Photographers are lot of the times not only obsessed about the quality of the pictures but also about the tools they are using. We’re considering the cameras as our tool to get the job done, but it’s not a mystery that lot of the time, we’re looking to an item that can give us satisfaction and not frustration when we are shooting.
I remember my first class of photography I took around 14 years ago: at the time (the year 2002) the digital reflex where kind of expensive and limited in the quality of images recorded. There was the big debate about analogue vs digital and who was the best one. In those years there was no mach: analogue photography was still an edge over the digital world.
I think the evolution of smartphone photography is quite amazing. In just some year we had phones with better and better camera. We can capture images with a quality that until some years ago only a professional reflex could achieve. LG in this years pushed so much with their smartphone and it seams that the new device that will be presented next week (the LG G5) will be even better with dedicated external photography module (a sort of hand grip for photography and a 360º camera). So here's my test using the LG G4 a smartphone that is worth to get in consideration even now that the new one will be out to the market in some weeks. The reason is that in this moment the price is quite low compared to the new version and the device is very capable.
Recently in October I had the big satisfaction to be invited in Canada from my friend Igor, co-founder of MiniMax company. They are one of the sponsors for the Calgary Film Festival. I was in charge to take some photos during the closing ceremony (you can see the photos of the event at this link here). Well, my trip there was off course a great moment to travel a bit around and discover the beautiful nature of Canada. So my main visit during those days was at Banff National park: it's a very wide area that offers some amazing views over lakes (like Lake Louise) and unique ski resort places for winter sports.
I loved the night. First of all there was shown the best ten short movies selected by the festival jury: each of them had something unique, going from drama to irony, psychological introspection to sweet stories of everyday life. The dress code and style of the night was thinking about the ’30ies years. I’ve to say that no one had disappointed with that: every guest had a particular and unique touch in the style of the evening that made the atmosphere inside the theatre so special.
Slovenia has a beautiful natural area that every year hosts travellers from around the world, attracted by the charm of forests, crystal clear rivers and the huge underground caves. In this context, the Triglav’s park is an excellent destination for a nice and relaxing vacation. There are so many interesting points to take pictures! During our trip we stopped in Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec following some of the suggested itineraries, such as the one that brings in Tolmiska Korita. The photos below were taken with the Fuji X100T, a very small camera easy to carry with you on all the occasions! A feature that Fuji X100T has and it proved to be very useful is the native ND filter that lowers exposure to 3 stops: I’ve used it in the opening photo of this article. By activating this filter and stepping down the aperture to f/16 you are able to take the photos with the exposure time of one second so you obtain the effect of moving water!
Photo session in the studio with Veronica. For these pictures I wanted to use both the Fuji X-T1 with the 35mm f/1.4 and the Canon 5D Mk2 with 100mm macro. The big problem I had was with the wireless flash trigger that would not work well with Fuji. Then I’ve worked only with continuous light using the modeling lamp of the flash by lifting a bit the Iso and managing the light i was having. I created the contrast of the last images using only a beauty dish: I love the kind of light that you can get with this modifier!