I am very late sharing the images in this post. I shot this over a year ago now… a couple are already up on my site http://www.paularcher-uk.com I shot all these with the trusty Fuji X-Pro1 so I will blog it.
So way back in 2013 I was asked to take some photos of Kim Wilde (everyone must know Kim Wilde, right? Legend) recording her christmas album “Wilde Winter Song Book”. Pretty cool hey!
So Guess what kit I took??? Well yes all of it, every camera I own, but… I had a special place in my hand for the Fuji X-Pro1. It ended up getting even more use than my Canon gear, seems to be a real trend that has developed since I bought the X-Pro1.
It was a lot of fun, its always great to be inside a recording studio whilst the magic is happening and to be there with such an iconic artist as Kim Wilde was awesome. It was at the famous RAK studios in St Johns Wood, loads of music history there, have a read about them here:
I could go on and on about how cool and lovely everyone is (they totally are btw) but I wont, we need to see some pictures, I’ll just give a big shout out to Scarlett and Ricky, go give them a follow on twitter and see what the Wilde’s get up to…
Would you believe that it snowed, on the very day a christmas album was being recorded.. in march!! What Luck! So we dashed outside to grab some lovely wintery christmas shots…
If you bought the album “Wilde Winter Song Book”, you would have seen some of the images I am about to show you inside the CD sleeve.
So a day shooting inside a darkened recording studio, certainly a good challenge for the Fuji, I wan’t using flash so as not to disturb what was going on, the last thing everyone there wanted was a flash going off in their face all day. So it was a test of the low light capacity of the X-Pro1, I had to have it dialled up to about 2500 iso for most of the day, really not ideal but I noticed a drop off in quality compared with the lower iso images I have taken before. Not all bad though, but not perfect, although I don’t think any camera is perfect in that context.
At the end of the day they were pleased and I was pleased so job done!
Here are a few photos for you from inside the studio, enjoy…
I think these images go some way to demonstrate that you can use the fuji X-Pro1 in a working photographers environment and it does have a place along side DSLR’s, i will be posting some more images from other jobs that I have chosen to use the Fuji X-Pro1 over my Canon cameras so keep checking back.
The stars of this post are XANDER and The PEACE PIRATES www.xanderandthepeacepirates.co.uk
Before you read any further go and check out their music. So much soul and rock and Roll… The Xander Brothers deserve your attention for sure.
I love photographing bands, so when I got a call from Stu Xander asking if I was keen, my answer was of course yes straight off the bat! These guys are seriously cool, they are in tune with the world and the situation it’s in now and are trying to make a difference. They certainly spread love with their soulful music! We hit it off straight away and I loved working with them.
They are fresh off the back of a trip to LA where they played at the NAMM show. This is where their story got interesting… They have hooked up with Eddie Kramer, he is the guy that recorded Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to name a few. That’s some pretty big stuff! They have a Pledge Music site going where you can donate to help fund and receive cool items, I love this new approach to music…
check it out http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thepeacepirates
So lets have a look at what I created…
So you may look at my camera settings and think, ‘why such high ISO?’ well the answer lays in the story of the day. The shoot was almost cancelled due to the guys car breaking down on route form Liverpool to London that morning… They eventually made it but late into the afternoon, as it was winter the sun left the sky around 4pm so we had to work fast. It was not ideal but these things happen and you have to adapt and work it all out quickly. So thank you Fuji and the nice high ISO… I must say the quality is great even though they were shot as the day entered dusk.
I shot everything on the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens, its nice and fast for the lowlight and you can get that beautiful bokeh from the wide open lens.
We decided that we wanted something a bit soft with a little tip of the hat towards the 60’s & 70’s music. I went for a quite washed out colour with a bit of twist.
I got all the flairs in camera, I did this by taping some baking paper to the edges of the lens, a low tech solution, but I quite like the effect and have used it several time now. Have a go its pretty cool!
I shot the images around Little Venice in London and chose to use the Fuji X-Pro1 because its so inconspicuous. I love the fact that you can walk around busy areas and no one notices it. It doesn’t scream professional camera so wont attract attention and unwanted questions. Most people assume its an old film camera too, I have to say that when I have used it on jobs I have had to explain to clients how good it actually is as they often seem to wonder why your not rocking a big old setup!
Once again the Fuji has proved it is very capable.. I am buying more lenses and expanding my kit, I think it will be with an X-E2 rather than an X-T1 but who knows… One thing I know for sure is that I am defiantly adding the Fujinon 56mm lens to my kit. http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_xf_56mm_f1_2_review
Check out Xander and the Peace Pirates Music… It’s AMAZING
Check out some of my other work here… http://www.paularcher-uk.com
Yesterday I was up before the sun to shoot a music video for a young folk singer/songwriter ‘Issy Ferris’. I serendipitously heard her song ‘My Treasure’ on youtube and knew instantly I HAD to make a music video for it.
A lot of emails and production later I found myself on-set at dawn in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside ready to film and photograph this young rising star. I kept the Fuji X-Pro1 in my pocket throughout the day and recorded what was happening on my set! I hope you like the photos as much as I enjoyed the experience.
Now this image has impressed me, not only because Issy is stunning and the light is beautiful but because the file is seriously impressive. This single picture has given me massive confidence in the Fuji X-Pro1. The file is of high enough quality to deliver to a client, with a size of 47.5mb processed with Capture One, its not the biggest but for a small camera it certainly is good. The sharpness in the eyes is great, recently I have been struggling with focus roaming the streets, but here with ample daylight and a bit of time its lovely and sharp and didn’t struggle to find focus. I chose not to use the Fuji for the press shots on this shoot but now I know I could with confidence should I need to. If I was doing a head shot session or some portraits the X-Pro1 would be the perfect kit, light, portable and very capable as long as you are able!!
This backstage portrait was shot with a 18mm lens, I adjusted the perspective slightly in Photoshop to combat the wide angle. I can’t wait to shoot some portraits with the 35mm Fujinon lens, it’s on the shopping list!
Would I swap my Canon Kit for the X-Pro1 kit?? NO…. I find the X-Pro1 to be the perfect camera to have in your kit as a backup/2nd/3rd/4th? camera or for situations you need subtlety. There are definitely situations where the X-Pro1 is an advantage. I will be shooting my sister’s wedding in 2 weeks solely on the Fuji so keep an eye out for that post, I believe in that situation it will be the perfect camera for me to capture some magic moments.
Now lets have a look at my behind the scenes images. I must comment on how professional Issy was for a 16 year old. Even running through mud barefoot on a freezing February day!
So how was the X-Pro1 in a situation like this?? PERFECT… For me the X-Pro1 was built for this kind of work, I needed a powerful yet discreet bit of kit. It slipped into my pocket easily (A Barbour jacket, with the 18mm lens only) and I know that the file size is good enough for a lot of different media. I can see how the Fuji X-Pro1 system would be amazing for wedding photography and documentary/backstage photographers, the files are defiantly comparable to the canon 5d11 when shooting RAW. Having said that I still chose my canon 5D11 with a 50mm f1.2 lens to shoot the press stills, I always shoot tethered into Capture One Pro and the Canon/P45+ system suits my workflow and file size/quality fulfill my needs in this situation better than the Fuji. This was a great day of filming and shooting and I was helped by some great people. First up the guy who will be putting it all together in Avid and colouring it with Davinci Resolve, Guto Piletti 1st AD (Twitter @gutopiletti).
Big thanks to Dutch and the BH Management team. http://www.bighelp.biz/ and Laura Walton who did an amazing job with the makeup too. http://www.laurawaltonmakeup.co.uk
Check out what Issy Ferris has been up to here: http://www.issyferris.co.uk/