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WYSIWYG with Fuji

I have been contacted by a Photographer enthusiast who has been reading my articles about wedding photography tips, also my thoughts on the Fuji X range of mirrorless cameras and using the Xpro2 and X-T2 at weddings.

The enthusiast was particularly interested in my settings and how good the WYSIWYG when using the EVF and how good is the camera for backlit photos?

This question brought to mind that I should write a short article about how I use the Xpro2 as a wedding photographer.

Backlight with Fuji xpro2

I have mentioned many times through my personal blogs about my style of wedding photography however for those of you who haven't read any of my blogs before, i'll try and give you a little information about me.

I initially started my journey shadowing my Uncle who was a well known wedding Photographer in London in the 60s/70s, his skill and passion for photography was passed onto me, just as any photographer, I eventually took to my own style, which is very much reportage, I personally feel that real passionate photographers, in some way transmit their passion onto the sensor, I really do believe that somehow the desire of the photographer impacts on the finished image, I’m not talking about the technical skills but purely the feelings that the photographer had just before the shutter was released.

Bride Backlight

One tip I have never forgotten was something my uncle told me when I was about 15yrs of age and this was…’when you notice something you that you wish to capture through film, just before you take the photo, look and remember what first drew you to the object or scene’ obviously we're not talking about something that happens in an instant, but something you have time to give thought too.

I love portrait photography, and maybe one extra tip I could mention here, is, look at your subject, look into their eyes, capture their soul within the image, the real personality, never just view them through the lens, I find this really helps.

Bridal image

I have had it said many times, that my images have really caught the individual's personality like no one before.

Ok, let me try and give you a brief piece of information with regards to my settings.

I don't have any custom settings on the camera, I know several photographers have different custom settings to cover different situations but I never like switching and messing with settings on the camera, I feel the shot is more important.

Bride looking down
  1. I keep the ISO on auto.

  2. Dynamic range auto

  3. Noise set to the lowest setting -3

  4. Sharpness - default

  5. Shadow - default

  6. Image quality F + RAW

  7. RAW recording - Uncompressed as I use Capture One

  8. Film - Standard

  9. White Balance - Auto

  10. Highlight, Colour and Shadow tone - default

  11. AF - Single point

  12. Number of focus points 91

  13. AF illuminator on

Bride and groom backlight

I generally keep metering to spot as I love to be able to set the exposure compensation on skin tones which provide me personally with a great exposure.

When I’m in a situation where the light is steady, i’ll take one image and then set the camera to Manual and fix those settings on the camera, it works well for me.

I love the tracking on the Xpro2 now and therefor for tracking shots, i’ll set the camera to C/Zone/Drive.

In very bright situations, I will also set the Shutter to M-E as i love to shoot as open as possible especially for the romantic images.

Bride and Groom walking

So how good is the Xpro2 for capturing those incredible backlit photos, and how do I set the camera in order to have full control over the shot?

Spot metering works really well for blowing the highlights however I do have another little trick that I use, some may think this is crazy as it seems quite unconventional but I used the same tactic when filming.

Groom holding Bride

I set the ISO, appropriate for the light, so let's say for this illustration, it's a sunny autumnal day where the sun is low in the sky and I want that beautiful low sun captured behind the Wedding couple.

ISO 400 - Shutter speed 250 and then I use the aperture as a way of controlling the light, this provides me the option to open or close down the lens depending on the shot I want to create, yes, you do need to set a middle ground here depending on light but this works great for me and helps me produce those wonderful images.

The WYSIWYG works a treat for these or to be honest any photos, no more take a photo, check the image, adjust and then take again, as the term clearly states, What You See Is What You Get when shooting with mirrorless Fuji cameras.

Why not give it a try, I have as always added images from a recent wedding I photographed in Bath just a couple of weeks ago.

Bride in sunshine

Photography is a Journey, take it with Fuji - Michael Gane - thefxworks

Backlit Bride

Thanks for reading - Michael Gane