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Photography as with all art forms is a living thing, constantly changing and evolving. Yet, some photographers are constantly trying to fight that change, insisting that only certain art forms are valid, or even certain ways of taking photographs are valid. Over the past month, we’ve seen two ends of this spectrum personified by technology. …


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”working” Image by arthurhidden via Envato Elements

For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been working as a Freelance artist in Ireland. While much of my work is now photography related, most of that comes from image sales, and sales of my photography tools. But I also still work as a freelance designer, primarily doing motion graphics for the film and television industry. Over the past few yers, I’ve noticed that the industry has become more and more difficult to work in, to the point where I have felt like quitting several times.

Most of what I discuss below comes from working as a designer, and working with motion graphics, but these challenges are relevant across all creative fields. Much of this may also be specific to Ireland, as the size of the creative market here is quite small, but it may also be relevant to other locations. …


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I have a secret. I little secret that I’ve kept for so long. I’m so ashamed and the guilt is tearing me apart. I just have to come clean… Actually, none of that is really true. It’s not really a secret and I’m neither ashamed nor do I feel guilty. You see, when I’m taking photos, I check the shots on my camera’s screen. There, I said it! I’m one of those people. I’m a chimper. And I couldn’t care less.

“Chimping” is one of those phrases that some photographers like to throw around with an air of superiority and a hint of condescension so they can talk down to other photographers, because they’re a “real” photographer, and real photographers never chimp. …


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So I had a scary experience a little while ago. I went into Dublin City to get some photos to finish off a video I was working on for my YouTube channel. I had taken out my camera to shoot some photos, and just as I was walking down the street, some guy on a bike came up behind me and started giving out to me for taking photos of someone, and then proceeded to grab my camera and push it into my face.

Here’s the full story of what happened.

Earlier that week I had recorded an episode of “Street Photo Diary” in which I had shot some street photography on film. I wasn’t completely happy with the shots I had taken, so I wanted to get some more. I had a few shots left on a roll of film in my other film camera, so I figured I’d use that up. I also grabbed my Canon 5d while on the way out the door. …


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Dear Tim

I have been an Apple user as long as I can remember. As a motion graphics artist, the Mac has always been my computer of choice, and I have always fought for getting the various companies I have worked for over the years to properly support and invest in Apple hardware and software. This was particularly challenging when I first started out in 3D. Managers have always been reluctant to use the Mac for 3D applications, especially when I started in the late 90s.

However, my persistence paid off, and as Apple embraced the pro video and motion graphics market throughout the 2000s, my belief in Apple was vindicated as many of the leading applications were ported to the Mac, and company bosses saw the benefits of having an all Mac pipeline, in reduced support costs and so on. …


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Photo by Craig Adderly via Pexels

A few weeks ago I read a post on a fairly popular website from someone arguing that photography as an art from was being ruined because its become so accessible. The author was decrying the fact that anyone can take a photo now and anyone can call themselves a photographer. They believe that this has diluted the purity of the art (I’m paraphrasing) and are ruining it for the “real photographers”.

What a load of elitist rubbish.

If there’s one thing that really ticks me off, it’s elitism in the photography community. Photography is the most liberal of liberal arts. It’s something everyone can enjoy and participate in. It’s one of the most accessible and easy to get into forms of art. It means so many different things to so many people. It’s everything from a way to immortalise precious memories, to capture important moments in history, to sell a product, or just make a pretty picture. …


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Canon Eos R and Nikon Z7

With the release of new mirrorless camera options from Nikon and Canon, there has been a lot of discussions about the various specs and pros and cons of these new cameras. Now that the initial craziness has died down a bit we’re starting to see reactions from those actually using these cameras, and for the most part the opinion from those with real world experience seems to be mostly positive. …


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Hey photography experts — it’s Thomas here. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you personally. But I’ve seen your videos, and read your blogs. I want to follow your advice…. but I have one request….

How about instead of telling people what they shouldn’t be doing all the time, you tell them what they should do?

How about instead of trying to help people by always being negative, you try being positive for a change?

So how about instead of all the “10 mistakes photographers make” videos and blog posts, you try “10 things you can do to improve your photography” or something like that ? …


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There are some subjects that I’m often afraid to write about here on the blog. I’m afraid because I know it will cause a backlash, and I know some people will attack me for it. I suspect that even the title of this blog post is heresy to some people. It’s not meant as a slight or being “anti-Fuji”, but it’s based on my analysis of the market. If that bothers you, if you don’t think one can be critical and still be fair, then maybe you might not want to read the rest of this post.

If there has been one company more outspoken than any other on the subject of APS-C sensors vs Full Frame it has been Fujifilm. Because of the insistence of company executives that their X-Trans technology makes their smaller sensor superior to full frame, many fans of the company’s products have been active and vocal supporters of this viewpoint. It has reignited an argument that many had previously considered settled: the merits of full frame vs cropped sensor. …


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There has been a lot of talk lately about Lightroom alternatives. Much of this has been amplified by disquiet over the recent decision of Adobe to go subscription only, although there have been grumblings about this for a while. A lot of people are looking for alternatives because of this, and many people are making claims that x software will replace Lightroom and so on. Unfortunately because of the internet echo chamber, many of these claims are either untrue, out only true for specific purposes.

Before I go on, there’s a disclaimer that I have to include, which is kind of unfortunate to have to do, but based on the comment’s I’ve received before, I have to make this point. Here’s the thing… for some reason, some people find this hard to understand, but what works for you may not work for others. Many of the needs of people are subjective, and so, what might be the feature set that is perfect for one person may not represent what is perfect for someone else. I get this all the time in comments and emails from people when they may disagree with me on something, because they assume that their needs are everyone’s needs and this is often not the case. And that goes both ways. My needs aren’t everyone’s either. I can only write from my own perspective although I do my best to be objective. …

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Thomas Fitzgerald

Irish based Photographer, Writer, Animator, Lightroom & Photoshop Expert. Fuji X-Photographer. http://blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com/

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