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What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:25:29 AM »
Hi everyone, I have my first fashion show shoot this Thursday and I am wondering what lens should I use and what settings?

The body that I have is: Canon t3i

Lenses:
 Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
 Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
 Canon EF 85mm USM f/1.8

Flash:
Canon 430exII

Accessories:
Monopod

Battery Grip

I am wondering what settings to use?

I have been told to keep the Shutter speed between 1/200-500, F/stop 2.8-4.0,AI servo, spot metering, and Iso no more than 800 due to the noise and because the t3i does not do well in low light.


I am not sure if I will be allowed to use a flash.

Any suggestions and tips.

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What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:25:29 AM »

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 03:12:38 AM »
Can anyone help?

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 03:58:34 AM »
Check with the organizers whether flash is allowed. If you're not allowed to use flash, high(er) ISOs will have to do. Will your images be on a web site or are prints required and how big? Reduce noise in PP as much as possible.

From looking at your lenses, I'd suggest 85 1.8 - assuming there will be enough room to shoot with your crop body.


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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2012, 04:18:59 AM »
The organizers has not replied to my email about being able to use a flash. I am aiming for prints because if I am able to sell the images then I would like the quality to be there. I may rent a 24-70 L.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2012, 04:47:47 AM »
If I were you, I'd bring the 50mm and 85mm.  You can put your 55-250 in your backpack just in case you need a longer lens.  Since this is a fashion show, if you're sitting far enough, you don't need the 18-55.  The 50mm and 85mm should work great in low light.  Use a flash if you can.  If you can use it off-camera, it will be better.  Since you're using a T3I, I suggest you bring also a remote and a monopod to get those high-angled shots relative to model's faces.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2012, 04:52:43 AM »
The organizers has not replied to my email about being able to use a flash. I am aiming for prints because if I am able to sell the images then I would like the quality to be there. I may rent a 24-70 L.

If you're renting, why not a f2.8 lens (24-70/70-200)? Maybe you can find out how far you'll be off to get the correct zoom range. Esp. if other pros around they might not even take you for serious (or even might get aggressive) if you've got gear like the amateur from next door. Otherwise the 50/1.8 & 85/1.8 with monopod to compensate for the missing IS sound ok (though the 50mm is not very sharp @open aperture), but if the models are moving you might have to crop (= even more noise).

I have been told to keep the Shutter speed between 1/200-500, F/stop 2.8-4.0,AI servo, spot metering, and Iso no more than 800 due to the noise and because the t3i does not do well in low light.

I also thought about trying something like this with my 60d, but really with the 18mp sensor & shooting for prints this is exactly what you need a ff body + f2.8 zooms for (= big $$$). You might be ok with web-size & iso3200, but other than that the shutter speed might get too low.

With flash & shutter above 1/250s you'll need to use hss (only possible on hot-shoe, not with built-in flash as controller) and your 430ex2 might not have enough power, esp. for multiple shots (that's what you need a 580ex-type with external power pack for). And did you try af servo with your camera before? It really sucks, you might be better off with one-shot when the models stop & pose. Spot metering is very dicy, too, because of the very limited dynamic range of the aps-c sensor esp. at high iso - so if the camera catches a too dark spot the highlights could blow.

But really, maybe I'm too pessimistic, let us know how it went!

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2012, 05:39:04 AM »
Don't want to dampen this, I'm only an enthusiast myself and I'd jump at doing it, but it sounds to me a lot like some sort of low budget fashion show and they'll probably invite 20+ random photographers without payment and hope they get some good shots? I think go for it for the experience, but not so sure under those circumstances I'd bother renting anything in the hope of getting a few sales. I'd probably just plan on taking the 50 and 85, and maybe 55-250 packed away in case you are stuck up the back.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2012, 12:20:28 PM »
I forgot to mention - I am still a beginner, so I use what I have and do what I can with it.

PeterJ - It is the Denver Fashion Weekend which is a two day event. That is the main reason why I am going, is for the experience.

Marsu42 - I meant f2.8 24-70 lens - I agree, I need to stand my ground and not get pushed around.

verysimplejason - I do not have a remote

I wil post up a link of a few images sometime after the event.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2012, 12:22:39 PM »
https://vimeo.com/50657165

This will be the catwalk.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2012, 10:04:40 PM »
And did you try af servo with your camera before? It really sucks, you might be better off with one-shot when the models stop & pose. Spot metering is very dicy, too, because of the very limited dynamic range of the aps-c sensor esp. at high iso - so if the camera catches a too dark spot the highlights could blow.

+1

Go with the 50 and 85, one shot, bring lots of media and shoot a lot.  Do you have a second battery?  If not, keep the chimping to a minimum.
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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2012, 10:12:18 PM »
Okay, do you suggest me renting a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens?
I have two extra batteries and I mainly use a sandisk extreme 64gb sdxc.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2012, 11:46:43 PM »
The 50 and 85 are for sure your best bets.  If I were you, and this is just my opinion since you are a beginner, I would make sure I knew exactly how long the runway is. I say this because if you know your lenses, the angle of view for each, it will give you a great idea of where you need to stand in order to get the shots you want or need.  Don't overlook this... hope you understood what I meant as I am outside, freezing, having a cig and my mind... well,  may be frozen too.  If you can use your flash you should be golden. Remember, shutter speeds of 1/250th and faster will freeze motion.  Follow that rule and you will be fine.  As for not being taken seriously... who cares? If you are serious about doing a good job, you will... no matter your equipment.  Get the shots you need to get and don't be afraid to get creative... shots of the footwear when all the models come out at the end... that kind of thing.  The models are going to rock... and you too my friend, will rock it as well.

Good luck.

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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2012, 01:12:45 AM »
What kind of fashion shoot is it?
(maybe you'll need something with waterproof sealing :P )
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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2012, 02:09:02 AM »
Thank you all for your advice! I am still waiting for a reply if I can use a flash or not, but I will probably arrive an hour or two earlier so hopefully they are doing a rehersal so I can figure out settings and such. Thursday night is a Fashion Show/ Make up Show and Saturday night is a hair Fashion show - it is the Denver Fashion Show - for the international people it is in the state of Colorado, USA.


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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2012, 02:17:17 AM »
I recommend renting 70-200/2.8 IS II - usable for prints from F3.5-4.5 and exposure with flash - min sync time (1/160 - 1/200) [w/o flash 1/320 - 1/500]. I also recommend rent flash battery pack - recycle time from 4 AA are too slow.
Manual Camera settings is the best for changing background. (Spot metering does not usually help me...) I use only flash exposure compensation - direct flash: -1/3 (-2/3), bounced flash: +1/3 (0)
(Flash is not usually forbidden even on TV broadcasted shows.)
(I use monopod only with 200/2 to help handle the weight ;-) )
Examples (w flash):
First part 70-200, second 200/2
http://galerie.rezny.net/thumbnails.php?album=175
85/1.8:
http://galerie.rezny.net/thumbnails.php?album=164
70-200+200
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1591854950701.2074840.1065693869&type=1&l=ac9e09898a
70-200
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1676464905897.2082652.1065693869&type=1&l=790090f610
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Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
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