Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware V4 review

When I was asked for my opinions on version 4 of the X-T1 firmware I was a little scared and excited in equal measure. Excited because the opportunity to shoot in a more dynamic style is quite appealing. Scary because relearning shooting procedures is never easy. I’ve never been one to shy away from innovation and I’m certainly not a luddite when it comes to tech so I jumped at the chance. Here are my findings.

A pair of Fujifilm X-T1 cameras set up the same way but with differing firmware versions. Let battle commence.

01. A pair of Fujifilm X-T1 cameras set up the same way but with differing firmware versions. Let battle commence.

I decided to do a side by side comparison in each of my test situations and write up my findings. Writing up experiments and drawing upon the exif data really helps my learning process. I started with two X-T1 bodies running FW 3.11. I set all the parameters on both cameras to be identical and then did an upgrade to X-T1 firmware v4 on the black body only.

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1 to 1 ~ foundations of studio lighting – pictures

1. One light is often all you need to make great studio portraits. All the shots in this series were taken with one or two studio lights.

01. One light is often all you need to make great studio portraits. All the shots in this grid were taken with just one light. Incidentally I love my Chinese fighter pilots helmet. What a great addition to my props store.

In this series of shots I show how applying knowledge to lighting can result in very marketable portraits for both the social and corporate markets. It’s not how many lights you have in the studio that matters, it’s what you can do with them that counts. Here are 26 frames from a recent 1:1 session that show what can be achieved with just one or two lights, enjoy… Continue reading

Lighting demo with Fuji X at Wilkinson Cameras

On Friday I was in Liverpool to give two half day lighting demonstrations to the customers of Wilkinson Cameras. I divided the sessions into Hollywood style lighting using the Lupolux continuous lighting and working the Fuji X cameras with flash systems from Cactus and Elinchrom.

01. Hand held shots taken using my Fuji X-T1 or Fuji XPro1 and the 35mm lens at f/1.4 I used just 1 Lupolux LED 650 spotlights to light these too.

01. Hand held shots taken using my Fuji X-T1 or Fuji XPro1 and the 35mm lens at f/1.4 I used just 1 Lupolux LED 650 spotlight to light these too.

Here are a few more of the pictures I shot of the lovely Natasha Beardmore Continue reading

Fuji X-T1 settings

My trusty Fuji X-T1 has been my principal camera now for 16 months and in that time it has travelled the world with me to Cambodia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan. It's

My trusty Fuji X-T1 has been my principal camera for the past 16 months and in that time it has travelled the world with me to Cambodia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Japan. It’s the camera I use day in day out to make my living. I use it for shooting portraits, weddings and stock library submissions. Here is how I set up my Fuji X-T1 to deliver wonderful pictures and a perfect shooting experience.

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A guide to perfect panoramas using nodal shift

Multiframe panoramas have the added advantage of many more pixels than a standard frame shot taken with a single exposure and as a result lend themselves to the production of large prints.

The pixel dimensions and file sizes from stitched panoramas are considerably bigger than single frame images

The pixel dimensions and file sizes from stitched panoramas are considerably larger than single frame images. This one from my Fuji X-Pro1 with the XF16mm lens is 8322 pixels by 3668 pixels. That is more than 30 million pixels and it would need a 46 million pixel camera with a 3×2 sensor to capture it like the Canon 5Dmk4. But Canon don’t make a lens that will resolve this kind of detail – yet.

By using the latest software like Lightroom 6 (cc) with built in RAW photo merge we can create stunning multi image panoramas. No matter how good the software is it needs great source images to work with. Here is my guide to making great panoramic photographs using Nodal shift. Continue reading

Chantelle Hole dans le boudoir

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01. I let a hint of daylight glance into the room under the Roman blind to simulate moonlight. I gave the blue a bit of a boost in Lightroom too. The light on Chantelle comes from a Lupolux LED 1000 spotlight with a Scattergel to break up the light into patches. The light also has a 1/2 CTO gel. There’s more about that gel later in the post. Chantelle is sitting on pillows in a pair of jeans. I try to keep the shoot as comfortable as I can.

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Spain 2015 ~ The recce with Mischkah Scott

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01. Blaise, my PA chose Mischkah for this assignment because of her Mediterranean looks and effortless beauty. She made a great choice. In the pictures above I shot into the light using my Fuji X-T1 and 56mm prime lens. I opened the lens right up and set my exposure with the shutter speed to make the shots sing. I wanted the white dress to be white. I’ve never been an advocate of expose to the left and I never use the highlight warning feature on my camera. There is something magical about the feed forward process of shooting by EVF or LCD on a Fuji. I can take risks without taking risks because I get exactly what I see.

Here are 65 photographs of Mischkah Scott, the story behind them and how they were created. NSFW after the break. Enjoy Continue reading

Fujifilm XF16mm lens ~ picture samples and first thoughts

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of copies of the new Fujifilm XF16mm prime lens so far. The first was a pre production unit I picked up in Japan back in February and I later swapped it out for a newer version at The Photography Show last month in Birmingham. My latest copy has serial number 00029 from the final production run. It came boxed and is in full retail guise. I’ve shot over 1000 frames with XF16mm lenses so far and I love this lens.

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01. XF16mm, ISO 200, f/14, 1/180th second. Lit with a Cactus RF60 Speedlight.

I’ll be linking the shots here in this blog post to their full size counterparts as soon as I’m allowed to do so. The full res images Continue reading

Carla Monaco in Munich ~ Boudoir, nudes & studio pictures

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01. One Lupolux 1000 was all I used for these shots of Carla on the bed.

Here are 60 shots from three days of workshops. All the shots were taken on my Fuji X100t or my X-T1.The ratio is about 50/50. I’ve edited the shots using Adobe Lightroom 5 to replicate a high contrast style reminiscent of printing on grade 4 using Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper especially evident on the images at the end of this article. Enjoy. NSFW after the jump… Continue reading

CP+ Show Japan ~ An explosion of colour

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01. Our arrival in Yokohama signalled the start of a 9 day adventure that will leave a lifelong memory of fun and good times. 

Here is my photo essay from our trip with Fujifilm to Yokohama for the CP+ Show Japan 2015. It didn’t take long for the culture of work hard and play hard to really kick in. Japan is a land of contrasts. The bit’s I saw were mainly made of concrete or tarmac and exhibited a distinct lack of colour. It is not common to see painted buildings or walls. This was well and truly made up for with the rich use of colour in graphics and signage and I used signage as the key to my visual record. Enjoy Continue reading

45 Classic and Fashion Nude Portraits ~ Fuji X-T1

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01. Amber Tutton looking sublime. I shot this using natural light with a Fuji X-T1 and 14mm f/2.8 lens. I wouldn’t usually use such a wide lens at this distance but I wanted to pull in the room behind Amber. The drama of the perspective really harmonises with the diffused effect created by a 1/4 strength Tiffen Black Pro Mist filter. I used a two point lighting strategy with controlled natural light.

Here are 45 pictures I took using my Fuji X-T1 in front of an international cast of top photographers. They are a combination of fashion nude portraits and classical portraits. NSFW after the break. Continue reading

New ~ Lupolux Gallery & Facebook User Group

A new gallery containing 90 of Damien Lovegroves images lit with Lupolux LED and HMI Fresnel spotlights. You can also access the new Facebook user group for Lupolux spotlights here.

Click here to visit the new gallery containing 90 of Damien Lovegrove’s images lit with Lupolux LED and HMI Fresnel spotlights. You can also access the new Facebook user group for Lupolux spotlights here.

I am in the process of consolidating and adding to my image galleries on the Lovegrove Photography website and I decided to post a collection lit with Lupolux fresnel spotlights. These lighting fixtures are more popular than ever and their user base is growing by the day. LED’s are the way forward in photographic lighting and Lupolux are leading the way. The latest LED units have a CRI of >95 for the photographers units and a CRI of >97 for the slightly more expensive Q dot series for broadcasters. Lovers of HMI technology are also catered for with the ever popular Lupolux 800. Here are the links you need:

Lupolux gallery on Lovegrove Photography
Facebook user group for Lupolux
Product pages for the Lupolux Qdot LED range for broadcasters
Product pages for the Lupolux LED 1000 and LED 650 spotlights for photographers
Product pages for the Lupolux HMI 800 Spotlight

Feel free to comment or ask questions below :)

Window Light portraits ~ A complete guide

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01. Deep into a room the window light can fall away in quantity but the quality still remains. ISO 200, 1/6th second at f/4. I shot Mike from a high viewpoint to add interest.

In this 2600 word guide I’ll show you how to create wonderful portraits using just window light.

“Portrait lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to be good.” Damien Lovegrove

Window light is a natural light that we are all familiar with in our day to day lives. It is easy on the eye and easy for us to decode in a photograph because we are so familiar with the way Continue reading