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It’s always exiting working with new models and working with new camera gear. This was the case when I did this studio boudoir session with model Nikki M and shooting with the new Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera.

Start with the Model

I met Nikki thru Instagram. I had been following her work for awhile and vice versa. She reached out and asked if I wanted to collab and we set a session date. Nikki has worked with numerous photographers in the DFW area and I heard great things about her.

Sony a7iii Portraits

What better time to try out new gear than with a smart and beautiful subject. Nikki was very patient with me as I was learning to get comfortable with the Sony a7iii. First impressions of the camera was it was very familiar to me. I shoot with the Sony a7ii and Sony a7 currently so this camera was not a huge change for me.

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 125
Aperture @f/1.4
Shutter 1/160s
LED Light Camera Left

 

What I loved about the Sony a7iii

I am sure I will be doing a full review of the Sony a7iii, but for now let me tell you the eye auto-focus was amazing. I really enjoyed it and especially the low-light capabilities compared to my Sony a7ii. I shot most of this set with the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4. The studio was rather small and comfy so I needed a wide angle to stay close to the subject and still get full body type shots.

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 125
Aperture @f/1.4
Shutter 1/160s
LED Light Camera Left

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 125
Aperture @f/1.4
Shutter 1/160s
LED Light Camera Left

 

What I learned

I paid so much attention to the eye auto-focus feature I was forgetting my basics of composition. It was fun experimenting, but next time I will dial it back and shoot a little slower. It was a greta shoot, and I look forward to working with Nikki again very soon.

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 125
Aperture @f/1.4
Shutter 1/160s
LED Light Camera Left

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 800
Shutter 1/320s
LED Light Camera Left
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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 800
Shutter 1/320s
LED Light Camera Left
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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 800
Shutter 1/320s
LED Light Camera Left

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 1000
Aperture @f/2.2
Shutter 1/250s
LED Light Camera Left

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Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
ISO 1250
Aperture @f/2.2
Shutter 1/100s
LED Light Camera Left

I hope you enjoyed this photo session and I look forward to sharing more!

Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:

My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
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 Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)

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
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom

Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera

Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)

Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel

Recommended Accessories:

Godox Ving V860IIS Camera Flash – Speedlight Paired w/ X1T-S Wireless Trigger
Meike Grip Sony a7 – Camera extension grip
Meike Grip Sony a7ii – Camera extension grip

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