Fujifilm X-Photographers are Coming to Prague WORKSHOP


Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague WORKSHOP

There is no better way to start the new year then traveling, I am very fortunate that my start of 2018 was with an awesome trip to the gorgeous city of Prague to present my Beauty Is In The Light workshop at the Fujifilm X-Photographers Are Coming to Prague event.

One of the final photos of my Beauty is in the Light workshop at the Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague event.
One of the final photos of my Beauty is in the Light workshop at the Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague event.
Another final photo of this workshop, this with a wet-plate look. If you want to know how this look was achieved, you can check my tutorial here.
Another final photo of this workshop, this with a wet-plate look. If you want to know how this look was achieved, you can check my tutorial here.
A very candid portrait I got at the other set I created at the workshop.
A very candid portrait I got at the other set I created at the workshop.
Last month I was invited by FujiFilm Czech to present my Beauty Is In The Light Seminar and Workshop as part of the Fujifilm X-Photographers Are Coming to Prague event at the Czech Photo Centre. I have also exhibited with five of my images as part of the Fujifilm X-Photographers Come to Prague exhibition that took place last December. You can check how great it was here.
My trip selfie in front of the Charles Bridge, one of the most iconic sites of Prague.
My trip selfie in front of the Charles Bridge, one of the most iconic sites of Prague.
Show window of the Czech Photo Centre, displaying one of my photos of a portrait of the artist Louise L'Amour.
Show window of the Czech Photo Centre, displaying one of my photos of a portrait of the artist Louise L’Amour.
I love sharing knowledge because I feel it is the only way to really repay those who have taught me so much over the years. I conducted the workshop to a small group of 8 professional photographers. This workshop was intended to not only inform and educate, but most of all to inspire.
Some of the topics I covered is working with models and clients and proper photographic etiquette in doing so.
Snapshot of me presenting my Beauty is in the Light seminar at the Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague event. The image on the screen is from an advertising campaign I created for Sandisk.
Snapshot of me presenting my Beauty is in the Light seminar at the Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague event. The image on the screen is from an advertising campaign I created for Sandisk.

A sneak peek of how my workshop looked

I dedicate a huge part of my Beauty Is In The Light Workshop to light modifiers, and controlling and seeing light. I also talked about working with a team of makeup and hair stylist and how the creative process happens. We discussed creating mood boards and finding inspiration.
We worked with a gorgeous local model Teresa and super creative MUA  Lucka CHYTRA.

The gorgeous model Teresa and the amazing MUA … who collaborated with me in this workshop.
The gorgeous model Teresa and the amazing MUA Lucka CHYTRA … who collaborated with me in this workshop.

For this workshop I created two primary looks. One was soft and natural, focusing on fresh looking skin and soft eyes and lips. I also used a flower crown to help create the mood.

Taking care of lighting while the MUA does some retouching on the model's make-up. For me, it is essential to use the modeling light of my SMDVs flash heads to predict how the shadows and the highlights will be cast on the models face.
Taking care of lighting while the MUA does some retouching on the model’s make-up. For me, it is essential to use the modeling light of my SMDVs flash heads to predict how the shadows and the highlights will be cast on the models face.
The second look was a little more intense, however the model let her hair down and the attendees had fun giving movement to her hair.

A little behind the scenes from the second look I created at the workshop.
A little behind the scenes from the second look I created at the workshop.
 I used multiple light setups, however for the images I like the most I use an SMDV Beauty Dish with and without a honeycomb grid.

View of one of the two sets that I shot in the Beauty is in the Light workshop at Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague event.

I shot tethered using TetherTools TetherPro USB 3.0 to Micro-B cable attached to my GFX50s and Adobe Lightroom with the dedicated Fujifilm plugin. It’s a plug-and-play process, so I just need to my Fujifilm GFX 50S to my laptop with the TetherTools cable, turn on Adobe Lightroom, and wait a few seconds. It’s that simple!
Shooting tethered with TetherTools TetherPro USB 3.0 to Micro-B cable to a multiple screen system.
Shooting tethered with TetherTools TetherPro USB 3.0 to Micro-B cable to a multiple screen system.
My Fujifilm GFX 50S works like a charm when tethered with a TetherTools TetherPro USB 3.0 to Micro-B cable.
My Fujifilm GFX 50S works like a charm when tethered with a TetherTools TetherPro USB 3.0 to Micro-B cable.

And here is a short video of my workshop and seminar, done by the Fujifilm Czech team.

Shrinking my kit with Fujifilm Camera Systems

 I like to use complex lighting usually with multiple lights during my shoots and workshops,  I have been a long time user of medium-format camera systems. So I have grown quite used to traveling and lugging around tons of gear and equipment in very large suitcases.
For this workshop I took my three Fujifilm cameras systems: Fujifilm GFX 50S with two lenses, Fujifilm X-T2 with 5 lenses, and Fujifilm X100F. I also took two SMDV 360 flash heads with a beauty dish, a tele reflector, and an octogonal softbox.
This was my first trip with my new Fujifilm GFX 50S camera system. I was looking forward and expected that my kit would be half the size.
When I finished all my packaging for the trip, all the equipment for the workshop fitted into three carry-on ThinkTank bags! I took with me a ThinkTank Airport Advantage Rolling Camera Bag, a ThinkTank Perception Pro Backpack, and a ThinkTank Retrospective Leather 5 Shoulder Bag.
In the past, just my Hasselblad kit would easily occupy the same space where I can now fit my three Fujifilm camera systems. Once again, I couldn’t be happier with my Fujifilm GFX 50S!
My luggage for this trip to Prague. Thanks to the incredibly compact size of the Fujifilm camera systems, I could fit all my gear for the Beauty is in the Light workshop at Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague into these three deck-sized bags: a ThinkTank Airport Advantage Rolling Camera Bag, a ThinkTank Perception Pro Backpack, and a ThinkTank Retrospective Leather 5 Shoulder Bag.
My luggage for this trip to Prague. Thanks to the incredibly compact size of the Fujifilm camera systems, I could fit all my gear for the Beauty is in the Light workshop at Fuji X-Photographers are Coming to Prague into these three deck-sized bags: a ThinkTank Airport Advantage Rolling Camera Bag, a ThinkTank Perception Pro Backpack, and a ThinkTank Retrospective Leather 5 Shoulder Bag.

Back to the studio, time to put our hands on post-processing

Getting the shot on camera is only part of the process of achieving the perfect photograph. The images I got from this workshop are perfect to illustrate the workflow for post-processing beauty photos. So are you in the mood for a post-processing tutorial? Make sure you follow the next posts here on my blog Beauty is in the Light!

Gear list

Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Camera

Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR Medium Format Lens G-Mount GFX

3 Legged Thing Albert Tripod

2 x SMDV 360BRIHT flash head

SMDV Standard Reflector BR-120

SMDV BR-40 Snoot with grid adapter

SMDV SpeedBox-A80 octogonal softbox
SMDV BR-300W Beauty Dish
SMDV BR-170 Tele Reflector

TetherTools TetherPro USB Cable 3.0

ThinkTank Airport Advantage Rolling Camera Bag

ThinkTank Perception Pro Backpack

ThinkTank Retrospective Leather 5 Shoulder Bag

MacBook Pro 13inches


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