Portrait session anecdote... Keep it simple

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by albert_smith, Nov 11, 2000.

  1. Here is an interesting anecdote I saw on the LUG... Portrait session with minimal gear... R8 and 100mm f2.8... surprised sitter... and good results based on technique over equipment.

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    Go down to "Hi Gang," which is original post:

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    http://mejac.palo-alto.ca.us/leica-users/v18/msg08358.html
     
  2. It would be fun to see how much you can do with nothing but a camera and a tripod. No doubt we lug a lot of unnecessary gear we end up not using or using when not absolutely necessary. But what if there's no convenient window or not enough light outside? And what if the CEO doesn't look his/her best in highly directional light. I would certainly shoot the window shot, but I'd probably try to cover myself with a roll of shots using a strobe in an umbrella. I guess I don't feel ingenious enough to use ambient light cleverly and confidently.
     
  3. My favorite is: M6 with 50mm 0r 35mm lens, Fast film (e.g. Tri-X),
    and available light. With some good daylight coming from a nearby
    window, I have my best chance of getting a natural shot with a
    gentle, non-harsh light. Enough light on the eyes is really
    important. Flash looks plastic and artificial to me. I don't think
    Eisenstadt used a flash for his picture of Albert Einstein.

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    Just my thoughts on the subject
     
  4. I completely agree with the others. The R8 and 100 macro like
    described could be wonderful. Flash is usually so tacky. Available
    light is by far the best if you can get away with it. I use my 50mm R
    Summicron and 90 Elmarit for this kind of shot. Works most of the
    time and I tend not to use a tripod for this kind of shot, so often
    it is wide open. You just need enough light.
     
  5. I love the photographer's attitude, but in this day and age where
    everyone with a programmed camera calls themselves a "photographer",
    how important is the "look" of being a photographer? Assuming that
    nobody knows that the guy was holding a 5000 Dollar camera and lens,
    he probably didn't look impressive for a first impression.

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    Some guy with a 100 Dollar Pentax K1000 and a couple of hundred
    Dollars worth of lightstands and umbrellas would make a better first
    impression for a potential new client. I know that the results are
    all that count, but "the look" instills some confidence in the
    uninitiated... the best doctor in the world meeting you in the
    waiting room in jeans and a t-shirt would cause some second thoughts
    about your choice. We have an idea about how a professional should
    look for a given career field.

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    But for my personal photography... fast glass, fast film, big
    window... I don't need anything else.
     
  6. I don't mind that doctorswears jeans - it's that they're all 35 years younger than I am that sets me back.
     

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