Shooting LFW for Clara Sein with the Fuji X-T1
Firstly thank you to Clara – Thank you for having me come down to London again to hang out and cover LFW, always great to meet up !
Check out Clara’s fashion blog here – http://www.thequintessence.co.uk/
During the day we shot some outfits on the streets of London then headed to the Burberry SS 16 show in Kensington.
This was second time I had gone down to London to cover LFW souly with the Fuji System and the first time shooting catwalk shows since the Fuji firmware updates – and wow, what a difference it makes!
Most the day I was shooting moving subjects, but only tracking one element in the image, shooting the Burbury catwalk show as a bit different as I was asking the camera to track one element in the frame while panning and with other moving elements in the frame, I was very surprised how well it coped with this. I was super lucky to get a great place to shoot direct across from Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. Burbury always like to impress and this year was no exception, Alison Moyet sung beautifully with a 32-piece orchestra tastefully dressed in Burberry too as the SS16 collection was worn to thousands of people. Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch all enjoyed the show. See if you can spot them all !
You can tell by this image, most people shooting catwalks are doing so on DSLR’s and all for very valid reasons + check out the Arri Alexa’s that Getty were using to film the show.
As I started to put this blog together it never intended t be a CSC v’s DSLR review.. but here goes a few things.
The downsides of using the X-T1 for this type of work, after the recent update, is still the burst speed and for many people the lack of TTL. The overall rounded usability of the DSLR system is still more progressed along the lines. In the morning when I set out to London I didn’t know what I was shooting. I got on the train with the X-T1 & X-Pro with the 16-55mm, 50-140mm & 56mm very confident that anything I was tasked to do, the cameras would do get me thought the day with a happy client at the end.
During the 7 hours of shooting, I went though 3 batteries, however I was using the WiFi functions, the long lens with the stabilizing motors working most of the day with lots if image review. These things will wear down the battery quicker. If I was using the D800 I would not of needed more than one battery, but I would not of been able to do the WiFi direct from camera…
During the day, I was shooting Jpeg & Raw to a 280mbs card, but during the catwalk I did hit the buffer limit a few times in the camera. Shooting Jepg I guess was an option, as the jegs are pretty stunning out of camera. Shooting jepg also gave me the chance to send images direct to Clara so she could Instagram the & share the images ‘on the fly’ during the day.
At the moment, for me at least the way the system is working out, I am very happy and continuing to grow in confidence. Last year, the camera did struggle with getting super tack sharp images from moving subjects – after the update – this was vastly different, it was like shooting with a different lens and camera.
At the end of the day, it is worth saying, with the new firmware updates, the new glass, the ever improving line up, the Fuji system is becoming more and more usable as a working tool across many demanding conditions.
As an interesting note, from last year when I was the only person aside David Beckham to have a Fuji camera at the show, there were far more Fuji cameras & also, I was not the only photographer shooting with Fuji as a work tool that day.