By John Kratz from Burlington NJ, USA. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

2018 Student Camera Project: An Introduction

“Magnus, I want to learn photography. What kind of camera can you recommend for a budget of no more than $300?”

This challenge is given to me often. And it’s surprising how many come up with the same $300 budget. Sometimes I hear $500, but that’s uncommon. Let’s stick with $300. I have some ideas about how to do this in 2018, but I’m going to actually try doing this myself and work with this camera to learn its ins and outs so I can be sure I’m recommending something that I would be okay with using myself. (more…)


Team Fujifilm

You’ve heard me sing praise of my aging Ricoh GR. And it’s true: the GR is a fantastic little camera, and holds up pretty well for something that’s almost five years old. But gradually I’m spending more and more time shooting a Fuji X-T2 these days.

This is not going to be a review. This is going to be a chance for me to share some thoughts about how the Fuji is changing my photography, and changing how I look at photography.


Oops, I did it again

I’ve been an avid photographer for about ten years now. For much of that time, I did photograph models. But about three years ago, I got tired of all the drama it brought to my life and so I took a hiatus from it.

That hiatus was broken on Saturday when I took Candace to the local park for a casual shoot. We used my Fujifilm X-T2 camera and a 50 year old lens, the Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f1.2. What this lens lacks in clinical sharpness and contrast, it makes up for with gobs of character. This allowed me to get images that really didn’t require much in the way of post processing, which is just how I like it.

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Ricoh GR over the years

A few years ago, I had the honor of working at Red Hat‘s main office building in downtown Raleigh. The surrounding area is very walkable, and the people that I would see every day each seemed to have their own story lurking just below the surface. So I procured a small but capable camera that would allow me to capture what I saw to capture that slice of Raleigh in time. The Ricoh GR was perfect for this role. (more…)