Portraits made with Fuji X-Series Cameras with Off-camera Lighting

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by ean10775, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Eric
    One of the apparent advantages of the X-Series cameras is the leaf shutter that allows flash sync to much higher shutter speeds than many other cameras (correction, just the X100 it seems?). I enjoy shooting headshots for local actors/actresses and businesses on occasion, as well as portraits of friends and family. While I currently use a 5DII and several older m43 cameras for my portrait photography, I'd love to see what members of this community who use off-camera flash with their X-Series cameras have produced and also what their thoughts are in using X-Series cameras for this type of photography (advantages, limitations, frustrations, etc.)
     
  2. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    Ah, I would love to help but my particular X has a sync of 160. I've done some 1 and 2 light setups with the camera and flashes on M and it has worked just fine.
     
  3. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Eric
    My mistake. I thought all the X-Series cameras were capable of higher sync speeds but it looks like its just the X100, yes? Still, I'd love to see some images with off camera flash from any of the Fuji cameras.
     
  4. the sardonic iconic

    the sardonic iconic FujiXspot Veteran

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    Don't forget about the X10! ;) I took this on a pretty bright and sunny afternoon, using two bare speedlights. I could have easily gone even darker with the ambient light, but I wanted that dark blue to bleed through.
    View attachment 9719

    EDIT: In hindsight, I would have done a few things differently... I had just gotten my X10 that same week and was still getting accustomed to it's quirks. I should have shot it at 12mp, as DR400 gets disabled when using the hotshoe. I remember wanting to keep recycle times a bit snappy, so I shot at ISO 250, now I would probably keep it at ISO100 as I normally do.
     
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  5. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Eric
    Nice! I wasn't sure about the X10 since I didn't see any flash sync specs for it. Good to know. Great work as usual!
     
  6. the sardonic iconic

    the sardonic iconic FujiXspot Veteran

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    X10: ISO100, 1/1600th, f2.8. Lighting: Single SB-30 shot bare on a stand, low and left of the camera. Shot in 12mp RAW.
    View attachment 10011
     
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  7. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Muttley
    For you pros that use artificial lighting, do y'all have any recommendations for a good resource so that a noob can start to learn the art of using artificial lighting (i.e. me)? Thanks!!
     
  8. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

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    Adam
    Visit the Strobist blog. Start with Lighting 101 and explore from there. David Hobby is one of the best resources on the net, so generous with knowledge and experience.
     
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  9. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Thank you!!
     
  10. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    TAZ
    I had a photo shoot today and used the Flash Wave III TX trigger with my Olympus FL-36R flash + Gary Fong Lightsphere.

    This shot was a test shot, and as you can see, the light intensity was too much, yet I still like her expression, so decided to keep it.

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    Georgia by Taz Spin, on Flickr

    Manual controlling the intensity was a pain (forgot to bring my light meter..), but overall I got some pleasing shots tonight!
     
  11. jhawker

    jhawker FujiXspot Rookie

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    Dr. B.

    Hello All,
    I have attached a studio portrait done with the x10.
    JH
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22544852@N00/6521492807/" title="_DSF1380-final by jhawker, on Flickr"> 6521492807_7311ea8458. "400" height="500" alt="_DSF1380-final"></a>
     
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  12. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Eric
    ^Great detail on a very nice portrait! May I ask what triggering system you use? I have Cybersyncs myself and want to make sure there wouldn't be any problems using them with the Fuji cameras (though I can't imagine why there would be)
     
  13. jhawker

    jhawker FujiXspot Rookie

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    ean10775,
    Thanks for your note.
    I set this studio up to use microsync.
    Small and reliable in a small room.
    Now I usually use the cybersync from Paul Buff.
    These Fuji's are pretty amazing with either of them.
    JH
     
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  14. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

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    Adam
    Excellent work.
     
  15. Simonpeckham

    Simonpeckham New to FujiXspot

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    These are with the X100. DSCF1796 (1). DSCF1828.
     
  16. Simonpeckham

    Simonpeckham New to FujiXspot

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    One of my latest using the X-E1. Grid, Nikon SB600, CTR-301 Ebay trigger. 35mm f/1.4. 1/125 sync DSCF1196 (1). DSCF1197 (1).
     
  17. GOLGO 13

    GOLGO 13 FujiXspot Rookie

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    1Charity combo. 1doug combo. 1ebony combo. 1makinzie combo. 1marcus combo. 1thuivy combo.

    Fuji x100 original
     
  18. GOLGO 13

    GOLGO 13 FujiXspot Rookie

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    gods1. gods2. gods3. gods4.

    x100 original
     
  19. GOLGO 13

    GOLGO 13 FujiXspot Rookie

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    cm8. cm9.

    x100 original
     
  20. sdovala

    sdovala New to FujiXspot

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    Fujifilm X100, 1/1000th at F/2 shot late-day, two Canon 430EX II flashes at full power through a 30" umbrella. Ambient was dropped 1.3 stops and ND filter was engaged.

    DSCF4132 (2).