From Around the Internet
Here are some of the interesting photography resources I’ve found online this month.
CameraCraft Free Nov/Dec Issue
In the days before Christmas, I received an interesting email saying the Nov/Dec issue of CameraCraft magazine was available to view for free. I subscribed to this magazine for quite a few years back in the early 2000s but stopped after it was sold. Now that David Kilpatrick has returned as the editor, things have changed, and the magazine has regained its appeal.
This magazine is for real photography enthusiasts and isn’t just designed to sell equipment. David Kilpatrick is an extremely knowledgeable photographer, and when I contacted him, he was very happy for me to share the free edition with you. Please feel free to share it with other photographers who you think might be interested. I hope you enjoy it.
Fuji Film Recipes
Following my recent foray into iPhone photography, I have a newfound respect for the humble JPEG image. As I explained recently in an article where I tested my iPhone enlargements, I’m not finding quality an issue when working with today’s software. And this set me thinking…
In the past, I’ve tended to shoot with my camera set to record only RAW data. I would completely ignore the in-camera processing features responsible for creating JPEG images. But based on my iPhone experience, I’ve decided 2024 is the time to challenge this.
As some of you will no doubt be aware, one strength of the Fuji system is its support for Film Recipes. These are custom settings you can dial into the camera, and which are then applied to the captured images. Because the results are saved as JPEG images, I ignored this feature. I’ve now realised this may be a mistake.
Film Recipes can produce a distinctive look, often injecting mood and atmosphere. While they may not suit my taste for landscape photography, I love them for urban and travel work. I’ve also discovered I feel more enthusiastic when photographing using a film recipe. I think it’s because I’m not viewing a regular rendering of the scene. It seems to encourage me to explore new subjects and shoot differently.
Here are four useful sources I’ve found that share a host of film simulations for Fuji cameras. I would be interested to know if you have any different ones of your own.