“At the first show, I was trying to make a picture, and I realized I had no idea what I was doing. All of my photos from that performance look like a toddler got a hold of the camera,” Kristin laughs. “But, as the night went on, it all got a lot more seamless. That’s one thing I loved about FUJIFILM X Series. The trial-and-error process is immediate, so the learning comes quickly.
“I’m still learning the technical aspect of digital photography, so it’s a lot to go through all the different settings when I’m in the moment. As a first step, I set X-H2S to automatic exposure and focus, which worked great. Then, for night two, Giulio showed me his go-to settings, which I saved and used, then examined when I had moments of down time.
“I loved the look,” says Kristin, turning to Fujifilm’s renowned filmic aesthetic. “I was able to manipulate everything manually, including customization to the Film Simulations, to bring out more gold and pink hues. Now I’ve got a whole recipe book, to adjust settings and emulate different specific films. It’s an amazing system for that alone.
“FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 was also perfect, to cover the action from the pit or side stage. Keeping my whole set-up compact and easy to move around with is definitely important as a documentary photographer, so it was a great choice in that sense.”
In just a few short months, Kristin has already turned the mentorship tables, through B-Side. Back in her element, it’s a natural progression – but she has not forgotten Giulio, Tom, and Robin’s guiding hands, when they were needed most.