A few weeks ago I covered a local event called the BrewTown Rumble. It was part portrait session for the Pin-up models of a pageant and part location candids. These lovely ladies wanted great professional portraits which required a studio set-up and my Nikon DSLR. For the location candids, I tend to use my iPhone6. If you know your equipment and lighting this combination works incredibly well.
In regards to the portrait session, it’s important to be in control of your lighting. I use Wescxott TD5 Florescent lighting with softboxes. I prefer the constant light rather than strobes due to my not doing portrait work full time. The constant lighting allows me to see where my shadows fall and how the light effects my models faces before taking the picture. Strobe lighting is a skill all photographers should know how to use especially full-time photographers.
My florescent lamps are ‘’daylight’’ rated and I can mix the natural sunlight into my studio session. Depending on the specific situation, it can add to the portrait. It’s another benefit of using daylight florescent lamps.
Once I started covering the days event, I like using my iPhone. It becomes my simple ‘’point-n-shoot’’ camera so I can concentrate strictly on composition. I own and use a Moment telephoto lens plus the standard iPhone lens. I quickly and easily switch between the two as needed. Using the iPhone allows me to be less intrusive. Photos are also easier to take as people are less intimidated now by cell phones. Cell phones allow you to be far more reactive at events. The lower you can get to the ground with your iPhone the more impact your photos will have.
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