Damien Lovegrove

Acros film simulation with the Fuji X-Pro2 | Damien Lovegrove

Here are 42 photographs taken from a recent bridal collection shoot. I’ve shared them to show how I process my monochrome images using the new Acros film simulation from Fujifilm. Please feel free to read or just browse the pictures for ideas and inspiration. I shot in RAW and used the Pro Neg S film simulation with H tone set to -1, S tone set to -1, Sharpness set to -2, Noise reduction set to -3 and the White balance set to K and carefully adjusted for each set up. The White balance is the only element that gets transferred to the RAW processing engine however the other factors give me the perfect image on the camera LCD to enable me to set the lighting contrast and exposure…..

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Venice Carnival | Damien Lovegrove

Here are 62 wonderfully inspiring pictures of the Venice Carnival by Damien Lovegrove taken with the Fuji X-Pro2 on the FujiLove 2016 workshop.
 
The Venice carnival is a hugely popular photographic subject among professionals and amateur photographers alike. Our eleven workshop attendees, from around the world, were of all technical ability levels from absolute beginner to very advanced. I had just one day with a professional unmasked model to get the group up to speed with off camera flash ahead of our first early morning shoot with the carnival models……..

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Fuji X-Pro2 review with 20 high res sample images | Damien Lovegrove

For some months now I’ve been testing the Fuji X-Pro2. I am 1 of 100 photographers around the world commissioned to take a photograph on Fujifilm’s latest X series camera for an exhibition in Tokyo. As well as shoot for the exhibition I took the opportunity to put this camera through it’s paces and here are my findings after 2000 frames of usage. I will spare you the obligatory list of specifications as the interweb will be be full of them by now. Instead I’ve decided to share a selection of portraits from my latest shoots taken in the studio and on location. Sometimes my choice of settings could have been better but these shots are regular ‘run of the mill’ type samples. These are all in camera jpegs with the camera settings defining the look. As Lightroom doesn’t recognise the RAF files yet I decided to just use jpegs rather than use a Beta version of Silkypix. I’ve not assigned any noise reduction in Lightroom and left the NR camera setting at -4. I love a bit of grain anyway and at least you can see the detail accurately. Some shots have had a tweak or two including a bit of cropping and straightening but generally I got the look you see here in camera using the white balance, film simulation and tone controls as required. Ctrl click or right click any of the numbered images and select ‘open linked file’ in a new tab to access a full resolution version of the shot……..

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Fuji XF90mm f/2 or the Fuji XF50-140mm zoom? | Damien Lovegrove

A question I’m often asked by delegates, blog readers and Tweeters is “Should I buy the Fuji XF90mm lens?” My answer is it depends upon what you shoot and how you shoot. Let me explain… If you use a tripod to shoot landscapes then the 90mm is perfect, If you live in California where the sun always shines and you like to shoot hand held portraits out in the open then yes get the 90mm. The 90mm lens is tack sharp, lightweight and has good contrast. If however you like to shoot interior portraits hand held, shoot hand held with flash or work in shady places then the Fuji XF50-140mm lens is the one for you. It is no surprise that the 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses in the SLR world are the preferred choice of most portrait and wedding professionals and the 50-140mm f/2.8 delivers that combination of excellent quality and convenience to Fuji X users……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90mm F2.0

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72 hours in Rome | Damien Lovegrove

I recently read two tips on how to become a successful travel blogger. The first one said “Be unique, have a different approach.” That sounds like good advice but being unique is not always an easy thing to do and the other nugget of advice said “Always have a human element in your pictures.” Yet again it’s good advice, people like something or someone to relate to. So I decided to apply the first bit of advice to the second and remove the human element altogether. That way I’m pretty sure I’ll have a unique edge. After all, I’ve spent my life photographing people and in doing so I’ve developed a habit of putting the background out of focus so I decided to just concentrate on the bits that I usually leave out……

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Fujifilm X-T10

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Fuji X-T10 – A mini marvel – My first 80 portraits | Damien Lovegrove

My first workshops in France for over 10 years got off to an amazing start. The Fuji X-T10 arrived the day before we left and that gave me the time needed to set it up just how I wanted (or so I thought). I’d spent a couple of hours working out how I was going to set the ISO without a top plate dial and how I was going to trim my exposure to 1/3 stop increments. I thought I had it sussed then I started shooting for real in France. It was only when I had shot with the big zoom, the small primes, in the dark and with flash that I had gathered enough experience to make the final changes to my X-T10 set up. All will be revealed below. Every shot I took in France was with the X-T10 camera (in silver)…….

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Fujifilm X-T10

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A guide to perfect panoramas using nodal shift | Damien Lovegrove

By using the latest software like Lightroom 6 (cc) with built in RAW photo merge we can create stunning multi image panoramas. No matter how good the software is it needs great source images to work with. Here is my guide to making great panoramic photographs using Nodal shift. In days of old, roll film cameras with panoramic proportions 6×17 or even 5″x4″ cameras were used to create negatives large enough to make immensely detailed prints for display. Nowadays we can use carefully shot multiple exposures of a scene taken on a small easy to carry camera and stitch them together however there are problems to overcome. When you shoot multiframe or sweep panoramas with the camera panned on a standard tripod the side swipe of the lens introduces parallax errors at the image join points. The post production software tries to fudge these irregularities and often delivers panoramas that look great at a distance but suffer at the detail level where the individual frames join. It doesn’t have to be this way because with the rotation of the camera around the nodal point of the lens such distortions are completely eradicated leaving perfect joins. This even works for the panoramas created in camera with the panorama function……..

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Fuji X-T1 settings | Damien Lovegrove

There are several ways of shooting with digital cameras. With SLRs I used to set up my LCD to mimic a simulated final processed image. This was punchy, vibrant with deep blacks and peaky whites. The image on the back of the camera was very different from that of the real world projected on the focussing screen in the viewfinder. However I have adopted a completely different approach to setting up my viewfinder and LCD with my Fuji X system. I have established the optimum camera jpeg settings to give me a viewfinder image that shows exactly what is recorded in the raw file. The jpegs produced with my settings are somewhat flat or calm and are not always representative of my finished photograph. Anyone who has shot raw video footage will know just how it looks prior to grading. That’s what I like in my stills camera too as it allows me to accurately assess the image exposure while I’m setting shutter speed, ISO and aperture. Here are my settings and why I’ve chosen them……..

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Fuji X-T1

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Zoom or Prime lenses for portraits with Fuji X? | Damien Lovegrove

This is my real world comparison between the Fujifilm XF16-55mm zoom with the XF16mm f/1.4, XF23mm f/1.4, XF35mm f/1.4 and the XF56mm f/1.2 prime lenses. I often hear statements like prime lenses are better than zoom lenses. Is that so? Let’s find out… Size matters when it comes to lenses. The larger lenses are generally easier to operate especially if you are controlling the aperture, zoom and focus. The 16-55mm lens feels just the right size and the zoom function is super smooth too. Take away the need to zoom and the size of the fast prime lenses seems right too. If you really want compactness in your lens system you can opt for the pancake primes to cover the wide end. These are the 18mm, and 27mm. Pair these up with the 35mm and 60mm and you have a sub f/2.8 prime set up. These lenses offer stellar optics but have traded a fast maximum aperture for size and weight. The apertures are still larger than the zoom so these can be a real choice if size really does matter……

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Fujifilm XF16mm lens – picture samples and first thoughts |
Damien Lovegrove

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of copies of the new Fujifilm XF16mm prime lens so far. The first was a pre production unit I picked up in Japan back in February and I later swapped it out for a newer version at The Photography Show last month in Birmingham. My latest copy has serial number 00029 from the final production run. It came boxed and is in full retail guise. I’ve shot over 1000 frames with XF16mm lenses so far and I love this lens. I’ll be linking the shots here in this blog post to their full size counterparts as soon as I’m allowed to do so. The full res images sparkle with clarity and will delight the pixel peepers among you. My idea of lens evaluation doesn’t dwell on the microscopic but uses a more holistic approach. I choose a lens because of the way it translates the three dimensional world into a two dimensional image. The overall look and feel of the images a lens captures are of utmost importance. I love to print my work too and the process of producing prints is the most telling step in image quality evaluation……

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Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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