I am finally getting sharp photos from my new 5D Mark II. They still are not as good as the old 5D right out of the camera. I am also not sure that I like the skin tones I’m getting with the new camera. The old 5D had the best skin tones of any camera on the market. But I am still learning how to color correct them.
The images shot with my telephoto L zoom lens definitely have Chromatic Aberrations, which I can correct in Adobe’s Bridge, before I do any color correction on them. This photo I shot with a prime lens which does not show CA. I bought the 1.4f 50mm Canon lens to see if the lens makes a difference. It does, but who wants to change lenses every three minutes 🙁
Above is a photo of a new girl, her name is Stormy Rose. We flew this girl in from Alabama, and she was true to her name: Stormy 🙂
This photo was shot with my Metz on the camera and a small self contained strobe, both of which were bounced off the ceiling of the white wall behind me, in my bath room. All of the walls in my very sunny house are white, so that the light is soft and beautiful. My studios were always all white including the floor. In a good photo, you can always tell where the light is, by the shadows under the chin and the catch light in the eyes. Having the right lighting, from a correctly placed light source, is crucial to making the difference between a photo and a work of art.
Keep in mind that the most important things that make for great photos are, in descending order; the model, the appropriate lighting, good makeup and hair, and how you handle the model.
When you are handling a model, remember that your personality needs to adapt to the model, so that you can get her to willingly give her best. She (and all women you encounter in life) are not going adapt to you, especially if you are being a DICK!