Matt Brandon Video Log #11

Matt Brandon Video Log #11

Once again I attempt to start my VLOG. In this episode I talk about what I want to accomplish in these The new reboot of my video log. A small rant blog comments, a look at the Fujifilm X-T2, being a photographer and dyslexic/ADD and more.

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. steve rees

    Love your 12 year old set prop. Nicely done sir.
    Regarding the process of setting up a photo, I agree that if you are not a photojournalist, you can tinker with the set and dressing. In fact, if you aren’t interacting with your subject as a person, then you are evading part of our social responsibility to talk to the people you encounter.

    • Matt Brandon

      Thanks for the comment. The Balvinie is always more than a prop. 😉

  2. Ross Gillespie

    Hi Matt,

    Totally agree with all you say re setting up a portrait. Tricia and I call them ‘constructed’ portraits. As you say ‘contrived’ isn’t the right word as it has negative connotations. To me ‘contrived’ implies that the portrait is deceptive which it’s not when done how you describe. A constructed portrait is not a documentary/photojournalistic style shot, it is your interpretation of a person and how you see them.

    Look forward to more vlogs.

    Enjoy the Balvenie!

    • Matt Brandon

      Ross, thanks for dropping by the blog. I like that – I’ll start using, “constructed portraits” from now on. Should I link a copyright to it, or will it be Creative Commons? Seriously it is a good descriptive term. Thanks.

      • Ross Gillespie

        Damn it!…never thought about copyrighting the phrase so I guess you’re free to use it.


  3. Noel Kleinman

    Thanks for the exposure comp tip. I usually make adjustments by turning the EC wheel. I will no keep it on “C” and use the the dial on the front of the camera!

    • Matt Brandon

      Your welcome. It is a small addition that is a huge help.

  4. Clay

    Matt great vlog and I am right there with you on the xt2. I finally dropped my bulky Nikon kit and haven’t regretted it one bit. You might already be aware of this but turning the SS dial to T you can fully adjust the SS with the back thumb wheel. The xt1 might have done the same but I just figured it out on the xt2 and it’s a game changer. Keep it up looking to forward to watching in the future.


    • Matt Brandon

      Clay, Yep, this is a very cool update that happened with the X-T1 4.0 Firmware Update. The update, as you found, lets you control the shutter speed with the front dial of the XT-1. On the X-T2 it is the back dial. Thanks for commenting.

      • Clay

        no prob.

        I’m the fuji newbie haha.

        • Matt Brandon

          That was not Fuji newbie tip. 😉


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