An English summer wedding with the Fuji X-T1

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I’m not usually one to blog weddings or customer work but as this one is for friends and models with whom I regularly work I thought I’d share a few of my photographs with you.

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There was a time at the turn of the century when a mixture of black and white and colour images were often shot at a wedding. The process continued into the first few years of digital photography partly because getting pleasing skin tones in some mixed poor lighting conditions was a difficult task. It was far easier to ‘bang em into mono’ especially as the jpeg files we all shot with were so unforgiving.

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These days we supply all our wedding images in colour and we don’t have to rescue any more. Better Speedlights, cameras with excellent sensors and RAW file processing have given us the ability to breeze through any wedding scenario.

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With a mirrorless camera like the Fujifilm X-T1 you can preview the exposure and white balance then adjust it to taste before you press the button. This means there are no ‘test’ images on your card. Just expertly exposed images with lovely colour to boot. In the days of SLRs we used to shoot and hope. Then we pressed playback and adjusted exposure or exposure compensation and had another test shot. After a second review we were usually ‘nearly there’ with exposure, flash power and white balance. Without the review steps it was ever so easy to end up with under flashed orange looking pictures that were near impossible to repair without resorting to black and white.

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All these pictures were taken by me using the Fuji X-T1 and whizzed through Lightroom. They look pretty much as they did in camera. I shot using the 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I had the 60mm macro for the first few frames of the day then I left it in the car with my back up kit (Fuji X-E2 with 18-55mm zoom). I own a Fuji X-Pro1 too but it is not really suitable for shooting a wedding because there is a slight delay with the EVF and LCD plus the AF is too slow for the faster moving moments.

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I shot the wedding alongside Gemma Williams. A professional wedding photographer from the West Midlands. Julie, my wife and I had the pleasure of training Gemma a few years back and I must say her photographs sparkle. Gemma wasn’t second shooting, she was principal shooter for a lot of the day covering all the bridal preparations and details right through to the wedding breakfast. I sneaked the couple of bridal prep shots you see here when I popped in to see how Gemma was getting on and I’ve included them to show how good the Fuji is in mixed light. Gemma shoots her weddings on a pair of Canon 5D mk3 cameras and the image quality she achieves in camera is fabulous. If you are getting married in the UK or know someone else who is then I can whole heartedly recommend Gemma. Cool, calm, professional and a super photographer.

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Are you shooting weddings on the Fuji X-T1? Has moving from an SLR made your life easier too?

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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.”

9 thoughts on “An English summer wedding with the Fuji X-T1

  1. Hi
    Very nice pictures i intend to use my X-T1 at my daughters wedding at the weekend , I’m encouraged by the quality that you got so looking forward to the same , the lightness of the kit an ease of use is so appealing
    Keep up the good work
    Kind Regards David

  2. I am shooting a wedding exclusively with my Fuji XT1 and XPro1 oh and the X100 in a weeks time.
    This just reinforces my Fuji confidence
    So much so I have the new Fuji polo shirt!!

  3. I shoot wedding now with two Fuji XT-1’s and a trio of primes. It suits me way more than the DSLR’s ever did, I find it way more intuitive and fast to shoot. The Canon’s stay in the back of my car now and haven’t come out in a while.

  4. Thanks David,

    I hope you weren’t taking pictures all day at your daughters wedding. The X-T1 really is a great bit of kit :)

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

  5. Hello Damien. Just discovered your site while looking for info on the xt1. I am actually happier finding your work! It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    A quick question, if you have the time: I photograph weddings and switched from the Canon to Nikon because of Nikon’s faster autofocus in low light. I saw your recent wedding post (fab photos btw) but I was wondering how the camera performs in low light such as during a dimly lit processional or on the reception dancefloor. If you were still photographing primarily weddings, would you use the xt1 for the full day’s coverage or would you want/need to use an slr for a portion of the day for a particular reason?

    Thank you!

    Cheers
    Ernst

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