Fashion show with X-T1

For this fashion show at a local shopping centre I’d taken my Fuji X-T1 with 55-200mm zoom but I knew the lighting was likely to be poor so I’d also packed my Nikon SB-900 flash and Flash Wave radio triggers.  Then it was a case of testing the exposure for a given position of the catwalk and shooting away.  It worked mostly but I think Fuji could do a lot to upgrade the flash side of its system with something closer to what Canon and Fuji offer.

 

 

 

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Fuji X the vital ingredient for Restaurant shoot

This week I had the task of shooting a few photographs at the soon to be opened Turtle Bay restaurant in Preston, England. It’s a Caribbean themed restaurant and the idea was to go in an grab a few interior shots ahead of the opening event later in the week.

I’d taken along two camera bodies for the job. A Fuji X-T1 with 10-24mm fitted and also the X-Pro1 with 35mm lens attached.  With the X-T1 I was shooting with the camera on a tripod for the interior shots but as there was a few staff around undergoing training, I decided to grab a few portrait shots as well.  For these I used the X-Pro1 and used the Flash Wave III trigger with a Nikon SB-900 and a shoot through umbrella.

I’m now looking forward to returning on the opening night to sample what sounded like a delicious menu.

 

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Fuji X and Off-Camera Flash Portraits

One of the often talked about weaknesses of the Fuji X system is the lack of a comprehensive flash system.  As a previous Nikon user I have often relied on the their Creative Lighting System with its TTL capabilities.  These capabilities come in handy when you are photographing at a wedding for example and the distance to the subject is constantly changing but its really not such a big deal when you are shooting a set of portraits.

Here I was using my Fuji X-T1 with two Nikon flash units (SB-900 and SB-600) but this time everything was set on manual.  So it was quarter power for my main light the SB-900 through a 60cm softbox and1/16 power for the SB-600 which I was using in the main with a shoot-thro umbrella. I use Flash-Wave III remote triggers which work really well and their small size doesn’t look silly on the diminutive X-series cameras.

I started out metering the flash exposure with my little Sekonic L-308s but in all honesty it’s easy enough to gauge exposure on the back of the camera by looking at the results.

The model here is my friends daughter, not a professional model but a very pretty young lady who did a fantastic job.

 

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