I’ve been using the Fujifilm X-Series of cameras to shoot professionally since 2011.

It’s true to say that the first incarnation of the Fuji X100 was a little raw around the edges.  I still love, and use that camera, and with a few firmware updates it became a firm part of my camera bag.

The X-Pro1 and, later, the X100S was my catalyst to ditch the DSLR equipment and move full time to the embryonic mirror-less system.  I’ve never looked back.

This article is going to form the basis of a series of articles looking at shooting weddings, professionally, with the Fuji system.

My style of shooting weddings is as a documentary wedding photography and I think the move away from large DSLRs has enhanced my ability to get in closer, get more emotive images and generally enjoy shooting more.

This article is going to showcase two Photofilms.  Both films were shot in April this year and the gear used, without exceptions are:

  • One Fuji X100T with the Winde Angle Converter
  • One Fuji X-T1 with the XF 56mm F1.2 Lens
  • One Fuji X-T1 with the XF 23mm F1.2 Lens

No flash or supplemental lighting is used.  No DSLRs or Zoom lenses.

The reason I mention the last point is because I am constantly getting messages from people, and see stuff on Social Media, where they mention they have “shot the wedding almost exclusively with Fuji”.

The almost exclusively indicates to me that for the core features of the day, they are continuing to use their old equipment.

That’s fine, of course.  You will never hear me say “don’t use a DLSR” – I used to love mine.  I do wonder what it is that holds people back from letting go of their old equipment though?  Whatever works for the photographer is all that matters.

Fuji X-Series Autofocus

The number one “complaint” I hear from other wedding photographers who shoot “almost exclusively” is about auto focus.

I’ve talked about this a LOT at workshops and platform sessions and I stand by the fact that when used correctly, the Fuji system is a perfect system for shooting fast moving documentaries like weddings.

The key is “when used correctly”.  In my opinion, and its only my opinion remember, if you can get used to Back Button Focusing you are almost entirely there.

Whilst I don’t use continuous tracking that much, the recent version four firmware update to the X-T1 has enabled people to shoot more accurately during scenes where there is a lot of movement – such as the wedding recessional.

In low light, when the chips are down, and everything is moving fast and furiously, then I shoot in manual mode with a zone focusing technique.  Usually underexposed and usually around F5.6.  The dancing shots of the second video below are shot this way.

By the way, if you are a wedding photographer shooting with the X-Series, I curate a Facebook group that you may be interested in here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/X.Weddings

Soon, on this blog, I’ll be putting together a completely updated guide to how I shoot weddings with the X-Series.  In the meantime, have a look at these two photofilms.  

You may want to turn the sound up, and put the Photofilms at full screen.

I hope you like them.

Day 1

Day 2

  • (Wednesday morning, sat in my studio in Malmesbury listening to Eagles – Their Greatest Hits (vinyl) )
  • Andy Muelder

    Hi Kevin,

    Kudos to the your work. Great photos and great work on the photo films. I liked the second movie a lot. Especially the second part with the elder gentleman dancing to the music and you firing the shots away and keeping track of him. Great work, really.

    I came to this site because of the Fuji hardware. And I’m positively suprised the continuous tracking on the X-T1 is that reliable.

    Cheers
    Andy

  • Dave

    These videos are a great way to showcase your work, which is beautiful! Watching these made me feel as if I had actually attended the wedding!

  • Hey Kevin!
    I absolutely love your style and I really like your photo films!

    I’m not sure if you have done a blog post about this yet, but I would love to know more about how you make your photo films. Essentially you are creating a video it seems. What software do you use for that? Where do you get your music? If you do this, how do you record your audio on the wedding day? I’d love for you to get into the nitty gritty of all that!!

    Thank you so much for all that you do!
    Aaron

    • Hi Aaron – thanks.

      The films are made in Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s quite a long piece of work but good fun. The audio is always sourced from royalty free websites. You can’t use regular music (in the charts for example).

      • Thanks Kevin! I was afraid you were going to tell me that. I was really hoping you were going to tell me you used a software that would be quicker/easier than Premier Pro. 😉

        • I used to use Windows Movie Maker. You can do the same thing with that – but its less elegant. Its Free. Same as iMovie on a Mac.

  • Ha! Even before reading your “about” page I could tell this blog was not in the USA. For some reason, in the USA, Asian in the USA implies Korea /Japan/China but not India etc. My wife is Indian and it infuriates my kids when they are told: “they are not Asian”.

    I have attended many Indian weddings (including our own wedding 20 years ago) of family and friends. They are very colour affairs. I am very surprised — actually disappointed — that you chose to shoot in black & white. The images feel very “white European”. I think you drained them of their Indian essence.

    Cheers!

    • Thanks for your considered feedback of my work Khurt.

      I’m really sorry that I disappointed you, but to be totally frank, I didn’t shoot them for you. I shot them for my client….who gave this feedback:

      “Hi Kevin.

      I AM SPEECHLESS. WOW WOW WOW. I am going to have to give you a call later, as I don’t feel I can say what I want to say on e-mail.

      You amazing human being !!!!!! The funky photo film also….I am touched – thank you SO MUCH FOR EVEYRTHING. Absolutely thrilled. I wish I could have replied sooner, but work and married life is so demanding!! I will give you a call later!

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! XXXXXXXX”

      And then this, off her mum….

      “What a darling you are!!!!! Gorgeous message. We are so honoured and thrilled.
      Photos from both weddings are incredible. You are so right you just tell stories with your pictures and capture all emotions and special moments
      Thank you so much Kevin ”

      So, Khurt, much as I encourage people to come to this site, and I’m always open to constructive criticism, I take huge offence to your opinion on this wedding based on ethnic terminology and your overall “disappointment”.

      And if you actually took time to look at my wedding photography website, you would perhaps, get an understanding of my style. And perhaps then you could appreciate that people, including “European Asians” are allowed to make a choice of there own, based on their own likes, their own artistic interests and not the small minded cliche’ that some people might think!!!

  • Edward Nikkel

    Well said Kevin, don’t pay mind to nah sayers. I’ve watched your work and valued it every time I visit your page. Your work is exquisite and of wonderful taste. Shooting b&w doesn’t rob anything away from ethnicity or culture, it’s simply the method of telling the story. Not sure where khurt was going with his unnecessary comment.

  • Absolutely loooooved the videos and images! I could actually sense the energy on the various days.

    Have recently got into using the Fuji xt2 and x100t and having a ball using them! Still lots to learn, and you’re an absolute inspiration!