A couple weeks ago, I asked my subscribers to let me know what kinds of online photography courses they’d like to see me teach, and I got some incredible feedback! After reading hundreds of answers, I have some solid direction about how to proceed, and I’m looking to start filming some brand new courses in the next few weeks.

With that in mind, I’m excited to announce the launch of my brand new online school, which features a free course, called Creative Color Techniques for Photographers and brand new options for personalized individual coaching.

My Signature Course – Now in 3 Flavors!

In addition, I’m now offering 3 different options for my signature 30-lesson course, Photography On The Brainthat are designed to better match a variety of budgets and commitment levels.

ESSENTIALS gets you unlimited access to all 30 lessons and downloadable PDF assignments, at the lowest price I’ve ever offered. (Even lower with the discount below!) 

WORKSHOP adds full forum access where you can share you own insight, post your images for critique, and get input from me and other students. 

MENTORSHIP goes even deeper by adding personal coaching with a series of 4 one-hour video calls. This is the ultimate way to keep your motivation up and get targeted instruction and insight as you progress through the lessons. 

Photography On The Brain is still the most thought-provoking instruction on composition and creativity that I’ve ever offered. 

I cover such a wide variety of topics that you are guaranteed to come away with a huge batch of new ideas, confidence and inspiration.  

If you want to be better at composition gain more creative confidence, then I strongly urge you to check out this course, because I know it will help you expand your creative skills in a big way.  

Go Deeper with Personal Coaching

I’m also unveiling my brand new PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COACHING SESSIONS

With three different video call options that range from 30-minute Quick Coaching sessions, 60 minute 1:1 sessions and an extended series of 4 one-hour monthly sessions, I can give you one-on-one advice, targeted instruction, and provide critiques, direct feedback and direction that will help you progress in your current photography life. 

Whether you just need quick answers about a specific topic you’re struggling with, insight about how to better apply a certain creative technique, or if you want more in-depth feedback and ongoing follow-up, this is an incredible option for learning. 

Awesome New Course Interface and iOS App

I’m so excited about my new course site, which is built with the Teachable interface. The user dashboard and lesson pages are so easy to navigate, and they look great! You can view the lesson videos and assignment briefs with unlimited access on any device, and there’s even a free iOS app you can use for streamlined viewing of lesson material when you’re offline. 

I actually did a 12-week online singing/vocal course last winter that was built with the the same framework, and I was really impressed by the clean format and ease of access that Teachable offers. That’s why I’m using it for my own courses, and I think you’re really going to like how it looks and functions.  

Limited Time Launch Discount!!! 

Finally, to celebrate the launch of my new course site, I’m offering my readers a special limited time discount code for Photography On The Brain.  

Use coupon code LAUNCH20 at checkout to save 20% on either theESSENTIALS or WORKSHOP tiers(This code is only good for the next two weeks.)

My readers have been incredibly supportive over the years, and that’s why I’m so excited about my new course site. I know that you guys like to learn from me, and you deserve the best possible user experience to access and absorb the information that I share.  

I’m looking forward to building and uploading more courses in the coming weeks and months, but for now, I encourage you to check out the site, try out my free color course, and the share my courses with your other photographer friends.  

Thanks so much for reading and take care.

October 20, 2022
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Check Out My Brand New Online Photography School!

8 years ago early 2014, Fujifilm released the groundbreaking X-T1. This was the world’s first fully weather sealed, fast autofocus, action-ready mirrorless cameras designed specifically for outdoor photographers.  

With its incredible, innovative capabilities and small stylish, SLR-inspired body, this amazing camera took the world by storm and set the tone for everything that came afterward in the entire industry.  

I had the privilege of being one of the very first photographers in the U.S. to shoot with the X-T1, and since that day, my photography life was changed forever, from the moment I first picked up the camera.

Following up on this highly innovative machine, Fujifilm improved each generation of the X-T line with more power, more performance, more features and constantly improving image quality, and today, they have announced the brand new 5th generation X-T5.

Designed with the same 40MP X-Trans HR BSI sensor and 5th gen X-Processor Pro 5 engine, the X-T5 has nearly the same specs and feature set as the X-H2. It has up to 7 stops of IBIS in-body stabilization, 15 fps mechanical shutter, up to 20 fps ES, the new ultra-fast Subject Detect AF system, the new Pixel Shift Multi Shot feature, and 6.2K/30p video capabilities with up to 13+ stops of dynamic range.

And it retains the same classic styling that so many people have come to love on the X-T series.

In many ways the X-T5 is nearly identical to the X-H2, but there are a few differences. I have just uploaded my X-T5 launch day video analysis, where I preview the new camera and discuss the main specs and features, and let you know how it compares to the X-H2. 

  • 40 Megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HR BSI Imaging Sensor
  • 15 Frames per second in Mechanical Shutter
  • Up to 7 stops of Internal Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) 
  • New shutter 500,000 snaps.
  • 160MP pixel shift multi shot 
  • New subject detect AF
  • Nostalgic Neg film sim
  • 1/180,000 Max Shutter Speed in Electronic Shutter
  • 0.8x Magnification, 3.69 Mil Dots EVF
  • Externally Record Apple ProRes Raw or Blackmagic RAW
  • Up to 13+ stops of dynamic range with F-Log2
  • 6K/30P 10-bit 4:2:2 Video 

This is a very exciting day indeed!!! Enjoy the video, and be sure to leave a comment and let m know what you think or if you have any questions.

Finally, you can preorder the X-T5 here at B&H Photo and Amazon. It starts shipping in two weeks, on November 17.

November 2, 2022
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The FUJIFILM X-T5 is Here!!!

I’m excited to announce that my bestselling Fujifilm guide, X SERIES UNLIMITED has just been updated will full coverage of the new 5th generation X-H2 and X-H2S cameras. You can grab the latest 2022 Edition here.

The latest comprehensive revision includes all of the new features found in the X-H2X-H2S, and revised/expanded information about all of the other current X Series models, including the X-T4, X-T3, X-Pro 3, X-E4, X-S10, X-T30/30 II, X100V and the X-T100. 

If you’re a Fujifilm shooter, then this is the most definitive guide to the X Series cameras you can get. It explains every single feature and every single function, and it does so with clear descriptions, real world examples and a very easy-to-follow format.

X SERIES UNLIMITED – October 2022 Edition

It teaches you everything you need to know in order to become a better, more proficient, more creative photographer with your Fuji camera.

It has full coverage of all current and past models, all the way back to the 1st generation X Series cameras, and if you purchase the book, you’ll be entitled to free updates in the future when Fujifilm releases new models and firmware updates. 

Click here to see what other people have said about the guide, and then let me help you get the most from your Fuji camera. Join thousands of other Fuji users around the world who have downloaded the guide and benefitted from the vast amount of knowledge and expertise I’ve put into it. 

If you’re on the fence. rest assured; it comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t like the book for any reason, I’ll refund your purchase.

October 4, 2022
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My Bestselling Fujifilm Guide Now Covers the X-H2 and X-H2S

I’ve got something a little different today. Call it a slight expansion of my teaching skills. Teaching to my passions, if you will. Or you can just think of it as little bit of Friday fun and entertainment.

In my latest YouTube tutorial, I show you how to make a music video. That’s right. Having grown up in the golden age of MTV, and having made a handful of them with my own original recorded songs, I decided to share my knowledge of how to create a classic-style music video using the Multicam feature in Apple’s Final Cut Pro software

Specifically, I show you the steps needed to shoot and edit a handful of clips, so that they’re all in sync with the music. Final Cut Pro makes this really easy, but if you don’t know where to look in the software, it’s hard to figure this out. To illustrate, I use the video clips from my own song and music video, A Very Cozy Christmas, which I released back in 2020.

Now, I realize, that a lot of my readers probably don’t use Final Cut Pro, or have any intention of every making a music video for that matter, but who doesn’t love a good music video? The classic ones have such cultural significance in our lives. Or at least they once did.

With that in mind,  it might just be fun to watch this video, just to see how they’re made, and to support my efforts. If you enjoy my teaching style, this is a great way to help me expand my audience, which helps me continue to make more photography tutorials. So, even if you’re not a Final Cut Pro user, or a music producer, please consider watching and leaving a comment, just for that reason. 

So whether you were raised on videos like ThrillerJumpEvery Breath You TakeHungry Like the Wolf and Sledgehammer, or not, thanks so much for your support and have a great weekend, and I promise, I’ll get back to making some more photography tutorials very soon!

August 19, 2022
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How to Make a Music Video with Final Cut Pro X

The AF- Custom Settings are one of the most powerful autofocus features on the Fuijfilm X Series cameras, because they allow you to fine tune how the camera sees and reacts to your scene when shooting fast action and moving subjects.

In my latest video tutorial, I show you detail how the AF-C Custom Setting system works, how to adjust the three main parameters, what each of the 5 presets do, and how to use them to best capture your subjects.

I also let you know which are my favorite AF-C custom settings presets, and I show you how to configure the system to best match the subject matter you like to shoot.

This setting first appeared on the X-T2, and it’s included on nearly every single X Series camera since then, including the X-T30 and X100V.

As an action and sports photographer, I find this to be incredibly useful tool, and one that clearly demonstrates Fujifilm’s dedication to make very high performance cameras that are suitable for handling the fastest action and sports shooting tasks.

If you like to photograph things that move, whether it’s sports, action, adventure, wildlife, birds in flight, race cars, motorcycles, airplanes, or your children, grandchildren and energetic puppies, then I think you’ll find this to be a very useful lesson.

July 13, 2022
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Watch My FUJIFILM AF-C Custom Settings Tutorial Video

The other day, I flew out to one of the glaciers and shot a section of images and video clips throughout the evening with my Fujifilm X-T4 and XF70-300mm lens. 

I found myself in a rather mellow mood, so instead of focusing on the “dramatic” and the “amazing” as I often do in my imagery, I decided to accentuate the more subtle aspects of this particular landscape.  

The result is a tiny little film with an original score called ICE in MOTION – One Minute of Serenity. It highlights the gentle and quiet moments that happen during the often chaotic and violent life of the average iceberg, as it completes its long journey down from the mountains and nears the end of its existence in that form. 

After returning home, I assembled the clips and set it to an original mini film score, in which I laid down a cinematic bed, and then improvised the entire minute of music in “one take”, using an orchestral string ensemble patch from Native Instruments.

I hope you enjoy this very brief nature interlude and take the full minute to appreciate the peace, calm and slowness that this landscape sometimes shows us, which can be just as quenching for our soul as those “really exciting moments” we often look for.

As I continue to combine my photography and video with my own music, look for more projects like this from me in the future.

June 30, 2022
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Watch My Mini Film “ICE in MOTION”

I’ve always loved photographing reflections when I’m out shooting landscapes. Who doesn’t?

Reflections can make for such interesting subjects, and there’s a lot you can do with them, aside from the ultra-classic “perfect mirror image” of the mountain scene reflecting in the lake that’s such a staple of this genre.

Essentially, reflection images allow us to juxtapose the “upside down” with the “right side up,” and there are lots of ways to approach this. These are all shots I’ve made within the last couple of weeks during my recent trips out to the glacier.

One of my favorite techniques is to zoom in and narrow down my composition, so that both the reflection and the “right side up” subject matter are reduced to mere abbreviations that contrast and play off of each other in the frame.

You can take this to extremes so that either the main subject or the reflection end up as very small parts of the frame. You’re including just enough to merely suggest this single abbreviated element, which creates a strong visual contrast between the two subject.

This also helps to increase the viewer’s own imagination and engagement with the image, because the “story” of the scene isn’t quite so apparent. They have to work for it as they disseminate the shot and try to figure out exactly what’s going on inside the frame.

In other cases, you’re not creating so much of a mystery, you’re simply including a very small bit of reflected material as a splash of “different” visual interest in an otherwise stragithward scene, as I’ve done here in the last few photos.

You can add even more interest when you combine this with other compositional technique like selective focus, shallow depth of field and the juxtaposition of opposing elements like warm and cool, near and far, big and small, etc…

Have fun with this technique as you’re out shooting this summer, and look for ways that you can create intriguing reflection photos that go behind the normal “perfect reflection” motif.

June 14, 2022
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Add New Creative Twist to Your Reflection Photos

In addition to the brand new 5th Generation X Series camera that Fujifilm unveiled last week, the X-H2s, Fujifilm also introduced two brand new lenses, as well, including the much-anticipated XF150-600mm f/5.6-8.

I know, I know… this is the one that a lot of you have been waiting for.

This new extreme telephoto-zoom features high performance optics, weather sealing, and incredible new options for framing and capturing your distant scenes, whether you shoot stills or motion.

XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

Rumors of new XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 began circulating last year, and so there was much speculation about what it would actually look like when it was finally released.

Now that it’s finally here, the details of this new super-telephoto are quite impressive. First of all, it’s a lot less expensive than I would have thought. Given the Fuji’s “white barrel” 200mm /f2 lens is just shy of $6K, I figured that the XF150-600 would be quite a bit more than $1,999.00.

I’m glad I was wrong, because ar this price, it makes Fuji’s 150-600 a truly viable option for a wide range of sports, wildlife and nature photographers who want this kind of focal length and performance.

Costing only $100 more than Fuji’s awesome XF100-400 lens, the new XF150-600 offers a great deal of value for the price, size and weight, and it strikes an impressive balance between long reach and relatively portable design.

Yes, it has more glass, a larger front element, a barrel that’s 4 inches longer, and one half pound heavier, but considering that the angle of view is one third longer, those are reasonable concessions. The Fuji engineers did some serious number crunching on this one.

Now the longest focal length X-Mount lens in the line, the new XF150-600mm lens give you an incredibly extensive view, and the speed to back it up. Using Fuji’s Linear Autofocus Motor with internal zoom and focusing, and On-Lens focusing controls, this lens allows for very fast and accurate autofocus when you’re capturing those very distant or quick-moving subjects, like… ahem… birds.

Combine it with the next generation AF algorithms and performance that was introduced in the new X-H2s, and you’ll long-lens autofocus speed that you could only dream about a few years ago. This combo pretty much makes the most capable BIF setup you could imagine.

The optical design features 24 elements in 17 groups, including four Super ED and three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and help retain a very high degree of clarity, color accuracy and crispness access the entire zoom range.

Weighing at 3.5 lbs (1,605g) Fuji’s 150-600 is about 20% lighter than most other 150-600 lenses in the market. (Tamron’s version is 4.38 lbs, and Sigma’s is over 6 lbs.)

And while it’s not a super fast lens with its sliding f/5.6-8 aperture, with today’s sensor technology, incredibly high ISO performance and its 5-stop OIS image stabilization, shooting at those apertures is hardly the deal breaker that it used to be.

Sure, those numbers push out to f/11 and f/16 when using the 1.4X and 2x Teleconverters respectively, but even that’s not the end of the world, especially on the newer Fuji bodies. Of course, using those adapters, you’re able to push the view out to a standard 35mm equivalent focal lengths out to a max of a mind-blowing 1,828mm.

So, without the teleconverter, the 150-600 gives you almost a thousand millimeters of zoom. With the 2x, you’re pushing close to two thousand millimeters.

Either way, you can’t expect to get that kind of length without any compromises, but again, by cranking the ISO dial up, you’ll be able to nail your subjects with an incredibly close view and still get sharp photos that show off an impressive level of detail.

So yea, the new XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 is by no means a small lens, nor does it have an exceptionally fast max aperture, but anyone who hoped that it would be either of those things is living in a dream world.

Or they were prepared to spend a whole lot more money.

Thankfully, with this new lens, Fujifilm has offered an incredible high performing creative tool that offers reasonable size and wight, and a much lower price tag than most of us were thinking.

And it’s coming sooner than many of us had expected. Not knowing any details, I figured we wouldn’t see it until fall. It’s actually slated to ship on July 7. So yea… if you get your preorder in, you just might be able to have it for your mid summer vacation!

I gotta hand it to Fujifilm; they said this was coming, and man, did they deliver in a way that I think stunned a lot of people. Then again, who knows glass and lens design like Fujifilm?

I haven’t had the chance to try this lens out for myself, but I’m certainly looking forward to giving it a run and seeing what it can do!

Pre-order your XF150-600 lens here.

See more details about this lens at the Fujifilm website.

June 6, 2022
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Fujifilm Announces The New XF150-600mm Lens

Next Generation Performance Camera for Stills and Video Shooting

Yesterday, Fujifilm held their much anticipated X Summit, and officially unveiled the brand new flagship X-H2s camera body.

With a brand new stabilized 26.1MP X-Trans Stacked BSI sensor and 5th Generation 64-bit X Processor 5, the new X-H2s brings the X Series into a whole new level of unparalleled performance.

The stacked sensor offers faster readout speeds than ever before, and the updated X-Processor 5 chip, which is 2-3x faster than the electronics on the X-T4, allows for incredibly fast image and video capture.

The X-H2s can shoot blackout- free frame rates of up to 40 fps with the electronic shutter, 15 fps its the mechanical shutter, and up to 1,000 RAW frames in a single burst.

It also allows you to shoot using the HEIF image format straight out of the camera, which offers 10-bit image quality and file sizes that are up to 30% smaller than traditional JPEG format.

In addition, the X-H2s can shoot 6.2K video at 30p, high-speed 120p video at 4K, support for Apple ProRes, and it can capture expanded dynamic range with F-Log2. And it offers full RAW output via HDMI.

Faster, Faster, Faster!

The X-H2s is built for speed. In fact, as Fujifilm US team referred to it as the “Speed Camera” during the development phase, because it’s optimized to capture anything that’s moving, wether it’s shooting moving pictures or fast moving subjects.

Using improved AF prediction algorithms, and Deep Learning AI technology, the autofocus system on the X-H2s automatically detects and tracks a wide range of subject types with increase speed and accuracy.

It also supports Fuji’s AF+MF focus function when shooting video, which allow you to manually fine-tune the focus to help you dial in the precise focal point you want. And it offers “Subject Detection” AF when for more accurate tracking of fast moving subject when capturing movie footage.

The X-H2s has two card slots: one for standard SD cards, and one for CFexpress types cards, which feature incredibly fast write speeds of up to 1200 MB/s. Using these kinds of cards allows you to capture huge bursts of action at the highest frame rates.

Big Power in a Small Form Factor

I was surprised to see just how small and light the X-H2s is. Yes, with its top-deck LCD screen, the X-H2s is thicker than the X-T4, but only about 50g heavier. It retains the compact form factor of the X Series, but it offers a huge boost in speed and performance.

Unlike its predecessor, the X-H1, which had frustratingly short battery life, the X-H2s uses the same NP-W235 battery as the X-T4. Combined with reduced power consumption inside the processor, this allows for more frame rates and longer movie recording times than ever before Up to 720 frames and up to 70 minutes when shooting 4K video.

Quick Thoughts

We’ve been waiting with a high degree of anticipation to see what Fujifilm would come up with at their X-Summit, and in my mind, they did not disappoint. They delivered a stunning new camera that’s packed with a host of innovative features and upgrades that truly bring the X Series into the next generation.

With each new release, Fujifilm has continued to surprise us with amazing technology that helps us define the way we want to express our creativity. And now, with so many people adopting a hybrid style of shooting both stills and motion, the X Series continues to push the boundaries of what’s capable, no matter how, what or where we like to shoot.

If you’re a heavy video shooter, or if you like to photograph very fast action, like sports, birds or crazy kids, or if you just want the best performance for your artistry, then the X-H2s is worth a serious consideration.

It ups the performance game for mirrorless cameras in a huge way, even against Sony, Nikon and Canon, and offers an incredible amount of speed and shooting options in a surprisingly small form body.

And finally, it shows us what we can expect in the future for the next generation of X Series as these new features filter down through the line.

The X-H2s is slated to ship on July 7. You can preorder it here.

See the full specs and features of the X-H2s at the Fujifilm website.

June 1, 2022
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Fujifilm Unveils The New X-H2s

You can now watch the 10th and final episode of my Fujifilm retrospective, where I look back at my ten years shooting with the Fujifilm X Series cameras.

The series began with a short video about my fateful introduction to the Fujifilm X10, which I bought back in the fall of 2011, how I fell in love with this stylish little camera, and how it set me on a totally new course with my photography.

After that, I decided to keep going and turn it into a whole series, with each video covering a different year. In each new episode, I talked about the specific models and innovations that Fujifilm introduced with each new camera, shared the highlights of my own experiences with these cameras, and I shared my favorite images shot during the course of that year.

It’s been so much fun to go back and remember all this stuff, tell stories and share details of my Fuji life and show you my best photos that I made during the past decade.

Having been a photographer for over 30 years and a full time pro for over 25, this decade represented a significant period of growth, experience and creative evolution for me, especially since most of my life as a photographer has revolved around shooting with Fujifilm, either their film or cameras.

Anyway, I had a great time making this series, I was able to finish it up with the last episode just a few days before the upcoming Fujifilm Summit, which happens on May 31. During this event, Fujifilm is set to announce a number of brand new camera and lens models for both X Series and GFX and show off their latest innovations.

Enjoy this final 10th episode, and if you haven’t seen the rest of the episodes, you’ll definitely want to go back and watch each one, starting here. Or anytime you’re feeling a little nostalgic or are jonesing for some Fujifilm love, you can always rewatch the entire series.

May 26, 2022
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Watch The Final Episode of My Fujifilm Retrospective