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Fujifilm unveils much-anticipated Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X70

Fujifilm recently unveiled two new powerful and superior camera lines only days after its Japan launch—Fujifilm X-Pro2 premium interchangeable lens camera and the more compact Fujifilm X70. Fujifilm started the mirrorless revolution in 2012 with the retro styled X-Pro1. Like its predecessor, the X-Pro2 is a flagship model which sets to change the way Filipinos look at the more lightweight, powerful, and aesthetically superior volition to DSLR cameras. A tightly-held secret that was three years in the making, the X-Pro2 is an ideal tool for professional photographers. It boasts the world’s only Hybrid Multi Viewfinder making use of the exceptional Electronic viewfinders (EVF) used by mirrorless cameras and optical viewfinders which most documentary, reportage, and street photographers prefer for a more natural view. It incorporates them both, harnessing a technically remarkable Multi-Magnification …

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The need for speed

Ready Get set With your gear all set, now it’s time for the fun part CONTROLLING THE LIQUID Droplet collision happens when the first drop falls down into the water, comes back upwards, and collides with the second droplet, forming a circular crown. But for this to occur, the drops have to be very fast and they should fall on the same exact spot. In ready-made drip kits, the speed and the amount of drops are pre-programmed and can be conveniently selected or varied. With an infusion, the drops are continuous and have to be manually controlled. If the drops are too slow, you’ll notice that the first drop comes back upward and falls back into the water even before the second drop gets near it. If the drops are way too fast, the second droplet …

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The real world

Cora Guidote is an esteemed photography enthusiast who immensely appreciates and relates with nature through her visuals that convey devotion and a sense of wonder about our living planet. “Nature has a lot to offer. When I sit quietly and watch its day-to-day events unfold, I witness unique or interesting images that make me appreciate life even more. It is humbling,” Cora tells of her perhaps everlasting source of inspiration. As a child, she says, she spent hours devouring volumes of encyclopedias because she liked the visuals. However, owning a pricey camera back then was a tall order as she was the only one with the fondness for photography in her family. Cora Guidote  In the long run, she kick-started her visual interest using an inexpensive and functional instamatic camera. Eventually, she decided to …

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Calling all photography enthusiasts!

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Fun paper camera

Camera maker Olympus has created a funpage for children at its website where templates of the OM-D EM10 MarkII and the PEN Lite PL-7 cameras can be downloaded as PDF files for printing on cardboard. Just cut and assemble these to have your own Olympus mirrorless cardboard cameras. The site (http://fotopus.com/family/kids/) also has a jigsaw puzzle game for kids. The site is in Japanese but easy to navigate. The more selfies you take of you and your partner, the more likely you are to break up, according to a study by researchers at Florida State University featured in an article at www.diyphotography.net. There were about 420 individuals between the ages of 18 and 62 years old participated in an online questionnaire set up by researchers. Participants were asked how many selfies …

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Create your wall art

Create half-toned wall art for your room or workplace from your own photos at www.rasterbator.net. The Rasterbator enlarges images into multiple pages which users can print and combine into huge posters. The online service app allows for printing up to 1000 pages. Users upload a photo from a website or a computer, choose paper size and orientation, margins and output size or number of pages. Next, choose the style of rasterbation, the raster and background colors, choose the output and rasterbate. Get your poster as a PDF download and print. If you want a standalone Rasterbator, a 887KB standalone zipfile is available for download. However, the standalone is an old version and may not have all the features of the online app. It’s a lot of fun to try. Just …

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Visual symphony

He walks about the busy and grungy, but curiously photogenic streets of Quiapo. Mirrorless camera with his favorite 16mm lens casually clutched in one arm, on an early morning, like an eagle scouts for its prey. He patiently waits for that precise moment when light, movement, and the story align to click his shutter. He is at home in places where the chaos of everyday life produces a symphony of visual elements that are seen only by the discerning eyes. Rommel Bundalian, or “Omeng” as he is familiarly known in the local photography circles, is highly experienced in both film and digital photography. A professional photographer since 1995 and a graphic design artist at same time, Omeng has an especially strong following among street photographers. His street images are characterized by …

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Getting Started with Macro Photography

A Closer Look at Close-up Filter Craving for more magnification from what a macro lens can possibly do is absolutely normal for creative minds. It starts with some kind of “what if” scenarios. Vague as it may seem, but it’s like fuel that stimulates the propagation of new ideas—where eventually great works of art are born.We encourage newbies to start pushing your macro lens to its limit! And to help you without putting strain in your budget, you may try the option of using a close-up lens (a.k.a. close-up filter) as partner of your macro lens. To avoid “getting lost” in the maze of unknowns, I advise those who want to try close-up lens filter attached to their macro lens to follow the suggestions below: Suggested steps: 1. Start with the lesser grade close-up …

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Calling all photography enthusiasts!

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Going to where it was

Photographers are regular guys. In other words, they are subject to the same winters and summers as Shakespeare himself said in The Merchant of Venice. Yes, he was talking through Shylock about Christians but it is often good to see how we sometimes forget that people are just like other people. What does this mean for us? Aside from the regular issues that a person may face—financial problems, relationship difficulties, professional challenges, etc.—photographers, like other artists, can experience something like what St. John of the Cross referred to as “the dark night of the soul.” The cutthroat competition and the incessant loud voices of clients, suppliers, and other photographers can surely take its toll resulting in a photographer losing his or her drive and feeling that “the eye” has been closed. Sometimes, …

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