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Here are some headshots I've taken, all with the X-T1 and 35 1.4. I really like the 50mm equiv. for headshots. I find there's not too much perspective distortion on most faces, and it feels more dramatic and personal to me.

 

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16024177199_b8ff2b2978_c.jpgDave b&w by philbabbey, on Flickr

 

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17047472881_78e5bd2171.jpgDawn by philbabbey, on Flickr

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I enjoy taking headshot as a memory when I travel. For this purpose I travel light with the FUJI 60mm attached to my XE-1 as secondary camera for portraits. Here are some headshots I took in Cambodia and Thailand. I'm a backpacker that enjoys taking photographs, I'll be more than happy to hear your comments in order to improve. 

 

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I'm enjoying all these creative portraits! Certainly puts to rest, at least from my viewpoint, that the Fuji sensor isn't a good choice for portraits due to creating a "plastic skin look" or other comments on how faces look. Don't have my X-T10 yet but looking forward to it.

 

 

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Shorter focal length lenses provide an intimacy that longer focal lengths deny. For formal portraits, certainly the longer lenses are in order since formality is the antitheses of intimacy. The widest of lenses are great for environmental portraits, and as long as the subject is in the central area, distortion is minimal. A shift lens on an adapter offers the ability to move the subject out of the central area if following the suggestion of thirds composition. With people, short lenses do present a challenge, but have the potential to create very powerful relationships between subject and viewer.

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I'm enjoying all these creative portraits! Certainly puts to rest, at least from my viewpoint, that the Fuji sensor isn't a good choice for portraits due to creating a "plastic skin look" or other comments on how faces look. Don't have my X-T10 yet but looking forward to it.

 

 

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I had that plastic skin look in the beginning, but I found that for studio use, Classic Chrome gives the best skin tones, onto which you can also add your own colouring afterwards, if required. Sharpening differently helps a lot too, I tend to go with amount 25, radius 0.7, detail 60-80, masking 0. This works fine for me and greatly improves how my images look.

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