Get the missing Fujifilm X-T1 manual for $4

The missing manual for your X-T1

There are many things to like about Fujifilm cameras. However, the manuals they come with aren't amongst those things. Now, in truth, there are very few camera manuals that are actually worth their salt. 

Luckily, authors have stepped up to fill this gap. For my Nikons, I've been using Thom Hogan's excellent books and for my Fujifilm X-T1, I've been reading Rico Pfirstinger's excellent THE FUJUFILM X-T1, 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera.

I consider myself a pretty advanced X-T1 user yet I learnt plenty from reading this eBook. With every new firmware update, my camera seems to become more powerful, but also slightly more complicated. This eBook uses clear and concise language and advice to get up to grips with your gear.

Save 80 percent until September 30th

The book came on the market just before firmware 4.0 got out and as a result was somewhat outdated but publisher Rocky Nook has just released a 2nd edition, which covers that new firmware update in its entirety.

Until September 30th, get the book for only $4 with code FRXT1
— The Fujifilm Fairy (aka Fujirumors.com)

Best of all, until September 30th, the entire eBook is only $4, that's an 80 percent savings off of the suggested retail price and it makes buying the eBook an absolute no-brainer. The discount code to use is FRXT1.

India workshop

In the mean time, if you want to learn hands-on how to make stunning travel images with your X-T1 (or any other camera for that matter), why not join fellow X-Photographer Matt Brandon and me on our North India workshop in February next year. Click here for more info.

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A Review of 'Making the Image', the new eBook by David duChemin.

I live in Ghent, one of Belgium's more touristy cities. From medieval castles to contemporary design, there's a lot to see and photograph in this city and therefore, it attracts lots of tourists, often with big, bulky and expensive cameras. 

A wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
— Claude Levi-Strauss

Occasionally, when I'm having the odd drink on one of the beautiful terraces along the river that intersects the city, I'm baffled at how some people photograph these old buildings and beautiful monuments. Often, they'll get out of the bus and walk up straight to the front of the monument - the front side being dictated by the shortest line between the bus doors and the actual monument - and squeeze the trigger. They don't kneel to get a more dramatic perspective, nor do they stroll a little further to the bridge because a bird's eye view might tell the story better. They don't walk around to see if the light is better from the other side nor do they wait until there's more or less people in the frame. They don't set up a tripod to let a slow shutter speed make the other tourists disappear. No. They just point a $2.000 camera with a $1.500 lens at the 'subject' and push the button.

They should probably read 'Making the Image', David duChemin's new Craft & Vision eBook.

Now before you think it's easy to be hard on others, I can be just as hard on myself...

Take this situation for example... It's May 18th. I'm on a Long Exposure photography weekend in New York and I've just spent 45 minutes on a train and 30 minutes schlepping my gear around to photograph New York from the Jersey side. I just had to get the iconic shot. That's the picture below. It was all that I could think of.

Fujifilm X-T1 | XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR | 16 mm | 340,0 sec at f - 8,0 | ISO 400

Fujifilm X-T1 | XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR | 16 mm | 340,0 sec at f - 8,0 | ISO 400

It's an OK image - blurring the water helps to focus on the city - but if Rod (the super cool Formatt Hitech Marketing Manager) hadn't pointed me to this less stereoptypical, but lighting-wise much better view right behind me, I'd probably still be staring at the Manhattan skyline.

Fujifilm X-T1 | XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR | 16 mm | 240,0 sec at f - 8,0 | ISO 200

Fujifilm X-T1 | XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR | 16 mm | 240,0 sec at f - 8,0 | ISO 200

should definitely read 'Making the Image'.

Because, low and behold, what's there at page 60? Exactly the question I should have asked myself on May 18th but I didn't. And yet, I had all the time in the world because I was doing an almost six minute exposure!

I'm an experienced photographer (at least I like to think I am). I know my f-stops from my ISOs and my filter threads from my Wattseconds. But, like many other photographers, I often forget the essentials. I'll be sucked in by the technicality of things that I forget to ask the basic questions.

And those basic questions is what 'Making the Image' is all about: the ones you should ask yourself in the field when you're making a photograph that pretends to be more than a snapshot. The book poses 35 of them in two broad categories: 'Question the Scene' and 'Question the Process'. The questions themselves are deceptively simple: 'Shapes or details?' , 'Can I move to change the lines?' or, indeed, 'What's behind me?' Yet, they're probably as important as your camera manual is - actually more important because as we all know, most camera manuals suck big time anyway.

True to the Craft & Vision tradition, you get a lot of value for your money, as this eBook really is a bundle containing:

The little companion eBook that you can put on your phone is as simple as it is effective: just flip through a couple of random questions for each photo you're about to make and your images will improve. Pretty soon, you'll be asking these questions automatically, in your head!

The little companion eBook that you can put on your phone is as simple as it is effective: just flip through a couple of random questions for each photo you're about to make and your images will improve. Pretty soon, you'll be asking these questions automatically, in your head!

  • The actual eBook, 158 pages exploring each of the 35 questions in greater detail, illustrated by photos that help make the point;
  • A smaller companion eBook to store on your phone, which just contains the questions, boldly formatted so you can see them clearly and you can flick through them on your phone quickly. My recommendation: read the book once, so you get the full meaning of the questions and then, before a shoot, randomly pick a couple of questions from the list and you'll walk home with a stronger image;
  • A 45 minute companion video that also explores these concepts in more detail.

'Making the Image' is one of those eBooks that should be bundled with every new camera. It doesn't tell you how to press the shutter - plenty of books do that already. Instead, it gives you the questions you should ask yourself before you press the shutter. It's not about stopping down your lens, but stopping down yourself and thinking before you shoot.

The book doesn't give the answers nor does it have to: it's the scene in front of you that will give you those. 

The 'Making the Image' bundle is available here and costs $25 + tax (only $20 during launch week), which is less than the price of a memory card, and it will make sure that that memory card will have better pictures on it. Fewer maybe, but definitely better.

But hey, you don't have to take my word for it, here's someone who's much more eloquent than I am: David duChemin himself! Listen to what he has to say about 'Making the Image':

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The new graduated filter brush in Lightroom 6/CC

I did a short video on a cool new Lightroom 6/CC feature that especially landscape photographers will love. But if you're more into shooting portraits, make sure to watch the video, too because the technique I describe works just as well with the Radial filter!

The Auto Mask feature I explain in the video works best if the area you're painting over is relatively similar in color and that colour is different enough from the background colour.

By the way, there's an even faster way to make custom graduated filters like this using Nik Software's Color Efex Pro. I explain all about that in this blog post which coincidentally features the same sample image!

If you want to know all about all of the other improvements in Lightroom 6/CC, you can check out my 100+ page 'Lightroom 6 up to Speed' eBook which is now also available as a bundle with my 300+ page 'Lightroom 5 Unmasked' eBook.