Fuji X-T1 Owners: Customizing Your Q Menu And Controller Functions

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Fuji gave us a very nice firmware update for the X-T1 last week. It makes a really, really good camera even better. Thank you, Fuji!

With some new features added and some old ones updated I took some time to check out how my Q(uick) Menu was set up, as well as how I use the 4-way controller on the back of the camera. I will give you an idea of my set up just in case you shoot somewhat like I do. What you should do first, however, is take a little time to make an actual paper list of all the programmable functions you use (and how often you use them). Doing this will allow you to make some informed decisions on what functions you need and where you need to put them.

First, for a list of the functions available to you, click here for a link to a page where they all are listed (scroll down to about the middle of the page). Copy that list however you desire, and then go over it a couple of times. Which functions do you adjust regularly while out shooting? Are there some you never adjust once you have your camera set up? Which ones fall somewhere in between (if any)? Hint: the ones you set and never change are ones you don’t need to include in your Q button (and certainly not on your 4-way controller). The ones you change all the time, depending on the shooting conditions of the day, those are the ones you want quick access to.

For example, my Q menu came set up with a row of icons that included Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone, Color, and Sharpness. For me and the way I shoot, I never have adjusted the highlight or shadow tones from their defaults. I haven’t changed the color that was already there, nor have I adjusted the sharpness. I always can go into the regular menu to change these parameters on a global level if I ever believe I need to. But I haven’t in more than a year. So why leave them in the location that is designed to give me fast access to them (the Q button)? The same reasoning holds true for the X-T1’s 4-way pad on the camera back … why use precious space on anything I set and never look at again?

There are 25 functions you can program into your Q button menu. There are 16 icon slots available for set up. So your next step is to go through the list you copied and pick out nine functions you just don’t change (or you would change only for specific, very infrequent occasions outside your normal shooting). Think hard about how you actually shoot, what your routine has been for the past year or so. This shouldn’t be rocket science … the icons you change all the time will jump out at you. Make a list of the nine you never change, and then make a separate list of the 16 that remain.

Now arrange (and re-arrange) that list of 16 in order of how often you make changes to them in the field. These are the icons that are going into your Q menu. Arrange them physically in that menu according to importance (the most used ones going in the top row and working your way down to the last row). You can do so by turning on your camera and pressing the Q button, holding it down until it comes on. The menu you see will be one you can customize (highlight the icon you want to change and press the Menu button. Your options will appear. Scroll to the one you want and highlight it. Press Menu again and it will be locked into place). Do that until you have your Q menu filled with all the options you have selected from your list of 16, arranging them in the way that best suits your shooting. Voila!

Now, we are not finished just quite yet … there is the question of how your 4-way controller pad is set up. The reasoning here is the same as above – we want fast access to the functions we change the most while shooting. Here is the first consideration: do you want direct access to moving your focus point around (without going through another function to do so)? That is a neat feature, one of the new ones contained in the firmware update. But … if you choose that path you use up four access points to other functions (each of the points on the controller can be set up to perform a function). It’s up to you, of course, but I couldn’t see giving up those other functions. I programmed access to the focus point by pressing the Function button on the front of the camera (top right button as you hold it to your face). I find it easy to keep my index finger on the shutter button and reach for the Function button with the middle finger of my right hand. That gives me immediate access to moving the focus point around. It’s easy to do, and it doesn’t take me much time. So I am using my 4-way controller to do other things. You need to decide what you are comfortable with.

I use the self-timer on the X-T1 all the time. Constantly. Always. It is my remote shutter release, and we always should be using a remote release of some type. So that function is programmed on the first place my fingers go on the controller – the top position. I constantly change my white balance (even though I am a raw shooter). That function goes on the middle right point. I change between raw and jpeg on occasion (the Fuji takes such great jpegs that it is tempting to do so all the time). The ability to immediately and easily switch between raw and jpeg goes on the middle left point (it takes me immediately to Large 3:2, Fine images). My final spot (bottom middle) is reserved for switching between what I do when bracketing photos (I bracket all the time, and I like switching from bracketed exposures for HDR to different film simulations). These are things I do all the time.

There is one other adjustable point on top of your X-T1. It is the Wi-Fi button next to the exposure compensation dial. I find this little button hard to reach and somewhat difficult to engage. I don’t use the Wi-Fi connection hardly at all, but this still is a button I just leave as is. You could program it for something else if you find it easy enough to get to.

Okay, last point to consider: do you put some of the functions you have programmed into the 4-way controller also onto the Q menu? Or do you leave them off the Q menu and use those spaces for even more functions? I duplicate mine; that is, the ones on the controller also are in my Q menu. It’s just sort of a backup for me, a redundancy I am comfortable with. If you decide not to, you could squeeze in another four functions. Completely up to you, but something to consider.

Fuji has given us a nice update of the X-T1. Use the link I gave you above to make sure you check out the new features. Then take a bit of time to set up (or re-set up) your camera to get the fastest access to all the features you use most often. It’s easy to do, and you’ll have a happier shooting experience down the road.

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Workshop Planning For 2015: Bill Fortney’s His Light Schedule. Fuji’s X-T1 Firmware Update Is A Good One.

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It’s no secret that I hold Bill Fortney and His Light Workshops in the highest esteem. There is a special bonding that seems to take place at each workshop, one that goes beyond the excellent instruction and photo-friendly locations. There is a fellowship and friendship that is just unlike other training that I and my friends have experienced elsewhere. I can’t recommend His Light enough for a quality learning and bonding experience.

Bill and his partner Jim Begley have released their 2015 training schedule. It is a full one, featuring some of the most photogenic places in our country in which to shoot. It’s a cornucopia of training, a feast of learning. It is a gift to each of us – and all we have to do is sign up for the workshop of our choice. Click here to visit Bill’s site to see the 2015 lineup … I am willing to bet there is something there that will catch your eye. Count me in, for sure.

And yesterday Fuji released a firmware update for the X-T1 (among other cameras. Fuji is a camera firm that doesn’t abandon its older models. Or its older customers). I updated my camera, and I can report that there are several features you other X-T1 owners are going to love.

Click here to visit the Fuji website to download the new firmware version (version 3.0). There are instructions on how to do so if you are rusty or new to the game. It’s easy to do … and very worthwhile.

Now, adding a new in-camera film simulation might not seem like much. The Classic Chrome simulation added to the X-T1 is the real-deal, however. It’s a cool look, one worth shooting worth on a regular basis. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, and maybe it’s not exactly a real big deal. But it is a really nice look, one that I like. I don’t believe I’m going to be alone on thinking so.

A real big deal (to me and a whole lot of others) is the auto focus and manual focus coupling (even sounds sexy, doesn’t it?). When you shoot in AF you now are able to tweak the focus by just using the focus ring while keeping the shutter button halfway pressed. No need to switch over to manual focus to do so anymore. And what’s even cooler? If you have focus peaking turned on (I usually use bright white), that kicks in at the same time to really give you insight into what is in focus (and what isn’t). I used it a bunch today and absolutely love it!

Oh, here is a link to a trustworthy site that goes over all the updates and gives a little background on each. It’s a nice synopsis. It also gives you a few how-to-set-this-feature tips in the process. Check it out.

Another new feature I really like is the ability to customize the Q button (if you are a Fuji owner that will make sense). There are a more than a few icons there that I never change (and can’t foresee ever changing). The bottom row of tones and color and sharpening are ones I set and never change, unless I change the way I shoot overall. I don’t need instant access to them; those icons can be put to better use, I think.

I didn’t know how to actually change the Q functions, so I looked up the X100T manual (that camera already had this ability). To rearrange or substitute icons, just turn on your camera and hold down on the Q button (don’t let go until it shows up on the back). What you will see is sort of a generic Q lineup instead of whatever you might have set up. You don’t have to worry if you want to try this … if you don’t make any changes, just tap the shutter button. When you press the Q button as normal your usual set of icons will show up. If you do want to change something just use the controller to highlight it. When you have done so, press the menu button. That will give you access to a whole list of items you can change to. When you find the one you want, press OK and you are done. And not only might it be useful to add or subtract some icons, just moving them to the spots you want is pretty cool. Thank you, Fuji!

Here is one final possibility I want to point out – the 4-way controller on the back of the X-T1 now can directly move the focus point around (instead of first setting the focus area). Here’s the rub: I have my controller programmed to give me access to various functions using each of those controller points. I would like to use it to directly move the focus point around … but if I do so I give up those other functions. What to do? What to do? I decided the other functions (I use white balance and the timer all the time. I need that quick access to them.) were more important than direct access to the focus point (I have the function button on the camera front programmed for that one). Direct access to the focus point would be so appreciated – you just have to decide first how valuable all those other functions are to you. But you do have a choice, which is nice.

I’ll figure out what I want my Q button to look like in the next couple of days, and I’ll post that. For now, we all should just be grateful to Fuji for this firmware update. It is a most welcome one. Thank you, Fuji!

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Bill Fortney’s Americana … Photos From Knightstown, IN

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Click on the Shirley boy to see more Americana photos.

Saturday Sue and I and friends from our photo club went on a short road trip to some small towns north of us. The friendship always makes these kinds of trips enjoyable, no matter the shooting. This trip featured both, however – great fun and some good shooting. We checked out locations in the (extremely) small town of Maxwell, in addition to small town Shirley and a-little-bit-bigger Knightstown. The overcast skies acted as a large softbox, allowing us to shoot easily in every spot. We sought out a roller rink in Maxwell, one with a concession stand out front that definitely has seen better days. Then we found a great grain elevator over in Shirley with some long-not-used buildings that we were allowed to wander through, in addition to a great sign straight out of the 50’s. And the day ended with a terrific find of abandoned railroad tracks and cars over in Knightstown, a location that was a treasure trove of colors and textures. And before I forget – if you ever get to Knightstown go by the Knightstown Diner for a hand-battered tenderloin (Indiana’s state sandwich) and hand-cut fries. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

My dear friend and mentor Bill Fortney has a new eBook out over on his website (here is a link) on the genre of Americana. Bill has pretty much developed this type and kind of shooting, the type of photography that celebrates much of our country. Bill has written and taught about it; we spent time shooting it Saturday. There were trains and rust and colors and peeling paint and 20-foot-tall big boy signs, all for the discovering. It was a good day.

Some of the photos from Saturday are up today on Smugmug (click here to see them), those showcasing a lot of the color and texture we found. All were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and its 18-55 lens. That lens is sharp, sharp, sharp … it complements the light and fun-to-shoot Fuji very well. It was a fun day, a good day spent with friends. Camera in hand.

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A Christmas Message Of Love … For Every Other Day Of The Year

Today’s post was going to be all about me and some of the photos I took Saturday. Then at our church assembly yesterday I was so very much reminded that this world is not at all about me … or my thoughts or my wants or my life. It is about the grace and mercy shown to us by a loving and protective God. It is about others and service to others and love for others. It is about how we live our lives to show how appreciative we are for what we have been given.

Take just a bit of time to watch this YouTube video. It will touch your heart. It will warm your heart. It will convict your heart. It certainly did mine, and I am so grateful that it did. May it continue to do so long after this joyous season has ended.

Merry Christmas. May the true spirit of this season be with all of us.

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Photographing America: Bill Fortney’s Latest Book … Plus A FREE Book Just For Looking

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My dear friend Bill Fortney’s guide on the Fuji X-system still is selling like hotcakes. For good reason. It is a thorough look at the entire system and how best to use it, all from the accumulated wisdom of one of our finest photographers. Congratulations, Bill! And today at noon we have another opportunity to draw on Bill’s vast knowledge and experience.

Today marks the publication of Americana Photography, A Step By Step Guide. Americana covers the photographing of many of the historical parts of our great country, large and small. It is the America of our past, many of the little parts that we remember and celebrate. And Bill has pretty much developed from scratch the notion of Americana and how to photograph it to its best. Now he is sharing that vast knowledge with all of us. The book includes things to shoot and where to shoot them. And how to shoot them. Thank you again, Bill!

Oh, and in the spirit of Christmas let’s throw in a couple of generous gifts. If you order the Americana book before midnight on Christmas Eve you pay only 50% of the regular price! That’s right; only $4.95 for a book that is destined for your reference library. And … there’s more! Bill is generously offering each of us a FREE book just for looking around his site. It is what he refers to as his ‘idea book’, an exploration of ways to use some of the most popular processing plugins out there to enhance your images. It’s called Using Digital Technology to Have Fun, and it’s yours for the asking. Just add the title upon checking out of Bill eBook site … there’s no charge.

Christmas comes a couple of weeks early this year. Two new books to spend time with, one of them a gift from a most generous friend. Take some time to check out Bill’s site by clicking here, and then take advantage of his knowledge and expertise. The weekend beckons; spending time with books from Bill would be a great way to use some of it.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Carols Of Perfect Love … An Annual Delight

Call it an oldie but a goodie. Call it a Christmas tradition. Call it absolutely delightful. I love this YouTube video of Christmas Carols of Perfect Love, a spoof of the original by The Stamps Quartet (for the longest time I would have sworn it was done by the Statlers). It is funny, heartwarming, a perfect message at this time of year. I’ve posted it many times in the past; it will be posted many more times in the future. It’s that good.

I hope this one makes your day as enjoyable as it makes mine. Life is so good.

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Indiana University’s Wylie House: Photos

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A vintage selfie. Click on it to see photos from Wylie House.

My computer came home Friday afternoon, so I was able to get back to the photo project I had been working on last week (the problem? Windows was diagnosed as ‘having a bad day’. Seriously, that was the problem that was fixed). In any event, I am glad to have it back. Thank you, PC Max.

Before the crash I had been finishing up processing images from a morning trip to Indiana University’s Wylie House. Wylie House is the restored home of Andrew Wylie, one of IU’s first presidents. It sits near Bloomington’s downtown, too often overlooked by us residents as a true gem. I hadn’t been there for more years than I can remember prior to last week. It won’t be all that long before I return. Sue and I shot for a couple of hours one morning, and there is plenty more I would love to try to capture. The home is furnished with period pieces of all sorts, beautiful items that catch and hold the eye. I was caught up on doing more close up work than anything else; I would like to shoot a bit wider in some rooms the next time we visit.

In this group of photos I tried somewhat to translate the time period of Wylie House into the look I saw in my mind’s eye. It was fun just walking from room to room, taking it all in. The house is bigger inside than it appears outside; it is made for a return photo shoot. The home is closed for daily visits for the winter season, but tours can be arranged by calling IU and making the proper requests. Sue and I hope to return while it still is decorated for the holidays.

To see the images I selected just click here. Or on the image at the top of this post. And if you live anywhere close to Bloomington, give some thought to a tour of your own. You won’t be disappointed.

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Fuji X-System, Anyone? This is THE Fuji Book To Buy.

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My dear friend and mentor Bill Fortney released his much-anticipated guide to the Fuji X system yesterday. It was well worth the wait. If you own a Fuji X-system camera or if you would like to own a Fuji X-system camera or even if you just are interested in what all the fuss is about, this is your guide. It’s like sitting around the table with one of our country’s most knowledgeable, most respected, and most talented photographers and getting to ask whatever you want. This book is like a conversation with Bill, chock full of information and insight. Casual, easy-to-understand, easy-to-digest … it is everything you wanted to know from someone who knows it.

There are some gorgeous illustrations in this one. The Fuji cameras are capable of some outstanding photos, and Bill is able to explain that each of us can learn to do what he does. I sat for a bit after going through my copy, trying to decide what I would have added or left out. I didn’t come up with anything; Bill thoroughly covers the X-system, the lenses, the accessories … everything Fuji.

Click on this link to check out Bill’s eBook site. The first one you will come to is the Fuji guide (there are plenty others to peruse and examine; be sure to check them out). You know what printed books cost these days (plenty!), so you also will see that this one is most reasonably priced. And once downloaded it is yours to read and re-read as often as needed, a welcome addition to your reference library. Thank you, Bill!

I am a Fuji owner, a most satisfied one. And also count me as a Bill Fortney Fuji book owner, a most satisfied one. Guides like these make the entire photo process more productive and more enjoyable for me. I look forward to more books like these from Bill.

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You Have Until December 7th To Win This Tamron Lens

What would the holiday season be for us photographers without the chance to win a new lens? Or anything at all, as long as it is free? We have been through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. It is about time, I feel, for Free lens Wednesday!

The good folks at MCP Actions, a site I have checked in somewhat regularly with for the past three years, are giving away a FREE Tamron 24-70 f/2 lens between now and December 7th (the random drawing is on the 8th). You have your choice of receiving the lens in either a Canon or Nikon or Sony mount … and did I mention the drawing is for free? All you need to do is click here and visit the MCP Actions website. I have a link here, and once you get there just enter your name and email. That’s it; you are entered! I have entered giveaways from these good folks several times in the past. No pesky virtual salesmen have darkened my door. The contest is a legitimate one (and the lens is a good one).

Now, our individual odds are not overwhelmingly great. There is only one lens, and there will admittedly be a lot of entries. But collectively we might have a shot here … and since someone is going to win, it might as well be one of us! Thank you, MCP Actions.

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Carl Shortt Photography And Brown County His Light

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Our good friends Carl, Jr (second from left) and Carl III (seventh from left).

I have written often in the past about how special His Light workshops are. And the main reason, wonderful locations and great instruction aside, is the friendship and fellowship that goes on during our time together. There is a sharing of faith that bonds all of us together. When you add in the personalities and talents of Bill Fortney and Jim Begley the events turn into something special. Brown County last October was no exception.

Proof of that specialness arrived here in Bloomington yesterday. Carl Shortt, Jr. and his son, Carl III (Trace), sent us a beautiful book of photos from Brown County. It captured the colors and textures and spirit of Brown County and our workshop perfectly. The book brightened our day; their friendship and generosity brightened our lives. I wish I could share the book with all of you – the layout and images and words all go together perfectly. Our book now occupies a prominent space in our living room, one from which our friends will be able to share in during days to come. Thank you, Carl and Trace!

Now, unfortunately I can’t share this wonderful gift with you. And I’m sure not letting it out of our sight. But most fortunately I can share the wonderful images that make up the book with you. Carl has a website where he generously shares his photos with the rest of us. And one of the galleries is from Brown County. Through the wonder of modern technology we all get to see those images and share in the spirit of our fall get together. Click here to see the beautiful work of Carl and Trace, to get a feel for what a great time it was.

We have been so blessed. And so much of that blessing is the friendship of all the wonderful people we have met through His Light. Life is so very good.

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Rudolph Knows My Computer Woes

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Never fear … we still are alive and well in holiday-dressed Bloomington. I haven’t been posting because of computer woes. The system started acting finicky last Tuesday, slowing down and getting the hiccups. I tries to reboot on one occasion, and that was that. The old girl wouldn’t restart, so off to the shop it went the next morning. I am waiting for the news (it can’t be too good, I fear) and waiting to get back to some sort of normalcy. In the meantime I dug the old (and sparsely appointed) laptop out of the closet to keep up with a few necessary chores.

We had a blessed Thanksgiving with Sue’s family and Chinese visitors from our church. And we have been putting up some decorations and preparing for this coming week’s activities. There are several church-related events on the calendar, and this weekend is the opening reception for Kendall Reeves’ Gallery 406 holiday show. There is a wonderful Christmas feeling in the air.

I will be back to work when I get some word on the computer. Wish us luck … it usually is needed.

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DxO OpticsPro 10: I’m Sticking With Adobe


Version 10 didn’t support my Fuji camera. That was one big strike against keeping it.

I had been trying DxO Labs’ OpticsPro (version 10) for a while now. I say ‘had’ because yesterday I deleted the trial version from my computer. I’m sticking with Lightroom (I also have Nikon’s Capture NX-D installed. It was free, and I use it sometimes on my Nikon captures). Lightroom and/or Adobe’s Camera Raw are doing the job for me; I just can’t see adding another raw convertor at this time.

Now, I don’t have anything against owning multiple software programs to process my images. Many times I find one has a feature or two that is just what I need for the particular photo in front of me. Photoshop is my go-to processing program, but onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite sometimes is what I find most handy. I own a couple of HDR programs, even though I find myself relying on Photomatix most of the time. I own all kinds of different texture collections. It’s not sinful to own a variety of programs, so long as you actually learn the strengths and weaknesses of each (and how to effectively use each). No, DxO’s latest version simply didn’t add anything I felt I needed to my processing arsenal.

Most importantly, it didn’t process files from my Fuji X-T1. I own two camera systems (and love both of them). Any program I have to pay for needs to work for both. Sorry, DxO.

The program ran slower than did the Adobe products. It was advertised to be up to two times faster than older versions. It was … but the earlier versions were slow. Each time you make a move in DxO it re-draws the screen (Topaz does this, also). It’s maddening to me to be moving a slider just a tiny bit here or there to get just the look I want, only to sit there watching the screen re-draw. And re-draw. It’s as if there is no real time action going on. I’m not swamped with work, nor is my time all that valuable in the great scheme of things. But the slow screen refresh isn’t something I want to pay for.

DxO seemed a bit fussy compared to the Adobe convertors. I always was opening a sub-module or closing one or going from one task to another, as if there was no whole to what I was doing. It was a series of small changes all the time that seemed disconnected from the whole of what I was seeing. It gets back to the time thing a little bit, but it was more than that. Fussy is the best description of what I was feeling.

I could get some nice images out of version 10; don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I was already doing that with what I already use … faster and with less fuss. So, why would I pick up another program that I had to fool around with more than I really liked? The answer was that I wouldn’t. And didn’t.

DxO makes some good stuff. Version 10 of OpticsPro is a program capable of some of that good stuff. It just doesn’t do it as quickly or easily as the Adobe products I already own. I used the free trial to do my comparisons. There is a lesson in that. If you are able, use the trials before buying. Thirty days is plenty of time to determine is a program is right for you and the way you work.

Thanks, DxO. Maybe next time.

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Coupon Suggestion For onOne Perfect Photo Suite 9

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Yesterday I purchased and downloaded onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 9. It was an upgrade for me; I have used this processing suite for a couple of years now. And I have found it quite useful as another tool, one that complements Lightroom and Photoshop. Before purchasing I watched a lot of videos on new features and improvements. I found them convincing. And I spoke with my very good friend Richard Small; he advised he had purchased the full suite earlier in the week. Richard is an incredible photographer, and he knows his way around the processing world. That tipped the scales for me. When Richard gives thumbs up to a product I take notice.

Click here to visit the onOne site if you have yet to do so (keep in mind that having more than one set of tools in your processing arsenal is no sin). Somewhere on that site you will find answers to any possible questions you might have. And you can download a free, fully-functioning trial of version 9, if you prefer to proceed a bit more slowly. There are some pretty cool features in this version, and the suite always has worked well for me. You may find it will do the same for you.

If you decide to make a purchase, especially those of you looking for a Photoshop alternative, use this code from Trey Ratcliff for a 10% discount (STUCKINCUSTOMS). This code always works – it never has failed me. And 10% off is much appreciated, especially if you were going to make a purchase anyway. Now, onOne already is discounting the current offer from what is listed as the regular price. But if you use the code Trey has provided you receive the 10% off on top of the offered discount. And that is most appreciated!

I will be trying out the program as much as possible this weekend. I hope to have some before and after shots for you next week, along with some thoughts on the features I like the most. If you are interested at all, use some of your time this weekend to at least check out this new offering. You just may find it fills a void in your processing workflow.

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The Richard Siggins Philosophy: Gimme Just A Little More Time

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Richard and June Siggins, dear friends and wonderful people.

I’ve spent a great deal of most enjoyable time around my dear friend Bill Fortney. He has taught (still is trying to teach me) to see the world in graphic terms – line, form, color and texture. Also rubbing off on me is seeing the world in terms of 60’s and 70’s song titles. They are always popping up in Bill’s conversations, and todays post title just did the same with me when I read Richard Siggins’ most-educational article on developing your shooting skills. It boils down to taking a bit of time.

Richard and his lovely wife June are dear friends, wonderful examples of caring and generous Christians. They also make up a formidable shooting team – Richard is a most accomplished photographer and June is his extra set of eyes (pointing out possible shots that the rest of us have overlooked). Richard also has a blog, a place where he often passes on information designed to make the entire shooting experience richer and more satisfying. I have urged you in the past to check in with him on a regular basis. Today certainly is one of those days.

Click here to visit Richard’s site and read up on taking your time to make sure you get everything out of a scene. He has a couple of images that are great shots, ones that illustrate his point completely (and rather beautifully). I won’t give the entire article away … Richard makes his point far better than I could hope to. Just know that keeping it in mind, practicing it in the field, will serve to make each of us a better photographer.

Thank you, Richard!

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Jeff Cable Giveaway: Win A Canon 70D, A Drone, And Lots Of Other Stuff

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Talk about holiday giveaways! Move over, Oprah … ’cause Jeff Cable is giving away more than $10,000 worth of photo gear to 32 lucky people. And all you have to do is sign up using your email. I have – and no pesky virtual salespeople have shown up on my virtual door. This is a real giveaway in the holiday spirit. Thank you, Jeff!

Click here to visit Jeff’s photography site. Scroll down past the big list of prizes to where it reads “sign up here for a chance to win”. Do so. Then sit back and wait for the UPS truck to pull up in your drive. It’s that simple. And that good.

Happy Holidays! And good luck!

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