Electronic Shutter

During my one-on-one workshop, my student was using a Fujifilm XT-1 and although my discussion is focused the theory of photography, I cannot disregard the different approach in handling this type of camera.

Fujifilm has no aperture or shutter priority in the shooting mode dial. It works like the classic camera where the aperture control is on the lens and where the auto aperture setting also resides. If you’re a DSLR user, it may take you longer than the usual to get familiar with the way settings are controlled in Fujifilm cameras.

Since I’m no expert in Fujifilm, I visited Ryan Go of F8 to give some few experts advice and true to what I’ve expected, there were a handful of info that I didn’t know. One of which that spiked my interest is the rolling shutter limitation when using electronic shutter. This happens if you turn off the mechanical shutter and let the electronic shutter control the exposure time.

My first reaction was, how come I didn’t know about this. Maybe because I had so much fun with my Canon G11 having flash sync up to 1/1000 sec. I was also experimenting a lot with Fujifilm X100s having high flash sync as well. Which part did I missed out that a rolling shutter limitation exist?

When using electronic shutter and turning of mechanical shutter, the delay in the CMOS sensor readout causes the stretched effect. This only happens when shooting at high speed setting and fast moving objects.

When using electronic shutter and turning of mechanical shutter, the delay in the CMOS sensor readout causes the stretched effect. This only happens when shooting at high speed setting and fast moving objects.

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Camera make and Sinulog Photo Contest

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the winners of Sinulog Photo Contest 2016. Secondly, I would like to personally congratulate my student Mr. Ryann Ablen for bagging the 1st place under the Contingent Category. I guess it’s try again for next year for those who didn’t make it. Maybe the Gods of luck will be on our side next time.

I will have to say that the results of the judging this year has improved. Not there yet but getting better. Kudos to the staff behind the photo contest and let’s make it better next year. Among the many congratulatory post in facebook, I stumbled upon a post by a photographer friend Carlito Felicen or more popularly know as Kangkang. He is a consistent placer and he made it again this year.

The data is taken from the metadata of the winning photos of Sinulog Photo Contest 2016.

The data is taken from the metadata of the winning photos of Sinulog Photo Contest 2016.

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Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is finally here

It’s an exciting times for the X-men this time around. I’m actually referring to Fujifilm’s new addition to their lineup. Indeed, they started the year with a bang. Fujifilm X-series is making a statement to Sony Alpha and the mirrorless market.

The first ever camera in the X-series to go beyond 16 megapixel. The X-Pro 2 is equipped with a 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor.

The first ever camera in the X-series to go beyond 16 megapixel. The X-Pro 2 is equipped with a 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor.

I have been praising Fujifilm for its classic look and state of the art functionalities from the very beginning. I tested the X100s for quite some time and spend a good quality time with XE-1 during my trip down under and I’m all smiles the entire time. There were very few frustrating experience to write about. Continue reading “Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is finally here” »

Before buying your first camera

The multi-awarded Fujifilm XT1. Mirrorless camera using X-Trans sensor that gives the sharpest image. This time, the new model XT1 IR offers Infrared features.

The multi-awarded Fujifilm XT1. Mirrorless camera using X-Trans sensor that gives the sharpest image. This time, the new model XT1 IR offers Infrared features.

As the bonuses starts pouring in, so as the consumers finally buying their prize. Before you invest on a camera, here’s some points you need to consider and maybe questions you need to answer. When you’re an impulsive buyer like me, I really wish you read this first before rushing to buy one.

Camera System 

Somewhere along your photographic journey, somebody would ask you what your camera system is. He is actually referring to what brand you are using. By default, lenses and other camera accessories only works with a particular brand.

If you’re using a Nikon camera body, then only Nikon lens, flash, triggers, etc will work on it. Your next camera body should still be Nikon so you can use your existing equipments. If ever you plan to shift brand or system, you have to sell the entire setup. Continue reading “Before buying your first camera” »

X-Trans Color Filter Array

I remember the first time I held a Fujifilm X100s, first thing I noticed is the level of sharpness. I assumed that since it has a dedicated prime lens, it has something to do with its noticeable sharpness. I also notice a significant brightness and it seems to have a wider contrast.

Fujifilm sensors are using a totally different way of capturing colors compared to the conventional sensors used in Canon, Nikon and the rest. Maybe my eyes are just attuned to the normal way an image is rendered or probably there is truth that Fujifilm sensors are really sharper than the rest.

Bayer vs X-Trans

Bayer vs X-Trans

Color Filter Array is a filter layer positioned on top of a photo-diode to capture the three primary colors which is Red, Green and Blue in a sensor. The most common CFA is a pattern developed by Dr. Bayer for Kodak thus named Bayer CFA. The design of the pattern is based on the way our eyes captures colors. Continue reading “X-Trans Color Filter Array” »

Gear Shifting

This camera mush have has its glory days

This camera must have has its glory days.

ONE time, my friend asked me if it’s a good move to shift to Fujifilm. I’ve been asked that question many times that I can almost approach it in all possible angles of argument in photography. Fujifilm must have done something right to create this fuss in the industry.

I have to admit that I cannot think of the chance that I’ll be shifting gears. Maybe in the far future, but not any time soon. Not that it’s wrong to shift, I think that I’m happy and confident with what I have today. If you’re one of the shifters, clearly, you haven’t found the right tool for you yet.

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Skills Or Gears?

Kim Hanskamp, IPhone Photography Awards

Kim Hanskamp, IPhone Photography Awards. Using Canon G11

AFTER writing about photographers shifting from one brand to the next, the most asked question I now get is this: Does your gear really matter?

If you’ll give me the option to use the latest equipment out there, without second thought, I’ll take it. Technology is an enabler. Couple it with skills, and you’ll have a broad arsenal in your hands. Continue reading “Skills Or Gears?” »

Shifting To Canon

Scott Kelby, hard core Nikon user shifted to Canon

Scott Kelby, hard core Nikon user shifted to Canon

Scrolling through the news feeds in my facebook wall, I stumbled upon a discussion of photographers shifting from Nikon to Canon. After a couple of comments, I found out that they were referring to Cebu’s respected photographers, Joe Almerez and Robo Godinez. Joe told me that there are even more. Continue reading “Shifting To Canon” »

Hyperfocal Distance

Photo By: Erwin Lim, Ayala Center Cebu, Fujifilm XE-2, 10mm, 18sec, f/16, ISO 200.

Photo By: Erwin Lim, Ayala Center Cebu, Fujifilm XE-2, 10mm, 18sec, f/16, ISO 200.

FEW weeks ago, I was asked to talk about post processing by Cebu Images Camera Club headed by Kenneth Sy. I was surprised to see my pioneering students Erwin Lim and Ted Madamba. Both representing Nikon and Fujifilm, respectively. They were the first ones to enroll on photo editing 4 years ago in my training center. Continue reading “Hyperfocal Distance” »