Category Portrait

More from the X-Pro1 and Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 VM

The perfect, imperfect portrait lens. As a follow up to my previous post on the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5, I have been using this lens on the X-Pro1 extensively over the past week and it will be replacing my Zeiss 2/50 Planar ZM for general portrait use. As I mentioned previously there are very few […]

The New Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 VM on the X-Pro1

With Heliopan Variable ND filter I still remember the first time that I used a 50mm lens on a crop sensor body many years ago, it was the venerable Canon 50mm 1.4 on a 300D body. I suddenly realised the importance and necessity of using longer focal lengths for pictures of people. Faces looked natural, […]

Fashion, X-Pro1, Colours and Focus Peaking

I recently undertook a project which brought me closer to the high fashion and fine art side of photography, shooting a dress design for my new friend Catherine and model Holly. Although I consider it unfamiliar territory, I approached the shoot and style in the same way that I do any other portrait, with the […]

The Artwork of Warrick Wong – X-Pro1

I have always admired artists who work with materials like paint and clay, fashioning it into artistic creations reminiscent of reality or otherwise. With cameras we capture light with immediacy, exactly as it falls at a specific moment in time. Painting on the other hand relies on a process of recall and recreation which takes […]

Drama, strobes and shadow – X-Pro1

Chiaroscuro – The use of strong contrasts between light and dark. My most used light modifier in the past few months has been the Photek Softlighter II, but the soft and dreamy light that it produces has a certain quality and characteristic that makes it inappropriate for a certain type of lighting that I also […]

Back To Basics – X-Pro1

I met Jess very recently, the singer in a band that I photographed a few weeks ago. I was doing some individual photos for band promotional material which took very little time to complete, so I offered to take some additional photographs just for her. It was a good opportunity to really push my SB-900 […]

The Photek Softlighter II – Dream lighting for photographing people with flash

I have a new secret weapon. Using this thing is almost like cheating. I found out about the Photek Softlighter II from David Hobby’s Strobist.com blog, and after seeing a video of Annie Leibovitz using a single Photek to light a shoot with Keith Richards (it is an old video from 2009 but still available […]