Stunning Fashion Portraits

Unlock the World of Stunning Fashion Portrait Photography with the Canon RF16mm Lens! In this video tutorial, we dive into the art of fashion portrait photography using the exceptional Canon RF 16mm lens. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiast looking to elevate your skills, this guide is packed with tips, tricks, and techniques to capture jaw-dropping fashion portraits.

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Photographer: Sal Cincotta 
Model: Marylyn Phan
Hair & Makeup: Brandi Patton, Refine Beauty

Ready to do fashion portraits with the Canon RF 16 millimeter? Let’s get to it. What’s up everyone? I’m Sal Cincotta here with Marylyn. We are gonna do some fashion portraits using the Canon RF 16 millimeter. It is an F2.8 lens and it is a prime. And what I do love about it, its incredible form factor, it’s just kind of like, it’s not quite a pancake lens, but stands close. And so super easy to travel with, great for landscape and things like that, but also fun to work with on a portrait session. And so you can get nice and wide. You can get tight and you can elongate legs and things like that. So you can have a lot of fun working with a lens like this. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a tight portrait shot, that’s where you want to use like an 85 millimeter. But for everything we’re about to do, this is a great all around lens, lightweight, easy to walk around with and have some fun. So let’s get to it.

Alright, here we go,  So now of course as I’m shooting her with this, I’ve gotta be conscious of where I’m putting her foot and body. So I’m keeping her face center frame. I really love the way that’s looking, and it’s accentuating angles, so I do like that. Horizontal, I’m keeping her in the middle of the frame as well. Love that look, shooting wide open at 2.8. And of course, shooting this on a Canon R5. So again, really, really super easy to work with. 

Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/100, ISO 1600
Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/100, ISO 1600

And as I zoom in here on some of these images, just tack sharp, even at 2.8, it’s extremely sharp. So I really like what I’m seeing in this lens. Lighting wise, we’re using continuous light from NanLite. Love the look and feel of these. As you can see, it’s transforming this space. So one of the things I do like about this at 16 millimeters, I can really back up, have some fun with this. I do even like the lights showing up in this. But you gotta be careful, right? So if you get too close, right, and you get away with this in fashion photography, if you get too close, you’ll see like a giant foot or something like that. Maybe for high school seniors not ideal or family portraits not ideal, but for fashion and things like that, you can have a lot of fun accentuating certain features.  I’m gonna get a super close portrait of her, just so you guys can see it’s not bad, it’s just not probably practical. But again, photography, it’s about being creative and trying different things.

Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/125, ISO 1600

Here we go, this is not too bad actually, if I’m being honest, for a 16 millimeter, I would never get this close to somebody for a portrait. But it’s looking good actually. It’s accentuating some features, but not in a bad way.  Alright everybody, that is a wrap, hopefully you loved it. This is a really cool lens. I never shot with it before this photoshoot, didn’t really know what to expect. Honestly, it wouldn’t have been my first choice to go to. But after seeing the results, hopefully you feel the same way I do, killer, killer images, so much fun to work with. And a pretty inexpensive lens, honestly, to add to your kit. It’s a sub $400 lens, so definitely something you want to add to your bag if you don’t already have it in it. And boom, peace out , we’ll see you in the next video.

Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/125, ISO 1600

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