Originally Posted by Photoguy_73
Hello all. I'm just getting into Glamour photography and this site has an absolutely amazing amount of information! I love looking through the portfolios of some of the great photographers here as they are very inspiring!
My questions is that I am about to take the plunge into DSLR and due to my budget I have narrowed the choices down to a Digital Rebel or a Nikon D70s. I am leaning towards the rebel at this point. Will the kit lenses be good enough for Glamour? Or should I invest in another lens? Recommendations?
I am going to start by photographing my girlfriend, she is a makeup artist and some of her clients are also willing to let me shoot them so I don't have any problems with models.
I am excited into taking the plunge and to continue learning from the amazing artists and models on this site. Thank-you for your help.
Welcome to glamour photography and as a new member here myself may I say welcome to Glamour1.
The Rebel from what I know is a great body and can mount the cheaper than Nikon but just as good Canon lenses. The D70's means that you will probably need to spend more on lenses.
Lesson No 1 - whether you choose the Nikon or the Canon will have no effect on your ability to become a great glamour photographer - but never ever try to skimp cashiola on lenses. You should buy the camera that allows you to choose which lens you want, and doesn't force you to buy a certain "kit" lens.
Lesson No 2 - you should place as much or more emphasis as getting a good camera body as on getting a good strobe unit and a flash/ambient lightmeter. Personally, I prefer manual flashes to TTL technology. It's more consistent in my experience. But the beauty for you as a beginner is that both of those cameras is that you can use TTL metered flashes (flashes whose power depends upon how much light is needed to light your model based on the in camera meter). That should give you some confidence and later you can start using manual metering and strobes.
Lesson No 3 - you are the artist. The camera makes for very little difference to your work. Shoot shoot and shoot. With digital you can do that. Then when you're my age, after you have learned metering, light and the other parts of glamour photography from a digital body, if you so desire, you can begin learning the behaviour of film using medium format equipment or serious cameras like 4x5's or 8x10's for some serious refined (or grainy) film looks that you can project or print to the size of a downtown skyscraper.