Craig Litten: New Orleans Jazz Fest: first shots with the Fuji X100s

Craig Litten: New Orleans Jazz Fest: first shots with the Fuji X100s

I have been testing the Fuji X cameras (X-E1 and X-Pro1) extensively within the last month, and I have even used them on paid assignments. Since I was heading to New Orleans for the annual Jazz Fest to teach a street photography workshop (, I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the new Fuji X100s. More after the break

The first few days in New Orleans were cold and rainy, but on Saturday the weather finally cleared, and it was warm and beautiful the day our crew headed to Jazz Fest. While walking in and shooting (there are just as many interesting photos to be had outside the gates of Jazz Fest as there are inside—almost), I did something I never do; I switched the camera to the standard color setting.

To explain, I always shoot RAW+JPEG in the Monochrome mode because I like to see what the photo will look like in black and white. But that day, as I was walking in, I was instantly inspired and was seeing in “color.” Not only because of all the colorful people of Jazz Fest, but because of the amazing output of the Fuji X-Trans sensor. The ironic thing is that is was almost noon, which is probably the worst time shoot in color.

I didn’t care though because the color output of the X100s is stunning.

I’ve used just about every brand of digital camera since the year 2000 when I went 100% digital, and I also shot extensively with film starting back in the mid 1980s and throughout the 1990s, so I know color pretty well. Needless to say, I now own two Fuji X cameras. Real world user reviews coming soon.

Check out Craig’s fantastic street photography workshop website. (

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