Shooting Beauty in the Studio with the X-Pro1

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nathanelsonphoto
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Shooting Beauty in the Studio with the X-Pro1
Dec 9, 2013

Some recent work using mixed light and the X-Pro1 + XF 35mm 1.4:

http://nathanelson.com/the-fuji-xpro1-in-studio-part-1-of-2/

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Very good work and an excellent review. Thanks.

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nathanelsonphoto wrote:

Some recent work using mixed light and the X-Pro1 + XF 35mm 1.4:

http://nathanelson.com/the-fuji-xpro1-in-studio-part-1-of-2/

Wowzers, what stunning examples!! The second photo is syrupy sweet, such nice colouring & tones.

I really like how you have left some detail in the skin, seems increasingly rare these days. Love it!

Did you do much post? If so I'd be interested to read a quick workflow as I am sure others on here will too. JPEG / RAW for example?

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Wowzers, what stunning examples!! The second photo is syrupy sweet, such nice colouring & tones.

I really like how you have left some detail in the skin, seems increasingly rare these days. Love it!

Did you do much post? If so I'd be interested to read a quick workflow as I am sure others on here will too. JPEG / RAW for example?

Thanks Stimpy, and yes, I leave all the skin texture in my photos, but with the photos that size it's harder to see

My post is pretty basic. I shoot RAW, then import to LR5 where I make some contrast and tonal adjustments along with adding some clarity, then export to PS CC and work the skin with the healing brush to take out any glaring flaws and smooth out any redness in the skin. That's pretty much it.

Glad you like them. Cheers!

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Love the mix of flash and long exposure - the motion effect works really well, especially on #5 and #6 for me.

Adds a real dynamic to a normally static portrait set-up

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Really nice work. Did you trigger the flash remotely or via cable?

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dark13star wrote:

Really nice work. Did you trigger the flash remotely or via cable?

Rich

Hey Rich,

I use the Einstein heads with the Cyber Sync triggers so everything is triggered by wireless. These were all shot using at least 3 strobes, and using sync cables with slaves would be a huge pain in the ass

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Hey Rich,

I use the Einstein heads with the Cyber Sync triggers so everything is triggered by wireless. These were all shot using at least 3 strobes, and using sync cables with slaves would be a huge pain in the ass

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Thanks for the info on the setup. I figured it was likely remote. I still haven't determind my lighting strategy for Fuji. I'm invested in Nikon CLS and am considering a remote system to use the same heads.

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Excellent work!!!

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Photography and writing, A+ Great stuff, cheers

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I like the way you brought all of the lighting elements together as well.  Very artistic.  Using the slow shutter speeds certainly added a great deal to the image.  Big impact on all of the images.

Very well thought out and executed.

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Excellent work!!!

Thank you.

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This is unbelievable.. Can you plus advise how did you take the photos ? Flash, movement, shoot? I can't think how you achieved the amazing glowing effects. Thx.

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nathanelsonphoto wrote:

Some recent work using mixed light and the X-Pro1 + XF 35mm 1.4:

http://nathanelson.com/the-fuji-xpro1-in-studio-part-1-of-2/

Could you not use the Fuji 55-200 since this was a studio shoot it may have work. You could get that depth of field potentially since the longer focal length is a shallow DOF.

You also have the Fuji 60 mm as a Prime lens option.

I think it would work and I am sure the 56 mm will be great to have as well.

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The second & third ones really grabbed my eye, the detail and depth for lack of a better term are supurb. Bravo

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nathanelsonphoto wrote:

Some recent work using mixed light and the X-Pro1 + XF 35mm 1.4:

http://nathanelson.com/the-fuji-xpro1-in-studio-part-1-of-2/

Beautiful work.

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ryan2007 wrote:

nathanelsonphoto wrote:

Some recent work using mixed light and the X-Pro1 + XF 35mm 1.4:

http://nathanelson.com/the-fuji-xpro1-in-studio-part-1-of-2/

Could you not use the Fuji 55-200 since this was a studio shoot it may have work. You could get that depth of field potentially since the longer focal length is a shallow DOF.

You also have the Fuji 60 mm as a Prime lens option.

I think it would work and I am sure the 56 mm will be great to have as well.

I'll never own a variable aperture zoom lens, not that it wouldn't work in the way you described, because it would, but for my own personal shooting preference I prefer fast primes.

The 60mm is also an option, but again, for my style I prefer a faster lens, and the 56mm f/1.2 has my name all over it

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This is unbelievable.. Can you plus advise how did you take the photos ? Flash, movement, shoot? I can't think how you achieved the amazing glowing effects. Thx.

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Thanks afragisk.

The process is actually fairly simple. I would use one or two of the modeling lights on my Einstein heads (depending on the look I wanted) as a constant light source, then turn off the modeling light on any strobes that were lighting an area that I wanted to 'freeze', such as the face. After the flash would fire, the areas that were not being hit by a modeling light fell into darkness, so the camera would then only pick up the areas that were being lit by the modeling lights, creating light trails as I moved my camera around. The exposure time was around 2 seconds.

Hopefully that makes sense Thanks for checking them out.

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ryan2007 wrote:

nathanelsonphoto wrote:

Some recent work using mixed light and the X-Pro1 + XF 35mm 1.4:

http://nathanelson.com/the-fuji-xpro1-in-studio-part-1-of-2/

Could you not use the Fuji 55-200 since this was a studio shoot it may have work. You could get that depth of field potentially since the longer focal length is a shallow DOF.

You also have the Fuji 60 mm as a Prime lens option.

I think it would work and I am sure the 56 mm will be great to have as well.

I'll never own a variable aperture zoom lens, not that it wouldn't work in the way you described, because it would, but for my own personal shooting preference I prefer fast primes.

The 60mm is also an option, but again, for my style I prefer a faster lens, and the 56mm f/1.2 has my name all over it

That is fine, but the 56 mm only exists on paper. Fuji has already pushed back the 10-24 f 4.0. The only lenses that exist or anything for that matter are what is on the shelves today for use today.

So what will you do if Fuji keeps delaying the 56 mm release? Do you have a plan B or just make due with the 35 mm?

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