Come on, what could be more enjoyable than spending several hours at a superb location with the Fuji Xpro2 and the lovely Lucy for portrait photo shoot.
As many bloggers know, Ive been using the Fuji range of cameras for several years now, the Xpro2 is my number one camera for my portrait, landscapes and wedding photography.
I use two lenses for all my work, these being the Fuji 56mm lens and the beautiful 16mm wide angle.
The location of the Photo shoot was the incredible Montacute house House and Estate in Somerset.
There is so much information on the web with regards to this camera, from the focus through to the battery life however in this short blog I wanted to tell and show images from my experience using the Face and eye detection with the xpro2.
I must admit I’ve never really been a photographer who is into using these types of settings on cameras, I like to work fast and feel I’m completely in control of the equipment, I need to work fast, all you wedding photographers will know exactly where i’m coming from!
This photoshoot was going to be a little different…more chilled, so it gave me the perfect opportunity to test out the Face detection.
Lets first tell you about the settings (no apologies its not going to be massively technical) firstly I was using one of my favourite lenses, the Fuji 56mm F1.2, its my favourite portrait lens and one of the main lenses I use for my wedding photography, its very fast, super sharp. I set the shutter to Electronic shutter as it was quite bright in somerset on this photoshoot and I wanted to set the largest aperture possible because I wanted to see how Face detection would cope at f1.2, I also set the Focus area to the smallest setting, again just to push the boundaries on the Xpro2.
I must admit when trying out new equipment, I really like push the cameras, taking images ‘where no man/woman should go’ !! My thoughts behind this madness is…if it can cope under crazy circumstances then its a winner!
Now I have to admit, it was quite a challenge for me, letting the focus choose where it was focusing, and for a few initial shots, I didn’t feel comfortable because the focus seemed to pick the face and eye very fast indeed, and because for many of the shots Lucy was moving, it just didn’t seem possible!
Even when taking the image with full backlight, the face detection nailed the focus, obviously when Lucy wasn’t looking directly at the lens, the camera switched to normal focus.
When checking the images back at my studio, I did become apparent that, on some of the images the camera had selected the eye furthest away from the lens, however this was only on a few of the photographs.
My opinion is the face detection was pretty accurate for the majority of the shots, would I use this setting at a wedding? Maybe for the pre-wedding images, I do tend to photograph the Bride & Groom in a more natural pose and take very few photos where they are looking directly at the camera but I would definitely try this technique again, on another portrait shoot.
Please check out more of the images taken at Montacute house House with the lovely Lucy and see what you think, it maybe something you might like to try with the Fuji X cameras.
Michael Gane – thefxworks