06 Feb Setting up the Fujifilm X100F for Street Photography
Source: Ian Macdonald Photography
I’ve had a lot of requests over the last few weeks to describe the camera settings I use when I am out shooting on the street, so I thought I would take a few minutes to walk through how I set up the new Fuji X100F. When you work with pre-production cameras there are usually several firmware updates leading up to the camera’s official launch, and since November I have updated the Fuji X100F firmware 4 or 5 times. This has given me the opportunity to really think about what works the best for me when I am out shooting street photography with this camera.
(Note: This is a gear post, through and through. In part two of this series, however, we will look at some new Fuji X100F street photography I’ve shot recently in Seattle and Vancouver using the set up described in this post).
As we get started I think it is important to discuss my approach to shooting on the streets, which differs from other work that I do. When I am shooting cityscapes and landscapes, I always shoot in manual mode, as I do when I am shooting portraiture. In these settings I am not in a rush. My sunrise / sunset / blue hour shots are taken locked down on a tripod, and I usually use off camera lighting when shooting portraits (which means my camera settings rarely change once they are dialled in).
The street is different though: for me it is about the experience of immersing myself in an environment, constantly observing and then reacting quickly….
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