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Camera House : Better Pictures 14
A 51-point focus system with 15 cross type points matches the D4 for precision. A dual dial control system makes changing apertures and shutter speed a breeze. A 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF) easily captures the action. Sigma’s standard prime lens offers a fast large aperture for optimal use in low light. It features moulded aspherical glass elements to minimise ghosting and chromatic aberration, and it is compact enough for everyday use. Perfect as a portrait lens. This well-built flash offers reliability and high performance, and can be used with a radio trigger for greater flexibility. Its ease of use makes it ideal for the novice as well as the pro shooter. It can be used as a master or slave unit in multiple flash setups. perfect portraits NIKON D7100 SIGMA 50MM F/1.4 EX DG HSM LENS CANON 600EX SPEEDLITE portrait artists, and a sought-after fashion and advertising shooter. His process is very much a collaborative effort these days. “I work in collaboration with art directors and creative directors, who come to me with their wonderful ideas and concepts that they have been championing to the client, usually for months before I even see them, and finally they get the green light to make the work. “We discuss and consider the ideas which, at this stage, are illustrations or storyboard-like drawings on paper. I go away and research and plan how I am going to turn their concepts into powerful photographic visuals, something that will knock the socks off the audience they are targeting.” Understanding the audience and realising who is viewing your images and what they are meant to represent is an integral part of this process. Preparation is key to delivering a successful shoot. “I was a boy scout and their motto is ‘be prepared’, which translates incredibly well for what I do now,” explains Taylor. “There are weeks of planning and research into every aspect of how the shoot is going to play out, and the direction I and the creative team would like it to take.” This exacting preparatory work has resulted in a photographic style that is strong and confident. Taylor likes to think it is “cohesive” through every image he takes. Not surprising when you consider his influences, which range from Henri Cartier Bresson (“for his decisive moment”) to Adam Watson (“for graphic strength and beauty”), to Patrick Demarchelier (“for his language on the beauty of la femme”) and Edward Weston (“for candid camera tips 1 Use a compact camera. 2 Anticipate the action. 3 Be patient. 4 Explore your technical creativity. 5 Make the most of your composition. 17 Feature ADAM TAyLOr 016_Bpics14_Adam_v2.indd 17 27/08/13 9:59 AM
Better Pictures 13