Hello, much-neglected photoblog!
Sorry for not updating in so long (it’s not you, it’s me). I’ve recently bought myself some new gear, and sold off a lot of the film stuff I had, in an attempt to simplify photography for myself and make it fun again. Will it work? Who knows.
My new toy is a Fujifilm X-T20 with a couple of lenses, which I bought for event photography and general walking about. I’d always heard great things about the Fuji X line, and even from my early tests, I’m finding the X-T20 fun and simple enough to use, even for a simple film idiot like myself.
I took it along with the 15-45mm lens to a local Beltane celebration here in Bristol, at an allotment/outdoor events space in Knowle, organised by the lovely people at Wander Gather. I thought it would be a good real-life test for changing light, taking photos discreetly (I don’t miss that medium format mirror slap), and getting back into post-processing after so long (my most hated part of photography).
We started out in late evening, which made my images a bit muted as the night drew on. I was most looking forward to the sun going down, and trying out the insane low-light capabilities of the camera (12800?? madness).
Finally, we tied our wishes/hopes/things to be purged to the wicker man, and set him alight. A few more songs to round off the evening, and we were done – summertime ushered in once again for 2023.
On the post-processing side, I’ve recently given up with Darktable, finding it too complicated to use. I’ve switched to RawTherapee, despite its stupid name – it seems a bit more user-friendly so far, but I have a few final niggles to work out (I’d like to resize upon export, but can’t see how to do this).
My post-processing skills are a bit crap, so maybe it’s time to watch some videos and see if I can pick up any tips. In the age of iphone cameras doing everything for me, it’s easy to look at shots from a “proper” camera and get discouraged at the amount of work that has to happen to make images look decent in comparison.
Still, I shall keep plugging away, and if anyone has any processes/tips for either the X-T20 or RawTherapee to share, do drop them in the comments!