By weekday I am a full-time business management student, by weekend I am a photographer that shoots figure skating and the occasional self-outfit photo. Sports photography (especially indoor sports) requires super fast lenses that are ridiculously expensive (but worthwhile for the work I want to do). Outfit photos, I’ve learned, do not need anything fancy. I’m serious!
The day my Canon Rebel T2i broke down (I’m sending it to repairs), I took a very close look at all the lenses I had. I purchased a lot of third-party lenses by Sigma (with a Canon mount) to avoid having to pay triple the price for a Canon lens. The end result was a lot of lenses (I was up to 5, a lot for an amateur photographer) and none of them were really up to my satisfaction. Some had trouble focusing in low-light settings, some were just plain too heavy for the little they did…. I sucked it up over the weekend and decided to trade in all my Sigma lenses. I barely used them for those reasons.
These photos were taken with the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT and taken with the Rebel XT body.
These shots were taken in a very dark room on a cloudy day.
What I Did:
- Opened the curtains allllll the way so I could let in as much light as possible
- Slowed down the shutter speed
- Bumped up the ISO to 1600
- Stood really still
That’s it really takes to expose a photo correctly with very little available light!
Not to mention, the 18-55mm kit lens is SO light in comparison to my other lenses for sports photography (the one I mainly use for figure skating weighs about 5 lbs. and I use it for 3-5 hours at a time — it’s literally like weight lifting!).
Anyway, the lesson here is that you don’t need anything expensive to produce good photographs of outfits.
All you really need is:
LOTS OF LIGHT!
What I wore:
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: High school uniform pants turned into shorts
Shoes: Korean brand (eBay)