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About Jason Row

Jason Row is a British born travel photographer now living in Ukraine. You can follow him on The Odessa Files. He also maintains a blog chronicling his exploits as an Expat in the former Soviet Union.

A Review of the Fuji XF 14mm 2.8

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Unlike the world of the DSLR, the mirrorless ecosystem is not awash with what could be regarded as ultra wide angle lenses. One that does stand out is the Fuji XF 14mm f2.8. It was released originally as a companion to the Fuji X-Pro1 but will fit any of Fuji’s current interchangeable lens models including the XT1. These cameras use an APS-C sensor which means when we add in the crop factor, the 14mm gives an equivalent filed of view of 21mm. Of course, the major advantage of being designed for an APS-C sensor is that the size can remain more compact than an equivalent full frame version. Let’s see how this lens performs.

How to Motivate Yourself to Carry Your Tripod Along More Often

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Cumbersome, heavy and unnecessary are words that often spring to mind when talking about tripods. All of these words are quite accurate and good excuses not to take a tripod with you. The fact is though, in many cases you can get much better image quality if your camera is tripod-mounted as opposed to handheld. Maybe the light has faded fast, you may have seen an amazing flower, perfect for a tripod locked macro or perhaps that scene in front of you is begging for a deep depth of field. These are all shots you may lose if you don’t have a tripod with you. Today, rather than espouse the benefits of tripods, we are going to look at ways of motivating yourself to take one more often.

The Stock Shoot Diaries: Ghent and Bruges

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This post follows on from my earlier article on my stock shoot in London. My next destination was Belgium and, in particular, Ghent and Bruges. Although well covered by stock photography, I still felt that it would be possible to get some marketable images from these locations, especially from Ghent, my first destination. Read on to know how my experience was, shooting stock photographs in these two lovely cities.

The Stock Shoot Diaries: London

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London in August, what could possibly go wrong? The weather, of course. I had planned a two week break to visit family and to shoot stock in my birth city, something I had never really done before. Generally, London in late August the weather is fairly benign and reliable, late August 2014 proved to be not quite so co-operative.

Going Deep: 7 Features Hidden Inside Your Camera’s Menu System That You Should Know

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For a photographer brought up on steam powered film cameras, modern day DSLRs seem like science fiction to me. Fifteen years ago, camera functions were limited by the number dials, buttons and levers that could be built into the body. The modern digital camera discards that limitation by the inclusion of a menu system that add a huge range of enhancing features to it. Today we are going to take a brief look at some of the goodies that may be buried deep inside your cameras interface.

Moving Beyond Auto Mode: Which Exposure Mode Should You Choose?

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A newcomer to photography is often daunted by the different exposure modes a camera may offer. In fact, there are only four, real exposure modes and these are often represented by the word PASM. PASM stands for Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual and can by found (not always in that order) on the exposure mode dial on top of your camera. Today, rather than give you an in-depth break down of how each mode works, we are going to give you a brief, layman explanation of each mode and, more importantly, when to use it.

A Review of the Lowepro Event Messenger 250 Bag for Mirrorless Cameras

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Let’s be honest, in the grand scheme of things, camera bags are pretty mundane objects Yet if we think about it a little more, we would realize how important they are to our everyday photography. We spend as much time with our camera bags as we do with our cameras themselves so it is important that we choose one that serves our needs. I have recently made the transition from a DSLR based system to an entirely mirrorless system. So I set off to look for an ideal mirrorless camera bag. The one that caught my attention was Lowepro’s Event Messenger 250.

How to Get Sharper Eyes in Your Portraits

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A good portrait draws the viewer in to the subject, creating a connection between the two. It should provoke thought and intrigue, making you wonder what the subject is thinking at the time the shot was taken. If there is one part of the face that can communicate this the most, it is the eyes. Beautiful, sharply focused eyes grab your attention and hold it there, they can make or break a portrait, but there is an art to getting pin sharp eyes, a lot of it in the technique used to take the shot, some of it in the post-production. Let’s take a look at what we can do to get those eyes sharp.

The 10 Lightroom Tools That Are A Landscape Photographer’s Dream

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As we know, Lightroom has become a very powerful tool not only for image management but also for post production. Amongst the tools available are some excellent ones for the landscape photographers amongst you. Today we are going to take a look at ten of the best. From graduated filter and the adjustment brush to tone curve, these 10 tools will help make your landscape photographs pop. Do check them out.