Why the Fuji x100s Made Me Fall In Love With Photography Once More
I have been using the Fuji x100s for a couple of months now, and I fell in love with my photography once more. I have always said that gear doesn’t matter, and I am still of the same idea, but I think every photographer has a tool she likes more. The Fuji x100s, or the Fuji X Series in general, is the one that I feel “my camera” at the moment.
More than anything else, the Fuji x100s has allowed me to make me enjoy my passion always, not just when I am in the studio. I use it when I am out, and I see something noteworthy, as well as when I want to take photos of my family.
Is it the perfect camera? Well, the camera is a tool, and I believe that no such thing as “perfect camera” exists. Cameras are like suits: they suit an event, a moment, there is no suit suitable for every occasion.
Today I am going to tell you why the Fuji x100s helped me finding myself as an all-rounded photographer.
Photography as a Passion and not just as a Job
Last year I hit a plateau in my photography. I felt stuck, and I was not able to capture what I saw with my eyes. More than that, I started feeling my Canon 5D Mk II was the “camera for the job“; it was bulky and heavy to carry around with me every day. I become a photographer focused on my customers and my models, and not to the beauty in every day life. The Fuji x100s gave me back the freedom to carry a small camera around. It reminded me that being a photographer is so much more than being a professional photographer. In my eyes, being a photographer is a passion, and such cannot be encapsulated just when you are in the studio. If Had I tried an Olympus pen, getting the same feelings, I would have probably been writing about it and not about the Fuji x100s.
Focussing on People
My real passion is people. When I think about photography, I think about photographing people. When I am facing the women we photograph, to me the real deal is her, not the poses, not anything else. The Fuji x100s empowers me to focus on my subject. Small and inconspicuous, the Fuji x100s feels like the extension of my hand, leaving me the space to create a personal rapport with whom I am photographing.
Lately, I decided to start a portrait project. Aimed to something completely different, “raw portraits” is a black and white only, non retouched, realistic portraiture, and the Fuji x100s is my companion in this.
Do you focus on the connection with whom you photograph?
Fuji x100s Portability and Power
I have never been able to use my iPhone as everyday camera. I am not sure why, but I never felt able to capture the moment I wanted. The emotions seemed to be washed away with it, captured a moment too early or a moment too late. The Fuji x100s, like the Fuji X-Pro1, are small cameras with a very little tradeoff in power. Their portability is amazing, my Fuji x100s is always in the pocket of my jacket. Always! Truth is that the camera is so versatile and powerful that I immediately understood that it would have become my main camera.
My question to you is: is it all about the camera?
Is it really about the Fuji x100s?
No, it is not. I am sure of it. I have told this many times: a camera is just a tool. You need to pick the tool you love. I am so much in love with the Fuji x100s because it has all the things I am looking for in a camera. It is small, yet powerful. It creates great quality images, yet it is more about the personal relation with my subject.
Yet, the camera has to be a personal journey. Your camera should be the extension of your arm and should serve your purpose and style.
What is your style and your tool of choice? Have you tried the Fuji x100s and love it? Did you feel like it is too small for what you do? Let us know your thoughts!