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Fuji X100S Wedding Photography – Colorado

Yesterday, I photographed a wedding entirely with the new Fuji X100S. And I’m happy to present those photos to you. Before I go any further, I do want to thank Mark Alison who was the primary photographer at yesterday’s wedding. He let me tag along and do my own thing. Well, my own thing is usually a little different. I do tend to shoot a lot with a 35mm lens, but I’m usually the primary photographer working for myself and that lets me get up close when I want to and need to. With such a wide angle lens that’s important. But, I wanted to be completely respectful to Mark and his staff, so I tended to be much more hands off and stuck in the background a lot more than usual. That makes for some challenging situations, but I made the best of it, and it’s all good.

I know all the gearheads and Fuji fans want to know how the camera performed. For the most part, I’ll let the photos do the “talking” here (ongoing X100S Pros and Cons here). But I will say this– I’ve never been much of a manual-focus-photographer, but I was really surprised how often I found myself going to the manual focus with focus peaking yesterday. It was not limited to the reception, but it was particularly helpful when I was photographing the dancing shots with a hotshoe-mounted flash. Since it was so dark and using the OVF is not helpful in that situation, I was using the EVF. However, for flash photography, your camera settings are not set bright enough to very effectively use the EVF either. Except… with focus peaking engaged, you could see those white contrast lines show up in the dark and could know whether you had focus or not. Loved it! Also, please note for those wondering about the low light ISO capabilities (FYI- I did shoot RAW). I happen to love the grain structure of the X100S and so I did very little noise reduction on these– most have no noise reduction at all, even many of the ISO 4,000, 5,000, and 6,400 photos. If you’re looking for the cleanest shots possible– the camera can do it very well– but you won’t be seeing too much of that here. And yes, I know my black levels are high– it’s intentional. The camera is capable of producing an amazing dynamic range. I only mention it because I know some people will be confused (and some will even be pissed off… I have no idea why).

Alright, so now on to the photos! Jill and Matt (who have known each other since the age of one!) had their wedding in Brighton, Colorado– just a bit of a drive outside of Denver. The blizzard conditions kept us from venturing outside at all for any portraits, but that’s ok– it didn’t stop me and the X100S from keeping cozy and spending some quality time together. Enjoy!

Bella Sera Wedding

X100S Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress X100S

Wedding X100S Dress

Wedding Shoes

Wedding Flowers

Wedding B W

Wedding Art

Photojournalism X100S

X100S Photojournalism

X100S Bridal Prep

Fuji X100S Makeup

X100S Makeup

Wedding Photojournalism

X100S Groom Photos

X100S Low Light

X100S Unique Portrait

Colorado Photos

Colorado-Wedding Dress Photography

Colorado Wedding Dress Photos

X100S Natural Light Photos

X100S Bride

Wedding Moments

Wedding Moments Fuji X100S

Unique Wedding Photos

Colorado Wedding Photojournalism Photographer

X100S Childrens Photography

Denver Childrens Photography

Colorado Best Child Photographer

Colorado Wedding Photographer

Colorado Creative Wedding Photographer

Colorado Wedding Flower Photos

Fuji X100S Bridal Photos

X100S Black White Wedding Photography

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Wedding Guest Photos

Wedding Guest Photo

Bride Entrance Photos

Bride Father Entrance Photos

Bride Father Entrance Photo

Colorado Wedding Ceremony Photography

Brighton Colorado Wedding Photographer

Artistic Colorado Wedding Photographers

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Beautiful Colorado Wedding Photography

First Dance Wedding Photos

Fuji X100S Dancing

X100S Dancing

X100S Reception Shots

X100S Drag Shutter

Drag Shutter X100S

Denver Wedding Photographer

Colorado Photographer Wedding

Feel free to share with all your photography friends. And if you want to check out some more of my work, please do! Fuji X100S Street Photography and Colorado Wedding Photographer.

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80 Responses

  1. Rupert Stubbs

    Very impressive, Brian! What HDR setting were you using (white dress, dark conditions)?

    March 10, 2013 at 11:57 pm

  2. I think your photos with the x100s are better than many of those who use the good old DSLR. Love your composition..it’s the photographer and not the equipment !! I think you should have no problem using the x100s and be the primary shooter..probably need another x100s as a backup..ha.ha

    March 11, 2013 at 12:02 am

  3. great job. love them phtoos. I would love to play with an x100s. :)

    March 11, 2013 at 12:33 am

  4. Hi Brian,
    This new X100s is simply awesome in term of IQ and high ISO capabilities and it could replace a Big DSLR in some way but whatever the gear that you are using if you are not a good photographer your pictures will not be good at all and here the pictures are awesome as well and it is because of you not the X100S….Congratulations for your works.

    BTW : For you post-pro did you used the VSCO preset ?

    March 11, 2013 at 12:38 am

    • Thank you! No VSCO for me– just my own edits in Lightroom RC 4.4.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

  5. LOVE the blacks, screw the haters. Nice pix. Waiting for my X100S too!

    March 11, 2013 at 12:58 am

  6. Wow Brian, this is awesome! Lovely coverage. From the photos I couldn’t even tell you weren’t the primary photographer and it’s hard to believe this is all done with the X100s. I find myself struggeling in low light situations using the x100 – seeing your dark photos makes me wonder if I should upgrade. I’m temped!

    March 11, 2013 at 3:39 am

  7. Love to know what flash your using?

    Great work Brian, very very nice.

    March 11, 2013 at 4:17 am

    • Thank you! The flash is the Canon 580 EX II.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

      • Daniel Ho

        Brian, thanks for the sharing the nice work. One question: how do we use Canon 580 EX II flash with X100S? Put it on x100s hotshoe or off camera flash controlled by pocketwizzard?
        Daniel

        March 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        • Thank you! How “we” use flash is entirely up to the user, depending on what you’re specifically trying to achieve. You can put it on the camera or you can use it off the camera (or a mix- with more than 1 flash). I used it just for the dancing shots and had it mounted on the camera.

          March 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          • I don’t own a x100 or x100s(yet). I imagine you set the camera to fire the canon flash in manual mode? I love to be able to use my 580 EXII with my x100s.

            March 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  8. Bob Yildiran

    Thank you for this amazing series. It’s obvious the camera was in talented hands but it was remarkable that those talented hands have proved once more what could be done with one camera and one lens.. Sometimes less is more; not any different than what some of those we admire as being the masters of photography used to tell us decades long..

    March 11, 2013 at 8:05 am

  9. R.j. Knackstedt

    These are absolutely fantastic!! I wish the blacks were a bit deeper, but I respect your creative decision to increase the levels. Regardless, the images were thoughtfully and beautifully captured.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

  10. Visionary documentary images telling the story of the wedding day.

    March 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  11. just stunning!

    March 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

  12. mats

    Awesome! this is the best 100S related post I’ve seen so far.

    March 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  13. unbelievable !

    March 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  14. Tanvir Ahmed

    you inspire me Brian !

    March 12, 2013 at 1:08 am

  15. Simply marvelous.

    March 12, 2013 at 3:31 am

  16. Fantastic work, Brian. You have the talent and knowledge to make the world around you look interesting, exiting and beautiful. Thinking of your street photo also.
    Another flash question: are you using it in “slow” mode in the dance sequence?
    Regards/Henrik

    March 12, 2013 at 4:11 am

  17. DelBoi

    …really amazing outcome. solid capture and interesting treatment. i’m sold! now waiting for the availability of x100s.

    cheers!

    March 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

  18. you are an awesome photographer. this wedding shots are simply amazing. I am shooting a wedding in June, with only the X100, so I make good note on these. Thank you!!

    March 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

  19. Amazing set and lol at black levels being high and being pissed off. I get that a lot on dpreview and some just don’t understand it’s a style. A style, that a lot of people dig. Great work.

    March 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    • Haha… yeah, some very passionate people out there are very particular about using the “correct” blacks. Yet, I have many more people sending me messages wanting to know how I edit. Cheers to you, Mikee!

      March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  20. Great photos, Brian.

    I can only back up your comments on EVF + MF as well as on the grain structure/quality.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:32 am

    • Thanks, Fredrik! I hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

      March 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  21. Brian, This is simply a stunning set. I have this page bookmarked. I keep coming back to view them so I can enjoy your compositions, and draw some inspiration. Thanks for posting these.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

  22. Hi Brian,
    All I can say is that your photo’s are genius!!! As a result you are doomed to a life of poverty and vexation. Your processing is brilliant :) Unfortunately the only type of bride you will attract is someone who can see what YOU want to achieve. How many people commissioned picasso to do a portrait? ;)
    all the very best
    Rory

    March 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  23. nubiz

    the great reward come out from the great hand…

    March 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  24. Great, great, great work! I’ve made a review of Fuji X-E1 and X-Pro1, but not yet X100s. Do you think it is better than its “brothers”?

    March 15, 2013 at 2:25 am

  25. Dear Brian
    I am very pleased with these photos. I am tired of the dictatorship of full formats and photographers themselves. What is important is not the pen but the writing of the photographer.
    These photographs show that we can show an emotion with a pen that costs only 1200 Euros.
    Bravo for this Test.
    Cheers.

    Pier-Yves

    March 15, 2013 at 2:50 am

  26. Tom

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the new X100S.

    BTW.. these wedding photos are some of the best I have ever seen. Congrats. I like the faded levels personally.

    March 15, 2013 at 7:22 am

  27. Wow these are truly amazing. Such great work. I loved the early ones before the wedding. So proud to own an X100 knowing that you can deliver results likes this.

    March 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  28. jadot

    Superbe travail, photos magnifiques, le photographe a beaucoup de talent.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  29. Alex

    Hehe! The blacks was the first thing I thought about, and i searched the web page to see if it was mentioned. And it was. As long as it’s intentional and not a camera flaw then I’m calm. :)

    /Alex

    March 18, 2013 at 2:30 am

  30. Beautiful work. I am impressed by your talent and the fact that it was also shot with a Fuji, controlled by you. Great.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  31. Mojokielbasa

    These are outstanding examples of a professional photographer. So many favorites…..but the two little girls laughing by the fountain I will never forget.

    You have a keen eye and a quick draw- the only way to capture life’s most precious moments.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  32. Brian, you are incredible. REALLY AWESOME shoot, you continue to inspire me. Well done.

    March 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    • Thanks, Laurie! I hope you and Colin are doing great!

      March 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  33. Russell Denney

    Dude…I feel like an idiot having spent tons of money on the best gear…

    These pics are an excellent example of what one skilled photographer can do without spending gazillions on equipment.

    Kick ass work!

    March 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

  34. I came to the site for info. on the new x100s, but I stayed for the gorgeous photos. They are fantastic.

    March 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

  35. Yep. I going to echo what Tim Roper said. Came here by way of the Strobist for info on the x100s. Stayed for the gorgeous work. I don’t do weddings – I’m strictly portraiture, but I certainly appreciate your work. And, now I really want to trade my 5DMII for this little x100s. I can’t imaging how freeing it must feel!

    March 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

    • Thank you, Sarah! You’re right– carrying a super lightweight and virtually silent camera all day long and nothing else is an amazing feeling! I don’t want to die at the end of the evening! :-) Thanks for the kind note– cheers!

      March 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  36. Hi Brian

    you’re photo are amazing…a right mix of creativity, composition and emotions. I’m very impressed about your postproduction both color and black and white. Do you send me some tips to obtain same results.

    Thank u so much.
    Gianluca

    April 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

  37. Mathias

    Hello Brian have you used hdr ? or just jpeg from camera

    April 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm

  38. mathias

    what are the edits you used? lightroom? hdr? filters?

    April 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

  39. Great set of images! I am a big x100 – xPRO1 lover and seems I am going to need an upgrade. Thanks for sharing and great job.

    Cheers,

    J

    April 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

  40. very very nice

    i received x100s few days ago and it’s a very nice camera

    April 12, 2013 at 6:32 am

  41. Stefan

    Thanks Brian for these wonderful and inspiring shots! I wonder if it is really only the high black level or if you toned the blacks with a bit grey. Don’t let me die stupid ;-)

    April 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

  42. P.Sun

    Awesome work! I love your images, they look so perfect

    April 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  43. James

    Amazing camera and beautiful images! Amazing that you shot a wedding with one focal length! Just one thing though. I’d say don’t push up the blacks in levels so much for every picture. It makes the blacks look really milky/digital/fake.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

  44. John

    Great work. Are there any with out VSCO presets? I’d like to see them before the presets but still great work!

    April 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

  45. Brilliant stuff, a great documentary. The X100s certainly seems more than capable on a wedding day and you have produced some truly outstanding work with its fixed focal length. Inspiring stuff, thanks for sharing.

    May 7, 2013 at 4:50 am

  46. Great set Brian. Really enjoyed looking through them. Very interesting to read about the focus peaking in the dark. Going to have to try that!

    Interested in how you found the handling with a 580 on top. I’ve tried it with a 430 and found it horribly unbalanced. Did you have anything underneath to balance? Like a collapsed monopod maybe?

    Top work.

    May 8, 2013 at 2:57 am

    • Thanks, Andy!

      Yeah, with the flash mounted, it’s definitely off-balance. I didn’t have anything else attached. I just kept a hand on the flash as well to support the weight, so I didn’t put too much stress on the hot shoe. But I mainly provide that support because when I drag the shutter, I whip the camera around to get movement in the background.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

  47. Pete

    Great camera in utterly capable hands! Thank you for the touch of art!

    Pete

    May 15, 2013 at 6:46 am

  48. You know, just seeing this makes me mad at how dumb I post, I just get caught by so many presets i have, I’m trying, believe me. I thank you sir for all the inspiration, you blog is great!

    May 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

  49. These photos are amazing. I’m trying to decide if I want to pick up a x100s as my everyday walk around camera, I’m currently only using a 5D Mark II.

    Just curious, have you heard much about the Olympus Pen E-P5 that is coming out? That’s another camera I’m trying to decide on in addition to the x100s

    May 22, 2013 at 10:46 am

  50. ray

    these are wonderful pictures! May I ask one questions, I am owning an cannon 50d with 24-105 lenz. however due to its too heavy for me so I am looking for one camera with is easier for portable. And now I am entangled of the options between x-e1 and x100s. Could you give an advise? Really appreciated on this.

    May 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  51. I’ll immediately clutch your rss feed as I can’t in finding your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please allow me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:15 am

  52. A very fine collection of photographs. I’ve been considering purchasing a new camera for several months. I had decided on the Canon 5D Mark II but I’m now leaning more toward this camera. A photographer friend of mine recently bought this same camera and her photos are equally impressive. Definitely have to agree that much of fine photography is about the photographer rather than the camera. Well done, sir!

    June 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

  53. Great set of photos! So much character and mood to them and a real inspiration! Very refreshing to see such wonderful wedding photos which aren’t heavily reliant on shallow DOF.

    June 24, 2013 at 12:46 am

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    August 19, 2013 at 7:39 am

  55. all the photos carry the full weight of emotion, nothing less and nothing more. fantastic wedding photos, most of them brought a smile to my face. thanks for sharing :)

    August 21, 2013 at 3:36 am

  56. I am not a big fan of mostly available light for my weddings. I like accurate colors, crisp blacks and generous exposures with fill flash to keep the pics from looking under exposed. Perhaps, more of a photo technician than interpretive artist. After looking at this series again, I can see that the emotions seem most important and the golden colors added an artsy mood to the series. Every camera certainly has its own limitations. The single lens on the Fuji is too limiting for me and it would not be my preference to move in so close to fill the frame. As a second shooter, the longer lens is usually more helpful. You certainly have the artistic eye. It must have been an added challenge to shoot with the Fuji camera. Thanks for posting.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  57. Jay

    Dude,

    I have been a photographer my entire life. Just got the X100S a week ago and am loving it, thinking of ditching my DSLRs etc… regardless…..when my daughter gets married, I am calling you to photograph it! Like Yo Yo Ma and the cello, you own that machine!
    You photographed that wedding like you were part of the family. I didn’t feel like a voyeur, rather I felt like a participant, the intimacy and love is palpable.

    Bravo!

    Question if I may….I am using a Nikon SB800 off camera, tripped with the x100s flash in commander mode. The commander mode puts out way too much light. What setup do you use for off camera flash please?

    September 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

  58. brian Super travail!
    amazing
    sory im not speak english .

    DANIEL

    October 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  59. Utterly unbelievable work. It proves the point that it’s not the camera that counts but who’s pointing it.

    October 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

  60. Ian

    Fantastic work. Pushing techniques to the limit using just the X100S. Got to be happy with the results though. Inspiring work.

    October 13, 2013 at 6:39 am

  61. Max

    Outstanding wedding collection. Superb.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:14 am

  62. Bryan

    I loved your photos, thanks for sharing. I just picked up an x100s a week ago and my D700 is now packed away :) I’m finding so far that I’m getting better exposures using spot versus multi or average. What setting do you normally use? Thanks.

    November 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  63. I am continuously looking online for articles that can assist me. Thank you!

    February 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

  64. Brian,

    Brilliant work … your pictures are amazing … congrats! :)

    Do you have a preset for the color shots in LR? The Fuji X100S has some built in “modes” that are really nice but I am wondering if I can get the colors you got after exporting to jpg!

    Do you sell your presets? :)

    Thanks!

    K

    February 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  65. Some brilliant candid wedding photography here. Awesome.

    July 9, 2014 at 12:07 am

  66. Hi awesome job on the pictures. I wanted to find out how you were able to keep the noise down in such low light situation. Specially the make up shots? Would really appreciate your insight on it. What settings would you usually use on such low light shots on the x100s?

    September 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

    • Thanks! I didn’t do anything to keep the noise down. I shot RAW and just left the default noise reduction (which isn’t much) where it was in Lightroom. It’s important to get the exposure right at high ISOs. You definitely don’t want to have to brighten things much in post at those higher ISOs or the noise will really come out more.

      September 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm

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