Fuji XPRO 1 Review

CameraFuji XPRO-1 is a versatile compact DSLR Camera a snap at (£698.00) with two free Lenses on offer till 31st March 2015.  Seeing this great deal I knew I should write a review of the camera since I purchased my own XPRO-1 a year ago. If you are looking for a good compact DSLR for travel, weddings, or even studio portraiture the XPRO-1 is a good camera to have in your bag.

Fuji XPRO 1 XF 35mm f/1.4

Fuji XPRO 1 XF 35mm f/1.4

The superb build quality and design make the X-Pro-1 the perfect camera for travel. With a strong light weigh magnesium alloy body, the camera is rugid and easy to carry. Taking the camera to New York last summer I spent one morning capturing some of the cities iconic buildings.  The XPRO’s  superb 16-megapixel sensor mimics the structure of silver halide film delivering brilliantly sharp images. Another feature, and my personal favourite is the cameras film simulation mode. Giving you the ability to adjust the look of your images, to match the attributes of Velvia, Astia and Monochrome film.

Fuji XPRO 1 XF 35mm f/1.4

Fuji XPRO 1 XF 35mm f/1.4

The XPRO-1 hybrid view finder, and classic style exposure controls; which include a top plate shutter speed dial and a traditional aperture ring, are very easy to use. They do take a bit of getting used to when you first pick up the XPRO, so its worth getting as much hands on time with the camera before you start snapping away.

Actor David Warner Fuji XPRO-1 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS XF

Actor David Warner Fuji XPRO-1 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS XF

Great for travel, but also a wonderful camera to use in the studio. Initially the XPRO-1 feels like it doesn’t belong compared to my Medium Format Mamiya. However, the camera’s amazing dynamic range and  bespoke CMOS Sensor really captures all of the detail. Using the XPRO on several portrait sittings has delivered astonishingly high quality results.

Fuji XPRO 1 XF 35mm f/1.4

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart Fuji XPRO 1 XF 35mm f/1.4

In conclusion have no regrets buying the X-Pro1, it’s a camera i’ve been waiting a long time for, an absolute joy to use and the imaging quality is nothing short of sublime. It positively encourages you take more and more pictures because it is small and light and importantly doesn’t draw attention when working in the public. It’s easy to understand why photographers around the world have fallen in love with photography once again and the excitement is real and truly justified.

 

Fuji XPRO-1 £698.00 (Calumet Photographic)

  • Purchase the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Body before 31 March 2015 and you will receive 2 free lenses.
  • XF 18mm
    XF 27mm

 

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson

Working with Politicians has always been an exciting prospect for me, and this Month Mayor Joe Anderson Sat for an Official Portrait at my Liverpool Studio. Joe being the first Executive Mayor of Liverpool I wanted to present him as a leader, bold, approachable and determined.

 

Being a History Graduate, it has always fascinated me, how historical artists such as Holbein portrayed Leaders, and I took some inspiration from the Renaissance, let me know what you think of Portraits.

Joseph 'Joe' Anderson OBE (born 24 June 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who is the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool, having been elected with 57% of the vote on 3 May 2012. He previously served as leader of Liverpool City Council from the 2010 Council election until the 2012 Mayoral election.[1] He is the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1998, the same year he was first elected as a Councillor. He is also on the board of directors at Liverpool Vision, an Economic Development Company within the city.[2] Anderson represents Liverpool City Council as a member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Joseph 'Joe' Anderson OBE (born 24 June 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who is the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool, having been elected with 57% of the vote on 3 May 2012. He previously served as leader of Liverpool City Council from the 2010 Council election until the 2012 Mayoral election.[1] He is the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1998, the same year he was first elected as a Councillor. He is also on the board of directors at Liverpool Vision, an Economic Development Company within the city.[2] Anderson represents Liverpool City Council as a member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Joseph 'Joe' Anderson OBE (born 24 June 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who is the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool, having been elected with 57% of the vote on 3 May 2012. He previously served as leader of Liverpool City Council from the 2010 Council election until the 2012 Mayoral election.[1] He is the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1998, the same year he was first elected as a Councillor. He is also on the board of directors at Liverpool Vision, an Economic Development Company within the city.[2] Anderson represents Liverpool City Council as a member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Joseph 'Joe' Anderson OBE (born 24 June 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who is the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool, having been elected with 57% of the vote on 3 May 2012. He previously served as leader of Liverpool City Council from the 2010 Council election until the 2012 Mayoral election.[1] He is the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1998, the same year he was first elected as a Councillor. He is also on the board of directors at Liverpool Vision, an Economic Development Company within the city.[2] Anderson represents Liverpool City Council as a member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Joseph 'Joe' Anderson OBE (born 24 June 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who is the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool, having been elected with 57% of the vote on 3 May 2012. He previously served as leader of Liverpool City Council from the 2010 Council election until the 2012 Mayoral election.[1] He is the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1998, the same year he was first elected as a Councillor. He is also on the board of directors at Liverpool Vision, an Economic Development Company within the city.[2] Anderson represents Liverpool City Council as a member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar

I was delighted for the new Lord Mayor Of Liverpool Gary Millar sat for a Portrait Session at the Liverpool Studio this week. I often find historical elements to Political Portraits, and Photograph them in an almost Holbein Style. I prefer Black Backdrops as they concentrate the viewers eye on the subject, and with a little lighting separation the images turned out really well.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)

 (Rory Lewis)

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Rory Lewis Photographer Corporate Headshots Liverpool & Manchester

Jessica Actress Headshots

Actors Headshots Liverpool, Manchester, LondonActress Jessica Booked an Actors Headshots Photoshoot at the Liverpool Studio this week, Jessica was in need of a new collection of Headshots to update her casting profiles on Spotlight and Casting Call Pro.

Kes & Matthew Headshots

Recently booked 2 x 30min Actor Head Shot sessions for my son and daughter with Rory in Liverpool, location was based not far from the Birkenhead Tunnel entrance, very easy to find with plenty of (pay and display) parking around.

The sessions were very relaxed, and Rory’s direction of each shot really helped get the most out of the sessions.

Rory’s communication after the sessions was absolutely exemplary, everything was delivered exactly on time and of the highest standards.

I would highly recommend using Rory should anyone require his expertise again!

Bobby

Kes & Matthew Headshots

Tony Actors Headshots

“Only the second time I have had my photos done professionally and it was definitely the best experience I have had.

Rory is very friendly and instantly a relaxing presence; we chatted the whole time. He obviously knows what he is doing and he kept the session light while maintaining professionalism and craft with his shots. Would go back without doubt.”

Tony

David Warner Actor Photoshoot ‘Northerners 2014 Exhibition’

David Warner by Cecil Beaton bromide print on white card mount, January 1965David Warner well know English Actor, on both sides of the Atlantic, has adverted a professional portrait sitting since Cecil Beaten coaxed him to it in 1965 at the Age of 24 (Picture Left). Known for playing both romantic leads and sinister or villainous characters, across a range of media, he is most famous for his roles in films such as Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Cross of Iron,The Omen, Time Bandits, Tron, Star Trek V and VI, The Lost World, Holocaust, Portrait in Evil, Titanic, and Planet of the Apes.

David Warner Actor Rory Lewis PhotographerNow 72 I wanted to capture a portrait of a more seasoned experienced Warner for my Northerners Portrait Exhibition. (Picture Right Rory Lewis David Warner Portrait) To Coax him into sitting, I wrote several letters to David’s various representing agencies both in the UK and USA; alas without a reply. Not giving up I discovered via Social Networking, David was attending at Hammer Horror Convention in London. Writing anther letter to be delivered on the day of the event, I was delighted to receive a reply a few days later, David agreed to sit for a portrait session in London. I have been a fan of Warner for many years, seeing his Cult Films and TV Appearances from childhood. Now it was my chance to direct David and create some striking Portraiture.

David Warner Actor Rory Lewis Photographer

David Warner Actor Rory Lewis Photographer

The Sitting was very memorable, David was astonishing, creating expressions and emotions that almost hold the viewer. After the Session I contacted the the National Portrait Gallery who acquired one of the images for their Permanent Collection.

David Warner Photoshoot  Rory Lewis Photographer

David Warner & Rory Lewis Photographer

£50 Liverpool Actors Headshots Feedback 10th November 2013

Todays £65 Actors Headshots Liverpool Session was a marvellous success with 14 Actors Booking Slots. It was a wonderful experience to meet such a diverse group of Actors, from old to young.

 

Liverpool has Great Acting Talent and I hope the headshots I shot will provide them with even more success. Some of the Actors have been gracious to leave feedback Via the Reviewcentre Below.

 

“Their will be TWO MORE opportunities to take advantage of the £50 Offer in Liverpool on 25th January 2014 & Manchester on 26th January 2014

 

“The Package is 30 mins headshot slot with 2 changes, 100 images and 1 retouched.”

 

If you would like a more comprehensive Actors Headshots Photoshoot please cheek out My Package that can be booked anytime of the year.

 

Reviews & Feedback

 (Rory Lewis)

Rory was a very approachable, friendly and professional photographer that immediately put my nerves at rest.

Sometimes an actor can have so many images he/she wants to achieve and it can become so stressful that it can impact on the photographs. Rory was excellent at getting the “look” just right and helping me get the most out of my ability.

I would highly recommend him.

Philip

 (Rory Lewis)

This was my first time have professional headshots taken and I found the experience really relaxing and professional experience.

Rory was friendly and considerate which put me to ease and allowed me to feel like I was doing it in the right way. I would recommend him.

Abi

 

 (Rory Lewis)

“Only the second time I have had my photos done professionally and it was definitely the best experience I have had.

Rory is very friendly and instantly a relaxing presence; we chatted the whole time. He obviously knows what he is doing and he kept the session light while maintaining professionalism and craft with his shots. Would go back without doubt.”

Tony

Kes & Matthew Actors Headshots, Rory Lewis Photographer Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds

Recently booked 2 x 30min Actor Head Shot sessions for my son and daughter with Rory in Liverpool, location was based not far from the Birkenhead Tunnel entrance, very easy to find with plenty of (pay and display) parking around.

The sessions were very relaxed, and Rory’s direction of each shot really helped get the most out of the sessions.

Rory’s communication after the sessions was absolutely exemplary, everything was delivered exactly on time and of the highest standards.

I would highly recommend using Rory should anyone require his expertise again!

 

Bobby

 

 (Rory Lewis)

“I had never done or had a photoshoot before. So naturally I was nervous. He was a person who you can easily talk to and he immediatley puts you at ease.

I wasn’t sure what to do, but he talked me through it and told me what to do in a calm and pleasant manner

Will definately use him again.”

David

‘Northerners Photography Exhibition’ October Update

Everything is now in Full Swing for the 2014 Exhibition in aid of UNICEF taking place from the 24th July to 27th July 2014 in Liverpool.

 

The exhibition will feature a collection of portraits of Northern Celebrities, Actors, Politicians and Community Leaders. I have already begun to photograph the first portraits.

 

This month, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar, and Game of Thrones Actor Steven Cole have posed for the exhibition. I have arranged sessions with the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, and Royle Family Actor Ricky Tomlinsonmany more will hopefully follow.

 

The venue for the exhibit is nearly organised and will be revealed in early 2014 and I’m looking forward to the event. Unfortunately I can’t show you any of the images from collection until July next year, but I can show you an outake from my photoshoot with Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar below.

 

If you would like to attend the exhibition private viewing 7pm 24th July 2014 you can Purchase Tickets on the Exhibition Main Page. Tickets are £15, which will include drinks, canapé’s and talk from myself about the work. All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to UNICEF.

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Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)