Gear List for Life Style Sessions
How we shoot our session. 'Kay, we're gonna go into the details about how we're gonna shoot our session. Gear list, lets start here. This is what I bring. I shoot with a Nikon D5, the reason that that is my primary camera, this was not my primary camera for a long time, it's because my ISO can go extremely high. This needs to be said, if you are planning on being a full time lifestyle photographer, and you plan on not using lighting equipment, you will need a camera that can handle high ISO capabilities, okay? I know the D5 is a very big, workhorse camera, it's really heavy, it's not necessary. My D4 broke 'cause my dog dropped it off the table, so it just kind of progressed into the D5, but the D700, which is not sold anymore, but there's the 850, there's some other really wonderful cameras, the same with Canon, there's some wonderful cameras out there that can handle a really high ISO before getting too much grain. I love grain, but there's, you know, you still need to be able to hav...
e a camera that can handle a really high ISO. So if you're shopping around for a new camera, it's time to get a new camera, that is the number one thing as a lifestyle photographer that you need is a camera that can handle high ISO. So for you newbies out there, make sure you write that down, okay? The Nikon 35mm 1.4 lens, this is my go-to lens, I rarely take it off. This is kind of like my storytelling lens. It does not distort the edges, and it doesn't require me to have to back up, okay? So let's kind of go back to camera 101 again. 50mm lenses, which is down here, the Nikon 50mm lens, that's a true focal length right? So if I'm standing here, you're standing here, with a 50mm lens, you will look as you look in my camera. With a 35mm lens, it backs you up a little bit. So the lower you go in focal length, so the lower number you go in millimeters, right, the further it backs you up, okay? So the lower the number, the further it backs you up. The 35mm lens, what it does is it backs me up enough, but not too much to distort those side edges. So that's why the 35mm lens to me is amazing. Also, I like to kind of get into people and kind of position them, and kind of tickle kids, and if I had my 50 on all the time when I'm storytelling, I'd be too close, because I'm very interactive with my clients. If you're a photographer and you're gonna to be using these lenses outside as well, and you're the type of photographer that doesn't like to be close to your clients, then you're gonna wanna have a higher lens, like the 85 or any of those okay? The Nikon 24, that's what I use for my crib shots, and you guys saw that at the beginning, but you saw what happened. What organically happened was mom was holding the baby next to the crib, and when we did those shots, it was distorting the side of her head a little bit. That can be fixed really easily within Lightroom, and I'm gonna show you how to do that, 'cause there's some times where you have your 24mm on, things happen, so if moments happen and you happen to have your 24mm lens on, and I know somebody bought it last, just a little bit earlier in the show because she was excited about the 24, make sure that you position your subjects in the center. Just be mindful of putting any people on the edges, okay? The 50mm, that's that true focal length lens, I love the 50mm lens, it's just a very beautiful portrait lens, and I also use this outside. And a fisheye, fisheyes are really fun to have. So look into good fisheye lenses, they're just fun to storytell with. You guys will notice all of these lenses are what? Prime lenses right? None of them are zoom lenses, and we talked about this earlier in the class, it's because I really need my aperture to be able to open right? I shoot wide open, and why? Do you remember why? To let in more light, right, okay? So that's why I have all of these lenses with that really low aperture number. They do make a 24mm 1.4, it's extremely expensive, so that's why I went with the 1.8. I didn't use it enough to justify getting the 1.4, okay? The 1.8's a perfect lens for what I use it for. Does anybody have any gear questions? I had a feeling. (laughs)
So could you talk a little bit to whether you think people need a full frame versus crop frame camera with regards to these lens suggestions, or how would you think about it if you were on a crop frame?
So crop frame cameras actually bring you closer, even closer to your subjects. The crop frame cameras are more of an entry level camera, and they don't have as high of an ISO capability either, so if you're really thinking about moving full time into a photography career, full frames are really the way to go, and it's actually what your, the distance is with these lenses. The crop frame crops it, just like a crop frame says crops, it crops it in a little bit, so it does bring you a little bit closer to your subject.
Great. And so, what would you give a general recommendation about for cameras with regard to going to that high ISO? I know it depends on the camera, but would you, Katie is asking about, would you go all the way up to the highest ISO in general, or is that what you mean by something with a high capability?
So you need to have a camera that can handle a high ISO, okay? A lot of cameras can go really, really high, but the images are extremely grainy. So you know, you kind of have to do some research, Ken Rockwell online's amazing, and he gives really good camera reviews, so I would go there, that's just a good recommendation. I'm not a camera guru, but we will show you here coming up, I took my camera up really, really high, higher than I've ever taken it for teaching purposes, it was painful. But I did it to teach this class, so we're about to get into that, and I'm gonna show you what ISO I took it up to to show you guys how to fix that in Lightroom, okay?
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