There are a great many things to discuss here. For one, this blog should get a lot more active since I have made the decision to not use my Facebook business page as my "mini" blog anymore. I tried, it just wasn't what I wanted and now Facebook is making changes to any business page, changes which just make using the page tedious at best.
So, my posts here will increase and some may be smallish in size since they may just be about some work done recently, or even just something I have observed but this is where those things will be. With that, let's get started!
This past week was interesting from a image post processing standpoint. Adobe, long a hated or little admired software provider by many, decided to eliminate their perpetual license and just stick with a subscription based model to license their software. Something they started five years a go. Well, it was poorly received by some of the public. I think the numbers are small but if you run a site and your site's comments have 56 or 60 people commenting about it then for sure those 56/60 represent everyone and therefore its a majority. This majority seems to think this announcement means Adobe is going to take your Lightroom files freely and have their way with them. In the cloud. As often as they want. And you can do nothing. Well, negative Ghostrider...if Adobe went totally cloud based tomorrow and said your processed files will have to be saved in their cloud, you have the option of going along or simply taking your files and playing elsewhere. Your files will always be your files. Mark Galer, a photographer, wrote an article explaining things pretty well and if you can understand logic, you should be able to understand his comments.
I've been doing a fair amount of work with my Fuji cameras. I am glad to report, they are all super to work with and I am a happy camper. The industry has been pretty active with new cameras too, like the Nikon D850, the Sony A7R III and somethings from Olympus as well as others. Many options and along with all those options come the inevitable comparisons of each new camera to each other new camera and the older ones from ANY manufacturer which is still making them. When will this all stop? Is camera A better than B because it is 1 stop better in dynamic range in months with 30 days, on the second Tuesday at ISO 100 when the sun shines? You would be lead to believe that your customers are all going to capitulate and move to another photographer using that incrementally better camera. For sure. Please folks, there is so much work being done with older Nikons, Canons and other brands...far more than with newer cameras. Ignore this click bait internet trolling...PLEASE!
So speaking of Fuji cameras, it has taken me some time to learn the GFX 50s but oh what a camera. For my needs, this camera is my workhorse. Of the negatives, besides price, the biggest issue is that the files are pretty big. So is the camera. It is DSLR sized. It's lenses, which are just over the top other worldly good, are also very large. And heavy. Even working in a fixed studio or location, you lug this system around for a day and your wrist knows it. So I have been using a tripod and monopod much more and its actually pretty nice. My images are ultra sharp, and I think the tripod has a bit to do with that. Conversely, when I'm running and gunning or the tripod legs just can't fit where I am shooting, then the X-T2 and/or the X-Pro2 fills in perfectly. Again, the X system glass is superb and I get no complaints from my clients. At this point I am getting the colors I want, I can readily shoot JPG out of camera if needed and do so knowing I will get wonderful images. I know the sensors pretty well so I can expose for a certain look, and if I am shooting RAW, I have a lot of options available to make my work standout.
The GFX 50s images from above where quite the challenge since they share 2-3 different color temp light sources. Still the files are easy to work with in post and I was able to balance the color although it was tedious and took some time doing to by hand. I dug out my Passport Colorchecker Photo and will be using that in the future for this client. Below are a few head shots taken for a customer and again, wonderful files to work with.
Not to ignore the go-to Fuji X system, these shots below are some of the detail shots taken for a design studio. I've found that the GFX 50s used for the bulk of the room and room segment work combined with the X-T2 and a 35mm 1.4 provides a nice one, two combo for working a room fast. I shoot the GFX 50s on the tripod in the room using my flash + room light + lighting fixtures light then grab the X-T2 and at f/1.4 I can shoot in available light although at times I do have another controller mounted and often use flash for the detail as well.
Yeah, overall my recent changes to my camera equipment followed by my moving to Godox from Profoto, has been successful. I'm working more, and with me still not having a studio (could be close. Very close.) I am working on location exclusively so its nice to have systems that are transportable and not too cumbersome. My "new" changes are getting old now but I have to say, nothing has really interested me and if anything, being set in my equipment choices has me focusing more on my work and how to use my equipment versus wondering if some piece of new stuff is going to make me so much better at what I do.