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My Canon gear... glamour ready?
Old 03-19-2007, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all

I am just about to start doing studio photography. (my interest being glamour/fashion/fine-art nude).

This is what I have for gear:
Canon 30D
EF 50/1.8
EF 28-135 3.5/5.6 IS
EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS

Is my lens collection suitable for this type of photography? Which lens do I have would be the most useful? Any lens suggestions? I have a month before my course begins ... so I have time to get a new lens, if necessary.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: My Canon gear... glamour ready?
Old 03-19-2007, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your lenses are fine. The 50/1.8 is an excellent lens, you will probably use it often. The 28-135 is a pretty decent lens as well, just be sure to turn of the IS feature if you are shooting on a tripod. If the lens is held steady the is gyros can actually induce image blur.
I have no experience with the wide tele, but it should be useful in tight quarters.
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Re: My Canon gear... glamour ready?
Old 03-19-2007, 08:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You should be able to cope with this equipment (the 17-55 has a very good reputation), but you will need lights. Will you be shooting in a provided studio? Or will you be setting up your own studio?

If you set up your own studio, using the classic Home Depot tungsten halogens, be prepared to spend a lot of time shooting at wide apertures and high ISO - the f1.8 and f2.8 will be needed! Even with the disadvantages (the heat being one of them!) I found this a very helpful learning experience.

If you shoot in a provided studio using strobes, things will be different - it's harder to "see" the light, but it's much brighter.

Either way, do a lot of shooting, and try lots of settings - if you are told: "the correct settings for this are XXXX", try settings on either side, and compare them afterwards - if the "correct" setting is f8, try shooting every f-stop from f2.8 to f16, and look at the results - Bridge will show you what settings you used, and you can learn by looking at the results and comparing it with the settings - you can learn heaps more (and faster) by DELIBERATELY making mistakes, if only to see WHY the "correct" setting is correct.

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Re: My Canon gear... glamour ready?
Old 03-20-2007, 10:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice. I will be using pre-set studio lights at school... so I don't have to worry about getting lights just yet.

What about a 1.4X teleconverter for my 50/1.8 ? Or am I better off just getting the EF 85/1.8 ?
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The lens you already have are just fine for glamour work. You don't need any additional lens at this time. 99% of the time you don't need a fast lens for studio photography, especially when shooting with flash. The 28-135 you already have will server for 90% of your studio work and it will work just find.
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Thanks for the advice. I will be using pre-set studio lights at school... so I don't have to worry about getting lights just yet.

What about a 1.4X teleconverter for my 50/1.8 ? Or am I better off just getting the EF 85/1.8 ?
Don't get the teleconverter - it would be a bad match with the 50mm f1.8. And wait a bit before buying an 85mm f1.8 - shoot with what you have now, and see what focal lengths you are using most often.

I made a mistake and bought some lenses I thought I needed, only to find I've almost never used them. I'm not about to throw them out, but I wish I'd waited - I could have spent the money on something I really needed instead.

BTW: I'm not saying the 85mm f1.8 would be a bad idea (it's a fine lens, and I have one myself), but it may not be what you need next.
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