Welcome to my blog! 

I am a fine art, portrait and wedding photographer based in Berkshire ( UK ).  I shoot with the Fuji X system mirrorless cameras.  This is my blog site and contains a lot of information for photographers, especially those interested in the Fuji system.

For wedding bookings and info this is my main website…Croshaw Photography.



Initial thoughts on the X-T2

I definitely was not going to buy this camera.  But the GAS ( Gear Acquisition Syndrome ) kept gnawing away at me.  Luckily in the UK its still extremely hard to get hold of one of these cameras.  Unluckily for my bank account, I managed to find somewhere that had one.  I got it with the grip, as that was one of the major draws for me.  So..the reasons I’ve decided to roll with one XT-2 and and one XPro-2 instead of two XPro-2’s…

  • buffer on the T2 is better, as is the EVF blackout.  This comes into play during the processional, confetti and dance shots.
  • the pro-2 will be more useful when I want to be discreet, the T-2 with grip looks like a small DSLR and is far more conspicuous
  • I do shoot quite a lot of sport ( mostly my kids soccer matches ), and the T-2 is clearly the better camera for that, although the pro2 does a fine job, especially with the new firmware.
  • I’m looking to do a lot more video over the next year, as well as landscapes ( flippy screen )
  • I’m weak.

Initial thoughts on the look and feel..build quality is much better than the XT-1, although I feel there are more things to come off/break than on the Pro-2, which is just a tank.  I love the new dials, I’ve gotten used to the ISO mechanism on the Pro-2 and actually quite like it now, but the T-2 setup is better.  Yeah the EVF is nice, but it doesn’t bother me switching between the T-2 and Pro-2.

In terms of speed, this thing is an absolute beast.  I shot a soccer game at the weekend with it, and it was just like shooting with a DSLR, I didn’t notice the EVF blackout with the grip on and power boost mode on.  I shot 1200 shots and one battery was at 50%.  In terms of keeper rate, it was something like 95%, and thats bearing in mind I’m unfamiliar with the autofocus settings.  I used option 2 for the first half and then switched to the default.  The default actually seemed to work better but that could also have been me getting more familiar with the camera.  Further testing is needed.  Overall it just feels like a powerful, sure footed, mini-beast of a camera and for me it beats the D750 I used to use in almost every aspect ( ok I get its not full frame ).  Up against the D500, it is much closer and I’m sure in terms of raw power the D500 will edge it ( although not for video ).  But such comparisons are pointless, I own 7 X-mount lenses, there is no way I’m ever going back to Nikon, the differences are minimal between all these cameras now and I’d rather spend my time getting better with the ones I own than doing endless comparisons.

Here are some images from the soccer game ( my daughter was playing ).

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August Weddings with the Fuji xpro-2

I had a number of weddings to shoot in August and thought I would post some thoughts that might be of interest to photographers, especially those using, or thinking of using, mirrorless for weddings.  I’ve been trying to streamline my system a bit so that I don’t have to carry my quite heavy camera bag around.  But, I hear you say, I thought mirrorless cameras were supposed to be lighter!  Well they are, but I’ve got 3 cameras and 6 lenses in that bag..

Xpro2 * 2 ( now and X-T2 and X-Pro2 )


56mm 1.2

35mm f2

90mm f2

23mm 1.4

16mm 1.4

50-140 2.8 zoom

The fact that I can carry it with relative ease is a minor miracle, try putting the same sort of DSLR gear in one bag…Anyway, even so, I wanted to get to a system where I was just carrying around 2 cameras and 2 lenses and then could nip back and do a lense change if necessary.  I finally found a camera strap I like in the Peak Design system.


I love this strap, it’s so much nicer than the horrible ones Fuji supply us with.  I decided to try the spider holster for the other camera..here is their website ( although I got mine via wex photographic, which along with Amazon is my go to site for camera gear in the UK ( http://www.wexphotographic.com/).


I bought the single camera holster system and ended up with one xpro-2 on the holster with the 23mm 1.4, and the other camera on the slide strap with the 56mm 1.2 on.  This left my hands free and if necessary I could wear the x100T around my neck, but I rarely did.  I found this combination to be excellent, I’d leave my bag in a safe place and go back to it to swap lenses if I needed to.  It’s hard to describe how awesomely liberating it is having that little weight to carry around, and the holster and slide strap are super quick to use.  Those two lenses are all I need for most of the day, but I will swap to the 16mm 1.4 for group shots and especially the dancing, and occasionally use the zoom for candid shots if I need the reach.  I do love the 35mm f2 but didn’t find it fitted into this system for me, I still use it is my everyday lense though.  The 90mm rarely gets used at weddings, but I use it all the time on fashion/portrait shoots.

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First off, dynamic range.  I’ve always found that the DR on Fujis is pretty damned good.  Its not class leading, but its easily good enough for me.  I thought I’d try DR400 as a setting at one wedding, but it created some weirdness where the images were underexposed by a stop or two.  I know the reasons behind this now, and it wasn’t a problem, but I didn’t like it and switched back to DR100 for the next wedding, which suited me much better.

As for focussing, it was great, no real problems except on one wedding where the band playing behind the couple was very brightly lit up and obviously the focus system picked them out a few times rather than the couple.  That was a tricky one as there was no white ceiling to bounce light off and a very limited area I could stand.  Note to self, manual focus more next time!

For the processional, which I know gives many mirrorless photographers nightmares, the xpro-2 was more than fine.  I used AF-C, burst mode, and zone focussing with the cross on the bride, for one wedding, and the same thing but single point focussing on the other ( still AF-C and burst ).  I found the zone focussing better for me, but your mileage may vary, both worked pretty well.  I can’t wait to try the X-T2 with its deeper buffer and 5 frames a second ( so no EVF blackout ), and yes I know it can do 11-14 fps but 5 is enough and gives you the advantage of no blackout and no buffer effectively.  One of the things I’ve been impressed with on the X-T2 is how customisable it is.   Time for a few more photos.dscf0232 dscf9677 dscf8946

So whats the conclusion?  Not really sure, but I’m in a happy place with the gear for next season and the ergonomics and handling in particular are amazing.  Can’t wait to do some serious testing with the X-T2.  I wasn’t going to buy it, but a couple of niggles persuaded me.

Firstly, using the spyder holster, it covers up the battery cover on the xpro-2, so I had to unscrew it each time I wanted to swap batteries.  A minor thing, but it took me a few minutes each time.   With the X-T2 on the holster I can charge via usb or the grip so this won’t be an issue.  Also, on the xpro-2, I did hit the buffer on the processional and confetti runs, I could just shoot slower, but it will be nice having the much bigger buffer on the X-T2.  I’ll also use it for all the football ( soccer to you yanks ) matches I shoot, my son and my daughter both play for clubs now so that will be a big part of my weekends for the next few years!  Finally, it is a shiny new toy and my GAS ( Gear Aquisition Syndrome ) go the better of me!





Some recent engagement shoots

For some reason I’ve always shied away from engagement shoots, even though I love photographing weddings.  But I thought I’d give it a go and started by signing up for a Creative Live class with Pye Jirsa ( https://www.creativelive.com/courses/incredible-engagement-photography-pye-jirsa?via=site-header_0).  I was really impressed with this course, there was a ton of new stuff I learnt about posing couples, but also the approach to using flash was very cool and quite different to how I normally use OCF ( off camera flash ).  A lot of the special effects I was already familiar with from my fashion shoots, but it was very cool to see Pye apply them to engagement shoots, plus he is a very funny and engaging presenter.  I’ve watched a lot of online tutorials but this is the best I’ve seen.  Of course the most important thing to do with something like this is to go and practice, so I did two engagement shoots for free this weekend and I’ve got a few more in the pipeline.  I make it clear from the outset that these are slightly experimental shoots and just for my ( and the clients ) portfolios, but these are real couples, not models. Here are a few shots, all taken with the Fuji X-Pro2, various lenses and my Godox 360 flash system.


So on the first shoot there was quite a bit if light rain.  I was really pleased as one of the shots from the course I wanted to try was a back lit water shot and the couple ( Evan and Amy, a super chilled out lovely Canadian couple )were happy to help.  The godox 360 is right behind them and lights up the water nicely.

dscf0040We found a nice tree with overhanging foliage for the next shot.  I had an assistant with me by the way, Tim Davis, super nice guy and very helpful.  I really needed an assistant for these shoots as with the godox flashes there is a fair amount of gear to carry a round.  Tim is off to the right holding a godox flash with a CTO ( colour tint orange ) gel to make the light look like sunlight.  We are diffusing it through the leaves and I think it works quite well.  The idea was to make it look like the sun came out for a bit and I think we succeeded.  I made a mistake with Evan’s posing here, he is wearing a long sleeve top so I should have asked him to just hook his thumb in his pocket and leave more of the hand out.

dscf0274-editThis is just a natural light shot, using foliage to frame the couple, I did a few more of these and they are super quick to do.   Normally I wouldn’t use as much OCF as I did on this shoot, but I was trying new techniques and the couple were totally cool with that.  Hope people find these interesting.

Laurel Park Football tournament – xpro2 and 50-140

Its football season again ( soccer to any yanks )!  That means for us parents many months of getting up early on Saturday and standing around in all sorts of weather watching our kids play.  It’s even more full on this season as my seven year old daughter is now in a football team.  Luckily I have the camera to distract me and can try and get some cool shots for the other parents.  Here are a few from today.

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Wedding Dance shots with and without Flash – X-Pro2

OK now I’m far from being a master of wedding dance shots, they are something a lot of people find challenging, especially with the Fuji series which is not known for it’s strong flash support.  Back in the early days I used to get by just using natural light and lens wide open ( the 56 1.2 even got used a few times, which I would never even consider now ).  A couple of things happened in recent years that have helped me personally.

Fuji released the 16mm 1.4 lens.  This for me is the perfect lens for dance shots, you can step back and get a wide angle view…


Or you can get in close and get some cool close ups ( you will get elongated limbs but sometimes that doesn’t matter ).

Chris does his Greek Dancing thing at his wedding.
Then I found the Cactus system of flashes and started using that, this really helped in dark venues.  Sometimes I’d backlight the couples.


But mostly I’d end up bouncing the flash off the ceiling to raise the ambient light.  This worked well sometimes, and then along came the Godox 360..a flash system so powerful that you could bounce flash off even very high ceilings.


It’s recycle time is also great, you need to take a lot of pictures on the first dance, as you never know how it will turn out.  So what do I use now?  Well, it can be a mix.  The xpro-2 is so good at focussing and its high ISO shots look so good that it’s tempting just to tick the camera on burst mode and fire away using natural light.  Sometimes I use both flash and natural light to give a mix of results.  The last wedding was a good example.  I started off with using the Godox and looking at the back of the camera it didn’t seem to be working that well.  Luckily the dynamic range of the Fuji is awesome ( thanks to the Sony sensor ) so when I got the shots in post they turned out pretty good.  Here are the flash ones.

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At the time I took these I was having a mild panic, as I thought these had not turned out very well.  So I grabbed a Cactus flash and a sync cord and tried that next.  For some reason the batteries which I’d fully charged the previous night were now showing as flat.  Curses followed!  So I switched the xpro-2 to auto iso, spray and pray mode ( continuous focus, 8 frames a second).  Most of these were shot at between 8000-12800 iso.

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Model shoot with xpro-2

Apologies for the lack of posts on the blog.  I’ve been away on holiday and when I came back from holiday I had a horrible eye infection which meant I couldn’t look at a screen of any type for a week.   Before I went on holiday I put together another of my big shoots involving a team of people.  In this case it was two models, one make up artist and one hair stylist.   The venue was the Buckle Factory in London, which is a sister studio to Beltcraft.  It’s a natural light studio but I took along my godox flashes ( one of which has now died grrrr ) and also a smoke machine.  It was a great day although the drive to and from the studio was hideous ( London traffic ).  Here are some of the images, all taken with the xpro-2 and my collection of now very well used lenses.  For model shoots I tend to use the big zoom ( 50-140 2.8 ) and the 56 1.2 quite a lot.   Here are some shots, as usual the camera did great.

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Movement tracking with the XPro-2

Just a quick article on how I shoot this kind of stuff.  I still see a lot of moaning on various forums about how the AF on the Fuji X cameras is still way behind the competition.  I really don’t think that is the case these days and a lot of reviews are written by people who don’t really get to know the camera and how to shoot with it.  There is a definitely a steep learning curve with these cameras and practice makes a huge difference.  These days I’m more confident shooting my son’s football matches with the X-Pro2 than I would be with a DSLR simply because I’m used to it and how it works.  Give me 6 months shooting with the DSLR and I’m sure I could get better results, but the gap is not as big as it used to be.  I’ve been shooting football and other sports with these cameras for a few years now and the frustration level used to be pretty high with the X-E2 and the 55-200 for example.  Even with the X-T1 and the 50-140 when it first came out, it drove me nuts how low the keeper rate was.

Firmware 4 improved things greatly but I still found the tracking quite poor for football, but ok for people running in straight lines.  Alot of reviews of the XPro-2 seem to think the AF is not much better than the X-T1.  My personal experience is that it is a lot better for tracking movement, even football matches.  I think it is down to the increased processing power, and the blackout between frames basically disappearing as the camera is now so fast.  Which lens you use also makes a massive difference, the newer lenses are noticeably quicker, my favourite being the 50-140 f2.8.  I use Tracking as my AF-Mode, put AF-C on the front ( continous ) and use high speed burst ( 8 FPS ).  The buffer on the XPro-2 is quite deep, much better than say the D750, but no where near the top end DSLRs.  Still, it’s plenty for most uses.  Here are a couple of shot sequences.  For the running one I shot 20 frames and 2 were out of focus.  For the football, I get more out of focus but its still a very satisfactory amount that are in focus and I no longer wish I had a DSLR.  I’ve not tested face detection yet, but I hear the Sonys do a much better job.  For something like a wedding I still can’t trust the camera, no matter how good, to decide the focus point.

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Now some shots of my kids running around the garden this afternoon.  I used a mix of the 50-140 zoom and the 35mm f2.  The camera nailed almost every frame.   Granted this was good light, I know indoors it would be much harder, but that goes for most cameras.

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Now I’m not saying this camera is as good as a DSLR at tracking shots, or better than the Sonys or other brands, all I’m trying to say is..

  • it’s significantly better than the X-T1 ( I shot 100k plus frames on my X-T1 so I know that camera very well ) at tracking shots, probably due to the processing power bump
  • it’s good enough for me.  I prefer 5% less performance than a big DSLR  for all the other benefits this camera gives me.

Wedding with the XPro2 ( and a cameo by the D750 )

So I shot my second wedding with the XPro2, a few months after the first one.  When I shot the first one I was very new to the camera and made a few mistakes in how I set it up.  I set NR to -4, which is just too much for me, and I forgot to enable high performance mode.  I also hadn’t worked out how to get jpegs writing to the second card.  It’s been 3 months and 13000 images since that wedding and I really know this camera well now.  I took along a D750 as a security blanket really, thinking I’d use it for the fast bits ( the processional can be quite speedy, the confetti, and most of all the dancing ).  After about half an hour of trying to use the D750 I realised two things..

  1. the XPro-2 is more than capable of everything I need it to do for a wedding, its FAST.
  2. I’m so used to the Fujis after 3 years that I totally suck at using a DSLR and I was getting way better results with the XPro2 as a result.

So I packed the D750 away and shot the rest of the wedding with the following:

Fuji XPro-2

Fuji XE-2 with firmware 4.0


The lenses I used were…

16mm 1.4: 30%

35mm f2: 40%

23mm f2 on the X100T: 10%

56mm 1.2 :10%

50-140 2.8 :10%

What surprised me was how little I used the 56mm, which has been a staple of previous weddings.  Not sure why, it just didn’t get used that much, I think because the 35mm f2 is so fast, I used that way more.  I was also surprised how often I used the 16mm 1.4, that thing is just awesome.  I got on average 500 shots per battery.  The camera performed flawlessly, no restart issues, no overheating issues, it just did its job and didn’t get in the way.  It rained, and that didn’t slow it down ( I wouldn’t have used the D750 in that rain!).  Anyway, here are some images…( the dance shots were lit by bouncing a flash off the very high ceiling, it was a Godox 360 so way more powerful than a normal speedlight ).

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Some useful links for photographers

OK so I don’t have any new images to post today, I’ve been super busy getting ready for a hectic weekend and a wedding on Friday.  However I thought I’d share some of my favourite resources on the web.

First up is Creative Live:


Plenty of good stuff on here from all sorts of photographers.  Some of them do get a bit emo but if you can get through that its very useful.  One of my favourites is Sue Bryce for how to pose models and Brooke Shaden for general floaty inspiration/creative stuff.

Next up is Phlearn…

Welcome to Phlearn

This is one of the best photoshop teaching sites out there, and they cover some pretty advanced stuff, I’m still learning loads from them after 5 years of photography.

Finally the big one, you tube ( and the above two both have great youtube channels.

I’ll link a few of my favourite youtube videos on photography..