|Canon 5D mkII with 85mm f1.8 lens. ISO 100 f3.2 1/100 of a second|
In other camera news, Canon's new flagship camera the 1DX looks downright amazing. The autofocus appears to have received a lot of attention which is always welcome to those of us Canon users that remain frustrated with their seeming lack of any reliable autofocus. Also the megapixel restraint on a flagship camera was a breath of fresh air. 18 mp is plenty. I'd love to own the camera, but I probably won't as $6800 isn't in the budget anytime soon. But it did make my eye wander over to the 1DmkIV which is already only $4300 and should see a price drop soon. I'd love to replace my 7D with that. I'd love it a lot.
I'm going to keep it short tonight except to talk about a couple of photo sessions I've done recently using single light sources. I decided before each session that I was going to stick to one lighting setup and force myself to be creative with it. After all it is my fall/winter season and with weddings wrapping up for the year it's time to push myself to be creative and develop new tools, habits and practices for next season.
|Olympus E5 with Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 lens. You can see where the strip box was positioned.|
The first session I had in the studio where I used one strip light up high (about 8 feet) and to the model's left (camera right) pointed down at about 45 degrees. I had her stay close to a fabric background because I wanted to see how the light played off of her and what was behind her. I wanted to play with angles and fall off of light to shadow. I've used this light setup before, but never in a paid session, so I figured that it was time to love it or leave it. And it certainly had drama.
|Olympus E5 and Leica lens f2.8 ISO 100 1/250 of a second|
|Canon 5D mkII with 135mm f2.0 lens. ISO 100 f2.5 and 1/160 of a second|
And I'll leave on that note. With your photography if you find that everyone likes it, I'm going to say that you might want to push yourself harder. Stop aiming for the middle, aim for where your heart really lies and where your photographic taste really is. If everyone likes everything you do, I propose the idea that you might just be a pretty mediocre photographer. If you have some lovers and some haters you must be doing something unique, something extraordinary, and it might be time to finally pat yourself on the back. My wife doesn't get what I see in Richard Avedon's images. She thinks they are weird and boring. I think he is about as good as it gets. I doubt he would care either way.
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