Get Creative with Multiple Exposures

Using the Multiple Exposure mode

Multiple exposures have been around for almost as long as photography itself and almost certainly came about as much by accident as by design. In the early days of photography, exposures often took many minutes, so any subject or camera movement during the time the shutter was open would cause a distinctive ‘ghosting’ or ‘double impression’ effect. This also occurred when a camera’s shutter opened twice or more on the same frame, exposing it more than once.

Many early photographers were only interested in documenting the world as their eyes saw it, and to them multiple exposures were a hazard. Others saw multiple exposures as an opportunity: a way to present a more artistic view, where reality could be turned on its head and a new way of seeing created. In the digital age, multiple exposures are more popular than ever and while many are created in image-editing software like Photoshop, it’s fun to take the traditional approach of doing it in camera. Fujifilm’s X-series cameras offer a smart, easy way to do this.

Multiple Exposure

How X-series makes it easy

When shooting multiple exposures on film, tricky mental arithmetic was involved because you had to work out the overall exposure settings, then divide that shutter speed by however many times you wanted to expose the film; do it wrong and you’d end up with an under or overexposed picture. What’s more, some guesswork was involved wherein you had to watch out for clashing elements in the scene that could spoil composition. Fortunately for X-series users, these concerns are a thing of the past, because using the screen as your guide you can make a perfect assessment of how the final image will look; you simply shoot the first exposure, then compose the second with it overlaid on the screen.

Multiple Exposure 

Creative ideas

Once you’re comfortable with shooting in Multiple Exposure mode, you’ll have a great time experimenting with different subjects and styles. For instance, try shooting your subject with the first exposure, then overlay it using a texture of cloud-scape with the second. It’s also a good idea to try shooting from a tripod; with the camera’s position locked off, static parts of the scene will look like a regular photo, while moving parts will turn into ghosts. Have fun!

How it’s activated

  • First turn the main Mode dial to Adv. (Advanced), then use the sub-command dial to set your desired aperture and shutter speed combination; Advanced mode is like Program mode in that the camera chooses the optimum settings, but you can still bias the aperture, shutter speed, ISO or exposure compensation.
  • Next press the MENU/OK button, select the Adv. MODE in the Shooting menu and choose MULTIPLE EXPOSURE.
  • Hit OK, then BACK to return and you’ll see overlapping squares in the bottom left of the screen showing you’re in the right mode. Now you’re ready to shoot.
  • Frame up and shoot your first image and it will be displayed on screen.
  • Hit left on the D-pad to cancel and try again, or if you’re happy with it, press OK to move onto the next shot.
  • Now, using the screen as a real-time guide, frame your second shot. At this point you can also change the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and most importantly the Exposure Compensation, making sure the two exposures work together and aren’t too light or dark.
  • Shoot and once again, you’ll have the opportunity to cancel and try the second shot again or hit OK to confirm.

That’s all there is to it!

Fujifilm X-Photographers website update

The Fujifilm X-Photographers website has been updated. We’ve added new galleries for Ben Cherry, Dave Wall, Jamie Stoker and our first female UK X-Photographer, Kerry Hendry.

Visit the X-Photographers website

bencherryBen Cherry

Ben is a 22-year-old Zoology student who combines his love of nature with photography. Focusing on capturing moments, Ben has travelled the world through these two passions discovering new cultures and visiting some of nature’s wonders; from the Great Barrier Reef, the Victoria Falls, Simian Mountains of Ethiopia, and the rainforests of Borneo. He has won photographic competitions with National Geographic and the Rotary Foundation as well as being highly commended in Travel Photographer of the Year and finalised in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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davewallDave Wall

Dave Wall is not just an Award Winning Commercial Photographer, but professional retoucher and highly regarded trainer traveling the globe teaching both Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. His most recent accolades include winning The SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year award, not once but twice in consecutive years.

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jamiestokerJamie Stoker

Jamie is a freelance photographer based in his home city of London. He honed his craft at the London College of Communication and University of Brighton and now shoots a mixture of fashion and portrait commissions alongside personal work. He has photographed editorial assignments for Dazed & Confused, Port Magazine and The Fader and has recent commercial clients that include Nike and Warner Music.

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kerryhendryKerry Hendry

Kerry is an outdoor photographer who is passionate about landscape photography, alongside fine art equestrian commissions and adventures. Her equine images have been widely published in national media and sell worldwide. A keen rider from a very young age, Kerry combines her three main passions in life – horses, photography and travel.

Visit Kerry’s Love The Image website
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Interview with Tom Lazar – Street Photographer

Photographer Tomasz Lazar finds that the Fujifilm X100S is the best choice for his brand of street photography

Tomasz Lazar is a photographer from Poland and a graduate of the West Pomeranian University of Technology. His black & white documentary images of street culture have won numerous accolades, including placing in the Sony World Photography Awards and the International Photography Awards. “I also took second place in ‘People in the News’ category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest and received Picture of the Year at BZ WBK Press Foto 2012,” he tells X Magazine.

X100S Lens: fixed 23mm Exposure: 1/15 sec  ISO: 400
X100S Lens: fixed 23mm Exposure: 1/15 sec
ISO: 400

 While Tomasz was still at university he planned a trip to Spain with his girlfriend, but didn’t own a camera. “I was given [a camera] by my parents, a Nikon D50 – and that’s how it all started,” he said. “After coming back from Spain I wanted to learn more about photography. I read books, looked at photo albums, talked to people about it – and I still remember the first photography book I bought, by Jeanloup Sieff. I really felt that photography was what I loved and what I would like to do in the future. I’ve always liked to talk to people and listen to their stories, but photography also enabled me to capture their stories.”

Street life

After a year living in Warsaw, Tomasz is now based in Szczecin, and tries to constantly be on the move. “I travel around Poland and Europe, and try to visit New York at least once a year,” he explains. As a long-time member of the un-posed photography group, which focuses on street photography, Tomasz devotes most of his time to taking pictures. To Tomasz, the street is an almost magnetic place, which he describes as being like a ‘living organism’. “Everything is constantly changing,” he says. “Street photography gives you a kind of freedom but also allows you to converse with people and observe situations.” He also points out that despite the name, you don’t have to be on a street to take street photography. “Street is a combination of factors that are relevant to each other – moments that together, give you this kind of mood.”

Whether on the street or not, Tomasz is always searching for images that, in his words, ‘enchant reality’. “The photographer Ernst Haas said of photographs, ‘the less information, the more allusion; the less prose, the more poetry’, which works to stimulate the imagination,” Tomasz explains. “This is what I’m really looking for. Some people say that I’ve got my own black & white style in photography, but I think that I can try different approaches to develop my consciousness. With my pictures I like to tell stories about places and people or try to show the mood.

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Question time

Tomasz has come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of photo projects: “One kind answers questions, but the other aims to force the viewer to think, and actually asks questions. My Theatre of Life is such a project – its point is to raise questions and make the viewers consider what to do next, what impact is had on our lives by technological development and the media.” Theatre of Life is a project that Tomasz has been working on since 2008, an exploration of surrealism. “It’s an essay on my experiences and thoughts about what surrounds me,” he says. “As a result of fast-changing technological developments, many people seem to feel disconnected from the world. Some seek refuge and create alternative realities: some dress in costumes, play role-playing games or pretend to be heroes from movies or Japanese anime. We all find our ways to cope, but these ‘off’ moments are what interest me.”

Tomasz frequently works in black & white, enjoying the dark and mysterious perception that people have of monochromatic pictures. “I also like to use natural light mixed with a flashlight,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot of my black & white technique from the classical darkroom – such as how to develop and work on the images. I like to work on all the details to make the picture better. To make really good black & white, everything is important: composition, light, people’s faces – and that’s why I like monochrome images.”

Tomasz often works with the Fujifilm X100S and has high praise for the camera’s capability at delivering black & white images. But it’s not just the inner workings of the cameras that Tomasz enjoys: he loves their style and size as well. “I like the way they are built. When I’m going on assignments for The New York Times I take the X100S: it is small, but the quality of the images, even set to high ISO, is very good. That’s why I like to work with it on the streets and during my journalism work.”

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Trying the X-E2

During a series of workshops run by Fujifilm Poland Tomasz was able to spend some time with the new X-E2. “Last year I was working on Beer Project, a collection of images about beer culture in Prague for Fujifilm using the X-E1, and for me it was a very good camera – but after holding the X-E2 I can tell it is even better. For me, lenses and cameras are like kitchen knives, pots and pans for cooking: different projects mean I’ll choose different cameras and lenses.”

Along with a decent camera in his pocket, Tomasz recommends any keen street photographers find themselves a good pair of walking shoes – “because sometimes you can spend more than eight hours shooting” – and also advises that in order to be as creative as possible photographers shouldn’t close their minds to other genres. “I’ve tried many types of photography – I share the view of Alec Soth from the Magnum agency that you should try everything, because you never know when you might need this kind of skill,” he says. “Besides, this opens up your mind and makes it easier to become a ‘humanist’”.


X Magazine Issue 3This interview was first published in issue 3 of the Fujifilm X Magazine. Click here to read it for FREE.

What to shoot now – spring into life

It won’t be long before the natural world starts showing signs of life, which will give photographers across the globe plenty of subjects to train their cameras on.

To start, look low to the ground where bulbs will soon start to break the surface of the soil. Getting down low is the key to success and those X-series cameras with an articulated rear LCD will come in handy to help you frame up shots without having to lie on the floor.

Don’t be afraid to crop in close on snowdrops and daffodils, selecting the macro mode to ensure you focus as close as possible. If you’re shooting on a sunny day, placing your camera flat on the ground and pointing the lens upwards will deliver a ‘worm’s eye view’ of the flowers, which works particularly well with yellow crocus, tulips and daffodils set against a deep blue sky. Consider using the Velvia Film Simulation mode to boost colours, or fit a polarising filter to really saturate primary hues.

Feeding time

If you don’t fancy scrabbling in the dirt, birds and wildlife get a little bolder in the springtime as they start searching for mates and building nests. Use a telephoto lens like the XF55-200mm or XC50-230mm to keep a safe distance and make sure you shoot against a clear, uncluttered background such as foliage or even the sky to be sure nothing distracts from the subject. With any wildlife subject you’ll need to be patient; the best shots will come to those who wait… or those who set up feeding stations in their gardens!

Window light portraits

The low sun at this time of year is perfect for people shots indoors. Carefully choose a window – you want sunlight to bathe your subject in, not to blind them. Position your subject nice and close, then switch your camera to aperture-priority mode, using a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus.

Window Light Portraits

A day in your life

If a 365 project is too daunting, perhaps you can manage 24 hours. Pick a typical day and document your life. It’s easy to do with the portable X cameras. Start with your breakfast and only put the camera down when you go to bed. Apply the usual rules though: think about your shots and compose carefully, don’t simply machine-gun it.

A day in your life

Striking silhouettes

Set aside the usual approach to exposing your subject and expose for the background to get a dark, striking silhouette of a person, tree or church – easily recognisable subjects work best. Switch to spot metering and take a reading from the bright background to ensure your subject is rendered as an outline.

Striking Silhouettes

Film fanatics

Emulate the look of yesteryear’s photos with one of the X-series Film Simulation modes. All the X-series cameras offer these magic modes; the X-Pro1 boasts a stunning selection of 10, including names you may remember from film boxes, such as Provia and Velvia. Find them in your camera’s Shooting menu or via the Q menu.

Film Fanatics

Carnival spirit

In countries around the world, Shrove Tuesday (4 March) is a day for celebration; in many, such as Germany and Italy, this means carnival, while in the UK, it’s the chance to flip pancakes. Whichever is happening near you, photograph it. For a carnival parade, try the Pop Color Advanced Filter (on the XQ1, X100S, X-M1, X20 and X10).

Carnival Spirit

Guest post: Hands on with the XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

Title image: 24.0 mm (in 35mm: 36.0 mm) 1/8 sec; f/4.5; ISO 6400

By Gianluca Colla

I generally do not like to write reviews of products without a long and intensive field test. And by long I do not mean days – I mean several months.

I also don’t like writing first impressions of a camera or lens, because in a few days, even shooting many hours, I do not have enough time to get perfectly tuned with the gear I am using. I still remain a stranger and there is still the excitement of the new toy.

It’s almost like in real life, with couples. You can (almost) never tell after a first date or two if your partner will be “the one” but after several months of dating, you get a quite good idea if your relationship will go for a long run.

That’s why, although I’ve been one of the first and privileged people in the world to get my hands on the X-T1, long before it was announced, I didn’t write anything about it yet.

This was all true until one night in Yokohama, Japan, where a group of X-Photographers are gathered to speak at CP+, I went out with some friends and colleagues, and coupled the latest X-series with the Fujinon XF10-24mm F4 R OIS.

13.8 mm   (in 35mm: 21.0 mm) 1/8 sec;   f/4.5;   ISO 6400
13.8 mm (in 35mm: 21.0 mm)
1/8 sec; f/4.5; ISO 6400

Love at first sight
I guess this is what is known as love at first sight. A perfect match. When you know there is no need to further test, or to “date” a little bit longer because you simply know it will be a long-lasting and happy relationship.

There are plenty of detailed reviews online and plenty of technical data sheet about the camera and the lens, there is no need to cover again that kind of information.

11.5 mm   (in 35mm: 17.0 mm) 1/32 sec;   f/4.0;   ISO 3200
11.5 mm (in 35mm: 17.0 mm)
1/32 sec; f/4.0; ISO 3200

All I can say is that the camera is designed to fit perfectly in the hands and to have that kind of tactile feel that only a vintage camera could offer and is designed with a lot of technology inside but with a simple usage in mind. And the lens, is just amazing: wide open is razor sharp, it has an impressive OIS that can easily hold 5 stops, all you have to do is get out and shoot. And this is what the X-T1is made for: to simply take beautiful picture, to forget about the technical race and to focus on what should be every photographer’s main concern: making stunning images.

I want to add is this:

  • 3200 or 6400 ISO
  • 1/8th and 1/4th of a second, handheld (yes, you read it correctly, handheld – God bless OIS and the small weight of the camera)
  • f4

You judge the result your self. All of the images featured here were taken on the X-T1 with a (pre-production) XF10-24mmF4 lens and are JPEGs straight out of camera. I dare you to find me another combination like this.. 😉

10.0 mm   (in 35mm: 15.0 mm) 1/4 sec;   f/4.0;   ISO 3200
10.0 mm (in 35mm: 15.0 mm)
1/4 sec; f/4.0; ISO 3200

About Gianluca

An in depth knowledge of photography has led Gianluca to travel to many diverse destinations around the world, from the Arctic Polar Circle to Africa’s deserts, from the Far East to the Amazon. Gianluca’s photographs have appeared in various publications including National Geographic Magazine, New York times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, CondèNaste, Bloomberg News.

His images are represented by National Geographic Creative.
His series of images from India has been projected at Musèe de Elysèee in Lausanne.

Gianluca is also a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and he has an intense lecturing and teaching activity counting various seminars and workshops: he teaches reportage at European Institute of Design of Milan, and is a Photography Expert and teacher for National Geographic Expeditions.

When not on assignment Gianluca spends his time in Switzerland and in Italy.

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Jim Marks Interview – Thoughts on the Fujifilm X-T1

Japanese website were at the CP+ show in Yokohama in February 2014 and were able to interview British Photographer Jim Marks who was presenting his thoughts about X series products on the Fujifilm stand.

Here is a link to the original post and you can find the translated version below:

A famous photographer from overseas tells us about his thoughts on the X-T1.

All who are interested in photography know of the FUJIFILM and FUJIFILM X series as they have enjoyed high praise from many photo-enthusiasts. But how do photographers recognise FUJIFILM X-series in other countries where FUJIFILM may not be as familiar as it is in Japan?  We interviewed Mr. Jim Marks who has successfully built his career as a commercial photographer and director of over 20 years; we will talk about his impressions on the latest model, the “X-T1”.

About Jim Marks

Jim Marks, commercial photographer and director, started his career assisting Bob Carlos Clarke and Patrick Lichfield.  He is one of the first photographers to embrace digital. His clients include world famous companies like BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.

What is your first impression of the FUJIFILM X-T1?  Also you have used the existing X-series models like the X100 and X20. What is new in X-T1 system and what remains unchanged?

In a word, it is “great”.  Firstly we have to start with the viewfinder, it is so easy to forget that is an EVF. It has mechanical dials for the ISO setting, with which you can confirm your settings at a glance.  I often leave the aperture and the shutter speed automatic and just control the exposure compensation. In this case, the layout of these dials is really very practical.

Also the tilting LCD allows me snap shots from waist height without being noticed by the subject. With the new battery grip, the “VG-TX1”, you can enjoy the same excellent operational feeling in the vertical position as you can in the portrait position. Also I like how easy it is to use manual focus with this grip, too.

In comparison to the other X-series models, I feel that FUJIFILM has proactively applied many improvements based on the user’s voice. I do not mean that FUJI has not done this for the X100 or X20 but (improved with generations of X series) the X-T1 has various shooting functions and options which were not available in the previous X models. What the X-T1 has inherited however, is FUJI’s unique colours.  It is a pleasure to see and use the same colours I have used with film before like Velvia and ASTIA.


I heard that you now work frequently with the X series models. What kinds of camera have you used in the past?

I have used medium format cameras like Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon and Canon.  Leica has to be one of my favourite cameras but equally, it frustrates me with its response sometimes. I love all types of camera. But the compact with sufficient quality for professional use has to be the “FUJIFILM X” series.

I had looked for a camera system with satisfactory specifications, like speed, quality, optical and size and I found myself reaching for the FUJIFILM X.  FUJIFILM is very clever.

I’m in love with the X-T1! It is the ergonomic design. It has this retro feel while many cameras out there just have a plain electronic camera design.

The X-T1 is a camera full with the latest technology and classic design.

How important is the design for me?  About 75%, maybe even higher (Laugh). But design for designs sake does not attract me. It is design based on necessity for shooting that is very important to me.

What is your opinion on the X mount lenses?

It may not be widely known, but FUJINON lenses are used extensively in movies and broadcasting and are well trusted by professionals. (Notes: Mr. Marks works not only in still photography but also in the filming and directing industries). X-mount lenses have a relatively short history but they have always offered superb quality that never disappoints professional users.

In the beginning, with FUJIFILMs first interchangeable camera, the X-Pro1, FUJIFILM offered three fixed focal lenses rather than zoom lenses.  It was a great decision.  All of those lenses are bright, compact and superior in resolution. I also had a chance to try the new XF56mm, and was really impressed with its fantastic expression!

Could you give a message to those who are interested in the X series but that are not owners yet?

Small, high quality and flexible. The FUJIFILM X series fit this category perfectly.  I am sure the current system you have is excellent, but I would really recommend shifting your eyes on to the X series after reading this article.

And I have a message to FUJIFILM, too. I hope that FUJI will introduce a bright 90mm lens (about equiv. to 135mm format)!  I want it for portrait shooting!

And now for something completely different…

Fujifilm UK has just officially announced the launch of its new Fujifillm X Signature customisation service.

Users of Fujifilm X cameras can now choose to have their camera re-skinned to one of many different colours and textures by a trained Fujifilm techhnician.

Orders can be placed at Fujifilm’s X Signature website and there is a 2 week turnaround on orders. The process involves sending your camera to Fujifilm in pre-paid packaging that will be sent to you. This will not affect your warranty as the service is carried out by Fujifilm’s Service Centre, and you will have the added benefit of a free check and clean of your product. It’ll be returned in an X Signature box with your chosen skin applied.

This service is also available on new cameras. The cost is £129.99 to re-skin your existing camera, or £99.99 if you order a new camera in an X Signature colour.

Click here to read the press release
Click here to visit the Fujifilm X Signature microsite

Here’s a couple of example skins that are now available:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this service. Please leave a comment below or send a Tweet to @Fujifilm_UK and include the hashtag #XSignature

Jim Marks, Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm lens and Yokohama China town

During a recent trip to Japan, Pro Photographer Jim Marks was able to test out the new XF56mm lens on on Fujifilm X-T1. Here’s a few example shots.

All shots here are straight out of camera JPEG images that have been resized and nothing else.

1/114 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 400
1/114 sec; f/1.2; ISO 400
1/160 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 400
1/160 sec; f/1.2; ISO 400
1/64 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 800
1/64 sec; f/1.2; ISO 800
1/64 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 1250
1/64 sec; f/1.2; ISO 1250
1/160 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 400
1/160 sec; f/1.2; ISO 400
1/200 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 400
1/200 sec; f/1.2; ISO 400
1/200 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 400
1/200 sec; f/1.2; ISO 400

More from Jim Marks


Fujifilm at The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham

So today marked a big day for the photography industry in the UK. It was the first day of the inaugural Photography Show held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Last year when everyone heard the news that Focus on Imaging was to end, everyone’s hearts were heavy and no-one was quite sure if this was a sign that the imaging industry might be on the decline. However, when it was announced that The Photography Show would take it’s place, optimism was restored and we’ve been looking forward to this event ever since.

Here’s a few images I shot throughout the day. If you can’t make it, hopefully this will give you a bit of an insight into what you are missing.

Here's the stand yesterday afternoon. Built but not furnished.
Here’s our stand yesterday afternoon. Built but not furnished…
The Fujifilm stand. X certainly marks the spot
… and here it is, ready to go this morning. X certainly marks the spot!
The gates open, the stampede begins
The gates open, the stampede begins.
As anticipated, the X-T1 drew a huge crowd of people that wanted to get their hands on one.
As anticipated, the X-T1 drew a huge crowd of people that wanted to get their hands on one.
And here's the two most popular items on the Fujifilm stand. The X-T1 and the XF56mmF1.2 lens
Here’s the two most popular items on the Fujifilm stand: the X-T1 and the XF56mmF1.2 lens.
As Fujifilm is celebrating 80 years in photography, we thought we'd make a wee mention of it on our stand
As Fujifilm is celebrating 80 years in photography, we thought we’d make a wee mention of it on our stand
Later in the afternoon when the crowd subsided a bit, these visitors finally get their hands on the X-T1 for the first time
Later in the afternoon when the crowd subsided a bit, these visitors finally get their hands on the X-T1 for the first time.
Here's our man Nathan talking about the X-T2. If it's possible, he's even more in love with it than I am!
Here’s our man Nathan talking about the X-T1. If it’s possible, he’s even more in love with it than I am!
The Fujifilm X Signature service will launch very soon. Here's a few sample cameras showing off some of the unique colours you will soon be able to have.
The Fujifilm X Signature service will launch very soon. Here’s a few sample cameras showing off some of the unique colours you will soon be able to have.

Meanwhile, away from the Fujifilm stand…

Calumet are one of the retailers that are here at The Photography Show and selling Fujifilm products
Calumet are one of the retailers that are here at The Photography Show and selling Fujifilm products
Camera World are another...
Camera World are another…
International Garden Photographer of the Year had this awesome garden. Here I'm spotted by a fellow X100S user while trying to shoot people shooting flowers (mind, blown)
International Garden Photographer of the Year had this awesome garden. Here I’m spotted by a fellow X100S user while trying to shoot people shooting flowers (mind, blown)
Could this be a clever nod to previous photography events at the NEC?
Could this be a clever nod to previous photography events at the NEC?
There's a live stage with various talkers covering various different subjects
There’s a live stage with various talkers covering various different subjects.
Fujifilm's Adam getting photobombed. Or Fujifilm's Adam photobombing someone else. You choose
Fujifilm’s Adam getting photobombed. Or Fujifilm’s Adam photobombing someone else. You choose.

Thanks for checking out this blog. Any questions, fill in a comment below or get in touch on Twitter @marchorner or @Fujifilm_UK. You can also keep up to date in real time on Instagram –

If you do come to the show over the next few days, be sure to come and say hello.