Portraiture with the Canon 5D (Mark 1)

First published on: Sunday, 31 May 2009

When it comes to portraiture, the Canon 5D (Mark 1) has few peers. View inspiring portraits, and read tips on technique, workflow and equipment as shared by the photographer.

  1. Ron Purdy’s Portraits — shot mainly in the studio, I believe that Ron’s images are the best currently available. He posts a quick and dirty personal review of the 5D there, and a number of postprocessed, full-sized images for your perusal. One of my favourite is this particular image of April (warning: huge file!). He notes that he prefers to shoot RAW, as they’re superior to JPEGs when carefully processed for highlights.
  2. Juan Manuel Rodrigo shoots a superb series of India. Some of the images evoke a strong emotional response, and it’s sad that so many still live like this. Look also for his recommendations for suitable lenses to go with the 5D (in the comments, namely Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM) for this type of street photography. Juan shares the challenges faced, and how the 5D’s full-frame sensor allowed him to achieve his photographic vision.
  3. A stunning portrait series taken under natural light with the Canon 135mm f/2L lens.
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