The Superpower of the Fujifilm X100V

Tyler with Fan - Blanco, Texas

Tyler with Fan – Blanco, Texas

We are back with Tyler again with an outfit change and now sporting a black fan instead of a white one. We’re also on a covered 2nd-floor porch for a dramatic main street view of the old west town.

I created all my portraits with the Fuji GF 50S II with one exception — the subject of this post. In addition to giving a wide-angle perspective, the Fujifilm X100V has a superpower. One not often discussed, but I consider a unique feature of this camera (and all five versions of the X100 series). With its leaf shutter, it can sync flash at very high speeds. Thus, I used the X100V’s built-in flash at 1/2000th of a second.

I set the camera to a negative 2 3/4 exposure compensation, thus optimally exposing for the bright background, and I used the flash to brighten Tyler. The result is a well-exposed picture of the model and the old west town, something a regular camera can’t do. You’ll need an expensive external lighting setup to do this with other cameras, including the significantly more pricy Fuji GFX 50S II. Finally, I used minimal post-processing to add color and a little pop. Notice too how well the flash blends with the ambient light.

Tyler with Fan - Blanco, Texas

As a bonus, I also made a portrait with the GFX 50S II. With the long GF100mm lens, it gives a different perspective. Instead of including the background details, which would’ve been challenging, I opted to brighten it, creating an isolated portrait instead of an environmental one.

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