Fujifilm Square SQ10 Unboxing/ Review/ Samples!

Fuji’s latest instant film camera, the Square SQ10, gets unboxed and road tested in a shoot with model Alina Lee aka Thumbelina in a pool and a jail. We show how the hybrid digital/ analogue camera works, see sample images, showcase the unique features of the camera, go over the pros and cons of the camera, and do our best to answer all your burning questions about the Fujifilm SQ10!

New Monochrome Instax w/ Alina, Devi + Mia

I’ve put together a little formula for how I’ve conducted my recent shoots, which is: some video, which takes a while to compile/ edit/ do fx + sound for etc., and then some instant film shots, which are already done the moment they come out of the camera.  This seems to satisfy the need for immediate results while giving me something to work on for the next couple months.

It’s fascinating how sometimes the work that gets the best response is the stuff that’s simplest or easiest or quickest to create like this.  These were shot with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, my new go-t0 creative tool for stills!

On my youtube channel I have a couple video tutorial/ reviews of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

…and the new monochrome film I use to make these!

Double Exposure Instant Film W/ The Fuji Neo Classic

Since my studio opened last month I’ve been able to film more tutorial and gear reviews – I especially enjoy harping on the beloved Fuji Instax Mini film and cameras.  Here’s two recent videos covering different aspects of the analogue style!

Fuji X-T2 Video Review + Samples

Another year, another Fuji upgrade- here’s my review of the X-T2 along with samples!  Side note, the video itself was filmed in 4k with the X-T2.

I’ve been thinking about how to better utilize my youtube channel beyond posting my video art, and I decided it’s a good place to do gear reviews and tutorials that wouldn’t fit on my Skillshare channel.  As I’m making more youtube content I’m also open to requests!  Comment or message me about what kind of reviews or tutorials you’d like to see and I’ll do my best to make it happen!

Preview: “Capturing the Face – A Guide To Creative Portrait Photography” Kindle e-book

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October 16 sees the release of my first Kindle e-book, “Capturing The Face – A Guide To Creative Portrait Photography”, via Amazon.  It’s structured around the 10 components that I believe are key to making artistic images of people:

  1. Your subject

  2. Location

  3. Styling

  4. Compelling concept

  5. Lighting

  6. Image capturing method

  7. Post production

  8. Formal visual art considerations

  9. Paperwork

  10. The X factor

These elements are all vital pieces to making something magical and I’ve found each worthy of deep exploration in Capturing the Face.  I know what it’s like to do a shoot and end up with one or more of these elements overlooked, and as years have gone on, I’ve learned how to make sure each one is addressed so I get personally satisfying results.  In the coming weeks I’ll put up some snippets of these chapters.  Capturing the Face: A Guide To Creative Photographic Portraiture is 44 pages, $2.99, and available for pre-order right now.

Canon vs. Epson Printers

In the last few years I’ve been switching from the technology companies I’d always purchased from to greener pastures.  Nikon to Fuji cameras, Dell and Samsung computers to Mac, Android to Mac… it’s dawned on me that

A. not all tech companies are created equal

B. new innovation don’t always come from the same company.  Nikon had its heyday and now it’s in decline.

C. I may have just had an impression of a product because it’s all I’ve ever used.

My latest ship-jump has been from Epson printers and scanners to Canon.  When I was in college in the mid-2000s, all printers were Epson; we were told they had the archival inks on the 2200, and god forbid our crappy college work be printed on anything that wouldn’t last 200 years. I must have spent thousands of dollars on ink and prints that ended up in the garbage.  After my 1280 died, and my 2200 died, I decided to buy a smaller Epson printer all-in-one that was $60 on sale- the XP-400- and use it solely for printing stupid stuff like documents, and leave the quality photo printing to a company I ordered from in Oregon.

Here’s the thing with home printing:  it sucks.  Multiple inks that cost $12-$20 each from the store, screw-ups inside the printer that ruin your paper as it comes out, no way to really open them up and clean them yourself, “charging” inks each time you turn printer on or off that wastes ink, which makes you not want to turn off the printer, so you waste electricity, and leaving the printer on wastes ink anyways.  Epson also has two kinds of black ink which you switch back and forth depending on your surface.  Then the endless cleaning cycle, which chews up at least one of your ink cartridges;  when one cartridge is dead, you can’t print anything.  When the printer breaks it costs as much as the printer to fix it.  This has been my experience with Epson.

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Then, in March of this year, I got a Canon MG7520 printer/ scanner.  I cannot say enough good things about the print quality and ink performance of this machine.  It’s fully enclosed, meaning dog/ cat hair won’t suck right into the machine.  I’ve had it for a few months, printed more than I normally would with my old Epsons, and haven’t had to change the inks once.  Of course it’s brand new, out of the box, but even with that caveat- the print quality kicks the ass of the cheap Epson up and down the street.  It’s box price is $200 but you can find it for around half that.

I can only dream of comparing the big-boy version of Canon vs. Epson, but it’s another category where switching brands has made a big difference for me.  Now I can be more “mixed media on the print” than I have been the last few years since I can actually print without guilt of having to run to Staples for ink all the time.  It’s worth examining your own brand loyalties and seeing if they currently work for us, because we shouldn’t be the ones working for the brands.

The Lily Drone and Why It Matters

My Facebook feed exploded today with the number of people posting about the not-yet-released Lily camera, a waterproof drone camera you throw to activate.  The Lily tracks your movements via the tracking device you keep on your body, say, in you pocket, rather than you having to control it with a remote; essentially, the drone is an assistant with a mind of its own.  Lily.camera is offering pre-orders at half the price, and being someone who hadn’t yet jumped on the drone wagon, a

1. autonomous camera that tracks movements

2. that is $500 off list price and

3. is smaller and therefore easier to transport than the DJ Phantom

won me over.  Preordered.  It won’t start shipping until February 2016, but that just gives me enough time to get shooting scripts and concepts together that will make effective use of the Lily.  It already feels like buying another set of hands, shooting aerial B-roll.