Fujiholics Liverpool Photowalk 2017

Liverpool Autumn Photowalk 2017

The final Fujiholics Liverpool photo-walk of 2017 started off at Liverpool City Centre's Central Library.

Located opposite St Georges Hall, the Library was rebuilt and reopened in 2013 with a greatly remodelled architecture which is very photogenic within its own right especially the Picton Reading rooms and rooftop access.

Inside the library is a great little cafe where we did a meet and greet over a tea/coffee & scone and also allows for people to have a quick look around the library before we head off on the main walk.

Once outside, Matt Hart gave his usual briefing before we started to head off to St George’s Hall towards Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral which also known by the nicknames 'the wigwam', 'Paddy's Wigwam', and 'The Pope's Launching Pad' amongst other names. The Wigwam gave us the opportunity to do out the traditional group shot and for people to go off and explore the Cathedral and the others the chance to grab a tea/coffee and a sandwich.

We headed across the city centre to the 'Liverpool Anglican Cathedral' where people could explore the rooftop. The rooftop offers the best 360-degree view of all Liverpool city and allows for great shots. For those that did not want to go up to the roof, the cathedral itself has many places to explore and another chance for tea and cake.

After a regroup, we slowly headed down to the waterfront passing interesting buildings, down past Liverpool one and then around the Albert Dock with its historical buildings, tall ships and quirky old food vans. We stopped by the Museum of Liverpool which has some great photographic spaces within it from the spiral staircase to the huge windows which overlook the Albert Dock and Pier-head towards the three graces and ferry terminal.

For those that wanted to go for food after the walk, we headed to a local pub then made our way to the Baltic Triangle part of the city and dined at The Baltic Social.

As with most photo walks... the day was enjoyable by all those that attended, new friends were made and hopefully, some great photos were taken.

Shooting live gigs

The Fujiholics Gig Workshop with Warren Millar was the second of its kind, the first being back in June of 2016. With the success of his first workshop and feedback from attendees, it was decided to run another for both new photographers getting into music photography and also photographers who attended the first workshop and wanted some extra tuition.

The workshop was hosted at The Studio in Widnes, Cheshire where Warren is house photographer. Jim Moody and Rich Waine, both gig photographer and Fujiholics team members were also in attendance to help out and give their professional input when needed. Covering everything from camera setup, pit etiquette, shooting styles etc. Also a hands-on shooting session with a live band.

The morning session was classroom based. Warren went through his shooting style and equipment used when capturing images at events. Different types of gig events such as dark, small venues to open and large festivals. As well as this Warren went through images he had captured throughout the years covering Music festivals and Gigs. Talking in detail about each image, questions were asked by all attendees with great technical answers given.

The afternoon was all practical, the workshop was lucky enough to have the very talented three piece band Zen Project come along. With a full lighting and sound set up, everyone was pushed to their technical abilities to try and capture some great images. After Zen Project had finished their set Warren and the attendees went back into the classroom and discussed what they had shot. Tips, hints and more professional techniques were given. Warren had organised a giveaway to one lucky photographer with a quick question on what had been learnt in the morning class.

Thank you to Warren for a great gig workshop, The Studio for the great venue (also biscuits and tea), the amazing Zen Project also lastly the great attendees, I hope you are able to take everything you learn into your next gig and capture some great images!





"The day was Brilliant, tuition, Ideas, stage, lighting, music and refreshments"

"Thoroughly enjoyable and within everyone's ability"

"Great bunch of guys, very friendly, lots of hints and tips. Highly Recommended"

Photowalk around Liverpool with Matt Hart and the NEW Fujifim X-T2

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'Shooting Live Gigs' Fujiholics workshop with Warren Millar

Warren Millar, Fujiholics shooting gigs
Image Credit: Warren Millar

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Warren's Weekend

So this weekend saw my Fuji X gear get a good hammering. Friday Night I was at The Brindley Arts centre in Runcorn for Jenny Colquitt’s EP launch gig. Jenny is an amazing singer song writer from my home town Widnes who I have got to know very well through my work at “The Studio” a small but great music venue again in Widnes where I am the in house photographer. Read more

Calumet & Fujiholics Edinburgh

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Matt's Podcast With Valerie Jardin

Matt has finally managed to find some time to sit with the wonderful Valerie Jardin to deliver his tips on street photography.

This is a fantastic podcast, giving you a range of tips to get you started in street photography.

Matt and Valerie have great conversations about what makes street photography so amazing to shoot.

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The Fujiholics Buzz - TPS 2016

Fujiholics TPS 01Phew! That’s another year over at the Photography Show in NEC, Birmingham.

4 fantastic days of all things photography; from fantastic speakers on the live stage to lots of show offers from all our favourites in the industry.

Lots of you Fujiholics attended the show this year and it was great to see you.

Fujifilm changed their stand this year to include a higher level where attendees could try out the new 100-400mm lens along with the very popular X Pro 2.

Matt was working the crowds on – of course - the Fujifilm stand and the Live Stage, but also became a popular speaker on the SmugMug stand this year. Speaking about what inspires him in street photography and how he uses SmugMug, Matt presented fantastic talks on the industry and generated a real buzz around the stand. The SmugMug stand, in some ways, became a secondary home for all you Fujiholics this year due to Lauren’s presence here and because of the great relationship that we have built over the past while with the amazing team at SmugMug – which we are really excited about.

The days sped by and many miles were walked by those attending. An expected 32000 attended the photography show last year and it is thought that this year’s show surpassed that number – it sure did feel like it! There is always a great vibe at the Photography Show and it always proves to be a great hub to catch up with those that we respect in the industry but rarely get to spend time with.

‘Fujiholics’ was a great talking point at the show this year due to our continual support of many manufacturers and our ever growing community.

It’s exciting times for Fujiholics, with a team of people bringing in fresh ideas and projects for 2016 and ongoing. Stay tuned and keep an eye on the workshops.

It was a real pleasure to see some of you there and we would love to see any pictures and share any blogs that you have from the day – just drop us an email via the contact page.

Liverpool Photo Walk 2016

Rich Waine's Story:

After the success of last years Liverpool photowalk, FujiHolics decided to host another photowalk around the great city of Liverpool. This years event did not disappoint...

The day started off down on Liverpool's waterfront outside the River Mersey ferry terminal and home to the Beatles Museum. As most know, I can not even begin to socialise unless I have had some sort of bacon related meal and a warm cup of coffee. In true fashion, I ended up wearing most of what I was attempting to eat and not in a fashionable bacon wearing, headlining Lady Gaga way.

As the group started to grow, several introductions later, Matt Hart, the photowalk organiser and host gave a quick overview of what the photo walk was about, the route and the usual do's & don't for the day before officially starting the 2016 photo walk.

For anyone who does not know what a photowalk involves, it is a organised gathering of photographers who walk a route carrying out various types of photography, it is also a great networking opportunity were many friendships can be made.

FujiHolics is about FujiFilm camera users sharing a passion about the FujiFilm brand but with the focus being centred around the social gathering element or workshops,  not purely hardware related. The free photowalks are not limited to owners of FujiFilm cameras, anyone with an smartphone to a Hubble space telescope are welcome on the walks which makes for some great banter between owners of brands but also allows people of other brands a chance to try out the FujiFilm X system which usually often surprises a lot of people which how versatile the system is.

I genuinely do not think I have ever enjoyed myself so much as I have done today at any photography related event, and there has been some noteable, epic FujiHolics events...

Some of today's highlights included silly hats, selfie sticks, bad jokes, road kill Elmo's, non-birthday celebration and hug avoiding.. but most of all it's been full of great company with some people I would like to call my friends and other people who I have met for the first time and finally been able to put names to faces. I think I even managed a smile at some point.

I have come away from today's event with the view that there is more to life than being too concerned with elements of photography, that really, on reflection just do not really matter. Photography for the most, is something you should just go out and do instead of being stuck behind a computer screen reading technical specs, arguing on photography related forums as who makes the best camera and bragging rights over mega pixels and who can get the most likes on social media.

Text courtesy of Rich Waine: http://www.fujixmad.com/Blog/FujiHolics-Liverpool-Photowalk/

Fujiholics - The Glencoe Story

Fujiholics Hits the Highlands!

It doesn't seem like a month has passed since our long exposure trip to Glencoe.

Glencoe is a photographer's paradise with rolls of mountains, dramatic weather and roads that flow through the glens. What can make the scenery better than that? Well, add some snow and then you have the perfect canvas for black and white landscapes.

Have you ever questioned whether or not Fujifilm equipment can withstand -6 degree C climates and blizzards? Well, question no more! The proof is in the pudding so-to-speak and the Glencoe weekend back in January proved that the X range is robust, resilient and well-made.

The Glencoe weekend was hosted by Matt Hart and Paul Sanders, who each provided expert tips and advice on how to get the best from these mountainous landscapes. Long exposure, composition and lighting were just a few of the skills covered on the trip.

The group stayed at the Kings House Hotel just as you enter Glencoe.

Situated just off Rannoch Moor with nothing but open spaces and stunning views of the Munro mountain range - what more could you want?!

Wrapped up in our warm clothing and armed with our individual X range selections, we visited many of the iconic locations over the course of the weekend, including:

Glen Etive
River Coe
Castle Stalker
Blackrock Cottage
Rannoch Moor
Sarah was on-hand at each location with her van that became known as 'Sarah's Cafe' on the trip - we were all well looked after with tea and snacks!

As is typical with the Scottish Highlands, the visibility started off fairly poor but became clear throughout the days - this helped the group to create some stunning and dramatic landscapes - no 2 photographs were the same and everyone was encouraged to shoot their own style based on the tips they were given.

SmugMug, Cambrian and Snapperstuff all had input throughout the workshops, which allowed the groups to get lots of knowledge and advice from different areas of the photography world.

Speaking of the groups that attended the workshops - they were simply wonderful. Fujiholics is all about the social elements of photography and that was very evident throughout our time in Glencoe. Everyone shared their advice and got along extremely well. (Not forgetting the few social drams we had at the end of each day!)

Great advice was given; stunning landscapes were shot; and new friends were made!

If you feel that you missed out on Fujiholics' most Northern event so far, well, you probably did!  But don't worry, this workshop was such a great success that we've already  announced dates for 2 more Glencoe workshops, you can view them by clicking the links below:


Glencoe Autumn - beginning November 21st 2016

Glencoe Winter - beginning January 23rd 2017