OK, so I’ve been using the Fujifilm X-pro1 for about a month now, and it has by-far exceeded all my expectations as a mirror less camera.
This camera is amazing - from the image quality all the way to the retro design and ergonomics. Did I mention that the image quality is freakin’ amazing?!
So, I first got the X-pro1 about a month ago (end of October). It took me a little bit to get used to it, and learn its ins and outs. I’ve been shooting on a Canon 5D3 for over a year now, and a Sony NEX-7 as a backup. This transition took some getting used to.
I decided to go with a very basic kit: the X-pro1 with the 35mm 1.4 lens. I chose this lens as it’s about a 50mm with the crop factor, and the reviews were incredible about it being tack sharp and fast. It is.
The first time I took this camera out was actually on a paid job for a portrait session. I was shooting outdoors with my Canon 5D3 with available light, and decided to put this one to use and see what all the hoopla was about that Zack Arias, David Hobby, and others raved about. Again, outperformed my expectations.
Here’s a few shots from that session with notes:
So yeah…talk about a win on my first paid job with this camera…
I’ve been shooting studio portraits/head shots a lot lately, and one of the things that I definitely wanted to try, was to use the X-pro1 in a studio environment with strobes. Zack Arias raves about throwing a Pocketwizard on this thing, and making some beautiful photos.
I updated all of my Pocketwizards…the MiniTT1 and my TT5s to make sure that channel 2 was set to “trigger” so it would work. I then corralled my 3 year old daughter to be my willing (sorta) victim, er, model.
I set up my home studio with my Alienbees B1600 strobes, Westcott 28” soft box, and Canon 580EXii’s…and a lot of patience. Here’s what I got:
As you can see, these images are tack sharp and beautiful. There was very minimal post production on these. The Fuji performed like a beast.
If you are on the fence about Fujifilm products, well, you need to get over it and buy one. This is hands down the best, I mean the BEST camera I’ve ever owned. I’m excited for the new firmware update to come out in the next few weeks.
One thing though, Fuji… can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release a firmware update that allows us to change the color in focus peaking, make it stronger and add the split image display? PLEEEAAASEEEEE?
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I haven’t blogged in a while. I’m not even going to make the typical excuses about being busy, starting up a new company, or even chasing around my toddler. I just flat out, haven’t blogged. I know I know…no excuse. I HOPEFULLY will be blogging regularly again.
Shifting to Portraits
Anyway, as I’ve mentioned a few times in the recent months, I have been shifting my photography to focus on portraiture. In between working, I’ve been scouting willing victims, er, models to sit to get some head shots or portraits done. Slowly but surely, I’m adding to my new portfolio that I’ll roll out when I feel I’m ready, and have a balance of great shots.
If you know of anyone up in the bay area or Los Angeles, here’s what I’m looking for:
• must be over 18 years old
• specifically looking for people with interesting looks/styles
• looking for a mix of ethnicities
• looking for people with interesting jobs/careers where we can capture that with your portrait
• looking for actors/actresses looking for head shots
• looking for elderly
• looking for military/police officers/firefighters
• looking for musicians
So, I’m a gear head. I love gadgets, but more importantly, I LOVE things that make my life easier. I just recently made the jump to studio strobes from my hot shoe flashes. WHOA! They are incredible.
Don’t get me wrong, a Canon 580 EX II can do wonders with a soft box or umbrella, but man oh man, my Alienbees b1600’s with my new PCB 22” beauty dish completely changes my photography game. I can’t wait to put it to use!
Photography (right now) is only a super hobby of mine. Yes, I’ve made a few bucks off of it, and in the near future I hope to make more. Eventually, I hope to do some commercial shoots, and be commissioned to do some other portraiture work for magazines, etc.
Until then, I’m trying out Thumbtack. They’re a service that helps people find local services, and photography is one of them. It’s pretty cool…I registered, created a profile, and I basically get requests of photography needs that people near me have. It sends me an email and a text message when a request comes in. I can then respond right away with a budget/proposal, or I can ask further questions for clarification. It’s a great service.
Here’s how you can find me on there: <a href=”http://www.thumbtack.com/ca/pacifica/portrait-photographers/portrait-commercial-photography”>Portrait & Commercial Photography</a>
So, I also am embarking on a really aggressive personal photography project. I can’t/won’t go into details about it, but there will be VERY recognizable people that I’ll be photographing. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be able to get some buzz from it once I’m done. Unfortunately, I think it’s gonna take about a year to get the shots I need. Oh well.
I’ll tease more about it as I get further along. I’ll probably even share a few of the photos along the way. I just got my first commitment from a celebrity to shoot them. I’ll be planning that in the next few weeks/months!
Went for a quick hike with my camera this morning, and captured this epic view from Mori Point. It’s a beautiful view from up there.
I did capture a few more photos that I’ll post soon.
So far, 2013 has been a crazy busy year for me. I moved up to the Bay Area in California from Los Angeles. Became a co-founder for a new content marketing company that is going to disrupt the premium video content business. And somewhere between life and work, I have tried to find time to shoot. I’m really dropping the ball on that last part.
The last real shoot I did was to photograph the new offices for LA-based digital and social marketing agency, Social Envi. The photos were used to highlight their new digs for a company called Office Snapshots.
The shoot was pretty straight forward. I had to capture the unique interior and furniture design that was done by LA’s MFEO, which is an awesome company that specializes in repurposing materials to create a sustainable lifestyle.
Here are the shots and a link to the article:
Outside of this photo shoot, I have started planning my official transition to portrait work. I’ve been studying lighting techniques, doing test shoots, and now am getting ready to seriously recruit models to shoot for my new upcoming portfolio. In order to get the new portrait portfolio up, I need to shoot about 15 people and play around with a few post-processing techniques that will give me the desired look of those portraits.
Oh yeah, I also successfully upgraded my website to a new platform that is a LOT easier to manage. I’m excited to have this clean slate to start with once I’m able to rebuild my portrait portfolio.
I do have a few commercial/portrait shoots coming up that I’m excited about. I’m hoping that they will be good portfolio material.
I’ll leave you with a few more shots I’ve taken in the last few months.
"ok glass…give me Instagram integration"
These surfers are braving the 49º water.
Happy New Year and all that stuff
Happy New Year and all that stuff
So, 2012 has finally come to an end, and so far, I haven’t seen…
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