Updated: Sep 15
I recently did a portrait shoot with two fantastic models to build up our fall photos portfolio and used the Fujifilm X-T1 to do the job.
I actually (re)purchased it with a battery grip, and set of prime Viltrox lenses. I chose the 23mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.4 which would give me the full frame equivalent of 35mm and 85mm. 35mm is great for full length and environmental portraits while the 85mm gives you that classic portrait look, background blur and compression.
The XT1 is a fantastic camera and this is my second time owning it. I realized how much I love the Fuji shooting experience and they are truly the APSC crop sensor kings. They support the system really well and I really think sensor size talk is nonsense. There are so many other factors that contribute to a good photo like composition, lighting, the subject, and editing. The Fuji colors are so organic and rich that whenever there is a portrait session in my schedule I choose the Fuji system although I own a few Canon cameras as well.
As a native of Jersey City I'm very familiar with Liberty Park. I've been going to the park as long as I can remember. There are so many great locations at the park to shoot and the season changes gives you some interesting looks. I scheduled the shoots on a chilly Sunday morning and here's what we came up with.
Fall Portrait Photos with Chianny
Here are some photos with Chianny. She's a model from Connecticut. You can follow her on Instagram. Chianny on Instagram
Fall Portrait Photos with Tanisha
Here are some photos with Tanisha. She's a model from New Jersey. You can follow her on Instagram. Tanisha on Instagram
These photos came out great and I will definitely be working with them both again soon. Portrait sessions are some of my favorite types of photography to do because you get a chance to craft the looks you want and time your time do it. I love doing all types and have been fortunate to be able to have a wide range of photography styles.
The Fujifilm Shooting Experience
Fujifilm system has now moved in my camera collection as my favorite and I may now switch over from my Canon system. The buttons, dials, the lens support, battery grip, and the future of the Fuji lineup is for me. It makes you want to go out and take photos and that's the art side of photography. Also now that there is 3rd party support with manufacturers now having access to the Fuji codes it makes for a more affordable lenses and choices.
My next purchase will be a Fuji X-T3 so that will have two camera bodies for events, one with the Viltrox 23mm and the other with the Viltrox 56mm. This is a must for events you have complete coverage and redundancy with your lenses, batteries, flashes, etc.
I plan to do regular portrait sessions and blog posts to show what can be done with other camera bodies and forgotten systems. Stay tuned for a post about the Pentax Q7 which was marketed at the time as the world's smallest interchangeable lenses camera system.
My name is J. Logan. I'm a photographer and content creator from Jersey City, NJ. I'm the co-founder of JMT Photography & Media. If you're interested in learning more you can visit my website www.jmtphotographymedia.com and follow us on Instagram.