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How I Use My Cameras by Xyza Cruz Bacani

Xyza Cruz Bacani

Xyza Cruz Bacani is a Filipina Street and Documentary Photographer who has been featured in New York Times Lens Blog, CNN and various International media publication not only for her excellence in photography but also for her inspirational story. Working as a domestic worker for almost a decade, she has been granted HR NO.1969 by Philippines House of Representative, won awards in photography, a Fujifilm Philippines Ambassador and exhibited in South East Asia . She is one of the MAGNUM FOUNDATION HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS 2015.

I had my first experience with a mirrorless camera three years ago with the FUJIFILM X-E2. I saved my money to get one because I was drawn to its classic design. As a woman photographer, I enjoyed the style and lightness of the X-E2.
A year after, I became one of the FUJIFILM X-Photographers around the world. It is one of the proudest moments in my career. I travel a lot for work and assignments and the Fujifilm cameras never failed me.

My main camera has been the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 up until the much anticipated medium format was introduced. The FUJIFILM GFX 50S gives me the confidence to produce high quality files that can be printed in large format. While most of my work is in black and white, the GFX 50S made me fall in love with colors again. The unique color palette is something that only Fujifilm can produce, because of its long history with film. Most of my work now are taken with the GFX 50S. Sometimes, I even use it for street.

The X100F, on the other hand, is a tiny camera packed with amazing functions. It is my everyday camera for street photography. People do not notice me when I am photographing them – making me a ninja. This camera is fast and invisible.
I also enjoy the fact that I do not need to worry about my cameras under bad weather. The GFX is a weather resistant camera and I’ve used the other Fujifilm cameras without worries, rain or shine. I love that these cameras let me do my work and enjoy photography daily.
On a recent trip to Japan, I went to a Mosque on assignment to shoot for a paper. I used my X100F on the first day and noticed that the people I am photographing are more relaxed because I was not using a big DSLR. In my line of work, it is critical to establish trust between the subject and I on the first day. I was able to get the access and take some intimate images with the X100F. It is compact, quiet and not intrusive on first day shoots yet it still gives me high quality images especially on print.