I recently spent a month in France and brought my new Fuji XT4 with me. I shot a few portrait sessions, as well as a ton of personal photos, and learned a few things along the way. Here are 5 lessons from my first trip with a Fuji XT4!
Don’t stress about batteries.
Prior to the XT4, I had an XT2. The battery life on the XT4 is considerably better and I was never shooting enough to need to change batteries part way through the day. I’m anticipating only needing 2 batteries for a full wedding day! If you’re coming from an earlier Fuji X camera, don’t stress about having 324783589249213 batteries for your XT4.
The 16mm 1.4 is a great everyday lens.
The 16mm was the first lens Fuji lens I bought and the only lens I owned until I bought my XT4. I love it for casual everyday use. I’m not sure I love it for portraits, but maybe a few more “big landscape, tiny couple” portraits will change my mind.
The 50mm 1.0 is heavy, but worth it.
I am ridiculously in love with the 50mm 1.0. The lens is HUGE and looks ridiculous on the tiny XT4, but the images it produces are incredible. I regularly carried this lens around with either the 16mm or 23mm. My favourite images from the trip were all taken with the 50mm and I can’t wait to use it for wedding reception candids.
Mirrorless is fun.
I have been a professional photographer for 10 years and have always been really bad about documenting my personal life. The weight of carrying around a big DSLR has been a deterrent for me to use my camera outside of work. Mirrorless cameras are small and light and remind me of my teenage years running around with a digital camera.
Shoot RAW and JPEG.
Adding JPEGs doesn’t make a big difference as far as memory card storage goes and makes a huge difference in the ease of quickly sharing your images. Transferring JPEGs to your phone is easy and allows you to share your work without worrying about having access to your computer and editing software. Do yourself a favour and shoot both RAW and JPEG for your personal work.
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