I purchased a Canon 5Ds a few months ago because I was shooting more and more Macro Beauty, and I wanted to have large images after the original closeup images were cropped to the final frame. I still own a Canon 5D mark II as my backup camera, and I also shoot with it when I know for sure I won’t need gigantic files.
99% of my studio work is photographed with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. I bought it a few years ago, initially choosing this option because its L-series sibling was double the price, but I recently compared the two and wrote about it here. I am convinced that the non-L-series lens is great for studio beauty photography, and you don’t need to pay the extra dollars for the L-series if that’s what you need this Macro lens for.
This is probably my most favorite tool that I must have for every photoshoot. CamRanger is a wireless camera control and tethering device that can transmit the captured images into your laptop or desktop computer, or into an iPad or even iPhone. You don’t have to have WiFi for it to work, as the device that you hook up to your camera acts like a router and creates a network for your device or computer to join. I set up my camera to shoot in Raw and Medium Size JPEG, so that the JPEG previews are sent to the screen almost instantaneously. It allows me and my team to zoom in on the images and inspect the model’s face in detail before we start shooting, so we can fix any makeup or hair problems that might not be visible with a naked eye. It is super helpful and highly recommended!
When it comes to fast and professional beauty retouching, my main helper is the Beauty Retouch panel by Retouching Academy. Being one of its creators, I, of course, had my own retouching requirements and needs in mind when developing and updating it. The majority of the scripts for skin and makeup retouching in it were created by me, and I continue tweaking and improving them as I find better ways to speed up my work without compromising the quality of the results. EVERY SINGLE IMAGE that you see in my portfolio or on my social media is retouched with the RA Panels: Beauty Retouch & Pixel Juggler.
I’ve also been recording a video training where I demonstrate how I personally use the RA Panels in my work. It’s free and you can sign up to receive the released lessons here.