The Magic of Black & White 11th Edition: Completely Rewritten with Lots of New Images taken with Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T2

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Fellow Fujifilm shooter Andrew Gibson has just now published the 11th anniversary edition of his popular book “The Magic of Black & White“. For this occasion, Andrew has completely rewritten it and added new photos and lots of new material.

Most of the images inside the book have been taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T2 camera.

The book is now available with a launch discount. You pay $10 instead of $14 until April 30.

Also, you can buy The Magic of Black & White and The Black & White Landscape together for just $14 (normal price $18).

The Magic of Black & White:

  • It teaches you how to see in black and white.
  • It shows you how to become a better photographer (many of the ideas apply to color photography as well).
  • It’s easy to read. The book comes in three formats – PDF, ePub and Mobi for Kindle so you can choose the one that is best for your device.
  • It’s practical. You can treat each chapter as a creative exercise and go out and put the lesson into action.
  • It has depth and will become an invaluable reference guide you’ll return to again and again as your understanding of black and white deepens.

Some of the subjects covered.

  • Why black and white is so popular with photographers.
  • How to capture mood and atmosphere with black and white.
  • Why black and white is perfect for capturing the character of both people and places.
  • The common misconceptions that stop people becoming good black and white photographers.
  • Which camera settings are important for black and white photography.
  • Why it’s so important to connect with your subject.
  • The key elements of composition in black and white.
  • How to use light effectively in black and white photography, and why it’s different from color.
  • How to see when a scene will look good in black and white.
  • The role of shadow and contrast in black and white.
  • How to use storytelling to make more poweful black and white photos.
  • How to add drama and excitement to your black and white photos.
  • How to capture the spirit of place with black and white.
  • Which software to use to develop your black and white photos.
  • How to become a better black and white photographer through themes and projects.
  • Why it’s so important to print your black and white photos and make photo books.

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Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Coming April 26 for ¥2,680 ($408)

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It looks like the Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 lens will be announced on April 26 at the price of 2,680 Yuan (converted it’s $408). That’s according to camerabeta at weibo here, who writes:

The domestically produced Laowa 33mm F0.95 will be listed on the National Bank on April 26, priced at 2,980 yuan, with a 3-day pre-sale (No. 26-28) discount of 300 yuan, and a pre-order price of 2,680 yuan. The E X R Z bayonet was launched simultaneously. ​​​

Laowa Lenses for Fujifilm X and GFX can be found at VenusOptics, BHphoto and AmazonUS.

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DPReview Compares Adobe Camera Raw vs. Free Capture One Express

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As you might or might not know, I did switch to Capture One back in 2019.

  • read here – It Was Inevitable: I am Leaving Lightroom for Capture One Pro

I went for the full version (the one that supports all cameras, not only Fujifilm cameras).

But for those of you who would like to make some basic editing without paying a single penny, Phase One offers Capture One Express for Fujifilm.

Capture One Express obviously does not offer all features of the full version, and you can see a side-by-side comparison of the features on this page.

And yet, DPReview went on to compare subscription based Adobe Camera RAW with the free Capture One Express for Fujifilm version.

Down below the final Pros and Cons they identify for each software.

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DPReview Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6 Field Review and Silver Award

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DPReview published its field review of the Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR. The lens gets the silver award.

I am a bit confused, like when they complain about autofocus speed and chromatic aberration, but only if used with the XF 2x TC WR teleconverter. So they put it in the negative list, even though it’s not about the performance of the lens itself.

It’s also a bit confusing how they complain about the lens feeling plasticky, but at the same time they say it is well build and also light. So a Pro (well build and lightweight) turns into a Con (but it’s plastic!!!)

Maybe they just needed to make the Cons list longer and to find a way to complaint about Fuji AF again. I mean, it’s a 2x TC, what did they except?

Anyway, here are their Pros and Cons are:

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