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    Lens Recommendations required plox

    Hi guys friend of mine wants to start taking baby, kids and family photos/portraits on the side and later on make it a career. She has a Canon 700d EOS DSLR camera whit kit lenses (do no what lenses) Now she wants to buy a decent high quality lens to take the photos/portraits.

    Any ideas or recommendations or advice will be apriciated.

    P.s she is doing this as a hobby ATM but would like to make it a career so she needs a decent lens not to pricey but not a piece of crap aswell.
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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    Hi, a colleague of mine has been photographing weddings , matric farewells, pregnancy, family etc photo's for many years and I showed him your topic.

    He said to better recommend a lens, he has a few questions first, so if your friend wants, she can phone him and he will gladly give his inputs.

    Pieter Oosthuizen : (she can find his contact details on his site or if you want I can PM his number to you).
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    Below is just one of many awesome photo's he took during his life time :


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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    Quote Originally Posted by BLaaR View Post
    Hi, a colleague of mine has been photographing weddings , matric farewells, pregnancy, family etc photo's for many years and I showed him your topic.

    He said to better recommend a lens, he has a few questions first, so if your friend wants, she can phone him and he will gladly give his inputs.

    Pieter Oosthuizen : (she can find his contact details on his site or if you want I can PM his number to you).
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    Below is just one of many awesome photo's he took during his life time :


    Jy plox mail me his contacts and your name so I can tell her phone this guy and tell him Blaar sent me
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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    A portrait lens typically refers to a "long" lens, a lens that is zoomed in as opposed to being wide. This creates a more flattering perspective of faces and prevents them from looking wide and bulgy. You can do this by using the telephoto side of kit lenses, 55mm on an 18-55mm lens for instance.

    An 85mm Canon 1.8 prime would probably be the best option for portraits. The best thing would be for her to practice taking photos with the lenses she has. A specialised portrait lens can help blur the background and improve perspective but an equally important purchase would be an external flash, triggers, reflectors and backdrops.

    Another thing to consider is where the portraits will be taken. If they're in a spacious, studio-like setting or outdoors, then a long, 85mm lens is perfect. If it's inside a small house then it will be trickier.

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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    For portraiture (and in general when starting with photography) stick with prime lenses.
    An 85 1.8 may be a bit too long on a crop sensor, but will be a good start.
    Perhaps go for a 50 1.4 or 50 1.8 as alternatives.
    I would go for second hand, high quality glass, as these things are usually well taken care of.

    For the details (e.g. baby's fingers/hands), you must get a macro lens. The 105 range would be ideal as you don't need to get too close to your subject. A lens like this would also make a good portrait lens when you can get some distance between you and your subject (think outside/garden).

    Invest in a good off-camera flash solution. Photography is nothing more than the capture of light, so the quality of light is important.
    Using the flash off-camera also gives you much more creative control and really lets you expose texture and contrast that no amount of post processing can do. Speaking of which...

    Get a good post processing solution and workflow. This does not include instagram.
    I personally use Lightroom and Photoshop, which is relatively cheap through Adobe's subscription model.

    Setup at least a RAID1 array of disks, and have an off-site back up (e.g. DVD/BR, cloud).
    No amount of wine/beer/tequila will bring back those lost photos if (read: when) something goes wrong. This will be even worse once you make this a career.

    All in, I'd say about R15k will get you started for the first year, considering that you've already got the camera body.

    Hope it helps

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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    @viven gave an impressive reply.

    I cannot figure out if she's going to take photos in an indoor studio or outdoors eg. In the garden?

    Indoors she'll need to focus on lighting, and perhaps if the budget is super tight stick to the 55mm-ish kit lens.

    Outdoors she'll be able to create blur/close up shots with a 200mm kit lens.

    I only did outdoor photography with my two kit lenses, 18-55mm/50-200mm for quite a while, took decent shots and made enough money for a proper lens.

    My 2cents: Start taking photos, whether it's with a kit lens or not.

    I'll also second Adobe Lightroom. A decent workflow works wonders.

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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    Most important asset for your friend would be to get training in composing shoots, handling a camera, using light, processing the images and making prints - forget about buying kit at first.

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    Re: Lens Recommendations required plox

    100% agree with the advice to go with a 50. 85 on a crop sensor camera like this one will be too long for many applications.

    Lighting wise - It's SUPER important to understand the the need for a proper lighting system has absolutely nothing to do with how bright or dark the shooting environment is. Indoors does not automatically mean you need a light, and outdoors doesn't automatically mean you DON't need a light. There's terrible light both indoors and outdoors. Using artificial light is not only about making sure you have ENOUGH light, it's about making sure that the light you have looks good.

    So I'd say that a 50mm is the right lens, and a speedlight would be a good investment as well. I'm a photographer by profession, and I use artificial light almost every single time I pick up a camera.

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