2019 Resolutions... kinda

January 07, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I'm definitely not the kind of person who makes "new year resolutions" but I do tend to think about what I want to do that's new or different with the upcoming year.

In terms of photography, I've been thinking a lot about using flash and other lighting options in more ways, especially outdoors and for fill flash for portraits and other shots of people. 

For many years, I've been guilty of shooting with at f/2 or even more open than that, and part of that has been a lack of trust in higher ISO settings to capture the light I need, and an ongoing worry about my benign essential tremor, which forces me to shoot at at least 1/125 most of the time.

My purchase of the Fujifilm X-H1 is my way of attempting to deal with this. The In Body Camera Stablization (IBIS) will hopefully open up shutter speeds down to 1/30 in low light, and the camera has clean shots all the way up to 6400 most of the time. 

So, shooting on auto ISO with a higher upper range, shooting at lower shutter speeds, and trying to use lighting in more varied and interesting ways. That's how my 2019 should look, all being well.

I've also set up a film simulation on my XPro1 that allegedly matches the Leica monochrome look pretty well, and I'm going to try to keep the camera on that setting all year.

Likewise, I've set up a number of different film simulations on my X-H1 and X100F that matches Kodachrome (Classic Chrome with some custom white balance chances and some tweaks to highlights, shadows, and noise reduction in camera.) 

This has been a very enjoyable experiment so far, and my  SOOC jpegs have been really solid. I'll post a couple below.

So what does your 2019 look like? What are you going to do to push your photography to the next level?

Marc Majers, Kodachrome, Fujifilm X-H1

 

 

 


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