White water canoeing, Fuji X-T2 - PJ020028

Slow start with the Fuji X-T2, first impressions

I picked up my pre-ordered Fuji X-T2 the morning they went on sale. Unfortunately I put my back out the same day; no the X-T2 is not that heavy! But the back problem meant I struggled to walk, sit or even drive for nearly a month so I was largely limited to snapshot mode with my new toy.

sport, Fuji X, compact system camera, mirrorless, Fuji X-T2
Counter demonstration, EDL March - PH060112

Being professional, preparation and planning

I accept I had become too casual about my photography, and it was brought home to me covering recent news events. Carefree was fine when it was an occasional exercise, now, with my writing, it is my principal way of life. I have to be much more professional if it is going to pay its way.

business planning, business, photojournalism, stock photography, preparation, access, rights
English Defence League march, Nottingham - PH060098

Completing the transition to Fuji X system

As far as my equipment is concerned I am in the final stages of transition to just using a Fuji X system. I have sold my extensive Canon kit; the money from that sale is now waiting for the arrival of Fuji X-T2s and some accessories that I have on order.

Fuji X, news, planning
Ship-board photography - PE05008

Photography on board ship, avoiding sea-sick images

I recently spent a pleasant week on a small ship, actually a working boat, enjoying a cruise along the Norwegian fjords. Another photographer raised the question about getting a steady platform for a camera on a moving ship.

stability, hand-holding, motion, camera-shake
It is not always difficult to engage and get permission! PG3100176

Photographers—are we shy, lazy or unimaginative?

In a recent podcast Brookes Jenson, editor of "Lenswork"—the art photography magazine, discussed his analysis of submissions to its photo-art book project which showed that the most popular subject, by far, were of mannequins and abandoned places. He asked whether photographers were generally shy, or I would ask lazy or unimaginative? It got me wondering if similar was true of stock photography.

business, planning, engagement, permission, confidence, shy, easy
Fuji X-T1, wear and tear - PH010002

Launch of the Fuji X-T2, timely, patience needed

I am very happy with the Fuji X-T1, it does almost everything I need from a camera. So it works hard and I could really do with a second body for some jobs and as a backup. So I keep hanging my nose over an X-Pro2 even though I have an X-T2 on order

Fuji X-T1, Fuji X-T2, mirrorless, compact system camera, Fuji X
Teachers' strike, 2013 - MJ01007

Dilemma - chase the big news stories?

As regular readers will know I am at an early stage of redeveloping my freelance photography and writing business after a major change of career. I am still building my network, establishing sources and identifying opportunities for news and feature items. My sales channels too are still very immature.

news, national, protest, reportage
Newspapers, in Sevilla - LJ14080

Getting to the source of news and stories

My challenge now is finding news and other stories for both my photography and writing. I need to rebuild my network of both news sources and potential clients. I hope readers will be able to help.

sources, news, stories, business
New start, back on track

Sabbatical ends, full steam back to former career

As Easter approaches I am coming to the end of my sabbatical. I took a year off to properly understand the opportunity I had to change my life and what I want to do with it. I have sorted my ideas out and it is full steam ahead. Exciting times.

startup, new start, journalism
Wholeheartedly Fuji X

I am now purely a Fuji photographer. Everything else is gone.

All my none-Fuji cameras, lenses and accessories have gone; I have acted on my decision of a few weeks ago. It has all been packed up and sent for sale on commission. All 40kg (90lb)of it!

Fuji X, mirrorless, compact system camera, camera system


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