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23.01.2020 Derrick Ong

Leverage Yourself : Derrick Ong x X-T200

Derrick Ong

When it comes to wedding and portraiture photography, simplicity is key to letting the moment shine through. The act of capturing such simple pure beauty and emotion so evidently requires skill and artistry. Derrick’s meticulous approach to his craft has won him over 100 international wedding awards from ISPWP, WPJA, AGWPJA and PDN Top Knots. He has been ranked Top 20 international wedding photographer 3 times by AGWPJA for his striking and heart-warming images. Derrick is also the only Singapore wedding photographer who has been invited by Cambridge University in the United Kingdom to present a workshop twice in the campus to the Cambridge University Photography Society (PHOCUS). Derrick’s strength dwells in creative composition, framing, black and white photography, creative use of lights and shadows, and photo storytelling. With a record of winning over 80 international awards, Derrick Ong is an award-winning member of the ISPWP, WPJA, AGWPJA and PDN Top Knots

When Fujifilm Japan selected me for this project for the X-T200 camera, I was overwhelmed and immediately started forming a concept for a location photoshoot. As this camera is targeting young adults, I have arranged 2 models to shoot two sets of images: one in the day, another set at night.

X-T200 & XF90mmF2 R LM WR

When I first opened the box and saw the camera, the X-T200 design resembled the rest of the X-T series. I’m sure that it would be great for the entry-level photographer to take their photography experience a step further.  The X-T200 has a larger LCD screen allowing more flexibility in the angle of rotation than its predecessor, the X-T100.

X-T200 & XC35mmF2

During the photoshoot, I instantaneously felt very comfortable using the camera as the dials and buttons are easily customized in the Quick Menu the way I like them to be. I am able to make exposure and setting changes in an instant while focusing on communication with my model during the shoot.

X-T200 & XF56mmF1.2 R

I shot all the images with the Auto-focusing Eye Detection feature, which makes auto-focusing accurate and fast. With the Portrait Enhancer Feature, the Jpeg images are usable and printable straight out of the camera.

X-T200 & XC35mmF2

The image quality from the camera is great with its good dynamic range which retains good details in the highlights and shadows. Fujifilm is famous for its film simulation, and this camera is packed with 11 amazing film simulations that allow photographers to choose the one that suits their mood and color profile.

X-T200 & XF90mmF2 R LM WR

Overall, I enjoyed using this camera and I think it is great for both entry-level and social media-oriented photographers.

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