Using the X-T1 in the Studio

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Using the X-T1 in the Studio
6 months ago

Having trialled the X-T1 (and 56mm lens) extensively on location shoots, it was time to put it to the test in a stdio environment, with wireless studio flash.

Studio shooting typically involves one or more remote strobes, triggered via PC Sync cable or wireless triggers, so the Fuji would be in full manual mode, and relying on external metering and the EVF/LCD for judging correct exposure.

The quantity of available (flash) light in the studio typically means that you’re shooting stopped-down to f/8 or below – and this introduces an interesting challenge to the X-System Fuji shooter with EVF/LCD.

When you have the camera in fully manual mode – where you set the shutter speed to 1/180 for flash sync, and the aperture to a value determined by your hand-held flash metering (f/8 for example) – your EVF/LCD shows you a representation of the ambient light exposure in the room by default – which will most likely look like a black hole!

With no flash included in the live view, the ambient light is just not enough to illuminate the subject at say f/8 – it’s all dark, and you can’t see the model, let alone their expression!

There is a fix for this, buried in the Fuji’s menu system.

You access the SCREEN SETUP menu, look for PREVIEW EXPOSURE IN MANUAL MODE, and switch this to OFF.

Complete write-up and images here: http://f-sunny.com/x-t1-in-the-studio/

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