OneLight (Part 1)

As part of my apprenticeship in The Arcanum I've been watching Zach Arias's OneLight (v2) workshop videos and then trying out many of the lighting ideas. So far I've been doing this practical part by making self portraits. Making self portraits has added some more complication to the process of learning to light, but since I haven't yet found any volunteers to sit for me, it seems worth the effort. I'm about half way through the videos, so it seems like a good time to show some of the results. I shot all of these photos using my Fujifilm X100T and one or two LumoPro 160 flashes.

60" bounce umbrella

60" bounce umbrella

24x24" soft box

24x24" soft box

Gridded flash

Gridded flash

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash pointed at the background

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash pointed at the background


60" bounce umbrella, partially closed

60" bounce umbrella, partially closed

28x28" soft box

28x28" soft box

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash to provide fill and rim light on the left side of my head

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash to provide fill and rim light on the left side of my head

Classic Chrome on the Street

As I mentioned in my last post, I like the look of my Fuji X100T's Classic Chrome emulation. In fact I like it enough that for a recent photo walk, I set up the camera to shoot Classic Chrome JPEGs and then left it there for the entire walk. For me, that's saying something.

As I've been doing of late, I went downtown early one Sunday morning. I like going on Sundays because parking is free, and I don't have to worry about returning before the meter runs out. I didn't really have a plan as to where I was going to go, so I just explored some new areas and shot wherever the mood struck. One other thing I did differently than usual was to bring a tripod so that I could shoot self portraits (NOT selfies!).

So here are a bunch of Classic Chrome photos, some just of architecture and/or trash, some self-portraits, and maybe even some of people (I don't remember, so I will be just as surprised as you as to what I find to post). I'll just keep adding until either I run out of photos that I like, I run out of time (it's almost 9 PM as I write this), or I get bored.

So the question in my mind is "Do I want to continue shooting in Classic Chrome mode?" I've set my X100T back to Black and White JPEG mode, and I feel happier when I chimp my images, so maybe I'll just stick with that. But still there's something about Classic Chrome that I like. I'm not sure what it is. So I don't know the answer. We'll just have to wait and see.