Fujifilm is celebrating a full ten years of the X Mount system, and to do so we’re chatting to local photographers and showcasing ten of their favourite shots. Wedding and lifestyle photographer, Christelle Rall enjoys pushing the boundaries, providing the unique to her clients. (Photo credit: Rudolfo Custo Photography)
Why do you love photography?
Photography allows me to be creative and not limited to the expectations of what is ordinary. I often push clichés and the normal photography standards to create photos that are unique in its own right. One can call this art but basically it is just a form of fun playing and experimenting with what works and what looks beautiful
What made you switch to Fujifilm and when did this happen?
After about a year of non-decisiveness, I finally made the full switch to Fujifilm in 2015. It was a very calculated decision in terms of what adds to my business and what doesn’t. Back then (pre-Covid), I was travelling to 95% of my weddings, even internationally, and the lighter system worked perfectly for this.
On top of that, the live viewfinder and the unpreceded quality of the prime lenses were probably the two most important factors. The last thing I considered (and it is super-important for me) is the customer service. There simply is no other camera company in the world that can get close to Fujifilm’s support. They really do go the extra mile and has impressed me on several occasions!
Which Fujifilm camera do you use?
I started on the X-T1 (which I still use sometimes) and the X-T10 (which I still use for all my personal photography), and for the past couple of years I’ve been shooting on the X-T3. I’ve only used the Fujinon primes for the past seven years, but in December 2021 I purchased the 18-55 zoom for shooting family photography. And even this standard Fujinon kit lens is pretty amazing in quality!
What do you love most about the camera?
There are actually many things I love about the camera, but two aspects clearly stand out for me. The live viewfinder saves me so much time and it make it pretty much impossible to mess up any shot. I mentioned earlier that the switch was a very calculated decision, and the viewfinder was one of these aspects that added so much value to my photography in that I managed to get much more (and better) moments because of achieving the correct exposure in milliseconds. It also saves me a ton of time in editing as the photos are already 90% done.
The second aspect I use constantly is the electronic shutter. Weddings often takes place during the day under the hot African sun and having that option of the electronic shutter to further enhance the exposure is a lifesaver!
Tell us a bit more about your photography and what you would like to achieve through this.
I’ve been a photographer for 16 years, focussing mostly on weddings but since 2021 I’ve started to branch out to lifestyle photography as well. My aim is always to provide all my clients – regardless of the type of shoot – the moments and memories of their specific environment. This includes the love, the joy, the tears and the relationships. My secondary aim would be to create beautiful images that is unique to the client only.