So I have been wanting to share these images since I shot them but have had to wait… But the wait is over!!!
A few weeks ago I was shooting the beautiful Sophie Rose Harper for Harpers Bazaar Online. She is the singer of the band The Night VI who are fantastic, I urge you to check them out, I have to admit I am now a fan! http://www.thenightvi.com/ It was great to shoot Sophie, she was amazing and pulled of every look with effortless cool…
You can see the full photo shoot for Harpers Bazaar here: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/fashion/inside/the-shoots-little-black-dress-sophie-rose#slide-1
There is also a behind the scenes video so you can see me at work should you wish! http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/fashion/inside/the-shoots-little-black-dress-behind-the-scenes
As always I had my Fuji on hand and took some personal portraits of Sophie after the shoot whilst she was being interviewed. I try and do this when I am shooting, its not always possible as things get busy but I am glad I managed it this time even if it was just a handful of snaps behind the scenes. They are simple photos, that’s what I love doing… I didn’t shoot too many either so its not a picture overload.
The great thing about walking around with the Fuji is you become less apparent as a photographer, even in a studio setting like this. I managed to catch Sophie unaware and as a result ended up with some really nice moments. I achieved a totally different vibe from the shoot we had been doing just 5 minutes earlier. I am ever increasing in my love for the Fuji X-Pro1. So effective and so easy to use, I wonder what the X-Pro2 will bring… full frame?? even bigger files?
These were shot in pretty low available light at the end of an autumnal day in london, the files the Fuji produces in these conditions are always great, it can push you to try things you hadn’t thought of or dared before. It has in fact got me onto some quite interesting personal photography projects, I shall share when they are ready…
A short blog post this time, the images speak for themselves here i guess, although I cant finish this without giving a mention to the team on this shoot, they are the ones who put the magic touches on it all! Check them out!
Stylist : Linh Ly @MissLinhLy
Makeup: Lucy Flower – http://www.lucyflower.co.uk
Hair: Alex James Fairbairn http://www.alexjamesfairbairn.com
Also have a look at the video from The Night VI and listen to Sophie’s amazing Voice for yourself!
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On a recent trip to Italy we passed through San Gimignano, what a beautiful place, so peaceful… Whilst walking around near sunset I saw this line of old folk sitting down and gazing out. I had to grab a shot!
They all looked so happy, sharing jokes and smiling at me as I snapped away. The light is so nice, you can just see the burn of the sun on the wall as it disappears behind the church opposite.
Upon asking why they sat there we got a simple answer, just passing the time and watching the world go by! Beautiful!
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As you are well aware now I love my Fuji X-Pro1, I think its great, it just works. Although I have always said its the most perfect second camera I decided to test the X-Pro1 out as the main camera on a shoot, a risk as so many people put so much into a fashion shoot you really cant get it wrong. I must admit though the risk wasn’t huge as my DSLR was by my side just incase I couldn’t deliver with this little experiment. But all the same I wanted to see how I could work with the Fuji in a more intense environment and I wanted to know if it could deliver.
Now for this post I’ll keep the words short and let the images speak for themselves, I just have a few notes to give on how I found the process…
I am very dialed in with my workflow so the X-Pro1 was already rocking the boat a little, the one main gripe I had with it throughout the day was its speed, SLOOOOW… thats compared to my DSLR, as this was on the streets I was just snapping and grabbing the moments as they came, using auto focus was a pain, I couldn’t really see what I was doing with manual focus so had to stick to auto. Its pretty accurate but its lag slowed the day down a little, I got frustrated its fair to say. I usually shoot tethered so having to rely on the screen for focus was a bit new…
There is one great thing I noticed though, I love shooting wide open and suffer by not having sharp pictures most of the time, the Fuji has helped that a fair bit and it made me happy. The 35mm f1.4 lens is amazing wide open, now with the DSLR I would find my DOF really shallow but the benefit of having the smaller sensor is a greater DOP when shooting wide open, this resulted in sharp eyes and blurred backgrounds, result!
Another great thing with the X-Pro1 is that you are practically invisible when shooting and don’t attract loads of attention, smaller is better sometimes…
I’ll shut up now and let you browse the pictures…
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Model: Ola @ Premier
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Makeup : Kristina Ralph www.kristinaralph.co.uk
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Here I go on another comparison test… I’ll say straight up its not very scientific in its methods considering the cameras had slight a difference in settings, plus the idea of doing a blog post like this was an after though. I was actually just taking pictures not testing cameras… But all the same I hope it’s of use to one or two people who want some more info on the differences/quality of these two camera systems.
So I wanted to shoot a couple of beauty portraits so I had my friend Samantha Englelbrecht come over, she is a model and actress so that was a big help. I wanted to stay away from the standard “BOOM’ flash with beauty dish, I wanted to get something a little softer, so I tested in daylight/available light.
I was using the Fuji X-Pro1 with the fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens and the Canon 5D mk2 with a Canon 50mm f1.2 Lens. These lens’ are a fairly good match up for comparisons.
I have been using the Fuji X-Pro1 almost all the time recently, on head shot jobs and even a whole fashion story, keep checking back as I will post those up soon… For this though I went straight to the Canon, I find it more of a go to camera for structured shoots like this. But I had the Fuji there next to me the whole time and snapped away a little more freely. I find I am more considered in composition with the Canon. Maybe that is due to its larger size and more professional feel, saying that it is probably just some little psychological nuance on my part. Although I find I am even more considered again when using a medium format system such as a Hassleblad with a PhaseOne back…
So enough talking lets see some pictures… Below are two shots, one from the Fuji X-Pro1 and one from the Canon 5Dmk2.
Beautiful… I would say at a quick glance you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference, preference would come down to composition more than anything! So lets have a look at the process and some crops to see the differences.
Lets start with the shots as they are Straight out of camera (SOOC), so here I am opening up the process and letting you in on secrets as obviously the above images have been retouched, your about to see the difference before and after.
So as you can see the way the cameras handled the colour was fairly similar, I personally preferred the canon, but adjusted them both anyway to let a bit more light in and make them slightly cooler.
So now you have seen the before images you can play a bit of spot the difference. Yes I have cleaned up her skin, standard practice…. What I have done in the Fuji image is simplify the background, this brings more attention to her, and by enlarging up the light source behind it makes for a nicer composition. I am guessing that a few people will be scorning me now…”Oh my God!” “this is an outrage” they’ll say, offended that I didn’t get it all in camera. You know what though, I’d love to live in a massive flat with huge windows that flood in light, but I don’t and if I can change a few things to make it feel more that way then why not, use the tools available I say… The Canon image is a bit more honest, all I did was rotate and crop to get the final composition.
So now for some crops, I am impressed with the Fuji X-Pro1, when you get it sharp, man is it sharp. However I like to shoot wide open so sharpness is not always there for me…. Got lucky with these though hey!
Looking at this I would say the canon is sharper, but there really is nothing in it, in all reality its probably just my ability to focus, (as I said its not scientific). So take from this what you will The Fuji X-Pro1 is such an amazing camera and can stand toe to toe in a lot of areas with the Canon 5D mk2, there is a coupe of things it cant do quite as well, auto focus being one, have a look at my wedding photography with the Fuji X-Pro1 blog post where I talk about my frustrations with the Fuji System, http://roughly365.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/the-fuji-x-pro1-photographs-a-wedding-on-its-own-day-183/
Lets have a quick look at another image comparison, for this image I wanted to make it feel like there was early morning light breaking through the curtains. I basically removed all the light from the room and let a soft stream come through the window.
So here with these it comes down to composition again, the more considered Canon shot wins there… A great test for lo-light photography though. I think both cameras handled it very well.. But we already know they can do that!
Here are the SOOC and capture one adjusted files.
So as you can see there is not to much crazy retouch going on here, just some colour work to add the mood, once again here my preference was the canon file for colour SOOC, this preference made me adjust the Fuji file toward the feel of the Canon in Capture One. So that’s the before and after, again just a little skin clean up was made…
Onto the zooms, Lo-light zooms…
For me the winner here is the Canon, but as before that could be my approach, as you can see in the 100% Fuji crop I have missed my focus on the front eye, the focus is just catching the rear eye. Poor technique yes, it could explain the lack of detail in the skin compared to the Canon too. But hey I think they are both beautiful images, the Fuji for a small camera has stood up to the canon…
The more I use the Fuji, especially with the 35mm f1.4 lens, the more impressed I am with it, I love it. But, as I have stated in previous posts, I personally wouldn’t have it as my main camera, but its the best second camera I can think of. I haven’t taken my Canon 7D out of my Pelicase since I bought the Fuji… If your on the fence about buying one I say do it, I was back and forth, yes and no, before I got mine, best decision I made!
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So today I show you a series of flowers I shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 using the 35mm 1.4 lens. This lens is wonderful, it’s totally changed the way I use the X-Pro1. To be honest I have forgotten where I left my 18mm its that good… I am well aware that its is not a lens to be doing this type of photography with really but its is the lens that is on my camera and I wont let it stop me taking photos. This series is not meant to be an example of amazing still life photography, a still life photographer I am not, for me this a way to use my camera and get shooting, I just love taking pictures as I am sure all of you do, but sometimes you fall out of the groove. This is one way to get back in that groove, especially as the whole shoot from start to finished image took an hour. Have a read and see how my process went.
There I was sat on the sofa, itching to take some photos, and I caught sight of the flowers in the window. Inspiration hit! I’ll take photos of flowers… As I was also hungry and thinking about baking a cake I struck upon the idea of using baking paper as my background. So I set about making a mini studio, I love daylight so it was always going to be a soft diffused light that wanted. I chose my spot in the lounge, you can see it in the picture, next to the TV, the light had a beautiful fall off just there. You can also see Seymour my wooden robot!
So I began to photograph the flowers, I shot quite dark so I could get some fall off and shadow into the images. Once I had all my flowers shot I got them all into capture one. Have a look at the screen shots, I didn’t really make any wild adjustments, small subtle stuff, not really noticeable. I could of gone to town here, I instead decide to keep the images pretty natural.
So now I process the files and get to work in Photoshop, this is where I do most of my adjustments. As you can see in the pictures below there is not that many adjustments made, I just accentuated what was already there. I did need to extend my background though, which is super simple, just stretch the edges out, as long as you can’t see the stretch in the background you’ll be alright, if you can just stick some noise on it to hide it a little… I also put a crop on the file to focus the attention in more.
So there you have it, nothing groundbreaking, maybe I could have spent a lot longer on the images but they are what they are and served the purpose of some practice, idea generation and photography inspiration!
Are they perfect? No! But I am not a still life photographer, They look good, and I feel like I achieved something instead of wasting an hour, not bad for a first attempt I think!