For my second Drink and Click portrait of this mini-series, here is Todd again, after making an appearance back in July 2019. Take a look at that portrait, it’s perhaps a bit polarizing and very different from today’s.
I mentioned yesterday that there are technical differences to these portraits, compared to the black and whites I did in the past. First, and foremost, I used the Fujifilm X-T10 instead of my Olympus PEN-F. The different capabilities of the cameras dictated other changes. With the Olympus, with the best image stabilization in the business, I would often use available light with a slow shutter speed. That won’t work for my Fuji setup, lacking any kind of image stabilization.
Instead, I used a supplemental hand-held LED light to add more illumination so that I could shoot at a higher shutter speed. While I would shoot down to a 1/20 of a second with the Olympus, here I used 1/100. Holding the light in my left hand and the camera in my right, it was a bit of a clumsy dance to light, frame, and make this portrait. I also used the same technique for yesterday’s portrait of Natalia.
Do the changes in lighting and camera make a difference? Maybe a little, though I’m not sure if the average person will notice them at these picture sizes. The Fuji portraits are sharper with better lit faces, while the Olympus ones are softer and moodier. I haven’t experimented enough to know what I like better.
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