The Equipment I Use to Shoot Portraits
There are many people who claim that skills are far more important than equipment when it comes to good photography. I do agree to a certain extent. Skills are crucial, that’s for sure, but having a proper set of camera equipment does help to produce better photos – higher quality and sharper images, more control over depth of field, the ability to crop without losing image quality, fast shooting speed and autofocus, and many more. With that being said, here are some of the camera equipment I use for my photoshoots.
I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV as my main camera, and an EOS 70D as a backup camera in case something happens to the former. The EOS 5D Mark IV is a full frame camera with a 30.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, which means it gives me more freedom to crop my images while maintaining the image quality. I enjoy using/depend a lot on the 3.2-inch LCD monitor with full touch screen interface while I shoot to get a good frame of my model. If I need the model to create movement in the shots, I would switch to the continuous shooting mode (of up to 7 frames per second) in order to capture images that are sharp and in focus. Call me an old-school photographer but I do prefer a DSLR to a mirrorless camera, because I think a DSLR camera has far better quality and grip compared to a mirrorless one.
As for the lenses, I use primarily the EF50mm f/1.4 prime lens for my portraits. Prime lenses are good because it contains fewer parts (which also means it cannot zoom) thus the focus is on the quality and sharpness instead of the zooming mechanism. Also, I do enjoy a delicious shallow depth of field of about f/2.8. If I needed a wider shot, I would switch to an EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM zoom lens, which allows me to capture a wider angle in tight spaces or subject a distance away.
The only accessory I use is a reflector. It is necessary when I want to bounce light off and onto my model’s face if one side of it is in deep shadows. Have an assistant to help you reflect the light or place it against a spot if you do not have one.
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