Naturally lit portraits in the cellar with the Fuji X-T1, 23mm and 56mm lenses

This video shows how I make portraits even in gloomy, low lit spaces using the Fujifilm X-T1 camera, the XF 23mm f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2 lenses.

This is the fourth 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.”

8 thoughts on “Naturally lit portraits in the cellar with the Fuji X-T1, 23mm and 56mm lenses

  1. Thanks Damien… Excellent natural lighting techniques ;), certainly food for thought ;). Especially our old english heritage venue we wedding photographers love.

    I’ve made the move over to Fuji on our trip to Brazil last year to try out and now using the X pro for this season of weddings. Adore the colour quality,sharpness and weight and look. Just the slow buffer lets the camera down :(. But I’m pressing on and love it!

    THanks again for your time and contributions ;).

  2. Hi Kevin,

    It’s all about control and sometimes the best lighting is in the darkest places. Most photographers head for bright zones whereas I’m drawn to the darker ones.

    Thanks for your continued support,

    Best regards, Damien.

  3. Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for your continued compliments. I must say the X-T1 is like a rocket compared to the X-Pro1 and for wedding shoots it is the camera for me. My X-Pro1 is now my spare. I shot with it exclusively for two years but when I tried the X-T1 I knew that Fuji had nailed it. I’m still on the original firmware that came with the camera it’s that good. If you hang on a month or 2 there will be black X-T1s on the second hand market as some folk buy the Silver/Graphite version ;)

    Cheers,

    Damien.

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