In lifestyle shoots where I use back lighting for many scenes, I rarely employ even a fill reflector anymore. Part of the reason is that the popular style today in lifestyle imagery is for a more candid, snap-shot look where blown highlights, flare, flat lighting is the norm, and I try to mimic this with my technique. Of course I could only do this when using a camera that can support my pushing the technical limits to their extremes. The D750 is such a camera, and I have now put it front and center in my lifestyle workflow, ahead of the D4 and D810. At 6.5fps the continuous speed is sufficient for most lifestyle action without adding extra frames that just bog down my editing later. I now find myself shooing under 2000 frames in a typical lifestyle shoot, where as 4000+ was my prior norm. While part of this is attributable to the slower 6.5fps -- I used to shoot my D4 at 8fps -- the main reason I am shooting less is that I have a hard won confidence in the D750 to deliver an in-focus image under grueling circumstances. No matter how bad the lighting situation, the D750 delivers the highest percentage of in-focus images of any other camera I use for lifestyle photography.
I generally keep the D750 set for continuous 3-D AF for lifestyle photography. It is fun to watch the focus square jump all around the view finder as it seeks its focus point while the models move about. I sometimes use the Group-area AF when the subject is not moving too much and the light is flat and dim.
Below are samples from a few lifestyle shoots I did over the past week.
|For a scene like this where the model is small in the frame and the background has a confusing pattern, I again place the 3-D focus point on her head and if followed her wherever she moved, and was not thrown off by the blotchy background leaves.|