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
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
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.
New York Fashion week is upon us once again and I have the luxury of covering some of the events/shows that will be going on. This will be my first official media pass coverage as last year I photographed as part of the staff. My gear that I am taking with me today consist of my canon 5DS and 5D Mklll body’s the lenses are: sigma 120-300 2.8, sigma 50 1.4, canon 24-70 2.8, and canon 85 1.2. I am excited about the events I will cover this week and will bring back some lovely pictures to share in my follow up posts have fun and keep shooting!!!!
Photography is the process of chasing and capturing light. Photography is more than just simply finding a subject and taking a picture of it, long ago there were those who argued that in no way was photography an art because they felt that there was no creativity involved. To me photography involves capturing light and shaping it into something beautiful, when we see an intriguing photo what we are in fact seeing is the quality of the light, and the presence of light or the lack there of.
Street Photography to me is an expression of an way of life to the people it portrays. It picks up fragments that were left from life lessons, tragedies, joy, and happiness. It captures individuals and circumstances in the most vulnerable of times.
In that moment of that 1/200th or even 1/4000th of a second it takes to capture that moment how has the world changed around you? The Desive Moment to me is that moment between pressing the shutter and the moment you capture your image. In the past few weeks I’ve been exploring more into the street photography world studying some of the the greats and the ones out there producing amazing work. So I’m curious what does street photography mean to you???