X100 suitable for portrait photography?

Started Feb 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
lnbolch Senior Member • Posts: 2,329
Re: X100 suitable for portrait photography?

Anthony_in_SF wrote:

Hi. I'm intrigued by the X100 as an all around camera that's...well...compact and light enough to actually carry "all around". But I'm not sure if the effective 35mm focal length will work well for the types of photography I enjoy. First and foremost, I photograph my kids. Both tight shots and environmental portraits. Not so much action or fast moving stuff, but where he/they are the primary subject. I also like photographing architecture and misc travel subjects.

I'm confident the focal length is fine for the latter, but, again, not sure how well it does for portrait type images. Any opinions (and examples if you care to share them) would be greatly appreciated!

My goal when shooting the X100 is to photograph people with an invisible camera, a camera that does not intrude or influence the behavior of my subjects, so I can chronicle life as it is lived. No posing, no altering the scene to produce a better composition, no altering lighting—at most a blip of fill flash outdoors when backlit. Very much a matter of decisive moment when there are two or more people, capturing actual emotions. Nothing staged. For my initial results see


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