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Outdoor portrait photoshoot

Behind-the-scenes feat. Charline Poncin


Just a little behind-the-scenes video of a recent outdoor portrait photoshoot. If I am totally honest, this will take us a few weeks back, when it was still a bit warm out in the streets of Toulouse. It was my first photoshoot with the GFX100II, if you don’t count my first hands on the camera during the Salon de la photo in Paris.



Charline joined me on this one, we worked together a few times before but never made an outdoor photoshoot. The Fujifilm GFX100II was accompanied by the GF55mm f/1.7 lens, and the GF110mm f/2. I brought the GODOX AD300 pro, a small light modifier, and a light stand just in case, that I ended up using for most of the session. The GF80mm f/1.7 was also in the bag, but I didn’t use it on this one. 


Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 55mm f/1.7 R WR

1/500sec f/1.7 ISO 80




The reason behind this photoshoot is simple. I wanted to show how I would typically handle a simple straightforward outdoor portrait session. You may recognize the location, I’ve worked there already with another model...


The main differences between the two are of course the camera and lenses, my photoshoot with Emma was an excuse to test the Sirui Sniper lenses with the XH2s. A few days later I thought to myself, how would I do this if these images weren't for the web? This is how...


Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 55mm f/1.7 R WR

1/800sec f/2 ISO 80



Camera right, or camera left my AD300 pro was almost always placed in a 90° angle on the side. The balance is up to you, my background is often very slightly underexposed. I do not own the GF110mm f/2 lens, I only had it for a couple of days. But it's always a pleasure to have it in my bag, I say it every time, it's one of my favorite lenses for portraits.


Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/250sec f/2 ISO 80



So why did I bring a flash this time? For control... The weather changed constantly, from partially cloudy to cloudy, and I wanted to work on specific streets that don't always work depending on the light. If you go back to my session with Emma, you will see the difference. We have an overall "flatter look", and that's usually what I am trying to avoid.

Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/250sec f/2 ISO 80



I also love how those textures on the walls pop more with the flash. With a light much more directional and an underexposed background, Charline stands out more and the image overall has more depth.

Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/250sec f/2 ISO 80



I will do a proper review of the GFX100II, I am currently testing the video capabilities of the camera. I am sending it back this next weekend, so the review will probably be out after Christmas. The GF55mm f/1.7 was a nice surprise for me, I didn't expect anything from it, as the focal length wasn't one I was looking for. But this 2nd time working with confirmed my first impressions... I love it!


The GF55mm f/1.7 was the "Surprise" lens I couldn't talk about back in April. Now you know which lens I used for both of these sessions:



Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 55mm f/1.7 R WR

1/160sec f/2 ISO 125



I mainly used Eye detection for these portraits, and Fujifilm did make some major improvements to the GFX100II. Walking sideways or towards the camera, it nailed almost every shot. It's always nice to be able to trust your camera to get the shot... I will elaborate more on that, in my review.


Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 55mm f/1.7 R WR

1/400sec f/2 ISO 200



If you wonder how these images were retouched, you should watch my video about EVOTO, the AI software I used the past couple of months, that helped me speed up my retouching process…


3 short dance videos are coming out this week, a few blog posts too so stick around!


Charline Poncin (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/160sec f/2 ISO 80



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