Lightroom has just released a nice update that brings in a few new features and performance improvements. Typically when Lightroom does their updates they are usually small little baby steps to a better product, which is great as it allows us to adjust and get used to the new features gradually, compared to if they were to overhaul everything completely in one go. But occasionally, Adobe will implement a small change that completely changes the way the software can be used, and sometimes it's game-changing.
Diffraction is when a wave spreads out as it passing through a small slit or any intricate surface. With Photography, this would apply to how the light interacts with the aperture and how it is detected by the photosites on a sensor. When light is focused through the aperture, it interacts with the edge of the aperture blades causing it to spread out and bend slightly, this causes a reduction with the maximum optical resolution. The smaller the aperture the greater the effect.
Fujifilm has been a little under the spotlight lately for their autofocus. I personally never had a problem with it unless I was using the older lenses in low light until I got the X100V. This camera just does not like the way that I like to shoot and I get pretty poor autofocus performance. I've been messing around with all the different settings and modes and I finally have found something that's working.
One of the great features of the Fujifilm cameras is the ability to control and manipulate the film simulators to give you absolutely incredible classic looks that are ready to go straight out of the camera. This isn't something I've really gotten into too much over the years since I've always liked editing by hand and experimenting with different looks on the RAW files in post. But as I get busier and busier with work and kids and life, simplicity is the new trend in my life.
For this blog, I'm going back to my old ways of education, sample photos, cool stories starting with this tutorial I put together for Youtube. I'll be shifting my focus this year on Youtube since that is where all the traffic is going with camera-related information and education. Camera blogs are for the most part dying. So I will start this adventure into Youtube land, by covering some of the most popular questions people ask me, which is usually about color editing.
Deep within Kyushu island in the Ariake Sea of Japan are these cool Torii gates that get flooded twice a day with the high tide. The official name for this spot is The Floating Torii Gate of Oouo Shrine. Not sure what the story is with these, every time I read up on them the story seems slightly different and it never makes any sense. Something about blessing the waters for better fishing, or there is something about some giant fish. That's usually how it goes with historical sites in Japan. A giant catfish, a giant fish, a mountain god, etc. Fun stuff.
Once a year, at the temple Agato in Fukuoka Japan, visitors gather together to begin the celebration of the coming new year in an annual fire festival. A tradition with a series of rituals rooted in Shintoism and celebrated by both the Buddhists and Shintos of Japan. To photograph this event, I used the Canon R with the 24-105mm f4L and processed the photos with Lightroom. I'll also share you some tips and tricks and the mental process I use to produce these photos.