Photography News Issue 46

Photography News | Issue 46 | absolutephoto.com

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The Fujifilmcameras used

Each scenario came with four cameras, so there was no time wasted with camera sharing. Also, while the clubs had an earlier chance to get hands-on with each camera, a Fujifilm product expert was available to lend technical support and guidance. Cameras were set to shoot Raw and JPEG.

Scenario1: Character portrait Cameraused: FujifilmGFX50S The medium-format GFX 50S is a camera for location and studio shooting, but in this situation our photographers got to use it indoors with either natural, flash or continuous light with our model Ady. Cameraused: FujifilmX-Pro2 A vintage Riley andmodel Nicky Philips was an outdoor fashion shoot opportunity with natural light, with reflectors provided tomodify what was available. The X-Pro2 and a choice of various prime lenses was the camera dedicated to this scenario. Scenario3: TheDepot Cameraused: FujifilmX100F The X100F is a highly featured Scenario2: Outdoor car fashion shoot

premium compact, and with its fixed 23mm lens (35mm equivalent in the 35mm format) it was ideal for exploring the Depot’s varied architecture, whether general views or interesting details. Scenario4: TheBooksmith Cameraused: FujifilmX-T20 The Booksmith’s photogenic, well-lit interior gave our photographers plenty of chance to flex their creativity with close-up details, with supplied 60mmmacro lenses. Scenario5: Aerial artist Cameraused: FujifilmX-T2 In this set-up withmodel EmTheresa, lighting was studio flash and the X-T2 – with the option of various zoom lenses including the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 and 50-140mm f/2.8 – provided plenty of compositional variety.

X-T2

X-PRO2

X-T20

GFX 50S

X100F

Dorchester Camera Club dorchestercameraclub.co.uk Number of members: 114

Why join? We are an active and successful photography club, with regular competitions, workshops and informal interest groups, plus talks from renowned guest speakers

Stephen Jones External competitions secretary

The CCOTYevent was a great challenge andwe approached it with trepidation. Once started, we concentrated on the immediate scenario and were too busy enjoying the moment to think ahead. It was good fun and encouraged quick assessment and decision making – quickly adapting to getting a good image in just a handful of shots and having the discipline and confidence to go with the best. We emerged with a sense of relief that we’d completed each scenario with a set of four images. A photographic ‘bake-off’ sorted out the finalists and produced a worthy winner. For us, the challenge was post-processing the images. There was little time to spare so technical hitches had to be dealt with swiftly and workarounds found. Working with unfamiliar cameras and changing cameras for each scenario also put us to the test. The final scenarios fitted well with the facilities available at the Depot and there was a good variety of subject (although three model shoots played more to the strengths of portrait photographers). Studio lighting and portraiture was completely out of the comfort zone for one of our team, but he surprised himself by gaining a great set of scores for his aerialist image. The scenarios were designed to be challenges, after all, and it was a great experience that we all enjoyed. We enjoyed the five cameras, too, and managed to get some very good images despite the short time we had available. The controls are similar between the models and were very

Dorchester CC came second overall and performed especially well scoring highly with scenarios 1 (male character) and 5 (aerial artist). In fact, Dorchester top scored in scenario 1 with one member scoring a perfect 20 for this picture shown above – one of the very, very fewmaximums awarded by our panel of judges.

familiar to one member of our team who uses Fujifilm cameras. Overall, we quickly adapted to the different cameras and, in the end, we eachhada favourite we would be happy to use.

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