Friday, April 25, 2014

A beauty portrait session with Fuji's 56mm f/1.2 -- one of the best portrait lenses out there

The more I use the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 lens, the more I like it. It is exceptionally sharp, even wide open. All the photos below were taken with it mounted on a Fuji X-T1. The camera/lens combo had no difficulty auto-focusing in the dim light, even with the severely back lit shots where there was no front fill.

Now that Adobe Capture Raw has the Fuji X camera profiles, it is easy to play with the variations on the RAW files to see which best suits the scene. For most of these images I used the Astia/Soft profile -- perfect for beauty portraits with deep shadows.

Another thing that amazed me about this session is how well the X-T1 color balanced each scene, even the one where I used a strong tungsten lamp. I did not apply any color correction to the images below.


Below is the studio setup for this series of images. It is lit by one 1000 watt tungsten lamp behind a scrim. The large flats cut the light down to window width. There is no front fill at all. The camera was responsible for preserving detail in the shadows.

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