Wikl

So a few weeks ago a good friend of mine asked me to take some photos of his new product-line to publish on his website. This new product is called Wikl. It is a textile pot cover, which you can wrap around the plastic flower pot to make

it looks nice. It’s a very clever product and just the perfect little gift!

For the briefing: The images were supposed to display the products in a trendy living room. What better place than to use my own living room for this job (as my friend so liberally suggested). 😉

So we did… I was not sure about the setup at first, but once I checked the photos again to process a few days later, I was very pleased with the result.

Some of the images can be found in my portfolio (Wikl), and some more on his website http://www.wikl.nl.

Ps. I know I haven’t written in a while, but I’m back in the game… So you will be hearing more from me soon. 😉

Using the Fuji X-E1 for “official” jobs

I’ve been experimenting with the different settings on my Fuji X-E1 a lot lately, to get the JPEGs to suite my own taste. However I’ve come to realize Fuji already have done an excellent job with their default settings. It’s actually the look I fell in love with in the first place. I only prefer to have the Shadow Tones set to -1, to make the images a little bit softer. I also shoot mainly with DR100.

I am also feeling more confident every day with this camera to use it not only for shooting private, but use it for actual assignments. I think the AF still a bit slow, but for certain types of jobs where it doesn’t matter, I prefer it over a DSLR. The look of the images is exactly what I’m looking for so I get to use the JPEGs straight out of camera, which saves me a lot of time post-processing the images.

Fuji already announced a firmware update, which will speed up the Auto Focus, so things will get even better in the near future! Can’t wait. Maybe soon I won’t be shooting with a DSLR at all, anymore. 🙂

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Firmware update Fuji X-E1 v1.04 and Fuji XF 35mm

Great to see Fujifilm is still updating the performance of their current line of the X-Series, even though they already have announced the X100S.

… I just updated the firmware of the X-E1 and 35mm lens, and although I haven’t had the time to really test it extensively, but it indeed locks on very well now. In my experience it locks on also faster than before.

I did read on someones blog AF has become slower, but for me it feels the opposite. I think it feels that way, because it locks on more often. This update makes the camera really feel like an improved version!

It’s the first time I updated the firmware and I have to say, Fujifilm has explained the process very well on their website. Just read carefully through it (and watch the movie if it will make you feel more confident). Don’t be afraid to run the update. It is very simple and you will have a more accurate, and more enjoyable camera to use, than before…

Now, all we need is some nice light and a subject to test it on! 😉
Good luck, and happy shooting.

Party over Here

Here is a nice idea for a treat for your kid’s first birthday to give as a present to the other kids in the daycare center.

Ingredients:

  • a nice illustration of your kid (drawn by your wife)
  • finger puppets (Ikea has got very cool ones)
  • 200 grams paper, to print the illustration on
  • a box of raisins per treat
  • double-sided tape
  • transparent wrapping paper
  • colourful ribbons
  • some stickers to write the kids names on

 

First you cut out the printed illustration.
Then tape the raisins box to the back of the illustration at its base, so it can stand stable.
Put a finger puppet over the hand of your illustrated kid.
Wrap it up as a nice present.
Finally stick the sticker on the back of the wrapping paper…

et, viola! 🙂

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The images above were shot in low light conditions with the Fujifilm X-E1 using a 28mm and 35mm lens. I just used the jpg files sooc. Some minor curve adjustments and sharpening (which I’m still not sure if it was necessary) were done afterwards in Photoshop.