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Wedding Photography – Fuji X100

“The camera’s got soul” is what I recently heard famed photographer, Zack Arias, say to explain why he’d choose the Fuji X100– if he had to have only one camera for the rest of his life.  It sure does have soul, but it’s also the cause of many headaches to many people. The camera has a lot of things going for it, but even so– I regularly hear about people getting fed up with various aspects of it and selling it. But that soul– it’s a hard thing to shake. And so I’ve also heard lots of those same people that got rid of the X100, feeling like they needed it back in their lives and so turn around and buy it again! Despite its superb image quality, it is not exactly on par with its auto focus system, among other odd quirks. So, it doesn’t make for the most ideal tool to use when everything is on the line– like a wedding. It’s that very thing that made me want to, in fact, use it and only it at a wedding. I wanted that challenge. Less-than-ideal autofocus, odd quirks, plus the fact that the camera doesn’t have a zoom and so you’re stuck with a single 35mm perspective– which is a pretty wide angle when it’s your only one, you’re in a large space, and you don’t want to be up in everyone’s face to get the tighter shots– especially when you’re not even the lead photographer– those were some of the challenges presented to me. But, as I’m always trying to push my limits, this was the perfect opportunity to see what I and the camera had. Please understand– having extreme reliability in your wedding photographer is a number one priority and I would never have tried this as the primary photographer for one of my weddings. So, I was fortunate to be able to tag along with the great Chris Rebo. He and his couple understood the challenges and had no specific expectations for what I would produce. I drove from Denver, Colorado up to Cheyenne, Wyoming and met Chris, who had come in from Helena, Montana. I brought the X100 and nothing else. I had entertained the idea of bringing a Canon flash and a radio transmitter/receiver to do some off-camera flash during the reception, but then decided– no. If I’m going to shoot the entire wedding with the X100, then I’m not going to use anything else– at all. So I used the little built in flash, which I had only used once before– just to make sure it worked when I first got the camera. Another new approach I wanted to take– since my goal was to do everything in black and white, I set the camera’s viewfinder and image preview to black and white. All day, I was able to see in black and white and really pay attention to just those tones and not be distracted by colors. It was great. So, what was my experience? As expected– the camera was a joy to use– in that it is so small, so light, and so quiet. I didn’t feel the fatigue of carrying around all the other gear I usually do. Plus, I was able to blend in quite easily and caused zero noise distraction– even in the middle of mass. Certainly nowhere near what I can do with my two new Canon 5D Mark III cameras in terms of autofocus capabilities, but with the latest firmware onboard (1.21), even in very dark scenes (f2, 1/125, ISO 6400) the autofocus was keeping up… decently. Stationary objects– not a problem. Moving objects– was just ok. Anyway, enough of all that– let’s look at some photos!

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31 Responses

  1. These are fantastic Brian!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  2. The Real Stew Black

    Superb set. Brilliantly creative (love the use of the car for reflection)this so perfectly captures the day that I feel I was there.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  3. awesome shots

    April 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  4. Very creative and great stuff. I really love the ceremony shots – and that first bridal portrait in front of the alter is wonderful. The slow exposure and motion blur is also great. What a great exercise if creativity.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

  5. Wow, great work Brian. I especially love the wide shots of the church interior, it’s an amazing building.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  6. dude .. you and the x100 were meant to be! Love your storytelling!

    April 17, 2012 at 6:20 am

  7. The x100 has exceptional dynamic range. Glad to see some good use out of it.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

  8. LOVE the black & white. They make it so moody and dynamic.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

  9. dan

    great stuff brian, that little thing definitely packs a pretty big punch.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

  10. You definitely put the x100 to work, and you rocked it! I love the motion in the first dance photos (awesome!). Beautiful wedding, and fantastic story telling!

    April 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

  11. Looks like you got your HCB on! Nicely done. No reason these couldn’t have been the primary shooters only product!

    April 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  12. Brilliant work. I love my Fuji X Cameras too – this is top drawer.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:45 am

  13. nice work. I have had my eye on these new fuji cameras. love your experimentation.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

  14. Love those black and whites from this little camera!

    April 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

  15. man oh man. whatever camera you were using this entire set is just awesome. i just got an x100 and this is the kick in the ass i needed to get out there and giver with it. killer work amigo.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  16. Rock & offing roll!!!

    Love these. So much emotion & feeling.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:23 am

  17. Wow. Just… wow. These are all beautiful. Every composition made me happy. Every single one. :)

    April 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  18. Beautiful work. I agree with your assessment of the X100. I think the same of mine. I’d dearly love lightning-fast, fail-safe autofocus. A zoom lens and interchangeable lenses would be nice. But every improvement would most likely come with a penalty of some kind such as an increase in size. I like this camera so much, I’ve devoted a special section to it on my own website, and the idea of being able to shoot an entire wedding with it is very appealing. The best camera is the one you have with you, but this is the first time such a small camera has offered so much. Thanks for your dynamite post. Your collection of marvelous photos could easily have been “the” album rather than a test. I found myself quickly drawn into the event and kept scrolling down to see what happened next.

    July 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    • Thanks, Jon! I appreciate the comment! Have fun shooting!

      July 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  19. Kevin McMann

    Brian,

    You have shown what I have also found, this is an amazing camera with a capability whay beyond its size. I have am always amazed at the quality of pictures from this camera and is always going to the next challange like it was one of the big boys rather than a fixed lens camera.

    You have shown that this can be used for wedding shots and I will be using it for the same purpose in the next couple of weeks but sad to say it will be going with a DSLR as i will still need to get the closeup shots that it cannot achieve only in the fact that the lens cannot zooom

    Kevin.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

  20. Great stuff. The perfect camera for the job

    December 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

  21. The X100 is on par with a 35mm film camera, which was the mainstay of wedding and PJ work before the big ugly DSLR came along. I love the new trend in smaller cameras and I believe in a few years the DSLR will be a piece of history

    February 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  22. Great shots! I saw your post on DPreview forums. Enjoy the X100s when it comes. I hope mine gets here within the month.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  23. Nice website. Thanks for posting this. I will definitely come to this site to see what’s new and recommend my people about your posting.

    April 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  24. Superb. Thank a lot for doing such a good job. I will check to your site to find out more and tell my people about this.

    April 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

  25. Engelbert

    Sorry. I’m in love with my Fujix100s. But don’t like the way you treath
    The light. Im most pictures you’re way off. Sorry, images are often underexposed.

    Please. Dive into the Fuji by hart and learn!

    May 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

  26. Lovely depiction through honest documentary wedding photography.

    October 27, 2013 at 2:18 am

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  30. What a fantastic set of images. Don’t think I’d trust myself with just an x100 at a wedding. But as a personal camera it’s unbeatable.

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