Three Fu­ji­film fea­tures for BET­TER LAND­SCAPES

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Part 1: The Right Kit -

Fram­ing guide­line – 9x9 grid for easy rule-of-thirds fram­ing

Com­po­si­tion is key to cre­at­ing fan­tas­tic land­scapes. The ruleof-thirds is an age-old method where the frame of your scene is di­vided into nine equal boxes. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, po­si­tion­ing your sub­ject on one or more of th­ese lines is said to give your shot a more pleas­ing aes­thetic than hav­ing it in the mid­dle, though re­mem­ber – rules are made to be bro­ken. Many of Fu­ji­film’s X-Se­ries cam­eras have a Fram­ing Guide­line mode where a 9x9 grid can be ap­plied to help you com­pose us­ing the rule-of-thirds. There’s also a 24 box, 6x4 grid modes for ex­tra fram­ing op­tions. The Fram­ing Guide­lines also ap­pear when us­ing the Elec­tronic Viewfinder on the X-T2.

Elec­tronic level – acts like a bub­ble level for straighter hori­zons

A wonky hori­zon is the first thing we spot when look­ing at a land­scape and a per­fectly straight one makes your im­ages look much more pro­fes­sional. A hot­shoe bub­ble level is one way of mak­ing sure the hori­zon is ab­so­lutely level, but this is an­other thing to carry in your kit bag and slows down the flow of your shoot­ing. Many Fu­ji­film X-Se­ries cam­eras have an Elec­tronic Level built-in to them. All you have to do is ac­ti­vate it in the Dis­play Cus­tom Set­tings menu and a white hor­i­zon­tal line will ap­pear over your scene which turns green when your hori­zon is level. It can also be used in con­junc­tion with the Fram­ing Guide­line if you’d like to com­pose us­ing the Rule-Of-Thirds at the same time.

Film Sim­u­la­tion modes - Get a new look in an in­stant

Fu­ji­film’s pow­er­ful built-in Film Sim­u­la­tion modes are a fan­tas­tic way of ap­ply­ing a dif­fer­ent look to your im­ages live through the rear LCD panel or when us­ing the Elec­tronic Viewfinder. Black and white pho­tog­ra­phy lends it­self to land­scapes, and Fu­ji­film’s Acros Film Sim­u­la­tion pro­vides high con­trast re­sults with rich de­tails and in­cred­i­ble clar­ity. There’s also a more sub­dued Mono­chrome set­ting and a Sepia tone to play with too, each adding a new feel to your im­age. If you pre­fer to shoot in colour, the Velvia/Vivid set­ting de­liv­ers vi­brant and strik­ing colours. If you shoot in the highly-de­tailed RAW pic­ture for­mat you’ll keep the orig­i­nal colours in­tact should you pre­fer a dif­fer­ent look later on.

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