Shooting Amber Tutton with the X-E1
When you’ve got great models to work with, the ideas start to flow both before the day and during. Amber is one of those models where I definitely get “in the zone” and experiment to produce something that I think would benefit my portfolio. The day was a little different to the norm though as I make the transition from DSLR to a mirrorless camera setup. Here was my first model shoot with the Fuji X-E1 and it’s APS-C sensor.
I have the Lumix GH3 camera, a micro 4/3rds sensor and fantastic camera for stills and particularly for video (which is why I got it in the first place). Presently I have the Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens and the Lumix 20mm f1.7 lens, both great lenses and so compact in size. My next logical purchase was to get the 12-35mm f2.8 Lumix, but priced at £899 needed careful consideration before taking the leap. But here’s the rub that made me consider an alternative solution.
I was finding the Lumix a little noisy for some of the natural light stills work that I do in the studio. When I say noisy, I mean probably from about 800 ISO upwards and sometimes on dull days in the studio I have to work at 1000 ISO and slightly above. So my thoughts went along the lines of needing a bigger sensor of something like the X-E1, but without the bulk of my full-frame Nikon D600. And I could get the XE-1 with it’s pro 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens for the same price as the Lumix 12-35mm on it’s own. So I now considered that I have an equivalent focal length (28-85mm in full-frame terms) AND a backup mirrorless camera ….. or was the X-E1 eventually going to be my main shooting camera?
So working with the X-E1 certainly slowed the pace of shooting down and each shot became more considered compared to shooting with the Nikon D600. No bad thing I think as Amber and I worked on getting the right pose and expression before moving on to the next shot. The size, lightweight and “retro-ness” (is that a word?) I loved with a dial for shutter speed and a lens dial for aperture. And it was all quite quick to work those dials together with the ISO changes needed for ambient light conditions that were changing a little as we shot. A trip outside to the park and to the woods and still the enjoyment and versatility of the X-E1 camera came through.
But the results are what are important. Doing some pixel-peeping on the resultant shots really do confirm that the X-E1 has great qualities (after all it is the X-Pro1 but without the optical viewfinder and in a more compact body). Very little noise working at my usual variances of ISO and just a certain quality of tones coming straight out of camera.
Anyway, check some of the pics, hope you like them. And Amber, fantastic as always. You really do need to book her.