As well as working with new models, I have the greatest pleasure of working with photographers as well.
This was the case with model/photographer Mackenzie. She is a local Dallas photographer specializing in family and event portraits.
It is always a blessing to be able to take photos of other photographers, especially because I know how picky I am. She reached out to me on Instagram and we were on our way to a great collaboration.
Sony 35mm f1.4 Portraits | Lifestyle Photography
For this shoot, I packed a few lenses, but I ended up only using one. My lens of choice for this collaboration was the Sony 35mm f1.4. This lens is tack sharp and allowed me to get some of the environment around Mackenzie during the shoot.
I did take some closer portraits, but I tried to stay at least 2-3 feet back when possible. The distortion of the lens is noticeable when you try to do close-up portraits. This is pretty much true of all wide angle lenses that I know of. The Sony 35mm f1.4 was paired with my Sony a7ii Mirrorless camera body.
I tend to edit all my shoots the exact same way due to the way I shoot. I always underexpose especially because I shoot wide open and there is tons of light coming into the lens. I know this style is not for everyone, but I love the results, and I have post-editing in mind. I bring all my photos into ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and apply my custom preset to the images. Many of the images were very dark but it was easy to lighten them up in the post editing process.
What did I learn from this shoot
The sun was pretty much right above us, and I knew I had to keep the model in the shade as much as possible to avoid harsh shadows on her face and under her eyes. I used the natural background and concrete as a giant reflector when shooting.
The garage and light-colored concrete bounced light everywhere so it was perfect for getting shots with good lighting. The studio shots were a little darker then I wanted, but I was able to correct the exposure in post-production. Even when I think I got a bad shot, I know I can give it a second chance in photoshop.
Sony Cameras for Portrait Photography:
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Lenses for Portraits:
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom