01. Claire was standing in open shade on a beautifully sunny day and I lit her with a Godox AD 200 flash. I rigged it high on a stand with and fitted a gridded 5″ reflector on the bare bulb head. I set 1/2000th second and f/2 using ISO 100 on my GFX50s camera with the 110mm lens. It’s great not having to use ND filters to get a narrow aperture look to my flash pictures. HSS with the Godox system is easy. I just select any shutter speed I like and the flash does what it needs to do automagically.
A 1 to 1 urban portrait session is one of my most popular training days. The difference with this one was we spent half a day on the streets of Bristol at the waterfront and half a day at my clients hotel shooting boudoir. These 1 to1 sessions not only take place in Bristol, near where I live, but wherever I am in the world at the time. My client for this shoot chose to drive from Norway through Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and England. That must have been quite an adventure in itself. We used natural light and flash to create this set of unique images of model and actor Claire Rammelkamp.
02. The jury (in my head) are still out on Fujifilm’s ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation for portraits. Both of these shots were taken with the GF 110mm lens at f/2. And all the shots in this post were taken with the Fujifilm GFX50s camera on a tripod.
I decided to edit the colour images using the Fujifilm, Classic Chrome film simulation in Lightroom. It’s a simulation that documentary and street photographers often like to use. I usually use the Pro Neg S simulation because I love natural skin tones and this change to CC is quite dramatic for me. First off I noticed the detail in the shadows is crushed and even with full adjustment of the shadows slider it’s hard to recover it. There is some cross colour going on too and the non linear colour palette gave me challenges when choosing skin tones using just the white balance and tint. Although the colour looks interesting it is far from reality and the denim jacket looks odd to my eyes even when everything else is as normal as I can get it. I’ll probably dabble with CC for a while then revert to my favoured Pro Negative S profile. Let me know your thoughts on CC below.
03. These pictures have more magenta tint in the mix and although Claire’s denim jacket looks better her skin tone looks a bit odd. Editing colour portraits with Classic Chrome is a challenge to say the least. I’ll probably revisit these RAW files in a few weeks time and try and tweak in the colours. If they don’t behave I’ll just revert the files to Pro Negative S and breathe a sigh of relief. I used the GFX50s with a GF 110mm lens, 1/4000th second, f/2 at ISO 100
04. This simple natural light portrait was shot at 1/500th second at f/2 using ISO 100.
05. The pattern of bokeh with the Fujifilm GF110mm lens is subtle and beautiful. It doesn’t shout for attention or distract from the subject. The depth of field for head shots is ridiculously small wide open so I tend to stop the lens down as I get tighter to avoid unnatural looking shots.
06. We popped upstairs at the bar we had lunch in to shoot a few interior shots. I showed how to use a couple of windows to create classic two point lighting with minimal effort.
07. We took a few more shots on our way back to the car. The shot of Claire on the left shows the dramatic look achievable with an AD200 fitted with a small dedicated softbox and a wide open aperture on the 110mm lens using HSS or ND filters. I used my tilting eyepiece on the GFX50s as a ‘chimney’ viewer to save my knees. The shots on the right were lit with natural light.
08. In the afternoon we went on to the boutique hotel where my client was staying for a boudoir shoot session using natural light and continuous light.
09. A Lupo 1000 spotlight used in a room with the curtains closed gives a punchy drama to the pictures.
10. These shots were lit using a Lupo 1000 spotlight with a Scattergel to break up the light.
11. I lit Claire in the bath and behind the shower water with a Lupo 1000 LED spotlight.
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