What did you shoot that with? (part 2)

Dylan Barmore.  Canon 5D MkII | 35L

Here’s part 2 in what did you shoot that with?  I’ve been asked on a few occasions about what particular lense I used so I figured to share some pics and talk about the lense used and why I chose that particular lens.  If you missed the last blog post about what lense I use for beauty shots be sure to check it out.

In this second installment I’ll talk about the lens that I use for my lifestyle shots.  When it comes to lifestyle I like to use the Canon 35mm f/1.4L because of its wide angle.  With this wide perspective I like to use it to tell a story which brings in more of the environment/background into the shot.  By shooting with a wide angle lens I have to be aware of the working distance with my subject.  If too close I’ll get barrel distortion which causes an exaggeration of facial features like the forehead or nose.  There nothing more distracting in a shot when you turned your subject’s forehead into a five-head.

Dylan Barmore.  Canon 5D MkII | 35L

For this particular shoot Dylan and I were shooting in the studio for the most part of the day.  I had an idea to finish our shoot outdoors at a local pumpkin patch.  At this location I had to deal with uncontrollable things in the background such as bystanders or lookie-loos.  To get around this I set the camera to a wide aperature to keep Dylan in focus while the background was out of focus.

Hope this gives you some insight on some of my lifestyle shots.  If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment.

Also stay tuned for a behind the scene look video from this photo shoot.  The video was shot and edited by Kevin Calumpit aka @photokevie. I’ll post it up on the blog shortly.

-Rodney Alan



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