Event coverage with the Fuji X-T1

As part of my role as photographer to The Style Forum I capture the behind the scenes moments at their major events. Last night I shot their fashion show at the launch of the Audi A3 Cabriolet. I used the Fujifilm X-T1 with 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I shot for about three hours sipping the occasional glass of Champagne to aid my creativity.

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Here are 90 or so of my shots from last night. I just popped them through Lightroom 5.4 and uploaded them. Enjoy Continue reading

A 164 frame engagement shoot with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm f/1.2 lens

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Jake and Jolie are engaged to be married next year and agreed to model for my 1:2 training session with some clients from Scotland. We shot on the streets and in the bars of Bristol. I showed my clients how to find dry shooting locations if it’s raining and how to find amazing light no matter what the weather is doing. The day started with Continue reading

Nordic Beauty workshop shot with Fuji X-T1 with 56mm, 35mm and 23mm lenses

Our location for the two Nordic Beauty workshops

1. Our location for the two Nordic Beauty workshops was an old farmhouse set on a small hill overlooking a Viking burial mound and a lake 100 miles long.

Camilla was our model and revelled in the sunlight that was bestowed upon us.

2. Camilla was our model and revelled in the sunlight that was bestowed upon us.

Here are 80 of my pictures shot using the Fuji X-T1 in jpeg mode. I shot RAWs too but don’t have a means of processing them yet. I switched the camera to monochrome and did any final tweaks in Lightroom. Jpegs have very little latitude for adjustment so I’ve pretty much left them as shot. Enjoy! Continue reading

Gone Global shoot at Kings Weston House

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Here’s a bit of fun for you. I was asked to give guidance and to be on hand with lighting kit for a fully styled themed shoot. This is not my usual thing and I had to make sure I was not setting myself up to fail. Anyway to cut a long story short, creative, talented photographers both professional and amateur crafted wonderful pictures from the scenes conceived by Sue Fyfe Williams. Here are a few of my shots that I grabbed at various times throughout the day  Continue reading

Jammy Lou in the studio ~ 1:1 lighting training session

01. Jammy Lou on fire

01. Jammy Lou on fire. Lit with one Elinchrom 600 RX studio flash head and a beauty dish and grid I bought a couple of years ago on Ebay.

We started with a session of lighting set ups for corporate head shots and 3/4 body shots (not shown here) then we went on to the more creative studio lighting. We covered beauty, fashion and editorial lighting plus we managed to shoot some one light fashion nudes too. NSFW after the jump Continue reading

Holly R and Vicki Blatchley ~ boudoir and interior portraits

01. It's that time of year where all my interior portraits are lit. Even shots by a window are given the sunlight treatment. For this set my light was out in the rain.

01. It’s that time of year where all my interior portraits are lit. Even shots by a window are given the sunlight treatment. For this pair of pictures my light was out in the garden. It was dark in this basement flat and this set of French doors faces North. Once I take control of light anything is possible. I used a Tiffen 1/4 Black Pro Mist filter on my 60mm Fuji lens to capture this dreamy look.

These shots were taken on a 1:2 training day for delegates who wanted to learn how to take control of light. They were all shot using continuous lighting from Lupolux.  My delegates wanted to shoot high key and low key boudoir in the morning and a few nudes in the afternoon. They chose to work with two of our models Holly R (from Gingersnap agency) in the morning and Vicki Blatchley after lunch. Some of these shots show a departure from my usual style. I find 1:1  and small group sessions are great opportunities to share the new ideas that I’ve been working on. Continue reading

Fuji X-E2, RRS and Kirk compatible grip and L plate ~ mini review

The newly designed bracket has fabulous contours that sit comfortably in my big hands. The X-E2 is now a delight for me to use.

01. The newly designed bracket has fabulous contours that sit comfortably in my big hands. The X-E2 is now a delight for me to use. The snug fit is millimetre accurate around the existing Fuji hand grip.

I have just been trialling the new grip, base plate and L bracket for the Fuji X-E2 supplied in the UK by Photo Madd. The grip is a great improvement on the X-E1 model widely available on Ebay. Here are my findings Continue reading

What’s in my bag? ~ Damien Lovegrove

I often get asked about the camera bag I use and what kit is in it so here is a breakdown of ‘how I roll’.

This is my interior portrait kit. The filters are on the lenses before I start and the X-E2 is the backup body.

This is my interior portrait kit. It is a selection of the items in my complete kit detailed below because I like to travel light. The filters are normally on the lenses before I set out from the studio . The camera’s clocks are synchronised and each camera has a formatted card and a fresh battery. The batteries and card shown are the spares. This kit travels in style in my Think Tank Retrospective 7 camera bag as shown below.

The complete kit that I select from is in the picture below. Click on the picture after the jump for the detailed descriptions… Continue reading

Ellie Rhodes ~ One light, minimalist portraits with the Fuji E-X2

Raw beauty with minimal make up and mostly lit with one light. That’s how I shot this set of images of new model Ellie Rhodes from Gingersnap. I was running a 1:1 training session for a documentary, travel and environmental portrait photographer who wants to take control of light or make it as required.

01. In camera jpeg. No Photoshop.

01. Simplistic lighting on Ellie set against a stark grey background. I tussled Ellie’s hair for effect. We did have a hair brush on set somewhere but I can’t remember us using it.

Here are 15 shots from this shoot… Continue reading

Fujifilm X-E2 Initial findings and settings for portraiture

The X-E2 is the same size as the X100s, shares the same sensor, but has a lens mount enabling the use of the growing range of superb lenses made by Fuji and Zeiss. The X-E2 brings a whole host of new features to the ever expanding Fujifilm X system. Some of the features you will love and others you will rarely use. I mainly shoot portraits so I don’t expect to be using WiFi or the video functions that much but it’s good to know that they are there.

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I’ve had the Fujifilm X-E2 for just a couple of weeks but I’ve already studied the camera and the manual in detail to work out how I’m going to shoot with it. Here are three main ways I have established for shooting portraits with the Fujifilm X-E2 camera. I got caught out at times on the journey to making the camera work for me but where there is a will there is a way. Here are my three set-ups in detail… Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Boudoir with Claire Rammelkamp ~ nsfw

Beauty laid bare – by Damien Lovegrove

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1. Every now and then I come across someone with a fabulous character and beauty to match. Claire, represented by Gingersnap agency has it all. She is fun and vibrant. This shot was lit with a Lupolux Quadlight 1500 and winter sunlight.

Camera: Canon 5D mk2 with a 100mm f/2.8 macro or a 50mm f/1.4 (My Fuji was on safari in Africa with Julie)
Makeup: Just a minimal touch of eye pencil with natural skin and lips
Post production: A few tweaks in Lightroom. No cloning, presets or Photoshop
Location: Old Down Manor bridal suite
Lighting: Lupolux Quadlight 1500, Grid attachment and Lupolux LED 1000 used when the sun went in

Here are 37 pictures from my first shoot with Claire. Shoot duration 2 hours. Enjoy Continue reading