Printing Your Photography 

In a time of Facebook, Twitter, and instagram fewer and fewer photographers are printing their work.  With the bright displays of cellphones, tablets, and laptops nobody is actually picking up books, or even viewing pictures in their physical form, but there are a few of us that like to hold up a print and marvel at it, or enjoy the excitement in others when they receive a printed picture of themselves.  Some of favorite photographers that I draw inspiration from are those who encourage printing your work or creating photo books a few that you can find on YouTube are Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography I just love his channel if you do follow his channel please go check it out right now he has weekly photo assignments that involves showing your work printed in a journal, another person is Peter McKinnon who just recently made a video about prints, and one other I really enjoy is Matt Day all very talented photographers.   One quote that I found very inspirational when I was first getting into photography is “If you live for photography but none of your work is hanging on the wall, or if you live for nature but have nothing that reminds you of nature in your home, then there is a disconnect” by Art Wolfe. This is very true and I follow that now throughout my home you will find photographs of my work, and others in photo albums or journals and I would rather see my work in that perspective where I can enjoy it everyday in physical form.  Tell me do you print your work? What is your inspiration for printing photographs? And do you still hand out photographs to people? Thank you and if you don’t follow me yet please do, and if you are on instagram follow me there also @dewon.wilson, and @deewilsonphotography 

What are you shooting with, and what is your go to camera and lens combo? 

Hello and greetings everyone I just wanted to get out a really quick post.  I often get asked what’s in your camera bag or what are you shooting with? So to answer that question is my main bodies are canon’s 5Ds, and an 80D and the lenses I use with those bodies I’m going to start off with my favorite and probably one of the most underrated lens.

  1. Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens omg the colors, sharpness, and rendering I get from the lens have been unmatched. 
  2. Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 aka the black mamba wow is all I can say about this lens unbelievable lens but this lens weighs a ton but image quality is awesome.
  3. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 version 2 lens I don’t think I have to say much about the quality you get for the lens. 
  4. Canon 135mm f/2 lens probably the sharpest lens from canon next to my favorite 180mm macro.
  5.  Sigma 20mm f/1.4 wide angle this lens is sharp edge to edge minimum to zero distortion in my opinion just a great lens especially for weddings and events.
  6.  Last but not least and definitely no slouch when it comes to image quality straight out of camera is the Sigma art 50mm f/1.4 lens just plain awesomeness no more to be said about that Lol. 

Now my secondary and walk around camera bodies (questionably being made into the starting lineup) are my Fuji Film’s X-Pro2, and recently acquired X-T2 the lenses for these are.

  1. The Fuji 35mm f/2 WR lens (35mm equivalent of just over 50mm) Really sharp even wide open I really can’t explain how sharp, and how Fuji lenses render color, with outstanding micro contrast.  
  2. 23mm f/2 WR lens (35mm equivalent of 35mm lens) awesome, awesome lens almost epic in my opinion my only con is that it can be a little soft when shot close up with the aperture wide open.
  3. The 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 variable aperture (35mm equivalent of 83-300mm) I just wrote a review about this lens, flat out this is a very good underrated sharp lens.  This lens has been on my X-T2 for the past week without being removed I think there might be a part 2 to the review about this 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens.
  4. And the most recently acquired 16mm f/1.4 lens (35mm equivalent of 24mm) I have yet to completely finish testing this lens as it was just acquired so review is forthcoming.  Many Fuji shooters say this is the best fuji lens made to date we will see.  

Lighting wise I have a Canon 600 RT, and Nikon sp700 flashes, but those rarely get used.  If I need to light a scene or person I use Profoto gear I have a B1, and B2 location kits With modifiers.  In my opinion Profoto is one of the top 5 lighting systems and consistent with their light output.  

Let me know what your system is for creating your photography.  Check me out and follow me on instagram: @dewon.wilson, and @deewilsonphotography On Tumblr at Photographs by Dewon Wilson.  Thank you for your support.

A Great Steal!!!! 

Today when I woke up as usual I check out used camera, and lens deals especially for Fuji Film and to my surprise and shock, I seen a Fuji 16mm F/1.4 lens.  If you get the excitement in that the 16mm F1.4 is like the holy grail of the Fuji shooters life Lol.  Not only was it on the used department but for the price of $659.00 did you get that $659.00 in great condition.  Brand new this lens retails for $1,000.00.  In regards the popularity of this lens is phenomenal to many it’s regarded to the best, and sharpest lens Fuji has made.  But I’m going to put this lens to the test and will get back with images and my review of this lens.  

Review of the Fuji 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8 Lens

Welcome to another blog post today I’m writing about the Fuji 55-200mm variable aperture lens. While I’ve had this lens for a few months I have not taken it through the paces or shot with it very much so I decided to pop it on my X-T2 and shoot with it exclusively for the past three days.   I have to say this lens is pretty good, before I continue let me say that this lens also has in body optical image stabilization (OIS) in Fuji terms.  Back to what I was saying this lens is pretty good on the Fuji bodies it gives a 35mm equivalent of about 83-300mm which makes it ideal for portraits, some sports, and telephoto needs.  So to test this lens I did a series of different shots I took it on a walk with me on a trail, I did some in house Available light shots of my son, and took it out to a night triple A minor league baseball game let’s check out some of the images I captured.


This lens functioned well beyond my expectation auto focus was quick only time focus was missed it was due to user error with the focus point definitely not a lens to be underestimated.  I can’t leave out about how well built this lens is not all metal but does have a metal lens mount with decent weight to it and you can get up to approximately 3-4 stops of image stabilization.  

So who is this lens for?  This lens is for the photographer like me who wants a lens that will cover your short, and medium telephoto range for portraits and do so at a relatively reasonable F/ stop 3.5-4.8 and give you that little extra reach for some sports and action where comparable lenses at this focal length is around F/ 5-6.3 so you also gain a little more light resolving sensitivity while also having a fairly reasonable price range at $699.00 brand new with the next offering from Fuji being the 50-140mm F/2.8 (35mm equivalent 75-210mm) coming in at a whopping $1,599.00 brand new.  

Will this lens get the job done?  Most certainly and will do so with minimal if any limitations at all with cameras able to function at higher ISO’s and the lens able to operate at lower shutter speeds due to the image stabilization this lens is a winner…  As always thank you for your support if you’re new to the blog check me out and follow me on my instagram pages @dewon.wilson, and @deewilsonphotography

Mobile editing Apps. On your tablets and cell phone or PC and Mac based programs for editing your photography?

With more photographers downsizing there gear and making the switch from the bulky DSLR’s and jumping into the smaller slimmer  mirrorless market is the desktop and laptop market also taking a hit?  For my workflow I find that I am picking up one of my iPads to do my post processing over my laptop 97% of the time and my surface pro 3 the rest of the time totally phasing out the heavier and bigger laptop.  

So what’s the reason for this shift?  For me the shift to the iPad for my post processing is it’s convenience, the iPad is one of those pieces of equipment that you always have with you.  The iPad is multi purpose and I tend to use it for reading books, as my calendar, typing notes and creating documents so it replaces a few things that I would have normally carried in my bag.  The iPad is my go to tool because of the ease of transferring my images from my camera and SD card either through wifi or an accessory attachment and being able to use the RAW/DNG file is a great plus.  And you can’t forget about  size and weight in my last blog I spoke about my switch from DSLR to the Fuji mirrorless system as my day to day setup I spoke about my back surgeries and the necessity to carry lighter gear.  

I use the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil I have both the 12.9 and the 9.7 inch versions, the 12.9 is the one I keep home and the smaller 9.7 is my travel iPad that stays in my bag.  With using these devices they open a new world of tools to use when editing your photos my favorites include adobe Lightroom mobile, Snapseed, Pixelmator, and Photoshop express.

Tell me what you use for editing your photos, and also what program or apps. You use, also check out below some photos edited using my iPad Pro and mobile apps and as always check me out and follow me on instagram @dewon.wilson and @deewilsonphotography.

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My Probable Switch To The Fuji X Camera System???

I’ve always heard the praises of the Fuji X cameras, but after my stint with Sony mirrorless cameras I didn’t want to venture down that road again.  That was until I started researching for smaller alternatives instead of my bigger Canon DSLR’s, something more versatile than my Leica Q, and something just as fun, and better or comparable image quality to my Leica M-E.  After searching and searching I discovered the Fuji X- series cameras a small powerful mirrorless camera system that’s fun to shoot with and has amazing image quality.  

First I picked up the Fuji X-T10, this camera blew me away the image quality I was getting was out of this world I’m talking straight out of camera jpegs.  After shooting with this camera for a few weeks I started selling off some of my gear to finance a few lenses and one of Fuji’s flagship cameras the X-Pro2.  There were a few things that attracted me to the X-Pro2 was first it has dual memory card slots which is absent from all of the Sony mirrorless offerings (A7 and 6xxx series) if you’re a photographer who do professional work I don’t have to explain the significance of having a backup of your work.  The second thing is the size and style of the camera the camera is half the size and weight of my Canon 5Ds, 5D mklll, and a third the size of my 80D.  I absolutely love my Canon gear which I still have the 80D, and 5Ds for the time being but rarely use them now one reason was that after my spinal fusion in June of 2016 the weight of the body plus the lenses became very burdensome on my back when walking for extended periods of time and when working off tripod.  My go-to lens was the sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 which is a large lens but optically it amazing but because of my surgery and the weight of this lens with my 5Ds tops 10lbs I think that says enough on why size and weight matters for me.

The other part of that is the style and when you look at the X-T10, and X-Pro2 the design screams sleek and sexy these cameras do not compromise style and design for image quality each camera reminiscent of old school film cameras and rangefinders with great build quality Fuji is doing an awesome job with these X-Series cameras.  

The real test for me with these cameras is coming up next week for NYFW17 where I plan on using these cameras for the behind the scenes shoot, and the runway shows themselves I don’t think they will disappoint I will post a couple images at the conclusion of this post that I have already taken with these cameras, all images are straight out of camera with no editing done.

So in concluding so far these Fuji X cameras have already made me a believer the touch on every thing I look for in a camera reliability, image quality, size and weight, and if I’m having fun shooting with it. Please follow me on instagram: @dewon.wilson and @deewilsonphotography

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