Monthly Archives: August 2013

Understanding Zone Focusing | Depth Of Field Indicator

After spending few weeks with Fujinon XF14mm 2.8. I am very satisfied with its both sharpness & its ability to shoot during low light. There are some marking on the lens which i’m not paying attention to when I use this lens until recently my curiosity has brought me to find the actual purpose of the marking.

For those who used manual lens or film camera, these marking are nothing new to them. I’ve seen several zoom lenses has these marking with its lines connecting to the focusing distance. These marking is known as “Depth Of Field (DOF) Indicator”. Here are some example (google images) of the marking i talked about:

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Image 1: Zoom Lens with Depth Of Field Indicator

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Image 2: Lens with Depth Of Field Indicator

DOF indicator is used to guide which aperture will provides “acceptable” sharpness nearer and further from the actual focus distance. These technique is known as “Zone Focusing”. I’m not going to explain it scientifically about this. But lets learn how to use it.

Lets use “Image 2” as an example.

  • From the top, we can see the focus distance in feet(ft) followed by meter (m). On the focusing mark, it has aperture value on both its left and right side. Starting with 4, 8, 11, 16, 22.
  • Lets say that our subject are now in focus at 4ft. When we decide to use f8, both marking on the focusing marking shows us 3ft and 6ft. These indicate us that anything between 3ft to 6ft will be in “acceptable” sharpness. Any subject beyond the zone, will begin to blur, or out of focus.
  • I’m pretty sure you get the point now. I’ll let you to do further understanding by actually try it yourself.

Unfortunately, many of modern lenses nowadays doesn’t have these indicator due to Auto Focus technology has been improved way better for year to year. Welldone Fujifilm for their genius effort on putting the Depth Of Field Indicator on its Fujinon XF14mm lens to keep us aware of this features and be thankful for the advance of our AF technology nowadays.

 

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50% OFF Craft & Vision Ebook on SALE

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Good News for photography enthusiast, Craft & Vision is celebrating their 4th birthday. They are giving 50% Off of all ebook (except the annual subscription of PHOTOGRAPH Magazine) . If you are not familiar with Craft & Vision, they are publishing photography related ebooks online starting USD5 each. Featuring lots of inspiring photographer like the founder itself, David duChemin, Mitchell Kanashkevich, Piet Van den Eynde, Nicole S. Young and the list goes on.

“Everything we have is on sale for 50% off (except for annual subscriptions to our magazine, PHOTOGRAPH, but you can get all the back issues for 50% off). There’s no discount codes, the prices are built right in. Just fill your party bag with half-price eBooks, Lightroom presets, and copies of PHOTOGRAPH and the 50% is automatically applied.

If you’ve ever purchased one of our products, told a friend about our free eBooks, then you’ve been a part of this, and we’re grateful. You can’t download cake, but you can still celebrate. But do it quickly, because, like cake, the offer’s only good for a couple days. August 27 and 28, then the sale’s over and the left-over cake gets tossed out.”

– David duChemin,
Chief Executive Nomand and Accidental Founder of C&V

 Visit their store at www.craftandvision.com

The offer only valid until 28th August 2013. So grab your copies now. Lets shopping.

Newborn Photography

I’ve been inspired to do this shot by a good friend mine, Wazari Wazir. He shared his secrets in his blog, and i just can’t believe he manage to get the images without any studio equipment. So today with the curiosity in my mind i took few shots of my newborn baby boy just to see whether i can get the same result with just minimal set-up.

The set-up is really simple not as hard as to keep our baby remained calm. It was very quick shot, not more than 2 minutes before our baby break the silence.  You can actually “find” the newborn photography tips by Wazari Wazir in his blog (click here), just spent few minutes to dig in his blog to find the treasure. I’m pretty sure you will learn something along the way.

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New Family Member | Baby Boy

As the title suggest, Alhamdulillah, my wife safely delivered our second child on 10th August at 0955hrs.

At 0700hrs that morning we registered at Delivery Ward as suggested by our doctor. While Delivery Nurse preparing for cardiotocography (CTG), i asked her if it is allowed to bring camera into the labour room. And yes, I got positive answer. While in the labour room, the doctor keep encourage me to take picture & record videos too. On my first child’s birth, i didn’t bring camera to document it. Not because it was prohibited, but i was nervous be a father for the first time.

I do not have access to roam all over the Delivery Room while the operation is in progress. Prior to the operation, i have made decision to use 14mm lens (21mm FF equivalent). Actually i was thinking to bring 2 body with 35mm & the 14mm lens attached. But my Nikon D90 with (35mm lens attached) produce noisy shutter which i’m concerned not to disturb the progress of the operation. So i decided to only use Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 14mm lens attached as the mirrorless camera produce quieter shutter sound. I do have a Fujinon 35mm, but i don’t want to get busy to switch between the lenses. Furthermore, i don’t have any idea yet about the space for me to do photography inside the Delivery Room. Without risking myself to missed the shots because i had not enough space for the 35mm lens, therefore i choosed 14mm as my best companion at that time.

I’m glad now i had taken the moment of his birth even though it was not the best angle. At least, i have something to show him in future.

VCSO FILM 04 : SLIDE

VSCO film tools has long been creating what we believe to be the best film emulsion presets for digital photographers. Last Wednesday, the company announced Film Pack 4: Slide, a new pack of emulators that help photographers recreate the look of various slide film stocks in digital photos. It’s “the most authentic film emulation available,” the company says.

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The pack includes 11 different films (with variations of each), and a total of 117 presets.

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The software is available for Lightroom (4/5) and Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop (CS6/CC). VSCO Film Pack 4 also brings some other, more general improvements to the plugin. It features more custom camera profiles, including Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus and Leica models, and an increased range of blues and blacks for VSCO Tools.

You can get VSCO Film 04 here. The normal price is $119, but you will get 25% discount for limited time. As an owner of previous VSCO Film packs, they offered 50% off until 20th August 2013.

Here are some result of using VSCO Film 04.

Fuji Astia 100F-

Kodak E100G HC

Fuji Fortia SP

Fuji Provia 400X+++

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