Location Portraits with the Fuji X10 and 5D MkIII – Portrait Photographer Hampshire
Today’s outing was fun for two reasons, not only did I get a chance to work with one of my favourite location portrait photographers Michael Turner, but I would also be indulging in some location portraits with the Fuji x10 and 5D MkIII, which I have only just purchased. Successful portrait photographers usually invest wisely in their business, and more importantly in their own personal development. We never stop learning, no matter how long we’ve been in the business, and no matter how well qualified we are. Therefore investment in self-improvement should be a vital component of any serious photographer’s yearly overhead. Improvement can be in the form of attending sit down seminars and lectures, or by shooting alongside a photographer you admire. This is particularly relevant to me, since I’m defined as a “lifestyle location portrait photographer”. Aside from the fact that Michael Turner is a brilliant photographer and teacher, I was particularly interested in learning more about his approach to business and marketing since a new perspective can help you to see effective ways of reaching new clients. I would gladly have spent a week in Michael’s company given the chance.
After discussing marketing plans in the morning, we had the opportunity to photograph our gorgeous couple around the hotel grounds and part of the old city centre – the Tudor building you see was (sadly) one of the few ancient structures to survive bombing by the Germans during the war.
I have a full lineup of professional kit, with at least two levels of backup equipment. But I often enjoy capturing some images on a compact camera – it’s a really great way of reminding clients that it’s our training and knowledge which gets the shots – not the camera we use. I had my Fuji X 10 with me as usual and the portraits below (and the shots above) were taken with it. I think it’s a great little camera for controlled portraiture, it has all the manual controls a photographer needs and it feels solid and responsive in the hand. The portraits below (and the images above) were all captured with the X10 (by the way, that’s not noise on the background in the picture below – it’s a sort of pebble-dash finish favoured by some hotels).
I’m not suggesting that a compact camera can cover all bases (nor would a compact make a viable alternative to a DSLR) – since there are occasions where we have to compress perspective and introduce shallow depth of field (such as when we want to lose cluttered backgrounds) and this is very much the province of larger sensor cameras (ditto we will need recourse to a good DSLR when fast and very accurate auto focus is needed) so for the images below I used the new Canon 5D MkIII. In fact this was the first time I’d use this camera for portraits, and I have to say the quality of the RAW files is fantastic, and very little work is needed when it comes to processing them. When I first got the camera last month I didn’t have RAW support in the software I was using, so I shot JPEG on my first outing, and I have to say I was disappointed by how soft and lacking in detail those JPEGs were – it was such a relief to see the full beauty of the RAW files, and the lowlight capability of this camera is simply phenomenal. And so it should be, given the price! On a slightly less positive note it is bigger and heavier than its predecessor – and since RSI and joint damage is increasingly common in our profession, that is not particularly good news – and it does explain why I will use the X 10 for my casual photography and the less complex portraiture that I do.
You can see more of my Fuji X10 images here: