This was actually my first time attending Professional Imaging. I was super excited and a little nervous because I did something that I never, ever do or recommend, but i had to do it, I will tell you what i did soon. Professional Imaging reminded me of a smaller Dutch Photokina, this was also my first time presenting at the show at the LIVE THEATER once a day for all three days of the show. The Live theater is usually allot of fun and always a rewarding experience, I had one hour to talk about Fashion and Beauty photography with a big focus on lighting, I had a gorgeous model to work with ROSA and Nadine was amazing doing make up and styling for all three days of the presentation. SoI changed things up instead of shooting with my XT-2 OR XT-1 cameras I had shot LIVE with before , I was given the opportunity by FUJIFILM Netherlands to test and shoot with a working FUJIFILM GFX 50S. The only other time I had the FUJIFILM GFX 50S was during 3 minutes at PhotoKina and it wasn’t a working prototype. Obviously I said yes, but for my first presentation I had about 3 minutes to really go over the cameras menus.
|A detail photo of the 3.2 inches, 2.36M-dot LCD monitor of the new FUJIFILM GFX 50S|
|Eaguer photographic minds watching carfuly for the next piece of information that will help them jump start their carreer to the next level|
|I conected the FUJIFILM GFX 50S to my laptop which has two Sandisk SSD, that use to better process the images, using Tether Tools gear.|
On day two our stylist nadine created a outrageous rose dress and an amazing peacock feather and red rose headpiece and a giant red ribbon altho the second days look was beautiful executed and liked amazing if definitely had its challenges to light.
|Me shooting Rosa with the new FUJIFILM GFX 50S mounted on a 3 Legged Thing “Albert”|
To light this creation I started with a Profoto D1 with a beauty dish as key light at a 45 degree angle to take advantage of the beauty dish sweet spot. Later I added two rim lights with a Softbox RFI 1×3 each to make the creation pop.
For those who are not familiar with the concept of tethering, it is when you connect your camera to your computer via cable. With this method you can either control your camera through your computer wich is very handy if you are shooting tabletop photography and you have your camera in a complicated position or you can shoot normally via camera viewfinder and have the advantage of having your computer or laptop as a screen giving your clients and team the opportunity of viewing your photos in real time. For this presentation I used the camera on live view and connected to my laptop which was also connected to two large projectors on a live view stage so that attendees could see every light change and every effect live. For this I used a Teather Tools TetherPro USB 2.0 Mini-B 5-Pin Cable.
On the last day I was surprised at the amount of attendees who were eager and ready to listen to my presentation at 10 AM. Nadine and Rosa, my creative Stylist and beautiful model made another gorgeous collaboration with some big and funky hair that this time had more focus and impact. For this I had to use more lights to make the look pop.
|All the light I used during the three days was gracelessly loaned to us by Profoto|