Fujifilm in Low Light – African Pride Hotel

Mardee Maree Photographer Fashion

Approaching a photoshoot with the Fujifilm X-T1 is even easier with the introduction of warm ambient and constant lighting – The cameras WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) approach allows you full creative control over your exposure and final colour tones.

Adding to this, the ability to individually control either shadow or highlight tones – even in the lowest of light brings great relief to high and low contrast situations!

The images attached are from a photoshoot at the African Pride hotel in Johannesburg. The brief being a warm, ambient “whiskey lounge” environment.

Such situations call for multiple, wasted shutter releases, to gain correct exposure for the ambient light before adding in the fill lights and starting the process all over again. The Fujifilm X-T1 brings this down to a single correctly exposed image as seen through the wonderfully bright and concise Electronic Viewfinder.

Lens choice was made either due to space constraints or low light situations – thus using the XF 10-24 F4 OIS – which allowed me to capture images at full length in confined corridors and dark stairwells with its steady OIS system.
The XF 56 F1.2 R was used for unbelievably crisp and shallow DOP images, which also allowed me to absorb all the ambient light I needed for these images.


Fashion, glamour and beauty photographer have so much to gain from a system that’s crisp, lightweight, HIGH ISO capable as well as giving the confidence to hand over the images untouched and directly off-camera to the client. In the days of film, we waited days to see our images, D-SLR’s gave use the ability to see the images directly after capturing them – with the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1 one can now see the final image before even releasing the shutter.Mardee Maree Photographer FashionA big thank you to everyone at the African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg for allowing us to use this beautiful venue. Making us feel welcome and accomodated.

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