Skip to content

Category: Film & Photography

Custom Shutter Release Button

I’ve been loving my experience so far with the Fuji X-T2 but I noticed that the shutter release button was really sensitive and I felt like it was kind of small coming from a Canon Rebel T2i. So, I ordered custom shutter release buttons from Amazon. For the particular ones I bought, they cost $7.99 and they were from a seller called VKO Photography. It comes with two sets of buttons and four rubber rings. I chose the color gold because I like black and gold together.

Having it on feels really nice because with the elevated button, I feel like my finger doesn’t have to spend so much time searching for the shutter button. It’s just there now and the convex shape of it helps as well. 🙂

Hanabi Photoshoot

As I write this, the clock reads 1:46AM. Even though I’m exhausted, I wanted to post a quick entry since I recently finished uploading photos from our little hanabi session in the park. (See my Flickr in the sidebar.) Here are the things that I learned from this shoot using my new camera, the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 56mm f/1.2:

  • I compose shots better when I look through the EVF (electronic view finder)
  • Fireworks are tricky to shoot since 1) the environment is dark, 2) the autofocus has a habit of focusing on the smoke, 3) the various lights from the fireworks reflect on skin, thereby presenting a bit more work post-edit
  • Having continuous auto-focus ON comes in handy, especially when working with children
  • It’s good to scope the surroundings so that when you’re shooting, you avoid bumping/tripping/falling into things 😛
  • Fuji has damn good dynamic range! Even though I experimented a bit with different ISOs and shutter speeds, I noticed that in general, I was able to recover lots of shadows before the photo became grainy
  • I feel that face detection in the dark wasn’t that great in general compared to daytime conditions
  • Holding a vlogging cam and a mirrorless cam at the same time is rough!

I haven’t gone through the video footage yet, but when I have time tomorrow, I hope I can edit something decent. I think what I’m going to do is create a compilation of the entire year into one single movie.