be free....

Greetings foto fans and welcome to a new season of Modest Proposals - your view of the photographic world through the eyes of The Guild.First up is the news reported in the DP Review that a major Chicago newspaper has sacked its photographic staff, closed the darkroom and other processing facilities, and enrolled its reporters in a course on how to take pictures with an iPhone. This is an on-going story that will unfold with time, or as long as the newspaper can stay open. Sounds like this might be a measurable period of time...

Surtees' famous grocer - Mr Jorrocks - delivered lectures to the Handley Cross Hunt on occasions. He was fueled by brandy and water and a love of fox-hunting, and however you may feel about either brandy or foxes, he did have a good bit of advice for young photographers.These may be likened to the young sportsmen that Mr. Jorrocks was addressing - novices who might find themselves lost when approaching either sport or art. It is not likely that the new photographer will be pitched head over heels into a ditch or be roared off the field by and irate M.F.H. but one thing Jorrocks said is gold." Make sure you can ride one horse before you keep two."Too often new photographers who have just learned to find the shutter button get a few images in hand or on-screen, and then read a week's worth of internet reviews and rumours - and charge in wanting to exchange the humble kit lens for the fanciest glass the manufacturers make. If their purse is strong enough to do it they charge out...

Yes, indeed you do - unless you are going to take all your pictures with a Leica M2 or a Hasselblad 500C/M you are going to need some sort of battery - either for a light meter or a motor drive or a digital camera. Nit-pickers may be able to point out that there has been some sort of photo apparatus that ran from a hand-generator or burning olive oil, but they are welcome to the sort of images it might have  produced - along with the nits...

The Hudson Detective Agency has supplied pictures of their new detective camera - you'll see that it has been made for hand-holding by operatives in the field. Shaped like an innocuous leather-covered box that might be carried by any gentleman in an omnibus or railway carriage, it blends in perfectly with society.The operative need only wait until his subject is clearly lit to turn the front end of the detective camera - with a 52mm opening in it - and press the small stud set into the right side of the box. There is an imperceptible click and an image is recorded.This may be transferred later to an electric storage and display device once the operative has returned to the office, and will serve as incontrovertible proof of the guilt of the accused. The usefulness of this camera in divorce proceedings and the capture of international naval spies will be readily seen.It is hoped in the future that even more discrete cameras will be acquired. Plans are afoot to produce one in the shape of a stack of engineering textbooks...