College Class with Fuji X Pro and Elinchrom

March 07, 2013

 

Wednesday I went to Nossi at their invitation to expose them to Mirrorless cameras.  This is Natalie Nicole, an actress and model.  She got the short straw and worked the high key set with me today.  I love the fact that her Native American heritage gave us beautiful olive flesh tones and super black hair.  The outfit was perfect to show what the Fuji X Pro 1 sensor can deliver and how easy it is to do a great lighting set up with a minimum of equipment.

Look at this detail and beautiful flesh tones.  Perfectly white teeth…it just doesn’t get much better than this!

 Here is my simple two light set up with one giant flat reflector on the opposite side.  So easy but yet so beautiful.

 

My reason for this trip was to expose the students (and faculty) to a couple of brand new thoughts.  Mirrorless cameras, they are not a passing fad.  Chances are very good that before they graduate, many of them will have transitioned into these or own at least one in their camera arsenal.

First a very sincere compliment.  Nossi has some of the finest studio facilities I’ve seen in all of Nashville!  If I ever needed to rent a large studio, this would be my only call.  The main studio is beautifully designed with a large garage door you can drive vehicles into and a huge cyc wall.  Nice sound system you can bring your own tunes if you want.  There is an extensive rail system in place to make hanging lights very simple and that is a good thing, herews why.  My next comments aren’t anything I haven’t said to the Administration many times, the most recent was during this visit.  Like so many colleges, Nossi hasn’t for whatever reason committed to buying superior quality lights.  They buy very inexpensive units because of the abuse their students  wage on them.  Not a great decision in my opinion for several reasons.  My Elinchrom lights are over 12 years old and at this point have served me very well!  Because of that I don’t consider them expensive at all, in fact just the opposite.  I offer this same information to every person that asks me about lighting equipment.  Buy quality and only buy it once.  You’ll save the aggravation and down time of repair after repair.  You will also save huge amounts of time in post processing that is necessary because of the inconsistency in output of those lights.  All the effort that goes into a shoot shouldn’t be made more painful by hours of post processing time to fix exposures that are all over the place.  Remember, the time you spend fixing exposures is time you are deducting from what you made for the job or you are typically paying someone to fix them for you.  Either way, great lights mean more money in the bank and the ability to spend time doing what you enjoy doing…shooting!

 

 


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