Backlit garden portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens

This video shows how I make portraits that have life and vitality using the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens shooting under trees in the garden.

This is the second of five videos commissioned by Fujifilm showing how I make beautifully simple portraits. All the 5 Fujifilm chapters are just part of my latest 18 chapter production called ILLUMINATIONThis all new lavish, feature length production comprises nearly two hours of video training in 18 chapters and covers the use of Speedlights, big flash packs and natural light when making fabulous portraits on location.

Model: Victoria Coutts
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn

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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.”

4 thoughts on “Backlit garden portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens

  1. Hello Damien, congratulations on the wonderful work and the nice tutorial. We really have to do a workshop in France in one of the Chateaux de la Loire and I will contact your office to make it happen. I am very impressed by the improvements in your web site, marketing and your success in general over the last 12 months. Well done!

  2. Hi Steinar,

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m now back from my trip to Asia and have caught up. I’m ready to start planning the Chateau shoot for 2015. It will need to be tutored in English without translation as I’ve tried teaching with translators before and it really doesn’t work well. If this is okay. Email Blaise or Laura in the office and they can arrange a Skype call for us.

    Kind regards,


  3. Hi Donald,

    All my videos use the camera I’m currently using so in the first 4 use I the Canon 5D, in the next 5 I use the Canon 5D mk2. Then I used the Fuji X-pro1 for a couple of movies and now I’m using the Fuji X-T1 for a couple of movies. Who knows what my next camera will be? As I’m teaching lighting it really doesn’t matter. All the theory is the same for any camera as long as it has manual control of iris, shutter speed and ISO.

    Kind regards,


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