I'm a Professional Photographer! Why would I go on a photography workshop?

I have photographed over 400 weddings, sometimes I feel amazing and sometimes I feel like a beginner! As photographers we give so much to our clients, we bring out so much from them. We make the miserable people smile, we make the insecure feel great about how they look! We manage stress, emotions, family politics, all within short time frames, difficult lighting conditions within unfamiliar venue/locations! We burn ourselves out achieving the best for our clients !

How do we top up our creativity and passion?

Workshops are amazing places to share ideas, think differently and look at ways to work differently !

I promised myself many years ago that I will always top up my creativity with learning from others! I always come away from a workshop! Revitalised, energised, ready to see me through for the next season of weddings! I don't think I could keep so passionate without these amazing, low cost workshops !

Photography workshops always bring back the love I first had for photography! I have that feeling in the pit of my stomach that excites me, I'm like a child again, happy in my zone!

So even after 400 weddings I get so much out of a street workshop a landscape workshop or even a business related workshop!

I owe it to my business and my customers, but above all I owe it to myself !

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If you have never done a workshop because you believe it's beneath you or you won't get anything from it, I really believe you are missing out !

No course will make you a photographer, I see them as building blocks, if I can learn one thing on a workshop, I'm so happy, because I add that to my workflow and that Leads to a happier me !

The added bonus, is you shoot for you, you get to drink plenty of coffee, some hot fruit toast, and you fill your lungs with some lovely fresh air along with sometime out with your everyday life !

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Lee Glasgow

www.leeglasgowphotography.co.uk

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Switching to Fujifilm - Lee Glasgow

Lee's background:

13 years ago I purchased a Canon 300d, what a wonderful camera it was in its day, then I upgraded every 2-3 years ending with the Canon 5D Mark three, there is no denying these are great camera’s !

7 years ago I decided to focus on weddings and my kit replicated most other wedding photographers equipment ! A couple of years ago i realised my bones were taking a battering from carrying around two full frame camera bodies and 4 heavy lens’s for 12 hours at a time!

I then purchased the little Fuji X100t after reading the reviews from a couple of well known fuji ambassadors, now i have to say this was a perfect travel camera/gig camera/family camera, I love it, but I never really had much success with it at weddings!

My Canon gear that had served me well but was looking battered and it was obvious that it would soon need replacing. Once again I started following the blogs of the Fujifilm  ambassadors and started to get excited with the  Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the new The Fujifilm X-T2! Lets fast forward as I’m boring myself!

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Lee's current kit:

My kit now includes 2 Fujifilm X-T2’s  a 50-140mm 2.8, the 56mm 1.2 and the 16mm 1.4 lens (i will be adding a lens to bridge the gap between the 16mm and the 56mm in time)

So what have I learnt in changing over?

Well firstly, Im now carrying around 2.5kg less equipment than before, I really can feel huge difference!
I shoot always in manual for everything, so shooting in manual on the Fujifilm X-T2 came so natural, there was little or no learning to be done! The tilt screen is a God send.

I went on a training day with Chris Chambers Photography, I felt smug as the other members lay on the floor getting muddy and damp, i simply crouched down and tilted the screen, I shoot low, high and waist height now, why? because I can!, this is not really possible without the tilting screen because of seeing whats in the frame and focusing, well not for me anyway!

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Lee's go to lens:

My lens of choice for when I’m taking portraits at the wedding or capturing guests chatting, is the 56mm, with its 1.2f stop i simply love the results it achieves.

So is the Fujifilm X-T2 a wedding camera?

For all the reasons I’ve mentioned if you were to give me two 5d mark 4’s right now, hand on heart, I would not trade these fuji’s in! Why would I? They have the focusing I require and the speed shutter rate I require, even without the booster grip! Yes its a cropped sensor, but connect a prime lens to this you have an amazing fast, light, versatile camera, and we have not even gone into Video in camera options!

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The support I have received from the Fuji community has been amazing!

Here is the cheese folks!

I became a photographer because I fell in love with a camera!

and now?

I guess, Im a born again Fujiholic!

 

Lee Glasgow
www.leeglasgowphotography.co.uk

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A Fujiholics Story - Adam Joe Roberts

My name is Adam Joe Roberts and I’m a wedding photographer based in Widnes, Cheshire. My style of photography is more candid and natural that anything else. I’m very new to photography and only been shooting semi-professional for the last 18 months. I recently moved over to Fuji after advice from some fellow Fuji photographers and I’ve never looked back! Im hoping to learn a lot over the next couple of years and perfect my style and technique so I can make that push to full time as soon as possible.

So, you’re a Fujiholic?

Easy question, YES! I've recently moved from Canon full frame and although I loved my 5D mk3 with and the glitz and glam of L glass. I really didn't think anything could come close to the images I produced until I got hold of the Fuji X-T1. For my style of photography which is natural and candid wedding photography the X-T1 with Fujinon glass is perfect. I couldn't ever imagine moving away from Fuji now, as well as the most beautiful of cameras and lenses, it's also the community that has stood out for me. Any question, critique, review, help or advice I have is followed up by answers from some of the best photographers in the business willing to help me on my journey. Thats what makes me a Fujiholic!

Which is your favourite lens? Why?

I'm stuck on this... I have two, 16mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.2. Both amazing in every aspect, I just love how the images look. If I could imagine a picture in my head before I take the shot both lenses give me back that exact image, I've never had that feeling before. I've stopped checking images after shooting them to see if everything is correct because I trust them to perform every time. But if I had to choose one it would be the 56mm F1.2, it's unbelievable! The sharpness and out of focus areas are just perfection.

When you next go travelling, what gear will you take?

X-T1 23mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.2. simply put, that is perfect for everything. I can achieve any image I want with these lenses and camera. In my eyes, nothing else from any brand comes close!

When out shooting, what are your settings? Why?

I tend to shoot wide open on all my lenses so f1.2/1.4 Keep my shutter speed around 1/250 and change my ISO to compensate. When using flash I drop this to 160/1 and turn off the preview, flash's are always in manual. Then I check a few images to make sure my flash settings are correct.

What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

Only Adobe Lightroom. I did use Photoshop quite a bit when using Canon as I needed to remove quite a few imperfections in brides and grooms faces etc, but with the Fuji X-T1 I just love everything about the images. So adding Classic Chrome to raw files, little bit of basic editing like contrast, brightness, clarity and I'm all set! I have presets made in Lightroom with my own little bits that I add also. (Editing time is nearly halved with these little beauties!)

What is your favourite Film Simulation? Why?

Easy. Classic Chrome. Its beautiful! The shadows and highlights are just how I imagine an image should look.

What's next?

If I could persuade my wife to let me spend the extra cash I would definitely purchase the X70. If not I'll be holding out for the X-T2. Hoping that Fuji add the new improved sensor which is in the xPro2 and also dual card shots. Then my life would be complete!

Contact info

NAME: Adam Joe Roberts

WEB:  www.adamjoeroberts.com

EMAIL:  adamjoeroberts@yahoo.co.uk

TWITTER: @adamjoeroberts

INSTAGRAM: @adamjoeroberts

FACEBOOK: /adamjoeroberts