Discover what happened when two photographers used the Canon EOS M10 mirrorless camera to capture the same model.
We invited photographers Darren Wong and Ryan Peters to participate in this experiment where each of them was handed the Canon EOS M10 mirrorless camera to photograph model Polina at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It’s a simple premise – two photographers, one mirrorless camera and one model – with resulting photos that were hardly as such.
Scenario 1: Composition
Darren: One of the most important things about photographing a model is the relationship she has with her environment. There were these huge cactus trees that reminded me of Coachella, the music and arts festival in California. I knew there was a story to be told between our model and her environment. I also used music to get her into the mood. The first few shots helped to ease her as she discovers the surrounding before the story she wants to tell simply unfolds.
The Canon EOS M10 mirrorless camera is great because of its tilt-type touchscreen LCD. As I had to shoot this image from really low angles, the LCD screen helped me frame my subject with ease. I was able to tilt the screen, then view and compose my shots easily.
EOS M10 EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 23mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4, ISO200
Ryan: While walking around the Gardens, I found a little pocket that I thought would be perfect to place Polina in. I wanted her to stretch out and fill the space, and framed the trees around her.
The Canon EOS M10 mirrorless camera has a LCD touchscreen that could be flipped to help me get a low-angle shot. Getting this shot would have been uncomfortable without the use of the camera’s handy touchscreen. The flip touchscreen also helped to deflect the harsh glare of the sun so I could compose my shots easily.
EOS M10 EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 15mm, 1/1000 sec, f/3.5, ISO100
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Scenario 2: Lighting
Darren: Working with direct sunlight can be challenging. Due to the harsh light cast on our model, we decided to use the layer of leaves which acted as a filter to help block out the harshness. I love how the leaves and branches framed Polina for the portrait.
Thanks to the EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, I was able to achieve a nice depth of field without losing too much background details. Hence, one would still be able to recognise the branches and leaves stretching to a distance in the background.
EOS M10 EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 15mm, 1/2000 sec, f/3.5, ISO200
Ryan: I like to shoot where there are shadows, as it makes for a more dramatic photograph. Looking away can be more impactful sometimes, when the subject is at rest or those in-between moments, as it makes a more compelling picture. This is possibly my favourite photo, especially since it ends up looking unlike Polina. Surprise your subject, don’t just show one dimension to that person. You should always leave room for something serendipitous to happen – and this image represents that.
Using the Canon EOS M10 mirrorless camera’s touchscreen LCD, I was able to access the images I had already taken with ease. In terms of viewing my images after shooting, it may have been the best experience. It was such a pleasure, similar to working on a tablet, pinch and zoom in to check my shots. Checking the focus of my shots was also a breeze.
EOS M10 EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 30mm, 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO100
Scenario 3: Close-ups
Darren: For me, this shot is all about her eyes. Through an almost-symmetrical framing, I wanted to capture my viewer’s attention and draw their focus right where I want it to be. I added some of my own colour elements with the dried flowers, which had red tones that complemented the makeup, and also showed off her eyes.
The Canon EOS M10 lens’ aperture of f/3.5 again helped me create a nice depth of field, which is great for portrait photography. And with its touchscreen LCD, I was able to focus on certain areas with just a simple tap, which was convenient and user-friendly.
EOS M10 EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 34mm, 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO200
Ryan: For this photo, I decided to not give as much direction to Polina as I wanted to encourage her creativity. So I simply kept quiet and let the moments unfold. More often than not, the subject tends to reveal something about themselves. Usually the first few frames would get me the shot, and in this case, it did.
I was able to get this shot by holding the Canon EOS M10 mirrorless camera’s tilt-type touchscreen at a high angle. As she looked up, I got the shot I wanted. While the focus was bang on, I was able to test the camera’s colours and dynamic range and I think it definitely delivered.
EOS M10 EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 45mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO100
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Darren WongDarren Wong is a Singapore-based photographer who specialises in portrait photography. Besides portraits, he also shoots product visuals for brands such as The Macallan, Thermos, and Nissin. Find his portrait work on Instagram @darrenwongphotography, or on his website www.darrenwphotography.com.
Ryan PetersTaking pictures is not just a profession for Singapore-based photographer Ryan Peters, it’s a means of artistic expression. From shooting concerts, he has branched out into commercial photography for Audi, SIA, Unilever, Mizuno Asia and more. These days, you’ll find him capturing portraits and scenes of beauty across the world, but most of all throughout Asia.
Find his work on Instagram @ryanpetersphotography, or on his website https://spectrumphotography.viewbook.com