Kylee is friends with Ashley, who I featured yesterday. She also took a liking to the portraits I was experimenting with, that night in late May at Drink and Click.
Yesterday, I explained the challenges of a really shallow depth of field and getting both eyes in sharp focus. I did a better job with Kylee but I’ll talk about another challenge I had. That’s with the Fujifilm X-T10 camera itself. While this camera is new to me, it’s actually an old camera released in 2015. While the focusing system is adequate, it lags compared to the newest models. It was a fair amount of work to lock precise focus on the eye. I also had to constantly shift the focus point as the models moved their head.
For most photos, I use the center focus point and recompose. But, the recompose technique often doesn’t work with extremely shallow depth of fields. The area of sharp focus can shift when you change the composition. Having a faster and abler focusing system and a joystick to change focusing points would’ve been great. Something the newest Fuji X-T30 has. But nah, I’m not buying a new camera just yet. I want to get some solid time with this old X-T10.
The reality is that a lens like the Olympus 45mm f1.2 Pro on my PEN-F can probably make a similar portrait. The depth of field would not be as shallow but the PEN-F’s focusing system is faster. It would be interesting to try a similar portrait with Olympus if I could borrow the 45mm 1.2. Until then, I continue to explore the capabilities of my four-year-old Fuji.
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