Alicia Endemann ~ Street portraits workshop

Apr 19, 2016 | Flash, Fujifilm X, Location | 5 comments

Location: Paris business district on a Sunday in the Spring of 2016
Model: Alicia Endemann
Photographer: Damien Lovegrove
Event: 1:2 training workshop with clients from Switzerland
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF16mm, XF 35mm f/1.4, XF 50-140mm OIS

Alicia Endemann in Paris workshop

01. The top and bottom left shots of Alicia are lit with reflected light while the shot on the right is lit with sunlight.


02. Both shots use sunlight as the key light here.


03. Left: I experiment with my speedlights to get to know what it they can do. Like a guitarist getting new sounds out of their instrument, I get new light patterns out of my speedlights. I know exactly how a Nikon SB900 or a Canon 580EX2 would look in the same situation. The shot on the right is lit with reflected sunlight. Notice the cheekbone definition and the wonderful crisp shadows on the coat.


04. This art instillation was designed and created by a Mr Moretti. It was a bit faded so I gave it the Velvia treatment. Cactus speedlight from the left.


05. The top shot is lit with sunlight reflected off the building behind me. The shot bottom left is a naturally lit reflection shot. These are so easy to shoot in any modern city location. The shot bottom right is lit with my Cactus speedlight and features a graphic on the outside of a shopping mall.


06. Sunlit shots. I like to look for design cues in repeating patterns. The shoot location is constantly changing as the angle of sunlight changes. It’s quite easy to predict as the sun moves round it’s trajectory at a rate of 15 degrees an hour. That’s half the small angle of a school set square. That’s how I remember it.


07. No sun penetrated between these buildings so I made my own with the Cactus Speedlight. The crisp hard light from the barefaced speedlight mimics natural sunlight so well.


08. A sunlit cityscape on the left with a classic Lovegrove look on the right. I did a white balance shift and gelled up the flash for this funky look created in camera.


09. I used a Cactus RF60 to light Alicia on the phone to her mum at the top of the stairs to the Metro.


10. This frame was lit with all natural light with sunlight as a back light.


11.The sun reflected off red golden glass to illuminate Alicia in the left frame and I used the sunlight as a back light and the speedlight as a key light for the frame on the right.


12. This was a fun moment. The banter kept the shoot fun in the cold Spring air in Paris. Natural light.


13. I tried out a calm post production look in Lightroom just to keep my hand in and I saved out this look as a preset. Natural light.


14. I showed my clients how to shoot high key on sunny days too. Natural light.

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  1. JM See

    Beautiful photos Damien.

    I’ve been doing research about Fujifilm for some time now before I plan on switching from Nikon.
    And I must say I’m very much convinced…



    • Damien

      Hi JM, The X-T1 at 16mp is perfect for most applications. There maybe it’s replacement out soon at 24mp if the rumours are to be believed. If detail and megapixels are your thing it might be worth holding out. The Fuji glass is superb so there are no worries there. Enjoy your photography and stay inspired :) Damien.

      • JM See

        Yes I finally decided on getting a X-T10 based on your video on which to buy and I fell in love with it the moment I attached the 56 1.2R with it…

        Oh and any thoughts on the X-E2s? I’m looking to add a second camera without breaking the bank as I’m planning to get the 90mm and the 16 1.4 too…
        I have read about the eye sensor lag so that’s what holding me back.
        Any thoughts? – J

  2. Alan Senior

    Perfect as always
    If only I had half your talent

    • Damien

      Thank you Alan for your very kind words.

      Best regards,



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