The below shot was taken by a Canon 450D + Kit lens. To some it may not be the prefect portraiture shot, however for me it's a shot that I am not shy to say that I have taken with an economical setup .
Could I do better it again with a FF and a L prime? Maybe, but I always believe "The equipment is only as good as it's wielder"
Last edited by Anson; 15th April 2010 at 07:15 PM.
i would have thought a good portrait lens is generally more important than the camera body itself. and if portrait photography is the only kind of thing you do, a prime lens is something you could consider.
I have also seen alot of my friends who benefit from manual lens and have taken many fantastic shots. My advise is don't get suck into the BBB virus before you have learn to fully utilized your current equipment. Then again it's your choice if you feel that your current setup is holding you back from attaining your goals, by all means.
Focus: But at the end of the day, you need to know what you need if you were to go into this area. The fact that you don't know what you need/want, says that you prolly need to read up a little more. Asking for suggestions would only give you a plethora of answers that may mean nothing to you just because you don't understand what's being said.
Consider this. A FF camera gives you about extra 1 stop DOF vs a crop. One of the reasons why people who are into portraits prefer a FF over Crop. You might consider to start working with what you have. Start shooting for your portfolio to show potential clients, and work towards being more knowledgeable in the area. Then once you know what you need, go ahead and upgrade. An artist may be able to visualise what kind of shot he/she wants, but without the understanding to work with the equipment, what use is there ? Most clients won't know the difference anyway.
Last edited by KeeFy; 16th April 2010 at 01:39 AM.
Definitely YES! It's an investment, it's business.
I've worked with part-timers using very highend gear charging low prices.
just1book, no kidding!
Last edited by tongki; 16th April 2010 at 01:47 AM.
Xwife : EOS40D, 5D, 5DMarkII, 7D, SonyA900 | seXytoys :EOS 400D, 450D, 500D, SonyA550
For the customised setting dial, I guess it's one of the function that I least used in my cameras (those that have them). Just need to grab the "essence" of your camera to be familiar yourself with it.
In events shooting, I have learn to appreciate the lighter weight a xxxD have to offer after prolong usage.
Of course I am not debating the advantage of FF and crop, else I would have long sold my FF away...
sometime i wonder how to people out grow their camera? 5-6 years ago, dont tell me photographers can't produce stunning photos using Nikon D1,D100,D70 back then?
JUst a little black box for us to capture lights. I would say lens will paly a more important part compare to camera. Using the right lens to do the right job always.
But again, DSLR are so cheap nowdays, any tom dick can affort one. If you charge for a assignment(also depend how much you charging) , I think it will not "look good" to your client if you are using a entry level camera. I ever cover a wedding with friends & relative of the bride & groom using 5DII,D700,D300,A900 ect. Got one 16 years old kiddo use a D700 with 24-70mmF2.8.
Sad to say, people always judge the book by it cover.
For your question, it really have to depend on each photographer style of photography. In 4-5 years ago, most wedding photographer (including myself) were using crop body ( xxD, Dxxx, A7xx, etc ) for wedding. The reason is because back then digital FF (beside Canon) is not available for most brands. For lens, to me it's mainly segment primes, constant F2.8 and variable zoom. Most of the time, Prime give the best IQ, however for AD Wedding dinner shots, most likely you would be stepping down to F4 to F5.6.
Last edited by Anson; 16th April 2010 at 08:56 AM.
if your client is the sort don't want coffee table book, and only want a stack of 4r prints, you can shoot wedding with kit lens.
most of the time in singapore though, people will demand larger prints.. this, along with the fact that the kit lens is relatively slow as lenses go.. can make your job a lot tougher.