Archive | October 2013

Behind the Scenes Portraits with the Fuji X-Pro1

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.

Sophie Rose Harper

Sophie Rose Harper

Sophie Rose Harper BTS

1/125 sec; f/1.6; ISO 400

Sophie Rose Harper BTS

1/64 sec; f/1.4; ISO 320

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MlFLxe4jLU

Check out  my website to see what else I have been up to!

http://www.paularcher-uk.com

People Watching in San Gimignano:Day 277

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!

1/250 sec;   f/3.2;   ISO 500

1/250 sec; f/3.2; ISO 500

 

My website: http://www.paularcher-uk.com

Fashion Photography with the Fuji X-Pro1

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…

 

With thanks to:

Model: Ola @ Premier

Hair : Elvire Roux www.elvireroux.com

Makeup : Kristina Ralph www.kristinaralph.co.uk

 

Have a look at some more of my work here:

http://www.paularcher-uk.com