Since i did my recent first ever photo shoot with a model (circa 6 weeks ago), i have stopped to reflect on what i produced in that shoot and comparing it with what i want to produce in the future. Looking back, i consider my first shoot actually a little of a disappointment to myself. If i were to redo that shoot i would produce more lighting in the background to give the walls a brighter “white”, and possibly I’d have painted the wall an appropriate color to remove some of the “blandness” on the gift opening photos, as seen here from my first photo shoot
I have also been looking at the differences of having better equipment before i start my summer people & model shoots too, and here is what i reviewed:
I like your enthusiasm but also I agree with Bradcalkins comment. Get some lights for indoor and don't spend money on rental expensive lenses, your 50 mm is perfect for now. The lighting equipment is more important. And in this business, on first place is the concept. After 4 years of stock, this is my short list of IMPORTANCE: 1. concept (having ideas). 2. having human models. 3. a decent place for indoor shoot - I have a 5x3 meter room for this. 4. lighting equipment. 5. a photo camera :)
Keep in mind that Yuri shoots with $45,000 medium format camera. That said I did just order a 6D. I shoot for multiple markets and figure the difference between a full frame and the micro four thirds sensor should be significant. I'll probably end up using the 6D for studio work and still walk around with the smaller camera. I had good results with a long lens on the 4/3 thirds which would be ridiculously expensive on a full frame camera.
I also shoot with a mid-range micro four thirds camera and prime lens mostly for stock. Had to ditch the kit lens early on. Stock is about volume so if a smaller camera allows you to carry it around more then you'll end up with more images to sell. But of course it all depends on your view of this as a business or hobby. The people with the most expensive cameras and lens I see in my travels are hobbists who probably never sell any image.
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