Photographing a Photographer


After the debacle at the Cinta Costera last week, I sent a distress signal to Batman in Gotham City.  Batman is the man who helps me when I have photography doubts and/or problems.  His real name is Argilio Achurra and happens to be one of my wife’s nephews.  He’s a successful entrepreneur who has decided to adopt amateur photography as one his main hobbies.

In my opinion, he can be cataloged as an experienced amateur photographer with a natural knack for the trade.  Whenever I need an advice on this matter, Argilio is my man.

Two days ago, he answered my distress call and paid me a visit.  We spoke more than two hours of just about anything that came to our minds about our beloved hobby.  He explained why I had experienced problems using my newly acquired AmazonBasics wireless remote control for the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.  I had not removed a protective plastic slip plus I had not set my camera properly to “Self-timer/Remote control” to activate the wireless device.  Furthermore, he baby-walked me through the use of the “Self-timer:  Continuous” and the “Self-timer:  2 seconds” modes.  He also demonstrated how to use the “Bulb” feature to take long-exposure photographs. Easy as pie.  In hindsight, everything seems obvious and clear.

We also had an interesting conversation about the latest trend of mirrorless cameras, like the Fujifilm cameras, (e.g., Fujifilm XM1, XE1, XE2, XPro1, X100S and the X20).  Experts in the field are anticipating an inflection point in the photography industry which will change the way we will take pictures in the future.

It was recently in the news that demand for compact system cameras rose 12.8 percent in the first half of 2014, as DSLR (digital single lens reflex) shipments fell 21.7 percent, compared to the same period last year. Global shipments of mirrorless interchangeable-lens models reached 1.49 million units, with value rising to 60.7 billion yens—40 percent up on a year earlier, according to Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association. Though DSLRs still dominate the interchangeable-lens camera market, compact system cameras accounted for more than 23 percent of total shipments from January-June 2014.

Most mirrorless cameras have enough lens options for most shooting situations, and focus speed and image quality are improving. Therefore, mirrorless cameras are the best choice if you want to take a high-quality camera everywhere without getting weighed down.

Some photographers have gone as far as predicting that “the DSLR camera is dead.” Professional photographers like Zack Arias, Fred Fogherty, Sara Lando, Steve Simon, Yves Choquette, David Hobby, Joe McNally and many others are gradually replacing their DSLR cameras with mirrorless cameras.  They strongly lay claim that the mirrorless camera has come of age.  These visionary photographers have fallen heads and heels in love with mirrorless cameras.  I’m keeping my ears close to the ground on this fascinating trend which could become a game changer.

Sorry for my involuntary digression.  Now going back to my story.  As I talked with my Guru, I noticed that he had interesting features on his face which could make a great photograph, (e.g., stylish looking glasses, bushy eyebrows and dark green eyes).  I couldn’t resist the temptation in asking if I could take a photograph of his eyes.  He nodded his head and in less time than it takes to wink an eye, I was taking his picture.  At the end of the day, the photographer was photographed.

Take a look at Argilio’s picture taken with my reliable Canon PowerShot A720, always within arm’s reach.  Here we go.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Suggested Reading:  DSLR vs. Mirrorless Cameras: Which Is Better for You? – Richard Baguley

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2 thoughts on “Photographing a Photographer”

  1. I often learn better when I have someone at hand to show me how something works. Even manuals written in English sometimes seem to be lacking in translation!

    I was interested in the mention of mirrorless cameras, too. It may be a good thing that I’ve dallied about getting a replacement. Interchangeable lenses with the mirrorless is good, as is the lighter weight. In any event, I have another option to explore now when I finally decide to get serious about it all.

  2. I believe mirrorless cameras at the end of day will replace DSLR cameras because of their small size an light weight. As the technology evolves, photographers will make the switch. As I mentioned in my post, many of them have already joined the trend. Zack Arias is one the main leaders of the Fuji evangelists. Many are following suit.

    Kodak missed the boat of digital photography; now Canon and Nikon could miss the boat of mirrorless technology. Time will tell if we are in the middle of an inflection point in the photography industry.

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