Published in Cosmopolitan Magazine
Commercial shoot for Yandy.com

Today I shoot my images using a Canon 5DS R, the highest resolution commercially available DSLR. At 50.6 Megapixels, the images can be incredibly beautiful and sharp when shot correctly.

When I first started photography I shot using a crop-sensor Canon rebel t3i. I loved that camera. And it was the perfect camera for a long time for me.

My next camera was a Canon 6D. My first full frame. I had made the jump to being a full time photographer and wanted a full frame camera to go with it.

Each time I decided to make the jump to a new camera I did so only when my clientele work and personal projects required it. When I first started shooting, I didn’t full understand or appreciate everything my small t3i could do. Then one day I remember feeling like I had outgrown it. I was consistently pushing the camera to it’s limits. My camera was no longer able to keep up with the ideas I was demanding of it.

With my 6D came a sense of creative relief. My skills and talents at the time were easily managed by this camera and I wasn’t experiencing the frustrations I did towards the end with my t3i. It felt good shooting with a larger sensor. And I started to explore my creativity more in depth.

As I grew as an artist, my clients started to grow as well. And not just in $ or numbers but in the level of sophistication they were asking of me. Soon, my 6D was hitting a boundary in the type of work my new clients were wanting.

That’s when I made the jump to the top of the DSLR market with my 5DS R. It’s a specialty camera, perfect for high-fashion and architecture. Clients were now printing my images on the sides of large new building developments, luxury magazines and covering walls with massive prints. And my 5DS R is the perfect tool for my client list at this moment. But it is unforgiving. If you are lazy or shoot poorly, it’ll show you in big glorious resolution, how badly you sucked when you took an image.

So I’m more disciplined as an artist now. I am better understanding the subtleties needed to create a great image with a highly refined tool and repeat that success over and over and over again.

One day, I and my clients may outgrow it. I’ve begun to eye the $50,000 Hasselbland or Phase One medium format systems. What was once unthinkable is slowly becoming a clearer possibility.

The camera does NOT make the photographer. The camera is merely a tool. But as I evolve, my taste are becoming more and more refined. There starts to become this extra ingredient I find myself adding to my images. It’s beyond the lighting or posing or coloring. The only word I can use to describe it is a sense of “depth”. Or “richness”. Art is like a relationship. After awhile, if you keep at them long enough, you begin to discover a depth to them that wasn’t possible to create in the beginning.


Ciara Lebamoff

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