Street Photography by Mark Cohen – Grim Street

Mark Cohen is an American photographer best known for his inventive street photography, and a self-described “surrealistic action photographer,” who uses flash at close distance on his subjects and is referred to as a great outsider of street photography. During the 1970’s  Mark Cohen developed a  unique style and method contrary to what was coming out of New York by the likes Joel Meyerowitz, William … Continue reading Street Photography by Mark Cohen – Grim Street

Video explaining the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM

The Fuji Guys have done a video showing the main features of the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM and explain briefly what the letters LM stand for (Linear Motor) and that it is a quieter and faster focusing system than the previous lenses. There is also an explanation as why there are no aperture markings which is to keep it simple as its a variable aperture zoom, which kind of makes sense and … Continue reading Video explaining the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM

Fujilm X-E1 and 18-55mm Lens – First Impressions

I got a call yesterday saying my Fujifilm X-E1 & XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens  had arrived and was waiting for me in my local camera shop, London Camera Exchange in Derby. 2 days early and for £1099.00 lens and body in black! Unfortunately after battling through the traffic and again returning in rush hour there was no light left at the end of the … Continue reading Fujilm X-E1 and 18-55mm Lens – First Impressions

Street Photography – We Did Not Speak

Street Photography Normally when I do Street Photography, I end up in a conversation with the subject I have just photographed. Street Photography with a flash, is kind of obvious and people know they have been photographed so I spend a minute and have a chat with them. However with the iPhone and Street Photographer there is no need people just don’t notice it as … Continue reading Street Photography – We Did Not Speak

How to Publish Video from Your G9

Last week I covered a student demo on ‘Free Speech’ and decided to try the G9’s video in a very noisy environment. During the demo I was shooting stills with my Nikon DSLR, shooting the odd stills with the G9 but used it more for the alternative medium of video, which I shot on the 1024 size, even though it was going to be published to web so was probably overkill as the quality is greatly reduced when converted by video upload sites. The 3 1/2 minute video kicked out at 115MB

As a Windows user I decided to use Windows Movie Maker (which comes free with Vista and XP) and saved it to PC format. I was in a hurry and wanted something quick and easy as it was going to be uploaded to Google video or You Tube for web viewing so I was not going to get the quality anyway

Now with video there are two components the visual and the audio, unfortunately I had not tweaked the audio settings for the conditions so the wind filter was off (when it was very windy) and the sound levels were on auto (which might have been better on manual due to the high noise levels) but I turned up a little late. Being a small. light camera I also found it quite hard to keep it steady as well, not normally a problem I have with a handy cam, but I dare say I will get better.

I also have on my PC Adobe’s Premier Pro, Flash CS3 pro, Flash Video Encoder and Device Central (the later, formats the flash video for mobile devices) so I have plenty to play with in the future

for the Apple Mac and Windows users (check system requirements) who want more quality and versatility there is  QuickTime Pro which allows you to do similar editing and saving the format for iPod and other 3G files in the H.264 format which gives high quality at a low data rate

There is a short piece on The Digital Story on exporting to web using QuickTime Pro which sells for £20 in the UK, $30 in the USA so its not expensive 🙂


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