I’m A Photographer – No Bull

Is photography art? What about if you change a photo can you still call yourself a photographer?

These are some really big questions that will always split a room.

For me, my definition of a photographer is someone who captures a photo and then develops it into picture.

Looking through history this is exactly what a photographer would do. The process hasn’t changed a bit. The film was loaded into the camera and the photographer would set out and capture the images of life.  Back in the darkroom the film was processed and projected by an enlarger to be made into a photo using various techniques.

Today, photography is no different. Digital has changed the way we shoot but hasn’t changed the photographer. For me I still shoot like I have a film camera. I ensure my composition, exposure and focus are all set correctly in camera before I take the photo and the only difference is I don’t to have to bother with chemicals to process my image – its instant. I simply import my images into my favourite software and process them the way I interpreted the scene. The reason I do this is because I have found no camera will ever capture the scene the way I saw it.  I take the image and make it into a picture. So this makes me a photographer.

At this point you may be agreeing or disagreeing with me. Let me put it in perspective for you before we start bubbling over.

I will acknowledge there are many different types of photography out there. Not every type is the same.  Some forms of photography require specific processes whereas some require no processing at all.  Let me give you an example – photo journalism and documentary style photographers certainly don’t require much or in some cases any editing as the scene they present needs to show real life – how it happened. This wouldn’t be the case for a fine art photographer or digital artist. Just as the real life photographer capture the scene so does the creative photographer. The only difference is the creative photographer uses their imagination and art form to bring emotion and styling to the scene. The photo journalist will rely on the realism of the scene to bring an emotional reaction to the viewer. So really both sides can call themselves photographers, the only difference is the way they try to create emotion through their medium.

If you look through history, artists came in all forms. Painters, sculptors and even photographers would use their industry tools to create a piece of art which in most cases they would present to the world, hoping for some sort of emotional reaction. Today, photo journalists, documentary or fine art photographers are no different. Each still use their own industry tools to create emotion through their pieces of art. They simply use their tools differently.

For me I would call myself a fine art photographer as my main medium is photography. Photoshop is my studio and light is my canvas. I capture and frequently use textures and tones to create emotion within my scenes. I want to portray the way I perceive the scene to be.

Let me give you an example. In the scene below I saw a gritty, dusty bull. I wanted to portray the strong, steadfast masculinity of the bull against the soft background fog, floating precariously in the background. I used strong salty textures and extreme sharpness with black and white tones to separate the bull from the background.

I'm a Photographer - No Bull


I'm A Photographer - No Bull


If I didn’t process this image in my digital darkroom (Photoshop) I feel the story wouldn’t have been as strong. Sure, the original looks good but why stay with good when I can make it great and tell a better story? Isn’t that limiting my creative abilities? Would the world be dumbing me down saying “that’s not a photo?!” I hope my explanation on a photographer will change that.  What are your thoughts?

This is my view, I can’t really speak for all photographers out there but I would like to say I am an artist. I’m a photographer – no bull!


Photographed using the Fujifilm X-Pro 1

Until Next Time – Happy Shooting.


Port Gregory – Pink Lake Sunrise

Pink Lake at Port Gregory, Western Australia

Photographed at Port Gregory, Western Australia.

Fujifilm X-E1 Unboxing Coming Soon

Interesting fact: I have unboxed approximately 4000+ new cameras since I started in the imaging industry. The next camera unboxing is going to be the best! I will be unboxing the new Fujifilm X-E1. Video coming as soon as the camera arrives in Australia. Can’t wait!

Fuji X-E1 unboxing with flash

The New Fujifilm X-E1 X-Series Camera

POST UPDATED WITH NEW SPECIFICATIONS (SEE **UPDATED**) – 6TH SEPTEMBER 2012The new fuji xe1 with pop up flash

Fujifilm are always pushing the boundaries when it comes to extreme developments within the imaging industry. Over the past decade Fujifilm released a number of exciting developments within professional photography arena.

The incredible Fujifilm S3 is still a camera that brings back great memories for professional wedding and studio photographers. I believe we are seeing another revolution in imaging with the ever-increasing family of  X-Series cameras.

The recent X-100 camera has been highly successful for the iconic brand due to the manual design and impressive image quality. The X-100 camera has been out now for almost two years (announced 19th September 2010) so it really is no surprise that Fujifilm will be continuing the X-Series legacy with a new line of X series cameras. The X-E1 is one of those cameras soon to be announced by Fujifilm.

I have had a look at what the Fujifilm X-E1 may offer and I can speculate the following specifications.

Pictured below is Japanese made X-E1 which boasts the new XF 18-55mm lens with Super EBC coating.

The new Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55 XF Lens

14 Megapixels **UPDATED** 16 Megapixels

APS-C size sensor

Electronic Viewfinder – 460,000 Screen Dots **AMENDED** ** This should be screen resolution **

3.0″ LCD Screen

Diopter adjustment

Full HD Movie Recording

Electronic hot shoe to suit the Fujifilm EF-X20, EF42 and EF20 flash units.

Screw in shutter release for long exposures

7 White Balance Presets

RAW file format

Autofocus Modes – Contrast Detect (sensor), Centre, Continuous, Live View, Multi area and Single

HDMI output

USB 2.0

Exposure Compensation Dial +2, +1, 0, -1, -2

ISO Control Auto, 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) **UPDATED** (expandable to 25600)

Film Simulation Mode

Built in pop up flash (I would imagine this would be rated to 7-12 metres)

XF Lens Mount

AF/AE Lock

Still, Continuous and Manual Autofocus Modes

Bulb Shutter

3.0″ LCD Screen **UPDATED** (2.8″ LCD Screen)

SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot

NP-95 battery or NP-50  (Battery Life around 250 – 270 photos) **UPDATED** (Battery NP-W126 – Battery Life around 350 photos)

Level Assist and guide lines as a display mode

Customizable Function Button

Quick Mode – Where the user will be able to change the majority of camera settings without accessing the menu system.

AF Selection Mode

Silver or Black design

I would imagine the camera would be nice to hold as it looks to be a similar size to Fujifilm X-100. However the camera does look a bit smaller than the Fujifilm X-Pro 1.

The XF lens pin configuration system on the X-E1 is the same on the X-Pro 1 – hence my conclusion for the 6 different focus modes.

Fujifilm X-E1 Front without lens

the new fuji xe1 back

the new fuji xe1 top view

I’m sure this camera will be affordable for the pro-enthusiast. I can imagine the price to be around AU$1499.00 including the XF 18-55mm lens  (AU$999 Body only?) . This of course is purely speculation as the camera hasn’t been officially announced by Fujifilm. If you want to read more about the X-Series camera system be sure to check out my review on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1.

Until next time – Happy Shooting!

Free Fine Art Photography – August 2012 – Port Gregory

The latest FREE fine art photograph is ready to be downloaded.

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Free Photo of Port Gregory, Western Australia by Leigh Diprose

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Free Fine Art Photography – July 2012 – Mt Field National Park

The latest FREE fine art photograph is ready to be downloaded.

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CameraED – Week 6 – Depth of Field

This week Leigh Diprose explains depth of field and the depth of field preview button found on most cameras.