With just a little bit of planning, a levitation effect can easily be done 🙂 Adding a few effects to the picture and you get a very nice result.
The day was a little cloudy which made it challenging to capture the background image and the perfect pose with the same lighting. A little bit of work had to be done to the selected images to balance them correctly for the final composition. This is where RAW format shines.
What went into this shot? My X-E1, my not-so great Manfrotto tripod, my Macbook with CC, and what you see in the picture.
Another one from the Rubi Series. For this shot, we moved back to the white paper background. The setup included a key light to the models right and a hair light. The studio’s white walls acted as a reflector and helped retain details in the shadows.
The XE1 is an amazing camera which I enjoy a lot. Pair it with the 60mm XF Fujinon prime lens and you will be holding a very capable studio portrait system. I would love to have a faster flash sync body but the X-E1 speed is good enough for portraits at 1/180. Although, I am yet to have some luck using my strobes at the rated speed, I always have to go as low as 1/125. Nevertheless, the system delivers great, crip and brilliant pictures.
Shot with the X-E1 & 60mm XF Fujinon running the latest firmware at the time this post was published.
A friend asked me to come up with a few shots to advertise his cover band Thidwick, and to get a nice ad for his merchandise. I decided for clean front pictures for the apparel. I also had more lights and modifiers than usual. For this shot, my beloved 300ws through a double baffled rectangular softbox as a main light, a gold reflector, hair light, and a homemade continuous light. This last one resulting in a nice blue hue to the background.
Yes, I could have achieved the same with two lights, maybe, and more digital darkroom work. But hey, a man can only spend so much time on the computer and I am almost out of Starbucks Keurig cups. The final result, a somewhat purist photo approach.
- Martha: Basic Lighting (danielreprieto.wordpress.com)
Single light portrait. Positioned to enhance skin and add a touch of hair light without killing those beautiful shadows. A little too close or too far and the magic is gone. I have both a mono and color version but I had to go color on this one. Even though the mono version really works bringing the midtones and dark shadows. But the brilliant red dress brings so much life to the picture that this had to be full color. And again, the magnificent X-E1 Fuji camera delivers flawlessly. Excellent color rendition, sharp, and a beauty to shoot with.
Lately I have been possessed by the works of George Hurrell. I am using a single strobe through a cone modifier, creating hard shadows. Beautiful. But not enough.
Shoot with any X-Series Fuji-film camera and you will fall in love again. Switch to any of their mono filters and it is magic. One would almost want to shoot in JPG exclusively, so that the images stay eternally black and white.