Happy (belated) New Year! When I started this blog, it was to:
- Challenge myself in my thinking about photography (7 habits “sharpening the saw”)
- Share my experience with those starting in photography (appeasing the teacher in me)
- Share my experience with products to help others avoid any pitfalls (contributing back to the community)
So, did this happen this year? Yes, yes and yes.
And what did I learn from my first full year of blogging? It is darn hard!
Writing about 2 posts a week (one about equipment and one about photography) adds up to over 100 posts! The writing is hard. Despite it looking like I’m just writing of the cuff, I actually try to structure it, rearrange it and reduce it when it gets wordy. Plus, it’s tough getting photos to illustrate the points while working a full time (non-photo) job, and being a husband and being a father to two busy daughters! And getting a tic bite that included some nasty symptoms that knocked me on my butt didn’t help!
But now to the recap.
In 2016, I went 100% Fuji. No more DSLRs.
- Will I ever go back to Canon or try out another brand? Maybe. I am not brand loyal. I pursue equipment that can capture what I see with the least hassle and cost.
- So far this is working out for kid’s soccer and middle school cross country
I experimented with:
- Lens extensions
- Ring lights
- (And pretty much everything with the X100T)
I made several How To’s but here are some of my favorites:
- DIY Dual Camera Harness
- Super simple seamless background out of posterboard
- Simple 360° product animation
- Capturing middle school cross country
Additional new equipment for 2016 included:
- The beautiful Fuji XF 50-140mm
- The enagmatic Fuji X100T
- A new Vanguard 46 backpack (small and quick)
- The Spiderlight hand strap (just feels so good)
And, of course with new equipment comes modifications
What is up next?
- I’m planning on getting a Velbon Ultra 655(A) tripod to get me to use a tripod more often. If you want to change a behavior or use something more:
- take away the obstacles
- I love how quick-and-easy my Velbon Ultrastick extends and contracts
- The Ultra would be lighter than my very old Bogen.
- and make it part of the natural workflow (store it in the car?)
- take away the obstacles
- A Fuji X-T2 would be a wonderful addition (thumb focus point selector, faster and more accurate focus, 24MP (more flexibility to crop))
- This spring might be the last kid’s soccer season that I shoot (for a while) due to my youngest growing too old for non-competitive league.
- Continue to expore time lapse photography.