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

 
 

@mstiffanyyang

 

life lately

I'm writing to you guys in my new apartment (sort of ), at the eve of my 3rd month since I moved to Melbourne. I know this sounds a bit poetic, but nothing will really change. I will wake up, eat breakfast & reply emails for my freelance work, go to my other job, write, brainstorm shoots, plan shoots, and drink hot chocolate. Just as I have done for the past 3 months.

But we can start from all the thing that had happened since 3 months ago.

凌晨兩點,剛修完手邊的一批照片。看了一下行事曆,才發現明天下午兩點就是我正式搬入新公寓的第三個月。聽起來滿值得紀念的,但即便如此,白天的行程並不會因此有太的改變。依舊要七點起來上班、回個人電郵、計畫下一場拍攝的大小事,準備部落格要用的文字與影像,然後在回家路上買杯最愛的熱可可。聽起來很規律,但其實就算每天面對同樣的事項,要著手的部分都不可能一樣。來到墨爾本後,就陸陸續續收到很多人的私訊問我是來做什麼的?是啊,當初我的確沒有講太多,就毫無預警的再度離開台灣。所以今天就來篇小日記吧(笑)

來和大家聊聊,這三個月到底發生了些什麼事呢?

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one. my photo series 首先,我的個人作品集 _

3 months ago, I arrived Melbourne with 2 big suitcases. I had the biggest plans, and the hope of everything will work out smoothly. It was one the most positive periods of my life. Until I realised how naive I was. I had only one client, but multiple bills to pay. I will be refreshing my emails every hour, and nothing will come up. That's when I found out what I was lacking - a local portfolio. I started reaching out to people, pitching brands & other creatives if they'd like to work together, that's how Dusk to Dawn happened. Now I have a brilliant team of girls (and boys!), that are so good at their craft, and I always refer back to them when I need to do a shoot.

今年三月,我充滿希望的拖著兩個大行李箱上了飛機。有著無數個計畫,卻也伴隨了記當頭棒喝。發現自己好像把以自由接案人的身份出國生活這件事想得太簡單了。剛開始的一個月,我只接到了一個客戶,身上卻壓著各種帳單和房租的壓力,覺得自己進的很少,出的卻非常多。每過一個小時都會來檢查信箱,像個失業人士般很急切地尋找浮木。後來,與同行的朋友吃了頓飯,才發現我最大的盲點。我缺少與當地產業有關的作品集,加上還是個菜鳥新人在圈子裡認識的人也不多,才顯得寸步難行。於是,我開始主動像造型師、化妝師、髮型師與小眾品牌聯絡,也造就了 Dusk to Dawn 這個作品的誕生。現在,我身邊有個我既欣賞又信任的小團隊,大家同樣對好的影像有堅持,同樣正在起步努力。而近期的接到的案子,只要廠商願意,我都會找他們進來,大家互相切磋、鼓勵。

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This editorial will be published on an independent magazine from LA. I can't say much yet, but will definitely let you guys know when the issue is released later this August. I'm also currently just showcasing volume 1 of the shoot, 2 & 3 will be live really soon!

幸運的是 Dusk to Dawn 這個系列將會刊登在洛杉磯的一個獨立雜誌上,收到電郵的當下真的覺得很不可思議,沒想到能被跨海的另一方青睞。現在還不能透露太多,八月出刊的時候一定會跟大家分享的。另外,這個個系列共分成三個風格,目前露出的都是第一部分,二和三過陣子就會上線了,請期待。

two. survived through my new job 二,新的工作崗位 _

I started a new job  a while go. I have been freelancing my whole life, and despite all the creative projects, I still have zero experience when it comes to the business side. Being a freelancer means you're running your own business, which is why I wanted a marketing job at the first place. The funny thing about this position is that, I wasn't the kind of person they were originally looking for, they wanted someone with at least 3 years in the fashion marketing field. But I love the role so much and just asked anyway. I think my boss found it interesting so she interviewed me. I was honest right of the bat, telling her I know I'm far from what you're looking for, but I'm willing to learn, and listed out what I can bring in to the her business.

The first two weeks was hard, I will be sitting at the studio (it's a clothing brand I'm working in), figuring out all the backend and admin stuff till 12am. I know 2 months doesn't seem long at all, but when you were originally only meant to be there once a week, and now they ask you to be there 4 days (aka everyday, the studio doesn't run on a Friday). You're doing something right. My advice to those of you who wants to get recognized in the work field? Grin it, bear it, ask questions and put in 150%. It's tiring, but worth it.

從學生時期開始,就一直是 freelancer,除了第一份實習幾乎沒有在辦公室工作過。但時間久了,發現自己在行銷或是任何跟創作無關的經驗滿缺乏的,於是起了應徵另一份工作的念頭。三四月在澳洲並不是職缺的旺季,尋尋覓覓了一個多月,才在網路上看見有個我很喜歡的當地品牌要找行銷企劃人員,但我離他們理想的人選差距很大(要求有至少三年以上的時尚產業行銷經歷)。猶豫了幾天,還是決定投出了那份零行銷經驗的履歷,反正試試看嘛,頂多沒回應而已。況且,我是那種不嘗試就會一直想的人,這樣做其馬對得起自己。一週後收到通知,然後進行了我人生第一場「躍級面試」,因為這樣也失眠了很多天。後來從同事口中得知,老闆是覺得我敢這樣做很有趣,所以才決定找我聊聊。

老實說,剛開始滿挫折的,常常為了熟悉作業模式或趕進度待到晚上十二點才離開工作室,相比那時候瘋狂加班的模樣,現在真的順手多了。我知道一個半兩個月聽起來很短,不過當你在兩三週內從遠本的一週一天兼職晉升為一周四天的全職(工作室星期五不開的),那表示你的確是做對了什麼。在這兒送給所有跟我一樣還是時尚產業菜鳥的大家,如果想要自己的能力被發掘,再小的事都要投入150% ,記得多笑,然後有問題就問。很累沒錯,但會被看見的,相信我。

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three. the current state of #houseroselane

If I'm honest, I'm not satisfied with my apartment yet. I'm waiting for a few decor piece & prints to arrive, and I'm also still looking for a coffee table I like. Some of you might have seen sneak peek of the place when I first moved in, which was a lot different then it looks right now, Anyways, I went for something a bit feminine this time, brought in a lot of warm colour and dusty pink. I'm loving the change of scene. It's nice, don't you think?

這我應該是我開始自己住後,佈置進度最慢的一次了。我還沒找到預算內滿意的小咖啡桌(其實也還在猶豫到底需不需要),還有一些畫還沒來,或是還沒掛。剛開始組裝傢俱的時候,有在 Instagram 上和大家分享過小公寓的樣貌,不過雖然說還沒完工,雛形已經出來了,所以還是和當初差滿多的。和以前不一樣的是,這次加入了很多暖色系的元素,木質傢俱、金色框架與粉色點綴是大致的方向。個人是覺得這改變挺好的,你們覺得呢?

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I'm using the lounge area as a home office, living and dining room. I also have another room as my photo studio, filled with props, mood board, and lighting equipments, that's where most of the product flay-lays happen (let me know if guys like me to do a studio tour). There will be full post about the whole decorating process, so I'm not gonna spill too much about it today.

因為新家以開放式的空間居多,所以我把工作(寫稿)區、吃飯和客廳規劃在一個地方,並以大型的傢俱做區域的劃分。未來會有一篇跟居家佈置和搬家有關的文章,今天就不透露太多啦(笑)另外有一個小房間是我的拍攝工作室,小的拍攝或是靜物等等都是在那裡完成的,裡面也有很多道具、背景跟燈,如果你們想看工作室的細節,也可以跟我說。

four. (re) learning a language

I've got an excited project happening in Tokyo later this year, so I suppose there's no better time to pick up where I left of with Japanese again. I had learn it a few years ago during one particular summer holiday, and that's probably it. I recently enrolled in a 3 months course, it's pretty intense, but it feels good to learn another language again.

很少人知道,我其實很小的時被家裏送去補習班學過日文,後來大學某次放假回台灣也請過日語家教,但兩次都只學到五十音就結束(笑)十月的時候,在東京有一項合作,讓我決定再給自己一次機會。雖然說三個多月不可能多厲害,但至少是個起頭呀。

five. beauty go-to

I am CRAZY about the Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I've heard so much about this product for years, but since I have sensitive skin, I was a bit hesitant. Until I got to try a sample for 2 weeks, and honestly I have never been so amazed by a serum. My redness was better, skin looks plumper, and even the dullness from late night sleeps were less obvious. Surprise surprise, I now own a full bottle.

近期用到最滿意的護膚品就屬雅詩蘭黛的小棕瓶莫屬了。其實不管是網路上,還是身邊的朋友都跟我推薦過它,但因為身為資深敏感肌,始終不太敢嘗試,一直到前陣子朋友給我這裡專櫃送的旅行組,才終於明白為何這麼多人對它如此忠心耿耿。小棕瓶不只能加強保濕,還能鎮定泛紅,隔天早上皮膚看起來也亮上許多,修復力實在令人驚艷,的確是值得信賴的可靠保養。然後,我就這樣默默買了一瓶正常大小的。

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and let's end it with make up..

In order of application, let's start with Armani Luminous Silk foundation. A medium coverage base but extremely natural. I'm light-handed when it comes to make up, so my finish is sheer and silky, but you can always build it up. Not cakey, and skin looks like skin. I've had struggles with setting powders for so long since my skin is pretty dry. For those of you with the similar problem, I would recommend trying the new Hour Glass Veil Setting Powder. It sets your make up without leaving a white cast, doesn't dry out, and even comes with a bit of glow. Speaking of glow, the Clinique uplighting Illuminating Powder is my current highlight go-to.

彩妝的部分,我們就照上妝順序來說吧。Armani 的輕透亮絲光粉底已經成功在梳妝台上蟬聯三週了(常用的化妝品會放在梳妝台,比較少用的就會另外收在櫃子裡,過陣子再進行交替),微微的光澤感很日常,雖然遮瑕力偏弱,自然的妝容適合跟我一樣喜歡「裸妝看不出來」系的人。接著是蜜粉的部分,基本上我以前是很少用的,頂多只在 T 字部位。因為我本身是乾肌,加上也不太喜歡過於霧面的感覺。所以,如果跟我一樣有相同困擾但又有定妝需求的人,可以試試 Hourglass 新出的這款蜜粉。不乾、不會改變底妝本身顏色,例外還有點光澤,不藏私推薦給大家。至於打亮的部分,近期的常用款是倩碧的 uplighting illuminating powder,輕拍在顴骨峰處,喜歡它不刻意的光感,營造出內斂的好氣色。這款在台灣的官網上目前找不到,大家可以靠櫃問問看唷。

So this is what happened and whats going on. I hope it's not too long to read, have a great week x

好的,落落長的小日記就到此結束(然後天也要亮了),我們下回待續。有任何想知道的,或是希望我多分享生活主題,都歡迎留言給我。

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