Editorial fashion shoot with the X-Pro1 ~ Pictures

01. Katy McGee

01. Katy McGee wears Miss Jones lingerie. lit with daylight. 18mm setting on the 18-55mm Fujifilm zoom.

This was a skills enhancement shoot with my friend and fellow pro photographer Brett Symes. Brett and I shoot together a couple of times a year and we always come away from our shoots with new ideas and a renewed passion for photography. I’ve never worked with assistant photographers but I often shoot alongside other pros like Julie my wife, Brett, Chris Hanley and Martin Hill. I get a real buzz when I’m sharing the creative process and the buzz is priceless. Here is a small selection of my shots from our shoot.

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03. 18mm setting on the 18-55mm Fujifilm zoom. Our sumptuous surroundings gave the shoot an edge.

Photographer and event coordinator: Damien Lovegrove
Photographer and location manager: Brett Symes
Fashion designers: Miss Jones and Lisa Keating
Make up and hair: Viki Waghorn
Models: Katy McGee and Charlotte Roest Ellis

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All the shots were taken on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera at ISO 1600 with the 18-55mm zoom lens wide open. I used my Gitzo Monopod, RRS ball head and L plate to support the camera. Shutter speeds ranged from 1/30th to 1/125th second and were selected in manual exposure mode.

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04. Charlotte in a corset by Lisa Keating.

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05. Charlotte wears lingerie by Miss Jones. I used a Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/8th filter on the lens throughout the shoot and swapped to the 1/4 strength filter for some close ups. This is pretty much what I shot in camera with the white balance set to 4000k.

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10. Katy wears bra, knickers and corset by Lisa Keating.

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12. Charlotte wears Lisa Keating lingerie.

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14. Charlotte and Katy wear Miss Jones creations.

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19. Charlotte wears Miss Jones lingerie.

20. Taken with the Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 filter.

20. Taken with the Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 filter. The in camera jpeg looks identical. My camera settings: Sharpness -1, Highlight -1, DR100, NR-2

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21.With the 1/8th Black Pro Mist filter.

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23. Charlotte wears a corset, neck corset and bra by Lisa Keating.

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25. Katy wears lingerie items by Lisa Keating.

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26. Charlotte wears lingerie by Miss Jones. Lit with daylight and practical lights.

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27. Charlotte wears lingerie by Lisa Keating. Lit with a Lowel iD light.

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28. I Lit Charlotte with a Lowel iD battery light.

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About Damien

Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

18 thoughts on “Editorial fashion shoot with the X-Pro1 ~ Pictures

  1. Love the second image Damien, these are my favourite types of shots, low key with the lighting on the model from light through to full shadow. Still amazed that so many clients still want the full-on high key, white background shots.

  2. Damien as always it was an immense pleasure to shoot with you. I LOVE your images from the shoot, I think some of these are actually some of my favourite shots from your blog in a while. That first shot of Katy is an absolute winner, it keeps on drawing me in – bet is would look amazing as a print.

    Keep on keeping on buddy

  3. Absolutely fabulous images as always Damien – no.22 especially took my breath away. Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration :)

  4. Hi Maarten,

    Yes indeed, I used natural light through the window for most of the pictures. My normal style is to light everything but this time I followed my friends style and set my ISO to 1600 and shot. I’m really pleased with the result although I did have more work to do in post production than I like.

    Thanks for kind comment. I’ll be back in the NL soon.

    Kind regards, Damien.

  5. Hi Andrew,

    I have to agree with you about high key. Luckily I’ve never shot that style for my clients even when it first became popular in the early 1990s. This work is very dependent upon location. But with the right research and hard work locations are to be found just about everywhere. If it was easy everyone would do it.

    Thank you for your continued encouragement,

    Best regards, Damien.

  6. Hi Brett,

    It was such a great learning experience for me shooting alongside you . Together we nailed this shoot and I can’t wait for our next one. I’m once again loving being part of a team at shoots and your techniques have opened my eyes to revolution, not evolution.

    I shoot for print. I shoot like I did on film. I consider every frame and you have now shown me another way which excites me. I’ll keep on keeping on if you keep on pushing/ pulling me :)

    Super fun! Cheers, Damien.

  7. Hi Patrick,

    Wow thanks :) I directed 11 as tiptoes and over the shoulder look. I often ask my models to dip a chin behind the shoulder to create a protective barrier that implies either vulnerability or an alluring tease. Expression finishes the look. I had to edit out the light fitting to give Katy uncluttered space. I made that decision at the shooting stage.

    Thanks for your wonderful words,

    Damien.

  8. Thanks Damien for your reply! When do you think to visit the Netherlands? So I can keep that in mind. By the way, are you still satisfied about the Sigma 50mm F1.4?

  9. Hi Maarten,

    I was supposed to be in Netherlands in April but the people organising my visit said it was too soon. We are now thinking October. I’ll be sending out a newsletter to Lovegrove Consulting members (its free to become a member) as soon as a date is announced.

    The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is way better than the Canon 50mm f/1.4 or Canon 50mm f/1.2 L. My Canon 5D Mk2 is getting really bad at focussing now. So I shoot my Fuji X-Pro1 most of the time now. The Fuji picture quality is as good if not a bit better too.

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

  10. fabulous Damien. I’ve been meaning to ask. You have written a lot in the past about not worrying about the highlights, if they are blown, they are blown (provided they aren’t critical highlights). How do you approach the shadows? In several of these images it looks like the shadows are blocked down to black. Do you have a similar philosophy on shadows? Let them clip if they aren’t in important areas? Or is the shadow detail just not showing on my monitor but it is there for the print? Thanks! Michael

  11. Hi Michael,

    That’s a great question. I like to keep shadow detail in my shots so I usually expose for the ambient shadow level and then light the subject to taste. Or when using natural light only I place my subject to get the contrast I want. I rarely reflect to lift shadows. That will all be changing soon.

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

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