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The Fujifilm X-Pro2 Camera:

I have now completed the switch from my DSLR system to mirrorless with the purchase of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera. It has made a serious inroads towards full-frame systems. For an APS-C sensor, it performs very well in all situations, image quality, low-light performance and I think has become the benchmark for many mirrorless users.

Out of all the X Series cameras that I’ve owned, X100, X-E1 and X-E2, this one feels the most comfortable (it’s one of the heavier but solid mirrorless cameras on the market), it has the snappiest focusing speed and responds well to to all my lenses. (18-55mm, 14mm f2.8 & 23mm f1.4).

After a few months of using it, there are a couple of things that I wish were different: (1) The location of the “Q” button on the right-side of the camera which I frequently tend to accidentally press, when picking up the camera (the X-E2 “Q” button location is much better). (2) Battery life (this is a huge issue).

On my first trip with the X-Pro2, to the Cariboo country of British Columbia, I only used the camera with the 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens. It handled all situations without effort.

Here is a sampling of images I made of the historic mining town of Barkerville B.C.

 

Hat and Coat. 18-55mm at 25mm 1/100s f5.6

Hat and Coat. 18-55mm Lens at 25mm 1/100s f5.6

 

Lamp & Vase 18-55mm at 55mm 1/340s f6.4

Lamp & Vase 18-55mm at 55mm Lens 1/340s f6.4

 

Lamp & Vase 18-55mm at 18mm 1/125s f5

Post Office 18-55mm Lens at 18mm 1/125s f5

 

Bathoom 18-55mm at 33mm 1/125s f4.5

Bathoom 18-55mm Lens at 33mm 1/125s f4.5

 

Post with Paint 18-55mm at 43mm 1/180s f4.5

Post with Paint 18-55mm Lens at 43mm 1/180s f4.5

 

Fans 18-55mm at 42mm 1/250s f4.5

Fans 18-55mm Lens at 42mm 1/250s f4.5

 

Statue 18-55mm at 43mm 1/125s f5

Statue 18-55mm Lens at 43mm 1/125s f5

 

Hat 18-55mm at 53mm 1/170s f5.6

Hat 18-55mm Lens at 53mm 1/170s f5.6

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The Photocrati WordPress Theme

Several years ago, I decided it was time to try a WordPress website. After reading quite few reviews for all kinds of options, I decided to use PhotoCrati on self hosted wordpress site. One of the features that convinced me was the ability to add e-commerce to my website.

With Photocrati, there are some 60 different designs to select from right out of the box.  All are part of one main wordpress theme. You switch between them from inside the “Theme Options”. Once you have selected a theme style, you can use the “Customize Theme” panel to change colors, fonts and most importantly CSS styles.

If you want to set up an impressive photography website that doesn’t look like all the other sites out there, and retain the ability to change the design and galleries, Photocrati is a great solution. If you want to use it as a image sales tool, Photocrati is also a good solution, although, I have mixed feeling about it.

If you are only interested is selling prints, or a small number of downloadable images, Photocrati with the NextGen Gallery (Free) & NextGen Pro ($80.00) plugins, is  a great solution. It will fulfill all your needs. But if you are selling a lot of stock images, which are downloadable only, it is a disappointment. The main problem is that there is no search by keyword feature. If you have several hundred images to sell, your client will have to look through all the images to find the one they want. Clients are not going to do that, especially when just about every stock website has a keyword search where they can find what they want quickly. A workaround would be to put up galleries for every main keyword. This means a lot of duplication of images as one image may be attached to several keywords, and a lot of galleries. Or, you could put a keyword cloud on your page. But when you have hundreds of keywords this is impractical as well.

Secondly, if you click on an image to add it to your lightbox, the whole gallery gets added. There seems to be no lightbox that holds the individual images for later viewing. So again, if the client wants to see a particular image, they don’t want to see all rest as well. Annoying!

So for now I use Photocrati as a blog only platform. I have a separate website and sell my stock images through stock agencies. Hopefully Photocrati/NextGen will address these issues in the near future. Still, Photocrati is one of the better platforms out there.

NextGen Gallery
Photocrati

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