Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Jason Mayers! Using his Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF 35mm f2 WR he captured this photos of his Dad and Milo.
Like most, I took an interest in photography early on during high school after taking a few darkroom courses and mostly photographing friends. I began to feed my passion after I bought a Canon 30D to document the traveling I did with my family while we were living abroad during my time in the U.S. Air Force. Eventually, I upgraded to the Canon 6D and dived into portrait photography and spent a few months gaining experience with a few studio gigs, learning how to utilize flash in my portraiture work. About 3 years ago, I started a new chapter in my photo journey by going back to the basics and shooting most of my work completely on film after I picked up a Bronica SQ-A, which was my first medium format camera. This has allowed me to slow it down and really think before hitting the shutter and I have been able to incorporate this style of shooting into my digital work that is all done on the Fujifilm system which is my current setup.
When making portraits, I prefer to start out with small conversation to create a casual and relaxed environment by taking photos in between the interaction. By doing this, you can also come away with some pretty good candid photos with this approach compared to a staged pose.
For this shot, I used my Fujifilm X-T1 paired with the Fujinon XF 35mm f2 WR which is a great combination for candid style photos if you’re trying to go unnoticed.
Lightroom is my go-to for editing because I like the function of being able to apply any adjustments made to one photo to multiple images which eases up my workflow.