Black and white images shot with my X-Pro 1 “Monochrome” account for much of my photographic output.
That includes my work photography.
Somehow, in a world where smartphone photos of dubious quality are uploaded minutes after an event ends, my black and white photos have become a welcome addition to the record of government activity.
While I might be shooting an event with a DSLR, often with flash, I also carry my XP1 “Monochrome” with the 35mm or 18mm lens attached. This allows me to capture shots with available light and to work unobtrusively in crowds. Shooting wide open (or close to it) and at high ISO, the XP1 M produces fabulous monochrome images.
Of course, unlike shooting with film or with that other, expensive Monochrome camera, I have the colour information available to me, since I shoot RAW.
Typically, I set the XP1 M to shoot in “Monochrome” film simulation, whether or not I am also shooting small JPEGs along side of the RAW photos. This provides me with a monochrome image preview, so I get to see the photo in black and white.
Once imported into Lightroom, I have multiple options for converting the photos into black and white. Having happily used Silver Effects Pro for a couple of years, I have migrated to VSCO Film because of their great support for X-trans files created with the XP1 M. This method also saves me disc space, as I don’t create another file as one does with SEP.
Although this might be old news to some, it seems worthwhile to once again demonstrate the superior image quality of the XP1 files, be they “M”onochrome or not.Notes
All photos shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18mm f/2 or 35mm f/1.4 XF lenses, except for the firefighter photo, which was shot with the 18-55mm lens. Photos were processed in Lightroom 4.4 with VSCO Film 1 or 3. Events photographed were dedication of memorial to fallen firefighters, BC-India Global Business Forum, Tahltan Nation treaty signing event and BC Francophonie Day celebration.