Better Fuji Photos

Better Fuji Photos

Short, actionable tips to improve your Fujifilm photography in every episode.


March 21, 2023 10 min

Better Fuji Photos Episode 10: Treating Your Memory Cards Like Film

Film photographers know that every photo is expensive - and thus (usually) need to be deliberate about every photo they capture.

Digital photography has all but eliminated that need, and it's costing us in other ways.

In this episode we'll talk about a challenge to limit the number of exposures we can capture on our memory cards, and how that can benef...

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Better Fuji Photos Episode 9: Controlling Contrast with Dynamic Range

NOTE: The webinar is postponed until March 22nd due to a weather emergency.

The Dynamic Range setting is one of the most mysterious Image Quality settings found in Fujifilm cameras.

However, it's also one of the most important when you're trying to get great in-camera JPEGs.

This setting also affects the RAW file, so it's essential for RAW photographers to know h...

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Better Fuji Photos Episode 8: Six Tips to Improve your Travel Photography

There are some straightforward, easy things that you can consider to see remarkable improvements in your travel photography. And we're not talking about which gear to use. These are some big-picture considerations to incorporate into your travel photography:

  1. Do your research!
  2. Know your gear
  3. Pack light
  4. Don't try to do it all
  5. Take advantage of guid...
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Better Fuji Photos Episode 7: Consistent Colors with Auto White Balance Lock

Auto White Balance is super-convenient...when it gets it right. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't.

Variations are especially noticeable in sequential photos when changes in composition result in pictures with different color casts. How can we address this? Use Auto White Balance (AWB) Lock!

This feature is found in cameras released in 2018 (X-T3)...

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February 21, 2023 10 min

Better Fuji Photos Episode 6: Getting Started in Photography

This episode comes from a listener question about pursuing a career in photography when you don't even have a camera yet. So many photography resources - mine included - assume you already have some experience. But what if you don't? Where do you start? We'll discuss a few considerations in this episode.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Building your Fujifilm Photography ...

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Better Fuji Photos Episode 5: All About Fujifilm Film Simulation Bracketing

I gave you a one-year challenge in Episode 1, a challenge to pre-process your photos rather than post-processing them, which will help you become a better photographer and make the most out of your time.

One tool to help you with that is Fujifilm's Film Simulation Bracketing mode. This episode will cover what this mode does, when to use it, some gotchas, an...

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Better Fuji Photos Episode 4: Should You Specialize in a Photography Genre?

For photographers who create photos for any reason other than it's strictly a hobby, there's often the question of whether or not they should specialize in a genre.

There are many opinions on the subject, both for and against specializing in one photography genre. And many of them are valid.

In this episode, I want to offer my unconventional take and give y...

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January 31, 2023 16 min

Better Fuji Photos Episode 3: AUTO ISO for Sharper Photos

I was haunted by unwanted motion blur for years when I started my digital photography journey. Keeping track of an ISO that would produce noise-free photos and a shutter speed fast enough to freeze motion seemed to be beyond my grasp.

But then I became comfortable using auto ISO. Suddenly (most of) my photos were sharp as a tack! And I've never looked back; it continues to b...

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January 24, 2023 7 min

Better Fuji Photos Episode 2: The Photography Scavenger Hunt!

Scavenger hunts aren't just games! This is something that I do with all of my photography students during photo walks. It doesn't just make it fun and give them something to do, but it challenges them and produces results.

Having something like this when you go out with your camera serves two purposes:
1) It serves as a prompt when you have the photographer's version...

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January 17, 2023 10 min

Better Fuji Photos Episode 1: Your One-Year Fujifilm Challenge

Fujifilm cameras have some very specific tools - not found in other cameras - that can help you improve your photography. It doesn’t matter where you are on your photography journey, whether you’re a novice or a published photographer, whether you’re just recording the JPEGs, or you’re a RAW-only photographer. These tools can help everyone improve their photography. Thi...

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January 17, 2023 2 min

Welcome to the Better Fuji Photos Podcast!

What can you expect from this podcast? Every week we’re going to alternate between Fujifilm-specific topics and broader photography topics. At the end of each short episode, you’ll have one actionable item that you can take to improve your photography using Fujifilm cameras.

If you ever have any questions that you’d like to have answered in an episode, please send me an email at mail@jmpel...

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