Powerful Portraits using Mirrorless Cameras

 

Lesson Info

Live Shoot: Mirrorless vs. DSLR

So, I'm gonna have my model come in, and ... So we're gonna demo this little set up here. So I've got my 5d Mark 3 with an 85 lens and I'm basically gonna photograph you from like, here, here. Like, really tight, really close up. Okay. I'm gonna do some like, nice, soft smile. So if you want, you can get in front of the backdrop here. And so, I'll go ahead. And I think my lights are gonna be where I want them. We're gonna talk about camera settings and we're gonna talk about how to land on the particular settings that you're trying to get. But we'll kind of get to that here in a minute. So I'm at F9, 1/160 of a second, ISO 100. I'm at quarter power on my light. I have not tested this yet, and so this is what happens when I go in my studio, I don't always have the opportunity to test my lights and test my settings. So we're gonna try it, and hopefully it looks good, and if not, I'll tell you how I fix the shot. And very nice. And so, go ahead and take a look at this. So this shot is...

a little bit bright, so basically whenever this happens, if I have a shot that's too bright, I have two options. I can either go up on my aperture, or I can bring the power of the light down a little bit. So I'm actually gonna bring it down. It's at one quarter, let's go to eight. So we're gonna go one eighth power, I'm gonna keep everything the same, F9, 1/160, ISO 100, did a great job. Very nice, hold that. Okay. Alright, so now we get something a little bit closer to what I'm trying to get. So just by changing the power of the light, we went from a really bright exposure to one that's a little bit nicer. So let's see if I can get a nice pleasing expression here. What I want you to do is tilt the head this way just a bit. There you go. We'll talk about posing in a little while as well. Very good. Nice little smile. Hold that. Excellent. Very good. Move my little focus point here. Like that, excellent. Perfect. Look through a couple of these. Alright. So, we're looking pretty good. That's F9, 160. Let's make sure focus is good. Look at the histogram, nothing is going crazy on the histogram, so we look good. Alright, so let's go ahead and I'm gonna take. So just to show you, this was me back in the day with a 5d 3, when I switched over to my Sony A7 2, I had my triggers, they were Pocket Wizards back in those days. Kept that, keep the lens. We're gonna switch this whole little setup here. So I'll give you this. And then I'll take that. It's perfect. So now I've got my A7 2, which again, 24 megapixels, just like the 5d3. We're going to take the exact same lens that was on the Canon. I have a adaptor made by Fotodiox, which, this adaptor is probably like $100. And they have different ones, some are more, some are a lot less. This one actually gives me the ability to still use auto focus. So we're gonna go ahead, we're gonna keep everything the same, I'm gonna try to dial in the same settings. And I'm also gonna try, as hard as it might be, to maybe get the same expression. So that way you guys can't tell which one was which. So let's see. Let me get my settings dialed in here. And so we're at F9. Let's get this thing off. It's perfect. And I think on that camera was I on auto white balance, or was I on daylight? (Woman) While you're checking that, I know we talked about the compatibility of auto? (Woman) Using those lenses, the third-party lenses. Yes. But can you auto focus, that was the main question. (Photographer) Yes. It still works the same. So if you buy the correct adaptor, you can get auto focus. (Woman) Great. So I'm gonna try it with auto focus with this particular lens I've done it a million times so I kind of know it already works. (Woman) Yeah. But there are certain lenses you're gonna want to try out and see if it gives you full auto focus, in this case it totally will. (Woman) Great. Thank you. No problem. Alright. So let's do that. And let's make sure. Oh yeah, derp. Yeah, you might wanna put your trigger on. It's kind of a good thing. Make sure the lights are working. And actually, this kind of gives me a good opportunity to talk about this as well. So sometimes people ask me why did I come up with the settings that I came up with. Like, why am I putting in F9, 1/160th, ISO 100. It's because I want this. As random as it might seem, I want an image where before I put my triggers on, the image is completely dark, there's no ambient light. We're in a studio right now with a ton of light. But yet, at those settings, you have a completely dark image on the screen. That is what I want. Because then, when I put my strobe on, this is the only light that's actually impacting my image. That light I can move, I can bring it closer, I can pull it away, I can make the light source bigger, I can make it smaller, I can add extra lights, I can do all kinds of stuff and not have to worry about the ambient light that might be in my studio, in my home, in this situation. So it's pretty awesome. Alright, so here we go. Same settings, hold that. Very nice, let's make sure the tether's working. Alright, awesome. Cool, let's rock this. Very nice. Very good. Excellent. Flash isn't going off? Sorry. Bumping my triggers here. Here we go. Let me know if we're good on the flash. Excellent. There we go, hold that. Perfect. You can see, I'm using it exactly the same way as I would my DSLR with auto focus. With a lens that is made for Canon. That flash didn't go off, right? There we go. Awesome. So let's take a look at a few of these. Had a couple of misfires on there. This is part of the reason as well, why when I switched over to shooting with these Sony cameras, I switched over to using the Phottix Odin 2 for my trigger. I always heard from people back in the day that like, Pocket Wizards never fail and I used to get misfires all the time when I shot a Canon, and I still got misfires with Sony so I switched over and I didn't have that issue anymore. So it was kind of nice. So yeah. So we've got the shots here, let's make sure, got those in focus. Yeah. So I got my shot here. So basically, that kind of goes to show you guys how this would work. Basically, taking the exact same lens that I had on my Canon body, same trigger, used a $100 adaptor, dialed in the same settings, got the same light, you know. And what we're gonna do in a little while is we're actually gonna go ahead and we're gonna do some pixel peeping, 'cause I know everybody at home is probably wanting to see this. We're gonna zoom into these images, we're gonna dissect them, we're gonna put them side by side, so you can actually see, 'cause again, I'm telling you guys, look, there's like no difference whatsoever. Or very slight differences that really don't amount to very much. But once you actually see it, you'll understand that there really isn't that big of a difference.

"Miguel's class was exactly what I needed! He lets you in on his practical and streamlined approach to creating dramatic portraits that deliver every time, and I can't wait to use his 'Jedi' posing techniques." - April, CreativeLive Student

Allowing your subjects to feel relaxed and natural when taking their portrait can be a challenge, especially when you’re worried about the technical side of your camera while interacting with clients. Join Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles as he discusses the pros of choosing mirrorless cameras to focus on the creative side of your images. Most mirrorless cameras are built around the same size sensors and have similar lens options as DSLRs. Become more portable while staying professional with your lightweight camera.

Miguel will share:
  • How to use the correct lighting when shooting with a mirrorless camera   
  • Tethering techniques using Capture One   
  • Why it’s important to develop the connection with your subject for a stronger image 
  • Techniques to help you focus more on the creative parts of an image and less on the technical aspects   
By the end of this class, you will feel more confident connecting with your portrait subjects, and less concerned with how you use your camera to take the image.  

 
 
 
 

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