01. Natural light. Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18-55mm lens.
This is the last post from my recent trip to Asia. I managed to squeeze in a short 1:1 training session with one of my delegates before I headed off to the airport to fly back home. Here are a few of the gems we shot at a city centre park on the site of an old fort
Soon I will be able to work this fabulous camera with just fast primes. The imminent 23mm lens is one I’ve been waiting for since day 1 and the 56mm f/1.2 due out in February will be immense.
Model: Gabrielle at Basic models SingaporeMake up and styling: Gabrielle
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1, 35mm f/1.4 prime lens and 18-55mm & 55-200mm zoom lenses
02. I lit Gabrielle with a single barefaced Speedlight on a stand. The triggers worked through several metres of stone and bedrock.
03. Gabrielle put in a spin for us to give her dress some dynamic. The facial direction had to be the same though to secure the same Hollywood cheek triangle look as in the shot above.
04. We found ourselves in a subterranean passageway with iron gates at each end. The light was splendid and anyone who has been on a lighting workshop with me will understand the tunnel or two point lighting used throughout a good part of this set.
05. The Fujifilm 35mm lens wide open at f/1.4 is perfect for head shots like this. It is the equivalent to a 50mm on full frame.
06. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 leaves nothing to be desired. Simple intimate pictures like this come far more easily with a small mirrorless camera than with an SLR.
07. Oh what to do. I deliberated long and hard whether to keep this set in monochrome or to let you see the fabulous tones I was working with. I love this small gamut location so much I just had to sneak a colour frame in.
08. The fort gates gave us another opportunity to use naturally available tunnel lighting.
09. Knowing how to find and use great natural light is a skill that all professionals should learn.
10. The delicate curves of Gabrielle’s chin and cheek bones are a delight to light. 35mm lens wide open at f/1.4
11. Shooting from below and into the smaller side of Gabrielle’s face evens out the visual balance but I love the lack of symmetry and I prefer the shots 8, 9 and 10 above.
12. I shot this portrait from above the eye line. It gives Gabrielle a vulnerability that has been contrasted with her inner strength and determination.
14. People often ask me how I convert my monochrome images. I just use Lightroom but I do set the contrast and tonal balance in the picture to the way I like it using the tools and sliders.
15. This frame is the equivalent of a grade two print and shot 14 above is the equivalent of grade four. It’s the same light, same everything, just different processing. Presets can’t set the tonal balance in an image. That’s the job of an artist. Great unadulterated monochrome and colour images will always win out and survive the test of time.
16. A bit of fun with angles and composition.
17. The green glass in the 1930s pavilion was fabulous. I took this shot on my Fujifilm 55-200mm zoom lens.
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