Choosing Gear for Glamour Photography

A while ago, I featured a post called Glamour Photography with Entry Level SLRsfeaturing a video clip from an outside source that used some of my material to explain that the cameras you bring to a glamour or boudoir session are not as important as the attitude and talent you bring.

Solely as a point of information, the cameras I currently own and use for glamour photography are mostly Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless camera and occasionally some Canon EOS models. None of these brands were the original brand of SLRs I used when starting my career. My first SLR was a film-based Minolta, which has now morphed into the Sony family. Next, I used Nikon SLRs for most of my early career but later switched to Contax because I wanted to be able to shoot with the same kind of Carl Zeiss lenses I was using with my medium format Hasselblads.

When digital SLRs came along I waited trying not to be an early adopter and finally settled on Canon EOS but later realized all the advantages that mirrorless cameras brought to the table. I am telling you only as a point of information. If you’re a happy Nikon, Pentax, Sony or even Fuji user it’s not my intention to convince you to switch systems. If it works for you and you’re happy, keep on truckin’.


My wife originally shot with Olympus digital SLRs* and over the years I borrowed some for glamour

e300-1445(2).xThe Olympus E-300 aka Olympus Evolt E-300 in North America, for some reason, was an eight-megapixel SLR that used the now-defunct Four Thirds System. Announced at photokina 2004 and was the second camera, after Oly’s E-1, to use the Four Thirds System and the first intended for the consumer market. Right now, on eBay you can buy one with a 14-45mm lens for $69 and another with two lenses (14-45 and 40-150mm) for $199. It’s old and uses and obsolete system but can it shoot glamour? See below.

The image of my former muse Tia was made at Barr Lake State Park with and E-300 and that selfsame 40-150mm lens with an exposure of 1/320 sec at f/4 and ISO 200.

*I have already recounted the saga of Mary’s use of these Four-Thirds cameras and her switch to another system along with my embrace of Oly’s Micro Four-Thirds system. You can read about it here.

Author: Joe Farace

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