Sketching inside Books Kinokuniya

Sketchers were in Books Kinokuniya yesterday.

All shots are from the X-Pro1 with 18mm lens, processed with DxO Filmpack using Provia 100F.

Even with the Provia 100F, there's a colour cast that would not have been there with the default OOC Fuji Provia. The so called Generic Fuji Provia from Filmpack has an even stronger cast.

One of the sketchers happen to have a Fujifilm X-T1 and I tried my hands on it. It's terrific. X-T1's EVF is like looking at a LCD TV screen while X-Pro1's EVF is just that, an EVF. I even prefer X100's EVF over the X-Pro1's.

XT1's handling is great. He had the 14mm lens and battery grip. The whole setup still feels light and mobile. AF speed is quick, certainly faster than the X-Pro1 but I've to say that this very much depends on which lens you use. A slow focusing 60mm lens is still going to be slow if you use it on the fastest camera.

XT1 is a seriously good camera. Those who like the SLR form factor thinking of switching to a lighter setup now have the perfect reason. I'm really impressed by the EVF. It's huge.

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Book Review: Social Photography by Daniela Bowker



Social Photography is a book targeted towards the camera phone using crowd. These people, judging by the design of the book, are those who like funky fonts and striking bold colours.

The gist of the book is to share the photos you just took on the various social networking sites.

The book introduces many of the social networking apps (many with built in camera functions) that you can use, namely Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest. That's the first chapter of the book.

The rest of the book focuses more on applying effects rather than the photography techniques. Well, it does mention composition. But beyond that, it talks about how you can stylise your photos by applying filters to get all sorts of effects like film noir, retro, warm cool, blur, hip, and basically whatever there is out there. It's quite fascinating to know that there are so many effects you can apply with just a few finger taps.

The book also covers how you can use your limited fixed lens camera phone to tackle different subject matter. The usual subjects are are kittens and puppies, but there are also the more serious portraits, or selfies, landscapes, panoramas, making movies, or shooting your apartment photo in a pleasing manner to make someone want to rent it.

The book never strays far from its focus of helping your photos get a few more views. The information are oftentimes useful, especially for those who want to explore camera phone photography.

Last chapter is my favourite because it features photographers who are great and taking photos with their phones. It really shows the possibilities of what can be achieved.

Overall, it's a good book for those who want to learn more about social photography. It's a quick guide with a list of apps featured that you can learn and use before the end of the day.

Social Photography is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion

Social Photography: Making All Your Smartphone Photos One in a Billion


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Book Review: Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity & build your audience



Blogging for Photographers is a beginner's guide essentially, targeted at someone who has never blogged before. The author is Jolie O'Dell from Mashable and Venture Beat.

If you already have some blogging experience, then this book may not be that useful because it covers only the basics. But if you know nothing beforehand, then this will give you a quick start, or the work you can expect when your blog is up.

The blogging basics are covered well with the photographer in mind, with constant reference back to the photographer. I'm also a blogger (not on photography though), and many of what's written in the book are things that I do regularly. The tips are pretty standard but still useful, not nothing I've never seen before but books on blogging typically cover the same content.

The chapters covers the different blogging platforms, content writing, building a community, monetization, finding inspiration and some basic photo editing techniques with Photoshop. The chapter on photo editing can easily be devoted to more blogging content as there are better books that deal with such technical knowledge.

Throughout the book there are examples of prominent photography blogs featured. Those are great as inspiration that you can aspired towards, as well as a good resource for coming up with ideas on what to write.

There are reviewers that comment that the book doesn't go into detail. It sort of feels that way, but the thing with blogging is, you just go in and write something and learn on the way, it's not too difficult.

Overall, it's a good book, but I'll only recommend it to those with absolutely no blogging experience.

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience

Blogging for Photographers: Explore your creativity jpg build your audience


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Well lit building

All photos from the Panasonic GX7 and 25mm f/1.4.

The 25mm f/1.4 lens is one I seldom use because I consider the view to narrow. But it makes really nice images when you get it right.

The photos are also processed with DxO Filmpack 4 using the Generic Provia setting.


Exposure 1/100 F Number f/2 ISO 3200


Exposure 1/60 F Number f/1.4 ISO 320


Exposure 1/60 F Number f/1.4 ISO 320


Exposure 1/250 F Number f/1.4 ISO 200


Exposure 1/2500 F Number f/1.4 ISO 200