Teck Talk: Cameras

About a year ago, I made the jump to change my entire shooting system from Canon to Fujifilm. And for me, it’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made in for my photography journey. I have been looking to simplify my shooting process for so long. To let me mind lead rather than getting wrapped up in the vortex of equipment. Of course, how good your photograph is, is not determined by how updated/expensive your camera is. All that said, despite me getting so many DMs about my gear, this is still just me saying the Fuji system works for me best and sharing my experience. And hope you guys find it somewhat useful!

很常收到大家私訊問拍照的問題,特別是關於使用的相機跟修圖軟體。約一年前,我把手邊 Canon 系統的相機、鏡頭等換成富士的,然後我真心覺得這是目前在攝影方面做過最好的決定。以前,我也會被型號啊、新舊機型跟鏡頭多少顆這些問題給搞得頭昏腦脹,讓攝影這件事變得很複雜,不過當我脫手大部分的器材後,發現我居然更愛享受拍照的過程了。一切從零開始,一台工作相機、一台旅遊相機,鏡頭也一顆而已,反而不再被比較心態綁架,專注的靠雙眼與快門來完成心中的影像。所以我想說的是,不是擁有最好的相機才能拍出最好的照片,一切都關於使用感受,而正好,富士是適合我的拍攝方式,特別得心應手。所以心得僅供參考唷,大家還是要做好功課才去買相機,知道嗎(笑)

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Fuji X100f with 23MM F/2 fix lens

What I use it for:

Personal Travels, Most Social Media Content. Anything that needs accessibility and ease.

What I don’t use it for:

Work-related imagery & content

Pros:

Honestly, if you want a camera that doesn’t need interchangeable lenses, small to take with you everywhere, or just a simple travel camera - look in to the x100 range. They have amazing image quality and for the price you’re are paying for - it’s 100% worth it! They preform well in low light too.

Cons:

You can’t change lenses with this one, and 23mm can be too far for some circumstances. Personally, I’ve been shooting fix lens mostly for my entire life, so I’m quite use too moving around, but do bare this in mind.

什麼時候使用呢?
個人、和家庭或朋友旅遊的時候。紀錄日常、咖啡廳放空心得。或是任何需要以「輕便」為主的拍攝情況。

什麼時候不使用?

工作與產品照,需要大量 focus 在細節的時候。


優點

老實說,如果想找一款平常與旅遊都能用隨身的相機,我非常推薦去看看 x100 這個系列(記得要做功課!)。這台小相機的畫質真的非常好,大部分的情況下銳利度也都足夠。晚上拍攝也沒有太大問題。個人覺得這樣的價錢能有這樣的價錢真的太讓人滿意了(建議去日本比價)。

缺點

鏡頭不能換。我個人已經習慣不利用鏡頭拉近或拉遠,直接靠走動來抓自己想要的畫面。當然有時候,環境並不允許我們瘋狂走動,這時候 23mm 就會變得很不方便,這點需要考量。

shot on fujifilm x100f

shot on fujifilm x100f

shot on fujifilm x100f

shot on fujifilm x100f

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shot on fujifilm x-h1 in 56mm lens

shot on fujifilm x-h1 in 56mm lens

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens

Fuji X-H1with 35mm F/1.4 lens

What I use it for:
Client shoots, Editorials, Products Shoots, Collaborative Blog Posts/Social Media Posts, Fashion Week, Prints etc.

What I don’t use it for:

When I’m out and about for a normal day shooting everyday life. Or when I’m not travelling for work.

Pros:

After renting a Fujifilm for a month, I’m fully converted. I really didn’t want to go back to my large DSLR cameras. This one is in mid-frame, and it’s perfect for my size - creating perfect imagery without making your arms sore too much (they still sore till the end of the day, but not as much as my old Canon).

Cons:

Though it’s considered small for most mid-frames but it can still get in the way. But like I said, I use this one for work, so I would obviously have my big backpack with me. Again, not as travel-friendly as the x100 ranges.

什麼時候使用呢?
基本上任何跟工作有關的都是用這台。棚拍、部落格產品照、活動側拍、時裝周、或是想要打印出來的影像。

什麼時候不使用?

個人旅遊、記錄日常的時候。基本上任何跟工作無關的東西。

優點

在購買前,我其實租了一台來使用。一個月後,發現不管是手感、使用方式、介面和產出的影像,都非常符合我想要的感覺(左手邊為作品),也挺適合我的工作型態,就決定入手了。這是一台中篇幅的相機,但我覺得完全不輸任何大砲或單眼(換之前我自己也是單眼愛好者),重量對女生來說也還行,不會像之前那樣全身酸痛得很嚴重。

缺點

雖然說比起其他單眼已經算輕了,但攜帶起來也不是太方便。特別是當你換某些鏡頭的時候,如果喜歡走瀟灑與輕便路線的人,可能會在旅遊中覺得麻煩。電池也比較容易沒電,然後快們聲很小,拍攝的時候模特兒或身邊的團隊有些時候會聽不到,特別是音樂放很大聲的時候(笑)

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens / edited through lightroom

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens / edited through lightroom

Editing Software

On the Computer

Photoshop

I use photoshop for detail editing. Getting rid of finger prints, when there is a random pedestrian on my street shots anything that’s sort of bothering me in the image.

Lightroom

Perhaps my favourite part of editing. Experimenting on contrast/saturation/ exposure/crop/clarity/details and etc. To me, this is the software to really bring out your personal style, because everyone sees a raw image differently.

On the Phone

VSCO

I normally only use photos taken by my phone for stories. A6 is my favourite filter, and perhaps the only filter I use. I like to bring it down so it doesn’t look to fake.

PICA

I only use it for the vintage grain effects I’m currently obsessed with.

修圖軟體

電腦上

Photoshop

細節的處裡一般來說都是在 Photoshop 完成。譬如產品上的指紋啦,或是一些有些突兀的路人,我都會用它。

Lightroom

Lightroom 應該是最愛的編修程式了,我喜歡透過色調、對比、曝光、細節強弱跟冷暖色等等來呼應應拍攝當下的感受以及突顯個人風格。畢竟,即便是同樣的角度,每個人所看到的與想要呈現的故事依舊不同。

手機上

VSCO

我其實很少分享用手機拍出的照片,一般都是拿來錄影比較多。如果有的情況,都會用 VSCO 的 A6 濾鏡來做處理,不過我會把強度調低一點,才不濾鏡感這麼強。


PICA

最近新發現的手機軟體,不過我只會用它來增加粒子創造一點復古的感覺。

shot on fujiflm x100f /edited through lightroom

shot on fujiflm x100f /edited through lightroom

 

Like I mentioned before, these are just what works for me in my situations. It is always good to google as much as you can before purchasing a camera (or anything in general). I probably watched 20 youtube videos, read countless blog reviews before I went on and RENT a Fujifilm X Series to try it out, this might sound surprising but I actually don’t own a lot lens, I rent most of them. Hope this post answers some of your questions. And if there is anything you’d like to know more about, feel free to comment below x

好咧,這就是我工作、旅遊和日常用的相機跟拍攝習慣。還是那句老話,請大家一定要多查資料、到店裡親自把玩試試手感再決定。像我自己,就是看了無數個 Youtube 影片、部落格文章與論壇才決定要去「租」一台來試試。其實,我覺得選相機就跟交朋友一樣,一台合適的相機,就像找到了相見恨晚的投機好友,能夠陪伴你創造更多精彩、過癮的回憶。希望這篇有回答到平常私訊中的疑問,有任何問題也歡迎留言討論唷,我們下次見。

*this isn’t a sponsored post, i’m just a Fujifilm camera/system lover

 
 

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