FUJiFILM X-T30 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T3 & X-T20

FUJiFILM X-T30 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T3 & X-T20

I’ve been using the Fuji X-T30 for about a month alongside my X-T3 and replacing my X-T20, which was my previous back up camera. This isn’t an in-depth review of all the cameras details and features or a technical break down image quality or a comparison with other cameras. Instead, it’s an overview of how good I feel the X-T30 is for shooting landscapes, and how it compares with the X-T3 and X-T20.

MAKING THE MOST OF OVERCAST WEATHER - CAPTURE TO PROCESSING

MAKING THE MOST OF OVERCAST WEATHER - CAPTURE TO PROCESSING

I love colourful sunrises and sunsets with beautiful warm golden light illuminating the landscape, but when you’ve dragged yourself out of bed in the dark and up a mountain and the weather doesn’t give you what you want, there’s still the possibility to capture stark moody landscapes.

FUJIFILM 50-140mm & 55-200mm TELEPHOTO COMPARISON FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

FUJIFILM 50-140mm & 55-200mm TELEPHOTO COMPARISON FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

I'm a big fan of telephotos for landscapes and I get asked a lot which Fuji telephoto I recommend.  In this video I compare the 55-200mm with the 50-140mm to see what the differences are between the lenses for shooting landscapes. 

FUJI X STORIES - PRECIOUS GFX

FUJI X STORIES - PRECIOUS GFX

Earlier this year I was honoured to film one of their “Precious GFX” films for the Fujifilm X Stories channel. I took the GFX 50R with me on my trip to the Dolomites in January and put together a short film about the camera. You can see the results on the Fujifilm channel and on X Series website.

FUJIFILM GFX 50R - A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REVIEW

FUJIFILM GFX 50R - A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REVIEW

I got the chance to spend two weeks in shooting in the Dolomites with the Fujifilm GFX 50R earlier this month, and here's a video review I put together. Like all my reviews it's in no way technical or focused on specs or comparisons, but instead based on my experiences shooting with the camera and working with it in the field.

FUJIFILM XF 8-16MM F2.8 - A PRACTICAL REVIEW

FUJIFILM XF 8-16MM F2.8 - A PRACTICAL REVIEW

If like me, you love shooting wide angle landscapes then the Fuji XF8-16 f2.8 lens with weather sealing has probably been on your radar since it first appeared on the Fuji roadmap last year.  I’ve been happily using the 10-24mm since I switched to Fuji about three and a half years ago, it’s my most used lens by a long way, so I’ve been wanting to have a look at this lens for while now and see if it can replace the 10-24mm as my go-to wide angle zoom.

FUJIFILM X-T3 - A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REVIEW

FUJIFILM X-T3 - A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REVIEW

I’ve been using the Fuji X-T3 for a couple of months now after upgrading from the X-T2 and in this video I’ve tried to give an overview about how good I feel the X-T3 is for shooting landscapes based on my own experience with it and previous X-T series cameras.

DJI MAVIC 2 PRO - BEST CAMERA SETTINGS & REVIEW

DJI MAVIC 2 PRO - BEST CAMERA SETTINGS & REVIEW

I’ve been using the Mavic 2 Pro for a couple of months now and it’s a big improvement over the original Mavic Pro, so here’s a brief review and  a look at the settings I’ve found which can really get the most out of the sensor.  

2 ESSENTIAL LENSES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

2 ESSENTIAL LENSES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

How many lenses do you really need for landscape photography? I really believe that two lenses is enough for the vast majority of landscape photography, and that that, the less gear we haul up a mountain with us, the lighter we travel, the clearer our mind is to make images when we get to our destination.

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

There are certain tips and pieces of advice that I find myself giving more than anything else during workshops or in response to email enquiries, and in this video I've tried to put them all together.

LAOWA 9MM f2.8 REVIEW - VIDEO

LAOWA 9MM f2.8 REVIEW - VIDEO

Since I switched to the Fuji system three years ago I've been on the lookout for a lens that I can use for shooting stars and the aurora, and while the XF14mm f2.8 is a superb lens, it's not quite wide enough for me.  

FUJIFILM X-H1 REVIEW - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

FUJIFILM X-H1 REVIEW - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

I borrowed the Fujifilm X-H1 last month and spent a week shooting with it in Tuscany comparing it with the X-T2, my usual landscape camera. This isn’t an in-depth review of all the cameras specifications and features, rather I focused on the practical differences I noticed between the two cameras while using them in the field.

FUJIFILM X-E3 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON TO THE X-T20

FUJIFILM X-E3 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON TO THE X-T20

Earlier last month I took the Fujifilm X-E3 with me on my trip to northern Norway’s Lofoten Islands to put it through it’s paces shooting landscapes. The X-E3 is a really similar camera to the X-T20 and recently I’ve been getting a few questions about which to get and what the differences are, so after Fujifilm kindly offered to lend me one I took the X-E3 with me on the trip in place of my usual X-T20.

REVIEW - WD MY PASSPORT WIRELESS SSD FOR TRAVELLING PHOTOGRAPHERS

REVIEW - WD MY PASSPORT WIRELESS SSD FOR TRAVELLING PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD is the latest iteration of a portable back up hard drive that WD started with the Ultra a few years ago, and for me is an absolutely essential piece of kit for any travelling photographer.

FUJIFILM X-T20 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

FUJIFILM X-T20 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

My first Fuji camera back in 2015 was the X-T10 which I bought at the time with the intention of using as a back up camera to my Nikon D800E. I was immediately impressed with what a pleasure it was to use and how good the image quality was. It also struck me that it was laudable of Fuji to give exactly the same sensor and image quality from their flagship cameras to a lower end model.

FUJI GFX 50S LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

FUJI GFX 50S LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

The Fujifilm GFX 50S really is a game changer for Fuji. A medium format mirrorless camera, it combines the company’s heritage of classic medium format film cameras like the G690, GS645 and G617 with their retro mirrorless digitalX Series. It’s a fascinating combination and makes sense for a company like Fuji to fuse their decades of experience of medium format film systems with their brilliant mirrorless digital cameras to create a large mirrorless medium camera system that targets users of professional full frame systems like the Nikon D810, the Canon 5DR and the Sony A7R2.

DJI MAVIC PRO - BEST SETTINGS

DJI MAVIC PRO - BEST SETTINGS

I've been playing around with the Mavic Pro for about 3 months now, getting more confident with flying it and trying to get the best out of the drone.  I've experimented with both the camera and gimbal settings to try to get the footage looking as smooth as possible, and last week headed out to the forests of Sintra at sunrise to make a short video about what I've found works best.

The camera is sensitive to sharpening.  Reduce it too much and the Mavics noise reduction turns shadows into mush, removing detail that's impossible to put back in editing, but have the sharpening too high and it produces a lot of artefacts and moiré in repeated detail.  

FUJIFILM X-T2 REVIEW

FUJIFILM X-T2 REVIEW

First off, this isn’t really a review, it’s more an overview of how I feel about the camera after using it since it arrived in November. After 4 months I feel I’ve got to know the camera pretty well, but like my blogs about the X-T1 and X-T10 when I first switched to Fuji, this is in no way meant to be a technical review or a full look at every one of it’s features. There are plenty of those already on the internet, DPreview has probably the best in depth technical review of the camera and all it’s features. Instead I’ll focus on the improvements over the X-T2 that I’ve found particularly useful, and how the camera feels to use for landscape and travel photography.

A little background to start: It’s been about a year an a half since my switch from Nikon to Fuji, and over those 18 months I’ve been constantly impressed by pretty much everything about the Fuji X System and Fujifilms approach to their cameras and lenses.

LEARNING TO FLY A DRONE PART 2: STILL IMAGE QUALITY

LEARNING TO FLY A DRONE PART 2:  STILL IMAGE QUALITY

Since I got hold of the DJI Mavic Pro last month I've been slowly trying to get to grips with flying and filming with drones, as well as filming and editing in general. While I principally bought the drone for shooting video I am also interesting in it's capabilities for still photography, particularly as I'll be in Iceland later this year and I'd like to have a go at some abstract aerial images of glaciers and rivers. So I decided to experiment with the RAW images on the Mavic and create a video review for my Youtube channel while I was doing it.

I headed out to shoot a sunrise at Portinho da Arrabida, but it was really windy which limited how much drone flying I could do...still, I did manage to get a few photographs that I could experiment with in Lightroom.

LEARNING TO FLY A DRONE WITH THE DJI MAVIC PRO

LEARNING TO FLY A DRONE WITH THE DJI MAVIC PRO

I've been fascinated by drones for a number of years and tempted to get one. The thing that has always put me off is how big and bulky they are. Even a smaller drone like the DJI Phantom is a cumbersome object that fills it's own backpack. There's no way I could see being able to incorporate a drone like that into my shooting kit, which I like to keep as small and lightweight as possible. I knew that what would happen with a drone like that would be that it would get left behind more often than not as taking it with me would mean leaving other things behind or carrying very large and bulky bag.

So when DJI announced the Mavic Pro back in October I was really intrigued. After reading the first reviews, I ordered one and then waited for it to arrive. And waited...