Hello to my Journal !

My intention is to try and keep in touch monthly, but it might be less than that !! 

I am going to update this page with all the cool and fun stuff that we have been up to.  

RMG Portraits

During the end of August and the start of September, Stephanie and I headed over to the RMG HQ to prep for a few shots.

This little video gives you a little bit of the story and the extra challenges that we faced due to some restrictions due to COVID, mostly having to make a custom backdrop and make a lighting grid.

Enjoy the video and do check out the gallery, big thank you to all the models, all the staff at RMG and Stephanie for looking after the production side of things.

Is Photography Easy?

Ok, hands up and sorry for the clik-bait headline. This month for my monthly FujiLove article I wanted to take a slightly different track, not so much about cameras but how we mentally prepare our photographic mind & how we work with the information around us. Many of you who know me, know my great love for everything on two wheels. Below, this is me on my beautiful Triumph Explorer, which all of my photography explorations are centred around. Recently my partner picked me up a book that I have been meaning to read for a long time: Motorcycle roadcraft: the police rider’s handbook Paperback. 

I was in Dublin for a working trip, sitting in the gorgeous Westbury hotel lobby when I finished chapter 3, rolled the page and I had that light bulb moment, let me explain why. Chapter 3, information, observation and anticipation. ‘That is interesting’ I thought, sounds like a photography seminar I planned out a few years ago. Riding a motorbike even at normal speeds, city traffic or rural areas is about continually making plans observing them and making new ones. Riding a bike professionally requires extra training and a deeper understanding of how to use your mind to take in and process information, some times at speed. All though, at a slower pace, the photographer’s mind works in a very similar way.

read more: https://fujilove.com/is-photography-as-easy-as-riding-a-bike/

Dave Kai Piper

In response to a video that Mike Browne made during the Photography Show, I made a video prompting another thought... Imagine if a company like Fujifilm worked with a full OS like Android to create a new camera. What would a camera be like if Canon made the hardware and Apple did the connectivity & software?

Using Older Cameras

The saying that ‘having a camera, does not make you a photographer’ has been rolling around my mind in the last few days – let me explain why. Photography is not about always having to pay for the most expensive cameras or the newest version of a lens. Fujifilm got it right a long time ago and progression has been sure and steady. But let’s not forget about how good some the early cameras are and especially when we look at the retail value of them today. **edited: I forgot to mention how much this post & thought process was inspired by the work of Kevin Mullins and the KAGE collective.

Some of my all-time favourite images were taken on the X-T1 and X-Pro1. I still use these cameras, well. I have to keep glueing the X-T1 grip on.. but that is another story. Below are some images were taken on the X-Pro1 and X-T1. I am not the first to say it, but the original sensor in the X-Pro1 had something magic that still has not been re-created… so far. People say this about the X100 too.

The early cameras, much like the early lenses, were slow, but firmware updates have done much to help this. Who remembers using the XF60mm when it was launched, yes it was slow but wow, that thing is awesome. It took Fujifilm until 2018 with the XF80mm to make something that was on par in terms of clarity for me. The original 35mm is an awesome lens too, it has a legacy that marks it as one of the strongest in the range to date. The 16mp sensor was great, it really was. Yes, 24mp is better but 16mp is awesome too. It all really depends on what you need the files to offer. Depending on where you live in the world, rental companies are a great way to rent the big sensor cameras when you need them. Of course, there are some cameras Fujifilm has made that are not ones that I would jump to use these days…. the X-A1, X-M1 and X-Q1 spring to mind. In my mind, I am thinking more about the X-T1, X-Pro, X100. Pretty much every lens is awesome – there are really not any super bad ones in the bunch. I even have a soft spot for the XF18-135mm – no pun intended.

Read more here // https://fujilove.com/dont-underestimate-older-fujifilm-cameras/

Dave Kai Piper

More FujiLove

This month I want to share with you three blogs at are live over on the FUJILOVE blog. 

We all have differing views on what photography means. We each have different viewpoints, different styles, and agendas, but… we all use light. Whatever your end goals are, how effective you are at achieving them is linked to how well you understand and control the light you have to work, regardless if you are making or chasing it. This group of articles is about filters. It is going to be in 3 chapters defined by filter types.

Part One: ND filters.
Part Two: ND Grad filters.
Part Three: Digital and nontraditional filters.

Dave Kai Piper

Saying Hello to Ireland

We launched Exploring Photography !!

For the last few months, we have been working on some ideas for a new project. This has turned in to Exploring Photography and mostly will see it's self as the home of all my travel & location work via a YouTube Blog. 

Part two of my blog about camera settings went live on the FujiLove Website this December. these articles were harder to write than I thought and really pushed how much I know about the camera systems - 


Setting up Stuff

Setting your camera up can be quite an individual thing, but knowing which settings to tweak can be half the battle in getting a camera correctly and set up for yourself. These articles will look just at the sixth major menu – the one with the spanner. This section gives you access to the screen settings, audio settings, power settings and more. Check out the full blog here : 


October 2018

Of all the genres and subjects we have in the photography world, portraiture can combine the three major technical elements of lighting, camera and personal communication. For many people starting out, taking photos of other people can be quite daunting. In this article we are looking specifically at how I set up my camera in the hope that it might trigger some ideas about how you might be able to tweak your camera settings.


Travelling light as a photographer

As a photographer whose style does involve a fair bit of editing, I have always found it difficult to be able to edit my work on the move unless I had a powerful laptop with me. This post is about me trying to slim down the kit I carry. The idea was to find a cheaper, simple ‘grab and go’ workflow that would give me a ‘proof of concept’ setup based around a USB chargeable ecosystem. Basically, I want something I can grab on the way out the door, not worry about battery life and still get awesome stuff with.


With this in mind, here are some flexible guidelines that I set for myself: No major new cash outlay. Everything has to be USB powered*. Produce images using this system. Find a sensible, sustainable workflow. *I have not found a way to recharge AA batteries with the flash uses. Working within these guidelines means that I cannot just say, “Go and buy a new ultra-thin, ultra powerful Surface book, MacBook or awesome Wacom Mobile studio.” Not all people have the money to splash out on awesome high-end gear and I certainly don’t. This article is more for the traveler who is off the beaten path, someone who is traveling solo, maybe by foot or train, or, as in my case, via motorbike. Thus comes the question which leads me to this post. What is the lightest, most compact solution where which I can shoot, edit, back up and still send images to clients via the same delivery system as I would when at home? Is it possible?

Dave Kai Piper
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