Friday, September 5, 2014

Close-up stills with a Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro on the Fuji X-T1

Seems like this was a week for taking still life photos. This time the theme was seashells where we wanted to create a very light, pastel feeling, like being near the seashore on a calm, bright day. The photos were taken in out daylight studio, side-lit with a soft window light and a bright background.

The camera I chose was the Fuji X-T1 coupled with the Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro lens, one of my favorite combinations. The lens itself is a perfect focal length for this type shooting -- not too long and not too short. I worked mostly with wide apertures, but occasionally had o stop down to the f/16 range when I wanted everything to be sharp, especially in the flat, straight down shots.

One thing very nice I am discovering about working with the X-T1 one is that the RAW images from it require the least amount of post-processing correction and tweaking, which has been making my workflow much easier and faster -- definitely a big plus.

I took a lot of photos during this session. Here are a few of them:


  1. Again, another really pretty series of images. Do you mostly create stock images Tom? Or is something like this more of an assignment?


  2. I shoot primarily for fine art and stock photography. I took these images specifically to explore a more commercial fine art area, but they will also fit easily into my stock portfolio.

  3. Oh. Very cool. Is stock something that's an option these days for someone who is not established in that area? What are the viable/friendly agencies?

  4. These shots are edited any way or straight from camera?

  5. Some of them had very minor editing, usually when I wanted to do a slight color shift for effect or add a bit more contrast or lighten the exposure. Most had no editing at all.