Monday, February 20, 2017

Analog Diary: Shooting Hipster Style

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Olympus XA 1, D.Zuiko f/4 35mm

Shooting Hipster Style

Olympus XA 1
'Going hipster style on a walk in the park with the Olympus XA 1'

Took the Olympus XA 1, and a roll of Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 for an out and about in the park recently, did the shots hipster style and was very excited at what I saw of the scanned images that came back from the lab.

On the XA I, which comes with a fixed focus f/4 lens, you do not have to worry about focusing on everything is sharp beyond 1.5 meters. Along with the minuscule size of the viewfinder, which I sometimes fret about, I find it better to compose the right mix of form and space, light and shadows with the naked eye, rather than the viewfinder, and trust that the camera is pointing and capturing the right scenario as I am looking at.

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Olympus XA 1
Shooting hipster style is straight shooting with the camera at your hips (waist high), without prior framing or composing the image through the viewfinder, more or less a guesstimate shot. Doing it is pretty easy actually.

All you have to do is to first pick your vantage point, hold the camera level and horizontal at hip height with both hands, frame the composition physically with your eyes and body movement, press the shutter with your right thumb, and you are done.

This is the technique I use instead of going down on my knees every time I want to grab a hip level shot.

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Image tweaks on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) include edits in Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Color Balance, Sharpness & Blur, and Unsharp Mask. I left Hue & Saturation untouched for this batch of images.


Resource Links:
Olympus XA1, All You Need To Know Olympus XA1 first roll · MattMaber

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