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Different approaches to a wall

How many ways can we photograph a blank wall? It’s not a very-very blank wall…there is something that we can use to “custom” it: in this case there are two road signs.

Here is the “track”..and, as we are speacking about Street Photographs, we need a human subject.

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A “classical” approach: follow a direction:

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A countercurrent...a salmon ūüôā

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A moving countercurrent… if you want an “artistc” picture!

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More motion? Very simple:¬† wait for a fast¬†cyclist ( always as “artistic” picture! )

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…uhhhmmmm… there something missig: a car or 2 persons ( there are 2 signals on the wall ) or, better, a person with a blue/white dress (!)… The main key is “Fantasy”! With fantasy we can “paint” (photograph) a simple blank wall in 1000 ways. For this example I used a Sony Rx100M3.

 

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Follow ( interesting ) people..

..in effect..I didn’t follow that guy..because he was sat down at the corner. We can say that I followed his behavior: he was in the backlight, he was smoking…and there were lines of light toward him: a very good photographic scene.

So I took my little Sony RX100M3 ( a very little, but powerful camera ) and I waited for the right moment: a little smoke from his mouth.. here is a good photo: a profile made of light, geometric lines…and a little point of interest: the smoke.
Other important notes: only in the morning there is this type of light..the sun is low on the horizon ( so we have long shadows ) … there are few people on the street.. I had a little camera so the subject didn’t notice me ūüôā ūüôā

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Fujifilm X100T VS Sony Rx100M3 in Street Photography

Fujifilm X100T VS Sony Rx100M3 in Street Photography: which is the best?

I like very much the Street Photography and I have to choose between two cameras: X100T and Rx100M3…so…which is the best for this kind of photography?

In the following table my personal considerations:

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First of all both of them were produced in 2014..so the technology is the same. I have a sufficient “budget” to buy the more expensive? (Ok…yes). The dimension is important because I need a camera that I can always carry with me…the X100T on this point is very good…while the RX100 for my is a little too small. The dimension of the sensor is very important: big sensor means better ISO. The tiltable screen is useful but not essential…like the image stabilization: if you have a lens with a high aperture you don’t need the stabilization. Wireless is very useful, but in any case you can by a wireless SD. I don’t consider the zoom because the best lens for street photography is 35 or 28.

A very difficult decision! So I bought the Fujifilm X100T as my first main camera..and the Rx100M3 as a second camera ( very small I can carry in my¬†jacket or coat .. always..and I can¬†use it¬†as a photographic “block notes”).

RAW vs JPEG on Sony RX100M3

A promised in the previous post, here is two pictures…

RAW ( edited with Lightroom )

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JPEG ( Auto Mode )

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I think that the picture in JPEG is OK…for a ready-to-use picture.¬†

The fundamental question of (digital) life

JPEG or RAW ? How many times I heard this question!! Who is the winner? And the Oscar goes to ….¬† the answer is: it depends! There is not a winner. Both of them have pro and cons… I don’t want to publish¬†a bare¬†standard table with pro&cons but I want to speak about real-life samples. Generally speaking RAW has a lot of pro…but..

I.e. I’m a professional sport photographer and during a race I shot hundreds of pictures and I have to choose and send them to a newspaper as soon as possible. So I have not time to convert/edit them from RAW to JPEG (remember that a RAW file is very-very large )…so I use JPEG but I set my camera to give me a good JPG: i.e.¬† adjust contrast/saturation/white balance/size. Some year ago I¬†attended to a workshop held by Ivo Saglietti¬† and he said us to use only JPEG: the reason was that we have to concentrate only on the composition of the image and not on the editing.¬† Here my reportage in JPEG.

On the opposite I have time to edit the RAW…so I want to work in photoshop with the most quality of my pictures. Here the advantage of RAW is that I can edit/correct the file without big reduction in quality. Remember that everytime you save a JPEG file the software , that you used for editing, reduces it! ¬†Yes! It’s the definition of a JPEG file: a compressed file with loss of quality ( also a ZIP file is a compressed file…but the compression is lossles: we can restore the original file). In the case you¬†are using¬†a JPEG file, my suggestion is to to save it in the default format of the software you are using: i.e PSD for Photoshop. So the next time you edit and save it, you will¬†not have quality reduction.

This is not an advertising! I have a Sony RX100M3 and if I want a good JPEG picture I can¬†set¬† on of¬† the Default Scene ( i.e. Sport,Landscape,Sunset …. ) or the Superior / Intelligent Auto mode. In my next post I’ll show some pictures in those settings ( versus and edited RAW).