I'm looking forward to "fashion photography" have few question .. PLEASE HELP !

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  1. Abdullah AlFedalh

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    Hi,

    I'm looking forward to fashion photography and I'm just in the start line of the world of photography.

    I have a Canon 500D, with the 18-55mm that comes with it.
    I found my-self more in fashion photography.

    First, I'm looking for my right portrait lens that will work for me.
    I really don't know what to get.

    100mm Macro or the 85mm

    And I'm looking for a lens that's not over $820.

    I'm more into natural light fashion photography,
    So I don't know what's the right equipment that I will need to use... any help?

    By the way if you guys know any online courses that will help me.
    Thank you a lot !!
     
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    For online class suggestions, see some of the things I suggested here.

    I do not have a lot of expertise in fashion photography, but if I were just starting today, I would have gone with nothing but fast primes. For some of the portraiture that I do, I like to have several focal lengths. For this reason, I suggest these three lenses that come in under your $820 budget.

    1. Canon 35 2.0 $289
    2. Canon 50 1.8 $89
    3. Canon 85 1.8 $379
    Total $757

    With the APS-C sensor, that will give you 50mm, 80mm, and 135mm sharp lenses, all which are great for portraiture. I really wish I could trade in my zoom lenses for fast primes now, but I think I'd lose out money wise if I made the switch.

    Hope this helps,

    Steve
     
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    Thanks Thanks a lot for the information you gave. :)
    But I have a question, why would I need the three lens's ?
    Do they do different jobs ?
     
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    It would be handy to have different lenses for when you have different working lengths (For fashion portraits you really want to stick with longer lenses. Shorter lenses distort the image)

    I wouldnt even bother with the 35mm and 50mm lenses, you have to be too close to your subject...Id only get use them if you were taking pictures of large groups...which I dont really think happens in fashion...

    Id gow ith the 100mm lens if I were you.
     
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    Thank you.
    But dot you think that 100mm is more created for macro.?
    and the 85mm for portrait ..?
    I'm really convinced right now ..
     
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    You will also need reflectors, diffusers, and even a lighting setup....or at least flash for fill light.
     
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    100mm is not just for macro. By the way, for fashion you might do full body shots, so you will need the wider lens as well.
     
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    Why? Have you ever used strobes before? Is that why you say you're more into natural light?

    Most all fashion photographers are versed in the way of lighting as fashion and glamour really don't tend to end up putting you in an environment that's suitable for natural lighting as well as natural lighting often not favoring highlighting the clothes properly.

    Strobist: Lighting 101
    Strobist
    Lighting Essentials - a Place for Photographers. Learn Lighting, Photography, Fashion and Editorial Portraiture on Location and In Studio. Portable Strobes, Studio Flash and Natural Light Photography
    zarias.com :: The blog of editorial photographer Zack Arias

    Some good lighting resources to look at if you haven't already.

    And lights can be had for cheap.
     
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    Yeah, But I'm Just a beginner ^_^

    So you think 100mm would give me better results than 85mm ?
    Thanks, I will look throw the links you give me.
    Maybe because I'm Just a beginner and working with natural light is easy for me "for now"
     
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    Yep. They do different jobs. ;)
     
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    Ohh :)
    If I asked you to choose 2 of the three what would they be ?
    & thanks a a lot
    sorry for my questions :$
     
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    With my feet held to the fire I would pick the 50 1.8 and the 85 1.8.

    It is my opinion you should refrain from spending much additional money until you know a lot more about photography in general and fashion photography specifically.
     

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