I am in the process of transitioning to a simpler, more minimalist style of photography. I hope to shift towards only using prime lenses. I have tried to do this before and didn’t succeed. I hope I am successful this time. Some of the reasons I didn’t succeed before were because I wasn’t happy with the quality of my images and I kept feeling like I needed to photograph things that were distant.
I am now hoping that having a 24MP camera with quality prime lenses along with a shift in my style of photography will enable me to succeed. While I will still be using my zoom lenses for some of my event photography for Homewood for a while, it is my intent to try and move that work to prime lenses over time. Some of the factors that I am relying upon are: 1) Using a 24MP camera to give me more capability to crop images and still have them large enough for printing, 2) Using quality prime lenses like the Fujifilm 35mm f/2 lens with other prime lenses, 3) Using higher ISOs to allow me to achieve sufficient image quality along with having more mega-pixels to crop. With higher ISO settings I hope to achieve greater depth of field through better control of apertures while still keeping my shutter speeds up.
I am also hoping to speed up my workflow by using jpeg images rather than raw files. The jpegs along with software should hopefully be good enough, especially for my documentary type images. I am also planning on photographing more often in manual mode so that I can optimize my situation. I am setting my aperture and choosing a shutter speed according to the conditions and then letting the ISO float between 200 and 12800.
One unknown at the moment is how much I can crop and photograph with only a 35mm prime lens. The above images were made that way as jpeg images. As time goes on I may acquire a wider and a longer prime lens if I find that they are necessary to do away with the heavier zoom lenses. The best minimal solution is to photograph only with the 35mm lens. I think I can make that work for my personal photography, but maybe not for all of my Homewood photography.
What is happening is that my love of the technology and the minimalism of the camera and lens combination, is winning out over my desire to photograph a wide range of things. My desire to use a minimal amount of gear is winning. I have spiraled up and down the chain of many cameras and lenses in the past, but I think I have now found my solution with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera and prime lenses.
My remaining concerns are the weight of the X-Pro2 camera in conjunction with my ability to hold and use it with my hands, and what I will photograph without using heavier zoom lenses.