Dear Peter, don’t click on this link if you are looking for a review of the Fuji X-T2

This post is in response to a comment posted by a reader called Peter on my previous article. I could have replied in the comments section too, but I have a feeling this might be a long paragraph, so I figured I might as well make it into its own blog post…


Dear Peter,

First, I would like to thank you for leaving a comment on my latest blog post. As you can see, I don’t get that many. I don’t get that much traffic either, even though you seem to find my titles similar to clickbait honeypots. I am truly sorry if you felt misguided by the title of my previous article. It looks like you got onto this page several days after I published it, which could explain why. Note that I published this article a week BEFORE the X-T2 was officially released (or even shipped), so I never intended for this article to look like a review (in which case this article would have probably been called “Exclusive X-T2 review one week before the launch!!!!”, the likes of which you can find on the net by the way, and that you can call clickbaits if you so desire).

Like hundreds of people I had some hands-on time with the X-T2 many weeks before it was released (there were many opportunities to do so in many countries, nothing out of the ordinary), and yet I did not spam glorious definitive opinions like others did after shooting at cars “zipping from around the corner” from a parking lot. In fact, I did not even talk about it actually. That would have made for many “clicks” though, as Fujifilm had not yet started to tour the US photo clubs and camera stores, so I probably should have.

But you are right, there is a conspiracy theory behind this article, so let me share it with you. To tell you all the details, this article initially had a different “working title”, because, when I started to write it, the point I wanted to make was different: I wanted to reply to X-Pro2 owners who were crying like babies because the X-T2 had better specs, by writing a post reducing the X-T2 to a beautiful dream, as opposed to the good time I was having shooting with the X-Pro2 during the time  those people were spending complaining from behind their keyboards. However, there was actually more than a month between the moment I started to write the article and the moment I actually finished it. The reason for that is that – when I was not busy working – I was indeed outside enjoying my X-Pro2, instead of typing the blog post as I had originally intended. I even filmed an entire VLOG episode about the initial topic with the X-Pro2, to show that it could also shoot good video footages even though not in 4K (I was eventually too lazy to edit all my footages, while I realised I was speaking too much in the video and I would have bored every potential viewer with my French accent, so I came back to the idea of writing a blog post instead).

As time passed though, the topic on which I wanted to write also evolved, as getting to roughly a week before the release I had gotten fed up with almost 2 months of publi-advertisement without any contradiction allowed, since only people chosen by Fujifilm had the camera.

Now here comes the dreadful truth. The dirty secret. At the same time as I was getting back to finishing this article, I was actually (re-)watching Sergio Leone’s the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the umpteenth time. Just love this movie. It’s one of my favourite movies of all times! And that’s how I got to structuring my article the way I did and choosing this title. It’s as simple as that. But it’s true that the Internet can some time be wilder than the far west, I will agree on that.

By the way Peter, I received the X-T2 and its battery grips on Thursday this week. I have used it for a few hours since, hence the time it took me to reply to you. Don’t expect to read any review about the X-T2 here anytime soon, as I don’t think that a few hours are enough time to do so (I used to try to create content quicker in the beginning of the X-Series, with the X-E1 for example, because at the time nobody else would care doing it, so writing about them was useful for the people looking for information, but nowadays there are hundreds of Fuji blogs). When I finally put up a review on this blog, I can guarantee you I will call it “Fujifilm X-T2 review”, so that you will know exactly what you will get when you follow the link. To be sure not to missed it, make sure to subscribe to this blog and to follow me on Twitter @balbo42 😉

Sincerely yours.

Celebrating 300 followers on Instagram!

 

300 might not sound like an important milestone for those who have thousands, but never forget 300 Spartans only (allegedly) achieved during the battle of the Thermopylae 😉

  
A huge thank you to the 300 people (hopefully not too many robots there, though Instagram is flooded with spams) who are following me 🙇

Now looking forward to the next 300 😉

  
By the way, if you wonder how I did the simple graphic at the top of this post, it’s very easy. There clearly should be no need to launch something as heavy and complicated as inDesign or Photoshop for something as simple as adding a text on an image with a circle around it… I actually did it in 1min on my phone, using the Adobe Post app (if you have an iPhone  it’s free on the AppStore). It comes with several basic designs. You only need to choose your image, select one preset and a color palette, and that’s it! Find out more about this app on Scott Kelby’s blog

Why I am getting more active on Instagram 

If you want to follow me on Instagram, I am balbo42 there.

I started using Instagram for the first time more than 3.5 years ago, but I very quickly got bored with it at the time and decided to drop it. It felt to me as if at the time Instagram was only an app to put hipster vintage filters on square-cropped images, which was surely trendy in some artsy sphere but of no interest to me. So I stopped using Instagram, and started to be more active on Twitter.

To me, Twitter has one massive advantage: you can use it to reach out directly to people to whom you would have had never access to beforehand, and because you are forced to send short messages there is actually a higher chance that this person will actually take the time to read your message. There is then again a higher chance that this person will  respond to you, once again because tweets are short messages and can be responded to on the fly. However, there is one thing for which Twitter is not good at: sharing pictures. For whatever reason, Twitter seems to have found the ultimate algorithm, to show your image in your timeline re-cropped, with the center of interest out of the picture. And you have no control over that.

Twitter timeline

Fast-forward a few years, and I finally discovered that since I first tried Instagram, they have updated their app with a complete redesign of the interface. You even have now basic (but more than enough for the purpose) retouching options, so you are not limited to the artsy filters anymore. In fact, looking at some of the top followed Instagram accounts, there are just some amazing pictures posted all day long on Instagram. Unlike Twitter, Instagram is not an efficient medium to contact other people. But, in my opinion, Instagram has basically turned into a great to visually engage with people. And this is what is important for photographers and other visual artists. I still don’t get everything about those bazillions hashtags, but my aim is to upload images (mixing previews of my work, behind the scene images, and images of my daily life giving a context of who I am and what sorts of things I like) that will make viewers eventually want to know more about me and my body of work.

 

Instagram grid

I think there is only that much time in a day/week you can (or really) should allocate to social networks, so you can’t be active on every of them. You need to find the ones that work for you, and these will be different for everybody (for examples I never understood how Google+ is supposed to work, but others will only swear by it). Personally, these are the ones I use currently and why:

Facebook: only for a private usage, to keep up with friends and family, because that is where they all “are”.

Flickr: this is where my “final” images end online, because it is dedicated to showcasing pictures; I have more followers there than on any other social network; it is easy to upload your pictures to your Flickr account directly from Lightroom (i actually almost never go to the website).

Twitter: to say random things, share articles I find interesting, engage verbally with people

Instagram: to engage visually with people

Hope to see you on Instagram too. Let me know in the comments which social networks you are using or if you have any recommendations regarding Instagram 🙂

Here are some of my recent posts on Instagram: