Natural Light Portraits with Canon 85mm f/1.2 RF: Behind The Scenes

One of the many things I've learned over time is the importance of learning how to learn. Some people learn better by reading, some by observing, and others by actually doing.

We all learn differently, but the key is that we strive to gather knowledge to gain a new skill or improve one that we already have. Learn, practice, and perfect — that's the goal. Some of the things I learned from books and manuals, and others I've learned from hands-on instruction.

I started watching this video by Irene Rudnyk to get some background on the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM lens, but I quickly discovered that I was learning more than I had anticipated. While watching, I was enamored by the way she interacted with her models.

In the past, I've primarily been a landscape and wildlife photographer. However, lately, I have been learning more about portrait photography. I've learned that much of portrait photography is more about interacting with and directing the model than about the technical aspects of camera settings.

Of course, a great model helps when it comes to posing and interacting with a photographer. Nevertheless, Irene has mastered directing the model and illustrates how providing feedback to the model ensures the perfect shot that the photographer is trying to capture.

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6 Comments

Fraser Pitkethly's picture

im sorry but do people actually need an f1.2 lens anymore. i understand for a crop sensor but for FF hmmm im not too sure hun

Joel Manes's picture

As demonstrated above, it is nice for portraiture to separate from the back/fore ground. Also, it's nice to have options.

Dan Ostergren's picture

No one really needs it, but a lot of people still want it, which is justifiable in my opinion. Photography wouldn't be fun if it was 100% practical.

I always said I don't need it. But then I bought the EF 50mm f/1.0 from a stranger and boy I was wrong about not needing a huge aperture.

Irene Rudnyk's picture

hey hun how about we all shoot how we want:) i love the F1.2, that's my style and it works for me

Francisco Hernandez's picture

Love Irene's work! Inspired with every upload.