Photographer Vuhlandes (YouTube, Instagram) shared a video yesterday that I thought you might find funny. It’s definitely a great view for your Monday. Entitled Fujifilm Photographers Be Like, the video is a comical look at stereotypical Fujifilm shooters. I swear the comment at the 2:00 mark is aimed at me personally, but I don’t know for sure. It’s all in good fun. Check it out!
One of Vuhlandes’ videos actually does mention me, this website and the Portra 400 film simulation recipe. He published it a week ago. Maybe you’ve already seen it, but if not, I’ve included it below. Hopefully these two videos help you make it through another Monday.
Also, while you’re watching videos, be sure to check out the Fuji X Weekly YouTube channel! I’ve published a few new videos over the last week-and-a-half. More will be coming soon. Go on over and take a look!
Fuji X Weekly is on Instagram, and when I created that account I also created the hashtag #fujixweekly. I’ve noticed that many of you are also using that hashtag, and since I follow it, whenever you post using #fujixweekly your pictures show up in my feed. You guys are creating some impressive images! It’s very inspiring to me, so I wanted share that with everyone.
Please keep using #fujixweekly on Instagram. I’ll pick some of the pictures to showcase in the next video. Obviously I can’t use all of them, but I’ll pick some that I find interesting. If you used one of my film simulation recipes, include which one you used in the description if you don’t mind. I’d love to know which recipes you guys are using!
I appreciate every one of you! Keep up the great work! Below I’ve included a link to everyone’s Instagram accounts who had pictures in the video above. Be sure to check out their work!
Blue Mountain Lake – Flathead Lake, MT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 100-400mm
I was on vacation, but now I’m back!
I visited some great places, including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, but my favorite spot was Flathead Lake in Montana. It was absolutely beautiful! Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake (in America) west of the Missouri River. It’s unbelievably clean and clear. I used to live (many, many years ago when I was a kid) in the Puget Sound area of Washington, and Flathead Lake reminded me of that. Instead of the Pacific Ocean it’s a huge lake, with interesting little towns and communities found along its shore. There’s an island that’s a state park, only accessible by boat, and we saw more wildlife on that island than the two national parks combined. Flathead was fun!
Now that I’m back, I’m going to try to catch up on all the comments, messages and emails that I’ve not responded to. There are so many! It might take me a couple days to answer everyone back. I appreciate your patience and understanding.
I have so many photographs and articles to share. I have a number of videos to make. There’s a lot of content coming, so stay tuned!
I’m also on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there, too, if you’re not already. Actually, I just created a second Instagram account, @fujixweekly_youtube, specifically for my YouTube channel. I know, that’s a bit unusual, but I wanted to link directly from Instagram to YouTube, and you can only have one link in the bio. Feel free to follow both accounts, or just one.
I posted a new video on the Fuji X Weekly YouTube channel today! It’s the first in a new series that I hope to do once or twice a month, maybe weekly if I can manage my time better. It’s a short yet very important video because it features your pictures!
If you didn’t know, Fuji X Weekly is on Instagram. When I created that account I also created the hashtag #fujixweekly. I’ve noticed that many of you are also using that hashtag, and since I follow it, whenever you post using #fujixweekly your pictures show up in my feed. You guys are creating some wonderful images! It’s very inspiring to me, so I wanted share that with everyone.
Please keep using #fujixweekly on Instagram. I’ll pick some of the pictures to showcase in the next video. Obviously I can’t use all of them, but I’ll pick some that I find interesting. If you used one of my film simulation recipes, include which one you used in the description if you don’t mind. I’d love to know what you guys are using!
I appreciate every one of you! Keep up the great work! Below I’ve included a link to everyone’s Instagram accounts who had pictures in the video above. Be sure to check out there work!
Also, I want to give a big “Thank You” to my wife, Amanda, who put this video together. Really, this was her work, not mine. She did such a fantastic job with all of the editing! Amanda is an important behind-the-scenes member of the Fuji X Weekly team, and the YouTube channel especially is much better because of her talents. Thank you, Amanda!
There’s a new page that I created on Fuji X Weekly called Fujifilm Gear. The intention of this new page is to make it more convenient to find camera and lens reviews, recommendations, and links to buy. Up until this point it has been difficult to find that information because you had to dig for it. The articles were on this blog, but you might have been unaware of their existence, or missed them when they were new, or didn’t know how to locate them. Now it’s all in one easy-to-find place, which should improve the Fuji X Weekly experience, at least a little.
I hope to expand the page, adding more articles as I write them. As best as I can I will keep the links accurate so that you can see what gear is on sale, which will hopefully make bargain hunting a tad easier for you. I’m hoping that this will be a good resource, and it will be a page that you’ll return to often.
To get to Fujifilm Gear, simply click on the three bars (the “hamburger menu”) at the top-left of this page. Once there, I recommend bookmarking the page so that you can easily find it whenever you might want to access it. You can also follow Fuji X Weekly, if you haven’t already done so. When you are at the top of this page, click “follow” on the bottom-right. Oh, and don’t forget to look me up on Instragram: @fujixweekly.
Snake River Through Twin Falls – Twin Falls, ID – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm
I’m amazed at how big the Fuji X Weekly blog has become. When I started this website I thought it was going to have a handful of subscribers and maybe a couple hundred views daily, maybe. I never imagined it becoming what it is now.
I transformed the blog from the original concept, which was initially a Fujifilm X100F journal, expanding it to all things Fujifilm, but focused on my personal experiences with the brand. Of course, the big thing is all the film simulation recipes. That’s the reason why most people found this blog and what a lot of people appreciate about it. The top 15 most viewed posts of all time are related to film simulation recipes. I’m always getting requests for different film simulations. I really wish that I had more time to focus on creating all sorts of different recipes. There are a few that I’m currently working on as time allows.
The month of May was a big one for Fuji X Weekly. It seemed as though monthly viewership had plateaued. For five straight months this blog received over 40,000 views, but never reaching the 50,000 mark. This last month, however, saw over 57,000 views from over 15,000 unique visitors. There are also over 300 subscribers now. The total views this year has already surpassed last year’s total. May was amazing! All of this is way beyond what I ever thought possible.
I appreciate all of you. I’m so happy you have chosen to be a part of this blog. I have several things that I’m hoping to implement in the coming weeks and months to make Fuji X Weekly even better. And stay tuned for more film simulation recipes, because I will continue to create them. There’s obviously a need, and I’m happy to help with that. Thank you for supporting this website. Thank you, Fuji X Weekly readers, for visiting, commenting, and sharing. I’m just an ordinary guy doing this, you all are extraordinary and make this what it is.
A side note that I’d like to pass on is a photo contest on Instagram (not by me, I’m not affiliated with it whatsoever). You can find the details on Instagram @meerophoto or by visiting fisheyemagazine.fr. The winner gets a Fujifilm X-T30. Check it out if that’s something you are interested in participating in. If one of you happens to win, be sure to let me know.
On August 21, 2017, I began the Fuji X Weekly blog with the photograph above and several paragraphs explaining why I started this thing and what I envisioned it becoming. Several twists and turns have taken place along the way. What this blog is today isn’t exactly what I originally had in mind. It has evolved in ways that I didn’t anticipate back in late-summer of 2017, as well as some ways that I thought could potentially happen. That’s alright, because it’s much greater than I thought possible! I’m not bragging. It’s because of you all that Fuji X Weekly is what it is. Like you, I’m just going along for the ride, and we’ll find out together where things go over the coming months and years.
I wanted to announce two changes that are big, yet may not be completely obvious at first. These changes are the direct result of you guys and gals out there that have ordered products using my Amazon links. I recently received the first payment, and it was just enough money to accomplish what I hoped to accomplish. Like I promised, the purpose of the links is to improve the Fuji X Weekly experience. It’s thanks to you that these changes happened. Thank you!
The first thing you might notice is that this blog is officially fujixweekly.com. Yea! You don’t have to use “.wordpress” anymore. If you’ve linked to this blog, those links will still work even though “.wordpress” is in the address. However, from here on out, the address is shorter and simpler, and hopefully that makes things easier for you when you wish to visit or share. Also, I’m hoping that it gives this website a little more credibility, as “.wordpress” has an amateur air to it.
The second big change is that the WordPress advertisements should be gone forever. Because I was using their free service, WordPress was plastering advertisements all over this blog. It was annoying! I didn’t benefit from those ads except that I didn’t have to pay WordPress any money for this website. Now that I’m not using the free service, there are no more advertisements. This should make the blog look more clean and less cluttered, and hopefully you won’t feel hounded for money. I will still post Amazon links here and there, but I hope that you find that to be a helpful service and not an annoying ploy.
Anyway, welcome to fujixweekly.com! Expect more positive changes to come, and those changes are all thanks to you!
My wife has been telling me for awhile now that I should be on YouTube. She’s completely right about that! Almost two billion people worldwide watch YouTube videos regularly, and about one billion hours of YouTube video content is watched daily. YouTube is the #2 search engine, only behind Google. More than half of YouTube views are on a phone, tablet or other mobile device. There are a ton of statistics which demonstrate that those under the age of 50 are spending a lot of time watching YouTube videos, and about half of those videos are uploaded by people and not companies. There’s a massive audience I’m missing by avoiding YouTube!
I like to joke that I have a face for radio and a voice for print. That’s all in fun, but the truth is that I don’t have the eccentric personality to be a video star. I’m just a regular Joe. I don’t look or sound the part, and so I prefer not to be a video guy. I like to write and I’m pretty good at it. Even though I hunt-and-peck, I’m comfortable and happy typing out paragraphs. I like that I can lay out my thoughts in a clear and organized manor, and it’s easy to change the words if I didn’t communicate something well. I will continue to write the Fuji X Weekly blog because I love doing this!
When it comes to photography, there’s a lot of long-winded content on YouTube. Most videos exceed five minutes, many exceed 10 minutes and some seem to go on forever! That’s good sometimes, but what I often prefer, and I figures others might feel the same way, is content that’s short and to the point. I often don’t have time for ramblings. I feel that there is a need for quality photography-related videos that are under two minutes long, that get right to the point and concisely explain things. That’s my vision for the Fuji X Weekly vlog. I want to produce short videos that are mobile device friendly, that are interesting yet informative, and, perhaps most importantly, don’t feature me rambling on.
I just started the Fuji X Weekly vlog a couple of days ago. I think it will be a good companion to the Fuji X Weekly blog. I hope that it will reach some new people, perhaps some folks who wouldn’t normally go to an “old-fashioned” blog, but would definitely look at a video. I hope that it’s a fresh way to view my content, pictures and ideas. I’ve made three videos so far, which I’ve included below. Feel free to like and share them. Please subscribe so that you don’t miss anything! I appreciate any feedback that you have. Hopefully it just gets better and better as time goes on, because I’m very new to this whole video-making stuff. I hope that you enjoy!