Bryan Dean in Studio 2015
Getting Wide with the canon 14mm
I just finished up my rental of the Canon 14mm 2.8 L for a weekend gig. I wanted to put it through the paces and see how wide 14mm looked on a full frame sensor. The first thing you notice is that this lens is going to give you lots of coverage. You can compose well in tight spaces and create some interest compositions It's not a fish eye, but it is pretty close, and this is certainly a concern when shooting people. I thought it would be fun for shooting a musical event covering the stage close.
When shooting people you can get incredibly close to your subject in order to fill the frame. This is where the distortion is most evident. This can be fine in some settings and entirely wrong in others ( i.e. it's not a portrait lens). I found it to work well shooting the performances for a short bit, but soon I longed for some zoom and I switched back to my 24-105mm to finish out the night.
Having also rented the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE lens in the past, and if I had to choose between the Canon 14mm & Zeiss 15mm, I would go with the Zeiss. I found it to have better color rendition and less distortion. It's a little heavier than the 14mm, but it's a Zeiss. In the end both are great for what they do, and remain great options for landscape photography, music, architecture and when working in tight spaces.
Q&A with Bryan Dean
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What I like the most about covering events & performances is the movement required to make the pictures, you can't just stand there. It's an ever changing quest to capture moments of emotion & joy from the masses of people swirling around you. I often like to engage people when shooting, making that connection is what can make a great image. Below are some recent event/performance images as well as a few from the past.
Welcome to the new website
It's a new year and things are already moving forward faster than ever before. But before I lose track of time, I want to thank all the clients and collaborators from this past year. It's great to be able to do what I love and work with so many amazingly talented people on projects that are impacting people's lives. Every click of the shutter, every edit, and every project is done with much gratitude.
Thank you again, looking forward to a great 2015 !!!
Shooting with the Pentax 645D
I had a chance to rent and use the Pentax 645D late last year. I was excited to shoot on a digital medium format camera for the first time. My experience shooting professionally has always been with Canon DSLRs which offer a large ISO range. When shooting with 645D in the beginning, I had to learn to slow down a bit. The camera moves much slower when compared with the 5D for example. Writing those huge 40mb files seems to be what takes the longest time. But that is not why you use a camera like this, it's the resolution.
I found using the camera very easy, the menu system was logical and I was able to do what I wanted to do. Syncing with strobes worked easily and the quality of the final file is very nice indeed. I used it outdoors in natural light and in my studio with strobes. I thought it did a great job shooting in both conditions. But again it's not a run and gun camera. It's a camera that produces amazing images in both conditions as long as you are not in a rush.
In the end I love the Pentax 645D, so much so I bought one, it was used, but I was swayed enough by the big sensor & ability to print larger to invest in this system. I might think differently once Canon releases a higher megapixel camera in the coming year. But for now I am very happy with it. I use it in both my portrait and product photography work. Though the 5D is never far away and it's still my workhorse camera.