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July 2018

My favorite portrait lens: Fujinon 27mm pancake lens

I know many of you read the above title and fell to the floor laughing like super crazy 🙂  I truly believe I can take just about any lens and shoot portraits. Now I didn’t say it would be easy and may take some out-of-the-ordinary adjustments but I think it can be done.

I feel portraits have changed a lot in the past few years. Years ago when I thought of a portrait I thought of full length, mid-shot, and close-ups. Of course that was mainly the military ways of official portraits but then again corporates and other big companies kind-of followed the same plan (and maybe photographers in general have done the same). In homes you had the family camera and most of the time it had one lens and it was a prime (or maybe a point & shoot camera). The home photographs gave character – the family person and/or friend showed more of the house/room…it told a story. When I look back at some of my family old photographs I’m very happy they weren’t all close-up but also added the environment.

I enjoy other photographer’s work. Wedding photographers still have their “traditional photographs” (some parents and grandparents don’t want that other stuff) but they have broadened their styles into more photojournalist styles. Headshots aren’t just a close-up of the person – they now have expanded in showing the sign of the company, or a chef’s kitchen. Everything is more exciting than the past and that’s great. And when you’re shooting a portrait there’s nothing wrong with full lengths, mid-shots, or close-up. Years later when you the photographer or you the client are sitting back and trying to remember when, where, and why that photograph was taken, expanding your style of shooting will help you go back down memory lane.

So here are my portraits with the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens. When you compare it in 35mm format it’s focal length is equivalent to the 41mm lens. It may be a 2.8 but it’s sharp. It’s very small therefore you have to change the f/stops on the camera that you’re shooting with. I grab this lens more than I grab any other. All of my images are SOOC (straight out of camera) or as some of us still say not cropped.

If you have a lens or two and never really used it for anything, take a second look. I guarantee you will find great use for it…you may even take a portrait 😉

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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Be Your Own Model…

There’s nothing like wanting to work on your craft and you can’t find help. All my local friends work so that doesn’t help. On weekends they have so much “normal” things to do – that doesn’t work. So you start walking around in your home asking yourself the question “what can I find in here to model for me”?

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You see I’m continuing to learn about photography and how to do things better. When I know I have a weakness I know I have to try and fix it (or at least make it better). I read and watch tutorials but nothing is better than doing it. I have this equipment so I need to learn to use it to it’s full potential.

One of my biggest problems when it comes to photography is photographing a person with glasses while using flash. I have the reflections problems, or my flash equipment showing inside of the glasses, or crazy/horrible shadows from the frames or even the glass. It’s always something. I look at other photographer’s images of people with glasses. I zoom in to see just how good their images look. Honestly some are good and some are not good. During my years in the military we had two pairs of frames – black and gold. The lenses were removed from both frames, which took away a lot of headaches for us (and it worked very well). Also during that time we didn’t have a typical studio…just a room with low ceilings that was given to us (make what you have work).

During my morning walk I decided to go home and setup my gear to do some off camera flash test shots. My ceilings aren’t the highest but still I know I can test some ideas out. But isn’t it funny when you follow all the steps from a tutorial or article it doesn’t work right for you??

Before I started I knew the one way to show and try not to get these glasses problems is to bounce my lighting. If you’re some place and the ceiling is super high, no way you’ll be able to bounce. You can try but by the time the light go waaaaaay to the ceiling and comes waaaaaay back down to hit your subject – there’s no light. They’re quite a few accessories you can buy that give you the capability to bounce your flash.

As it turned out I was my own model. I’m not the best subject in the world but it helped. I actually had fun. I was able to use some gear that I’ve wanted to play with for some time. And of course I love black and white and was able to convert a few. I used a tripod to focus on and then changed the camera manual focus. It was a hit or miss but that’s okay too. Here’s the gear I used:

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS lens

Godox TT685F flash

Magmod  MagSphere

Magmod  MagGrid

Interfit Studio Essentials 5’x7’ reversal backdrop

RAW images

I’m still learning but this is a start.

So when you have some equipment to test out and you need a model, don’t use your light stand or tripod…use yourself. You may finally get the photographs you want 😉

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

 

Images below were taken with the Magmod  MagSphere

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Images below were taken with the Magmod MagGrid

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SMILE TODAY…tomorrow is not promised

These past few years it seems like every time my family and friends got together it was because of a funeral. Reunions are nice but I don’t like these reunions. To add to that most of them were young. Some didn’t see the age of 30, 50, 60 or even 70 (yes today’s 70 is young). And before you start to say it was because of the way they lived or they didn’t eat right, you know crazy stuff like that…its called LIFE.

SMILE TODAY! Take a few moments out of your day to laugh, talk, or just plain out fellowship with one another. It actually feels pretty good. At the end of the day when you’re sitting back and relaxing you will SMILE.

🙂 🙂

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#smile #family #friends #blessed #fellowship

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