My style, my clients and my way of working have changed a lot since I started out as a professional photographer about eight years ago … and so has technology. Therefor I started a major gear bag audit a couple of months ago. I thought I’d share my thought process with you in a couple of blog posts. Check the posts about my current main camera: the FujiFilm X-Pro1 and my first impressions of the X-E1.
At the moment I’m also testing a Nikon D600 (more about that soon) and I wanted to test that camera together with my buddy Stijn during an improvisation night time shoot in the empty streets of Aalst. Although the D600 is a really nice camera, I just feel more creative with the X-Pro1 or X-E1. So after a bit of testing the D600 went in to my backpack and I switched to the X-E1.
A big thanks to Nele and Steffi for reacting to our Facebook message requesting models and coming out to pose for us on this cold night. I ended up shooting a mix of some portraits, behind-the-scenes shots and other snaps. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves and just add some comments and settings here and there.
Walking through the streets, I noticed a closed shop window and tried to use the pretty ugly fluorescent shop window light to my advantage while shooting Nele on the reflective background.
We moved on to use another shop window as our main light. And some lights on the street as our background.
Here’s just a quick snap of Steffi while she was posing for Stijn.
Since I learned that shopping windows make for really nice softboxes, I shot a couple more with Steffi.
And if there’s no big soft available light source, we make one ourselves. In the next picture, Nele is lit by bouncing a speedlight on the buildings on the opposite side of the street.
A little thing about the Fujinon 60mm lens: It’s a great lens but sometimes there’s a little issue with the autofocus. It sometimes goes all the way through the focus range before eventually getting it right. This just takes too long. I can’t remember having that problem when I tested that lens a couple of months ago. The issue happens with both the X-E1 and the X-Pro1. I also remember Damien Lovegrove mentioning the same issue since firmware 2.0. I hope Fuji will fix that issue soon. For now I found out that manual focussing with this lens is much easier than expected.
Let’s move on to Stijn’s ET-impression at a small red traffic light.
Some more shop window light shots
To finish our improvisation shoot, I played a bit with the double exposure feature on the X-E1.
I really enjoyed taking the X-E1 out on this kind of shoot. This weekend the X-E1 will come along on a short family trip. I’ll be writing up my final thoughts on this camera next week.