Logo creations and stuff for my blog

I have decided to make a logo for my bog and website, all part of a new phase of my photography. I have started this year with a more positive outlook on my photography and all aspect associated with it. Hence the logo. 1cam1lens LogoI have decided to stay with the one camera one lens and maybe extending it to add 1light. I want to focus on portrait work this year particularly head shots. I want to work indoor and on location and include just one light, that may be ring, continuous, off camera flash, strobe or even long exposure. I will have to wait and see what is creative juice at the time. I have created two new headers for my blog, I am learning on the fly how to custom design my blog using the WordPress tools. The logo headers should appear random on loading.

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Above is the first version that will be deployed and below is the second, each hopefully given a different look and feel the the blog when active. Below is the second header.

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I created both by selecting images I have taken using Fuji XE1 and 35mm lens with two types of home made ring light. (made from an old inspection lamp) its fluorescent light so not quite good daylight colour balance but the Fuji is rather good at sorting out these issues and its well work the trouble as this ring light leave a fantastic catch light in the eyes. Next I would have normally opened up the image in Photoshop, however since the introduction of Adobe PhotoShop is now on a subscription based licence I have abandoned it. (like many others that are poor!)

I am not willing to pay a monthly fee to use software. There are a number for FREE options available to perform virtually all of the same functions as PS with out the massive learning curve and costs. I am not a designer or publisher or have reason to be constantly retouching images so I don’t really need it anyway, Im no expert this for sure. Programs such as “Gimp” is a great alternative and I have been using this for a while. However recently I have come across a new program not the App store. “Pixelmator” is a program that runs on Mac and cost around £20. I’m learning as I go and so far its looking good. You can check out a demo here. Its now available for iPad too, however I prefer the larger screen to work born this type of thing.

I created several text layers and a few filter lays to create the logo, converting some of the text into objects so that I could manipulate them to suit my needs. Once I was happy with the design, group the layers and position them in the image until I was happy, its then just a case of exporting back to jpeg and up loading to WordPress, a little effort was needed to crop the images to suit using the WordPress editor then…. hey presto logo headers have arrived…. I hope you like them.

Let’s hope the Fuji X-Pro2 looks more like this.

Having seen the first set of marketing images for the new Fuji XT1 the fabled weather safe wonder, I have been a little disappointed with its looks. Now I know we should never judge a book by its cover and I am sure this will be a stunning performer. However the X-Pro 1 is in my eyes simply perfect in visual design even with the cute hot shoe flash to trigger your main lights. When Fuji launched the X100 they made a historical classic, when Fuji upgraded it to the new phase detecting sensor then made all the changes to the electronics and internals and left the external alone apart for a little change to the button arrangement and out popped the X100s completely retaining its fantastic classic looks. I do hope that Fuji does something similar with the X-Pro2 when it’s launched. One of the main problems for me is that I am a left eye shooter I have tried many times to switch to the right eye but I just can’t, it’s just un natural. So seeing the XT-1 having the view finder in the centre of the body is not a good thing for me. Having said all that I will still take time to find a local camera store that will have the XT1 in stock and see how it feels in the hands. Its looks very similar in size to my old OM-10 film body. This too has the eyepiece viewfinder in the centre and I really don’t manage to get on with it. Oh well in the mean time I hope he Fuji X-pro2 turns out just like the X-Pro1 mock up shot I found.

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But…The Fuji X100 can do what the Fuji X-E1 can’t.

Having knocked the Fuji X100 in the recent comparison resulting in what camera I would take to the city for street shooting the X100 fell into second place. Feeling sorry for it I decided to do something about it. So initially you might start to think well ‘why do I need this camera’. So I set myself another little challenge that would show and demonstrate its continued value in my kit. So here is the challenge.

Set up a drinks bottle shoot into the sun and sync a flash at higher sync speed than any other high end camera I could afford. Oh and all under 30mins start to finished post processed shot. This is the chosen finished shot. Ok not perfect but you get the idea its the leaf shutter and its so cool.

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Ok so it’s not a brilliant shot, it could have done with a second speed light to fill in some of the shadows and extra water and a defects clean up, but hey not bad for the time I set myself. So what’s so special that makes me keep the Fuji X100.

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