Omar and Flash

The last time I saw Omar properly, he was dragging me around parts of Glasgow and filming me for some photographer series on his YouTube channel which I’m told is gonna surface in the New Year.

That was in the summer, I think.

The other day while I was out with Heather he dropped me a message asking if I was free the day after. I was.

We met at the Apple store and took a walk past George Square.

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The cool thing with hanging with Omar is that there’s never really any plan to what we’re going to do. We just end up walking a few miles and shooting whatever the hell we like on the way. This time I mostly focused on Omar.

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VSCO: Edits on The Go.

Aside from being increasingly annoyed at the Northern Travel Safety Officers doing their patrol and filming each passengers face between the stops I had a pretty dull train journey to kill last night, so I decided to try take my mind off it by editing a few photos of Jazz from my previous couple of days in Liverpool. I didn’t have my laptop with me. Enter VSCO.

It’s been a while.

My X-Pro2 has a pretty straightforward wifi mode which means I can easy transfer from camera to phone, and anyone remotely familiar with mobile photo apps will recognise the basic import>apply filter>upload process.

It’s a similar principle here, except there’s a bunch more you can do with VSCO over, say, Instagram. The customisable filter packs, with the opportunity to buy more if you want.

VSCO also imports photos from your camera at full resolution, and offers the choice of what resolution to export at.

I edited these pretty basic, as all were processed with either c1 or c3 presets with a few tweaks.

Blanket alterations being contrast (1)sharpen (2.5)clarity (2), and saturation (1.4).

With individual alterations to temperature, and vignette being made to preference for each photo. Everything else remained untouched this time.

My usual editing workflow is pretty minimal as is, but using VSCO again after this time made it feel fun again. I’ll maybe keep some time aside each month and pick a few photos to edit them in this way, it’s nice to keep the process feeling fresh.

Party Photos with Sigma 10-20mm

I almost had a sober night last night, I had about 3 or 4 pints of water and then around 1am Alix set me off and gave me a sip of her vodka and then bought me a double and then the next thing I know I was buying drinks and on a level I didn’t expect to be on.

As mentioned in my last post, due to it being way cheaper I’m using a lens made for crop sensor body on my full frame D610, so the lens vignettes pretty heavily at 10-13, but about 14mm the vignette is almost gone and what’s left is pretty much the equivalent of shooting a 20mm lens.

I’ve wanted a 20mm lens for club work for a while, but always got by with my 24. The extra room actually makes a massive difference when shooting groups of people on a packed dance floor, that and when shooting just one or two people, the extra ambient light the lens lets in is just way more pleasing to my eye.

The lens can distort like crazy around the edges but also we’re looking at party photos of drunk people so you really shouldn’t give a shit about that.

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The comfort of being a drunk party photographer

For a few months I’d been feeling like my photos are mostly shit, and that was down to feeling less connected with whatever was going on around me, and with my anxiety, and the realisation of that anxiety being an actual thing that I needed to deal with.

Since almost the beginning of August I stopped myself drinking anything but water for a solid month. I was curious to see if it’d make me feel any different. I missed tea, a lot (I now have an occasional cup of tea, like once a week maybe?), drinking water was and still is boring, but aside from that it was fine – In fact it’s generally done me a ton of good; my moods are more manageable, I’m less irritable, more rational, I don’t really mind getting out of bed early, and I don’t ache anymore. The only problem being when I was out, I missed alcohol.

It’s easy to think that shooting club nights are just the same night repeated drink after drink, but when they come into their own it’s hard to explain, especially to those who don’t do it. I can look back at certain photos from different nights and remember entire stories of situations that happened on each particular night. Since allowing myself to drink once a week, coinciding wonderfully with me taking party photos and finding a balance and purpose within that chaos, that’s what the past few weeks have been feeling like and that’s what I’ve been missing from my life recently. I feel it coming back and it’s familiar and comforting, and I fucking love it. Looking at some of my party photos, especially recently, I’m feeling good about my photos again.

I’m an anti-social fuck at the best of times, so I need to focus on getting out a little more to surround myself with familiar drunken faces and have a goddamn dance because if everything is as shit as we believe then we may as well feel good about it together.

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Shooting Nightclubs with Fuji X-Pro2: Part 1

I’ve been toying with the idea of down-sizing my set-up for club photos for a while. I guess mostly out of curiosity as I love my X-Pro2 and with the Nissin i40 flash gun and 18mm f2 lens it weighs in considerably less than my current Nikon D610.

Last night was my first night with it (I shot half with the X-Pro2, and half with the Nikon for piece of mind) but tonight I’ll be relying solely on the X-Pro2 so I’ll probably post a more in-depth blog about my thoughts on it tomorrow or something.

Here’s a few photos from the Fuji last night.

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Shooting with Fuji X-Pro2, ACROS Film Simulation

As regular readers will know, I shoot almost exclusively with a Fuji X-Pro2. With it I got myself the xf18mmf2 lens (a 28mm full frame equivalent, if you’re interested in those details), and this blog will feature photos from that combo bar from a few exceptions where I experimented with an old Pentax SMC 1.7 50mm (75mm full frame equivalent).

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Before I put a deposit down for the X-Pro2, I’d read a few photographers praising the JPEG output at 2000 ISO which sounded pretty ridiculous to me until I tried it out for myself. I’ve found the noise/grain structure doesn’t distract from the photograph, and I’ve comfortably shot up to 8000 ISO (and still pushed the JPEG with satisfying results).

Take this late evening low-light shot as an example…

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I won’t start with the dumb “it’s like you’re shooting film!” drivel as the two are still very much their own thing, but the attention to detail Fuji have gone to with the film simulations (such as the grain structure being sized according to the ISO selected) means it looks real bloody good.

Check out that tonal range.

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