View Full Version : Best camera for stock shoots?

06-25-2007, 01:52 PM
Hello all,

I am new to this forum and hope to get a little advice. I work as a freelance photographer for a stock image content provider. They send me to places all over Europe to hire models for glamour photography - yes it is the best job in the world:).

I have a Cannon Rebel XT that I use in combination with 4 600 watt flood lights difused with umbrellas. I don't always use all 4 lights but they do help to provide great lighting for indoor shoots.

My problem is that I need to get approx. 2,000 to 3,000 images per shoot (in about 8 hours). I have had problems with the exposure using the Cannon and I really don't have time to adjust the settings for every backdrop, lighting situation, outfit, etc. I have tons of saved settings, but they don't always work.

I have provided some samples of overexposed ruined images:


So here's what I seeking... I want the "point and shoot" auto functionality without the shutter lag. And I want the ability to change lenses. Is this too much?

I have tried the Cannon on auto and it's still pretty touchy. Is there a point and shoot out there that can handle what I need? How about any other SLR's, like the Nikon? Would they be easier to use putting on auto with good light and working?

All images are for web media - not print. So I really don't need super high mp (each image will be resized to no more than 700kb).

Please let me know. If you had to get a massive amount of stock footage in various environments and only needed the image quality for web based media, what would you choose?

Thank you

Alex D80
06-25-2007, 04:23 PM
My job sucks!

I am using a Nikon D80 and mainly use it in the P mode, and so far I really can't complain on the quality of the pictures. I am no were near to your line of work, I just do this as a hobby.

I have been reading here that the Canon line has better flesh tones than the Nikon. That Nikon's are typically over/under saturated and that the tones look too fake. I personally don't see it that way, but again, to me the pictures that I am taking are good enough.