This is the third post in a series on my experiences photographing people for artistic reference. Note: I’m not trying to sell or making any profit on anyone’s products that I suggest!
I have always used the simplest equipment to get the best results. For many years I used a Sony 7.2 M Cyber Shot digital camera.
When I started joining photo sessions to shoot models at photography studios I had to upgrade to a digital SLR camera. Participating meant you snapped a transmitter on your camera which would trip the studio lights every time you took a picture. So I upgraded to a Canon Digital Rebel XT. It’s an easy camera to use, I’ve been very happy with it. As time goes by, these cameras have new models with more pixels per inch, but for my purpose, getting a clear, sharp 5″ x 7″ print is all that’s needed.
The only extra attachment I have is the 70-300 mm USM Telephoto lens, which was a great investment.
The photo below was taken from a cliff hundreds of feet away from the subject with this lens.
This one taken from 50 feet away, I love this lens!
Another piece of equipment that I sometimes use is a Chromalux Light for indoor shots.
The only other thing that I use is a tripod for my camera.
When shooting picture indoors, it’s surprising how dark it is. Even with the Chromalux lamp, the camera shutter has to be open for a long time to get the light into the lens. When this happens it is virtually impossible to hold the camera steady enough, your pictures will end up looking like the one below-
That’s it! In the next post I’ll talk about setting the scene(s).