Yup you read that title correct, I shot a big job with my Fuji X-Pro1. I got brave, well not that brave as I had a double camera setup, the ever trusted Canon 5D2 was along for the ride.
So let me fill you in. I spent a few months in Brazil, spreading my reach as it were, it’s part of a big life change and I shall be living/working in Brazil as well as working in the UK.
Part of this new life is about getting clients in Brazil. One of my first is the Brazilian Street-wear brand NEPHEW. Its the creation of well known Brazilian DJ Vitor Martins and has a lot of attitude and style. A great brand to be working with.
Check them out here: http://www.nephew.com.br Here is a portrait I shot of Vitor at the shoot.
As you can see the style of photography is not what I would usually shoot, it is certainly a strong look with hard flash. I was up for the challenge however and managed to create a look based on the references the client gave me. (no prizes for guessing the main reference – answers in the comments section haha!) He had a good concept, put pretty girls in his mens clothing to get the guys to look at it. Great idea and fun to shoot too!!
Here are some teasers shot on the Fuji X-Pro1
This was the first is the first time I had tried the Fuji X-Pro1 out in studio conditions and I was very surprised. Well not that surprised, I knew it would be great. I should say this was the first time I had synced it with a studio flash head. The images from the camera looked great, really nice and sharp, I think its the first time I have used the X-Pro1 with so much light, and boy does it love light, there was so much detail in the files. Now I realise how good the sensor is! Maybe I need to upgrade to a Fuji with a newer sensor!!!
I had the simplest setup possible for this shoot. One light with a beauty dish and a white wall, nothing else. It does the job, no need to over complicate things. It hit the clients brief which is what needs to be done on a job.
Right then as I said before I had my Canon with me. You maybe wondering why as I seem so blown away by the X-Pro1. The reason is simple, I like to shoot tethered and so far I haven’t been able to get the Fuji hooked up. My workflow with the canon is good, and especially on a job like this where I have an Eizo monitor running from my laptop so clients can see whats going on without crowding round my capture station. So thats why I used the Canon for a lot of this job, I just switched to the Fuji for some of the shots once the client was happy with what they saw on screen.
To be honest now that I have done my post production I am hard pressed to see which files are which, they are of equal quality in my eyes. Some of the Fuji files are super sharp as are some of the Canon files, equally both produced soft files too. This is down to operator error, not the camera obviously. I have no need to pixel peep at them as they have filled the brief look good and have been sent to client. Job done really.
Have a look on the nephew website and see if you can tell which files are Canon and which are Fuji without seeing the camera data. http://www.nephew.com.br
I am inching ever closer to ditching the canon gear and using the Fuji system along side a digital medium format camera system, although I will have to wait until I invest in a Phase One camera back. Maybe by the end of the year??? The reality is the Fuji X-Pro1 can handle a studio, it probably wouldn’t be your first choice if you have other camera systems, but its a good thing to know if you are considering investing in this system alone, pretty sure we will see tethering available soon. (maybe there is and I have missed it) I
So still over a year on from when I purchased the Fuji X-Pro1 I still love using it. Its a pretty good do it all camera, I have done most things with it now (about to do some landscapes too) its hasn’t let me down. Its an awesome street camera, great for portraits and can get away with working in the studio too!
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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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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
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