Picture credit: Jenna Bester
Comments: Danie Bester

I have been blessed to review the Fuji GFX 50R medium format camera. After taking the camera through its paces in the outdoors, I also wanted to test it indoors and asked Jenna to take a few portraits of me since she refused that I take pictures of her.


I've set up the camera on a tripod with two Gloxy PowerBlade Continuous lights, mounted on stands. For inspiration, we looked at a few Yousuf Karsh portraits. We decided to mimic his picture of Jean-Louis Barrault, which has always been one of my favourite portraits. Even though Jenna does not understand the technicalities of photography, she possesses great visual intelligence. Fortunately, the face detection AF-mode in the GFX 50R made focusing a breeze. Not having to worry about focusing, Jenna quickly took control of the shoot, walking forward and backwards between the camera and me; fixing me up to make sure I didn't look too awkward and constantly directing me from behind the camera. I could have sworn that she was a professional photographer with years of experience! Jenna eventually came up with this picture which appeals to me because of the mood and mystery.


ISO 800, 1/60 sec at f/8. Fujifilm GFX 50R, 63 mm [50 mm full frame equivalent] Tripod Used. 2 Gloxy PowerBlades for lighting.


For retouching, I only used Lightroom; applying Replichrome's Kodak Tri-X 400 Preset and after that subtle dodging and burning using radial filters.

Final note: the GFX 50R's files are astounding even at ISO 800!

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  • Love it.. love the emotion, the edit, the grain ! just love it!

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