Fuji are great at upgrading the functionality of their X System Cameras and each update is eagerly anticipated.
I have been shooting with continuous light for the last couple of months and my shoot yesterday required flash for the particular effect I was planning for. So before my model arrived the lights were set up and everything was ready to go. A quick check whilst she was getting changed and I noticed my viewfinder was going black after every depress of the shutter.
I was on manual and everything was pitch black. Useless for recomposing or capturing my model at the decisive moment. I switched from XPro1 to XE1 in case I had done something daft. Even more failure as XE1 doesn’t have optical viewfinder. I was beginning to feel twitchy and couldn’t work out why this was happening to me.
So a quick switch back to continuous lighting and the shoot turned out OK in the end. Today however’ my shoot was dynamic and fast moving and I really needed to freeze action so back to flash. I didn’t sleep properly trying to work out what was going wrong. Before leaving home for the studio I relented and put the Nikon kit in the car which has lain dormant for about six months now.
On arrival at the studio, as a last resort I phoned my friend Ed Burrows and asked him. Ed being brilliant at most stuff explained my issue instantly and saved the shoot and my probably sanity too. Apparently a new firmware feature that passed me by was the introduction of viewing exactly as the shot would be recorded.
Here are a few shots from the shoot.
I managed to remain relatively calm and composed so not to spook Brogan and am relatively happy with the results overall.