Thursday, 21 November 2013

Portrait Gear Essentials

A very interesting article from Digital Photography School, by Gina Milicia, detailing exactly what kit she uses for her portrait photography, both in the studio or when out on travelling portrait shoots. Gina has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. She has photographed some of the world’s most powerful and famous people including royalty and heads of state, billionaires and a-list celebrities and been on location in some of the world’s most exotic places. 

I’m often asked what the best equipment is for taking great portraits. Many people assume that a great camera will take great portraits. That is simply not true. A quick scan through Flickr, Instagram or any photo sharing site will reveal thousands of beautiful portraits, some taken on mobile phone cameras, and yet others using very basic entry level equipment.

A great photographer can take great photos using any kind of camera. A great camera in unskilled hands will still deliver mediocre photos. Before you invest the big bucks in high end gear take the time to learn the craft first.

I started out my professional career with a borrowed camera and very cheap lens. I worked this way for a few years and then invested in a high end second hand camera and lens. If I were starting out again now I would do exactly the same thing. My advice on buying a camera is always buy within your means and upgrade as your skills start to improve.

Follow the link to read the full article:............ Portrait Gear Essentials - by dPS eBook author Gina Milicia - Digital Photography School
I don't do much in the way of portrait photography, but was quite pleased with this image of Maasai dancers in Tanzania.
Maasai Dancers

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