In the studio with the Fuji X-E2

Client: Lisa Keating Undercover
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn
Additional styling and hospitality: Lizzi Melling
Location: Lovegrove Studio
Photographs: Damien Lovegrove
Model: Miss Amelia

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Camera: Fujifilm X-E2, 23mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses all used between f/1.4 and f/2.8
Filters: Tiffen Black Pro Mist ¼ filters on all lenses
Lighting: Lupolux Quadlight and grid, Lupolux LED 1000, Lupolux LED 650 x2
Lighting accessories: Scattergel on the background light.

Here are 25 of my pictures from the shoot together with my camera settings for the X-E2 …

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Camera settings for the X-E2:

ISO set to 400 Auto off
1/250th second Shutter Speed and aperture set as required between f/1.4 and f/2.8
Jpeg Fine + Raw (I just worked from the jpegs in Lightroom)
Auto WB
Astia S film simulation (colour pictures delivered to the client)

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When I’m working with the Fujifilm X lenses wide open I use manual focus with the one touch focus lock. I adjust the position of the focus zone using the switches on the back of the camera. I use this system because the lenses are flat field design. That is, the edges of the frame focus at a further distance than the centre of the frame for any given lens focus position making the focus reframe method far less accurate. The great news is, that unlike a dSLR, the peripheral focus zones on the Fuji X cameras are very sensitive and completely useable. One problem though is I have yet to find a way of setting the focus area of the X-E2 to a smaller size. It remains a big rectangle. If you know how I can set a smaller focus zone when I’m using MF mode please leave me a comment. I have no problem with the X-Pro1 so I somehow think that this must be a system bug that will be corrected with a firmware upgrade soon. Fujifilm are very good at providing firmware upgrades on a regular basis.

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The fabulous corsets are part of a new collection being launched early in 2014. For each designers collection, I shoot a series of stylised studio images plus a set of location images for editorial use and marketing purposes. I then shoot a set of high key product pictures for the online shop. All imagery is delivered in colour and monochrome within a few days and is print or web ready. I work fast and it took just over three hours to capture all of these images. I can shoot a complete collection in a day including close up details and shots from all sides.

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Welcome to the carnival. This was a super fun shoot with fellow artists and creatives. If you have a collection that requires a razzmatazz photo shoot to bring it to life contact Blaise or Laura to discuss your needs.

 

 

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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.”

19 thoughts on “In the studio with the Fuji X-E2

  1. I may be wrong but I am sure changing the size of the focus square does not even work with the x pro1 in manual focus mode.

    Damien I would be delighted if I am wrong and you could let me know how as its bugging me with my x pro1

    Thank You

    Great images a usual by the way :)

  2. It doesn’t work becouse, in manual mode, the rectangle is not the focusing square, but rather the area which will be magnified for manual focusing assistance. Maybe (???) if you previously had a smaller focus area in autofocusing mode, it will rest the same when you switch to manual – no idea of how to check if this works.

  3. Hi Damien.

    Great and inspiring shots, as usual.

    FYI, the free Adobe Lightroom 5.3 release candidate works well and accepts XE2 RAW files.

    Best regards
    Matt

  4. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the compliments. The release candidate is great but the colour profile is shocking with magenta contouring in the shadows so I am waiting on Adobe to sort out a decent camera profile for the X-E2 before converting my RAWs. Someone on one of the forums has managed to retag the excellent X100s profile and get Lightroom to use that one with their X-E2 files with great success but I’m not techie enough to be able to do it.

    Cheers,

    Damien.

  5. Hi Andrei,

    Thanks for this. I know what you mean but on the X-Pro 1 the focus area in manual mode can be reduced in size. The only snag with the X-Pro1 is there is no visual focuc lock indication so I have to have my operational volume on it’s quietest setting to get a beep. I’d love a green highlight and or a green dot in the viewfinder. This will no doubt come in the next firmware announced recently.
    Exciting times. Damien :)

  6. Hi Mark,

    My X-Pro1 is in Africa at the moment, so I can’t check for definite. I’m pretty sure I have a small rectangle set in MF mode but it doesn’t go green when the focus locks. I have the operational volume turned on and down to minimum level so I can get a bleep to tell me all is okay.

    Cheers, Damien.

  7. Damien, these images are just stunning. I will be switching systems in December from all Nikon pro gear (D3,D4, & pro glass) to a Fuji system. I am curious about your lighting. Did you use all continuous lights, as I thought I saw a 1/250th shutter speed? I am hopping that Fuji will improve flash sync in the X-Pro2 or next version.

    I am looking at Dracast led light panels to slowly replace some of my studio strobes. I don’t think Dracast is available in the UK though.

    I love your work. Your blog posts are an inspiration.

    Thanks much,
    Rick

  8. Hi Damien,

    Great pics. I picked up my X-E2 a couple of days ago (after tweeting you) and love it. Having great fun with it.

    Do you know how to get the images straight out of camera at 300dpi? They all seem to be coming out at 72dpi at the mo.

    Cheers,

    Robin

  9. Hi Rick, Thank you for your kind words. I use and recommend Lupolux continuous lights. I used the LED daylight balanced spotlights and the Quadlight that uses folded fluorescent technology. All the Lupolux lights are available here.

  10. Hi Robin, Thanks for the compliments and I’m glad you are having fun with your new X-E2. DPI is irrelevant. The pixel count is what matters. A full res file is the same whatever DPI is assigned. I hope this helps.

  11. It does indeed Damien, many thanks. I’ve been bringing it out on a few jobs this week and I absolutely love it. Such a great camera so thanks again for all the advice.

  12. Hi Damier
    Great shots as always

    I have the XE 2 on Studio
    when you are shooting on studio lets say 125/ F11 how you can see on the viewfinder is to dark how can
    manage that ?

    Thanks George

  13. Hi George, The screen would be too dark with the wrong camera settings. Read my post on how to set the camera up for studio shooting with flash by following this link. It’s to do with the exposure preview in manual feature.

    Thanks Damien :)

  14. I’d like to use the xe2 for studio, but I coundn’t use the EVF or the back, cause if you shoot with Iso200/ 1/180 / 16 Aperture the xe2 shows black screen … Is there another idea then using the roomlight? Can I adjust the ELV to show something? Thanx!

  15. Hi Dietrich, There is a menu for that. One of the spanner menus has ‘preview exposure in manual mode. Switch it to off when using flash. :)

    I’m glad to be of help,

    Damien.

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