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Linda asks…

What is a good camera for event photography and or Portrait?

I just recently had a Nikon FM10 till it was stolen and well even though i miss and think film photography is more enjoyable i want to get a new camera. I was looking into a Nikon D60 or a Cannon Rebel XSI but the XSI is a tad expensive. I would like to use my camera for both things i stated, and by event photography i mean, i know plently of bands that want pictures taken of them, and thats where the event photography comes into play… so i was wondering what DSLRs are good, and are really worth looking into. Thanks

administrator answers:

Any DSLR on the market that has a good hi ISO/low noise will be good for you. What is more important is lens.

Generally, event photography either does not allow for flash or you are too far away for flash to be of any value, so ambient shooting is required. This is where fast glass and the hi ISO comes into play.

On a Nikon D60, you’ll need to get one of the AF-S lenses. Good primes are 35 f/1.8 AF-S or the 50mm f/1.8 AF-S. If you need a long zoom then you are looking at either the 55-200mm VR, but it is only an f/4-5.6(considered slow but only $200) or the top of the line professional model 70-200mm f/2.8 VR($1800).

Canon is in the same area regarding lenses.

The larger apertures will also give you some great depth of field for the portraits.

Now, before you go out and start investing in all this gear, make sure this is something you really want to do.

Paul asks…

How much should i charge for a photography portrait session?

I am a small local photographer who has just done event photos and I have been asked to do a portrait shoot for a lady who won a contest. The picture she chooses will be sent to the contest she won and I think put into a magazine but im not 100% sure. Therefore I will give her the rights to use the photos… How much should i charge her for the shoot? The shoot will include me taking her pictures and giving her the rights to use the pictures. Let me know!

administrator answers:

Add up all your expenses for that shoot (for eg. If you’re going to be giving her prints) & labour and you should have an idea then. If you will be giving her the cd only, think about what you would like your labor fee to be. I hope this helps.

Mary asks…

Which lens would be best buy for an amateur interested in Portrait/Fashion Photography?

I have a Canon EOS 1000D(I will upgrade to a better one when I am done saving money for it) with 18-55 Kit Lens. I am ready to upgrade my kit. I am planning to buy a prime lens first, but I think I won’t be able to shoot events then. Also I am thinking of getting Canon Speedlite 480EX Flash. Please help me out with my dilemma.

administrator answers:

Except for shooting runway events and using a flash diffuser, forget the speed light. It is perhaps the worst lighting you can use when shooting fashion or portraits. For this, you need a minimum of two light sources, one key and one fill to do any justice to your model.

For now, use the 18-55 mm lens at its 55 mm setting and practice composing your shots and directing the models.

If you need some ideas for poses, look on Model Mayhem or One Model Place.

While a prime lens like the 50 mm f/1.4 is an excellent portrait lens, when shooting fashion the better lens is the 24-70 mm f/2.8, but you will have to save your pennies for a while before you can budget for it.

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