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    Hello,

    I will be using a Canon 350D for my class photo taking session @ at studio. I plan to take potrait shots of each individual. Its something like passport kinda style but I am not sure what lens to use. Anyone can reccomend?

    Oh ya is a battery grip needed for a photoshoot for more than 3 hours?

    Thank you =)

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    Just mount it on the tripod and have spare batteries.

    85mm

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    70-200l

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    It all depends on what you would like to, and can achieve. I know of a pro who uses 200mm for full body group shots. His works are all over suntec/millenium walk as advertisment for upclass products.
    Passport sized photos etc, they usually end up using a 35mm/50mm lens at those small retailers etc. Once you use a lens past 50mm, you won't really notice any compression/distortion/difference unless you're shooting a large scene.

    I believe MANY people in CS has gone for 5 - 8 hour shoots WITHOUT a grip, and lived to tell the story. Grip is a highly personal preference kind of thing, so.... If you were to ask such a question, I think it's not needed.

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    lens more important. lighting too. as for the grip. it is a plus but not a neccessity IMO. good lighting and good lens is. 50mm f1.8 does the job. or else 35 f2 also can
    random equipment.
    where are my primes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanzw
    lens more important. lighting too. as for the grip. it is a plus but not a neccessity IMO. good lighting and good lens is. 50mm f1.8 does the job. or else 35 f2 also can
    35mm f/2 will give more distortion compared to the 50mm. Best is 60mm to 85mm with the 1.6x crop factor.

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    50mm will do the job~!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamdam
    Hello,

    I will be using a Canon 350D for my class photo taking session @ at studio. I plan to take potrait shots of each individual. Its something like passport kinda style but I am not sure what lens to use. Anyone can reccomend?

    Oh ya is a battery grip needed for a photoshoot for more than 3 hours?

    Thank you =)
    For studio shoot at individual students, a 50mm will do the job fine.

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    and, for more than 3hours....what I think you will need is not a battery grip, but a tripod.

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    Default Re: Best lens for potrait shots in studio

    the actual question is

    how big is the studio?

    Lens: 50mm, 60mm, 85mm, 105mm
    depends on your preference, the longer the focal lenght the flatter the image

    battery grip is not important,
    as mentioned earlier bring a tripod

    oh also remember to have reflectors and assistants
    music is also very important

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    Default Re: Best lens for potrait shots in studio

    For head shot only, 50mm is usable, but would prefer a 85 or 90mm, so would not be too close with the subjects.

    just curious, how many classes and how many heads you need to shoot?
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    depends on size of studio. 85mm can be a bit long fr full body shots in some studios. 50mm quite versatile.

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    well IMO a tripod may not be too good. because the students will have different height. need to adj all the way. rather use a grip and be more flexible
    random equipment.
    where are my primes?

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    Don't forget a WA for group shot... its a class after all o_O

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    Invest in a 85mm f/1.2L

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    Quote Originally Posted by sci80298
    Invest in a 85mm f/1.2L
    You leading him astray!!!

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    do u shoot F1.2 with studio light?
    it a studio, just bring everything.....
    bring tripod? wwwww...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gernie
    bring tripod? wwwww...
    all studios have tripod

    the studio is a controlled enviroment
    leave your camera on the tripod and concentrate on composition and light

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    Alright thanks alot guys =) this thread was really really helpful

    Ill be shooting just 42 heads including myself lol

    I have only used a DSLR once before for outdoor shooting. Any tips on using a DSLR in the studio? Most prolly im renting or borrowing a Canon 350D.

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    50mm f1.4

    good ol'prime.

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