Fuji Tag

New travel photographers are always coming in here and asking for advice; which tripod to carry, what camera will capture the bears, how do you change the aperture on the new $5000 camera they have bought. We oblige by supplying the answers; the lightest one you can get away with, anything with a long lens, and don't change it...

Back from holidays and ready to write.A plane trip these days is either heaven or hell, and it is no always a question determined by which ticket you purchased. Of course there is something to be said for the front section of the plane - the seats have leg room, you can put them back to sleep, and they give you a blankey to cuddle up into. When the champagne takes effect. Back in cattle class you at least get a free beer, so that is nice.Note for new travellers. before you go, go. Go every time you can, because when you are up in the air, going is problematical. Now on to cameras. I used a Fuji X100 for the trip - you'll see some results from it in coming blogs. Perfect solution for the pictures I knew I wanted. Kudos the the Nikon people for making their SB 700 flash so easy to adjust - it was the other partner in success for this venture. I used a bag that worked well, but as I travelled about with it...

Our sister site, DP Wazoo, has just shown a pre-advertising artist's concept sketch of the new Rumourflex shutterless camera. The now R 43.8P MkIII is still shrouded in mystery but we were shown the outside of the box. There was very little light reflected from the surfaces of the cardboard packaging but what little there was leads us to positively confirm that the camera will have a full-frame sensor and an onboard processor that is capable of resolving 24 simultaneous RAW images, or not, as the case may be. This is accomplished by doing it in parallel instead of series. - the most practical consequence is that the images will be fed into 24 separate SD cards. The electrical power for this is derived from 6 Li ion batteries housed in the shoulder stock and fore-end grip of the camera as well as in the shooter's pockets. Different cable lengths are available for short and tall photographers.The business of rumour photography is one of the growth sectors of the industry. Not only can the manufacturers use it to engage buyers...

Thinking outside the square is generally lauded as progressive and intellectual. Standing outside the square gets you ridden down by French cavalry. Trust me on this*.But thinking cheap is the best thing of all, particularly if you have to spend a great deal of money here at the shop to arrive at the most economical idea. I did and I have.To get to the best cheap solution for a problem you have to consult the Oracle of Google. You sit in a darkened room and try to think of enough key words to send you to a website that will have done your thinking for you - in reality it just dumps you onto YouTube and you watch cats fall into bathtubs.I adopted the policy of buying whatever looked cool as soon as it came in the shop, which accounts for the 54 camera bags that currently live in the shed. This shop is not the only culprit - the Crumpler man down in Wesley Arcade has much to answer for. In the end I have found out the best...

Ifs are awesome. You can do anything with an if. You can persuade people to buy cameras, give you their lunch, stay away from your borders, or clean the inside of the car.You can also use them to prevent other people from eating their lunch, to gain commercial advantage, and to hide the fact that you don't have enough money.On the technical side, ifs allow the macro photographer to link together aperture, focal length, and distance to the subject to arrive at not enough depth of field. And the wonderful thing is that it really doesn't matter what values you set for any of the criteria, you still arrive at not enough depth of field. It is like doing roundabouts in Manchester - no matter where you go, they always go the same place.Ifs are also useful in the artistic side of photography. If you make it dark and moody you can win club competitions and if you make it bright and over-saturated you can sell it to the junk mail catalogue printers and if you cannot focus you can...

General Bedford Forrest was nearly right - he used to give his formula for success on a battlefield as " Git thar the fustest with the mostest .". He frequently did, though the logistics eventually defeated him.In the case of a the wise traveller, it is still good to get thar fustest, but if you try to take the mostest you find that your back and legs give out. The images we take may be as insubstantial as thistledown, but the damn cameras, bags, lenses, tripods, and accessories are not. The fully equipped enthusiast who lurches from the hotel on Day One at 9:00 loaded down like one of Sullivan's mules will eventually be brought back at 4:00 by either a taxi or ambulance attendants. Day Two of the venture will be harder still, and Day Three will see them sitting in the hotel bar developing a case of the regrets.Look at the Cullmann Freestyler in the picture. An extendable pole with a small ball and socket head at the end, and attachemnt for either a flash or a camera. It...

Planning ahead for my holidays, I have decided to review the capabilities of my imaging system* to deliver panoramic pictures. That sounds very grand, but it really means I am going to see if I can't do the most with the least - least weight, least cost, least fuss.I plan to reserve my serious cultural and intellectual efforts for toy stores, book stores, and pubs. If the Jack Stanbridge's put in a used book section, a couch, and a keg I would never leave the town...

I assume by now you have all seen Mike Myers as Austin Powers and know the mojo jokes. Note - that is Mike Myers, not Michael Moore. Moore has an entirely different brand of mojo and I do not recommend it.Photographic mojo is the power that drives you. The thing that inspires you and which you then take to new heights. Your medicine. You can get it, you can misplace it, you can lose it forever. You can borrow or steal it from someone else. You cannot buy it, but you can rent it. If you lose your mojo in business - ie. you run out of patience and patients at the same time, say - you can sell up and go get a job in the photo trade. And as soon as you find that youcan take successful pictures and sell cameras and write advertisements, your mojo comes back. Indeed the sight of an unoccupied computer keyboard acts as a powerful drug...