I've already expressed the pros and cons of group shoots in a previous post. To add to this pros list, group shoots are great for getting into venues that you normally would not have access to. The Baldwin theatre is an historic building located in downtown Royal Oak. It was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The architectural detail is stunning. The interior is beautifully extravagant. And what did I do? I challenged myself to shoot with one lens and ended up missing out on the opportunity to take some stunning architectural images! Some days, I wonder if I ever think things through.
Anyway, lets move onto the challenge that I presented to myself. I decided to stick with a prime lens. Since this was an organized model shoot, I chose the 85 mm f/1.8 lens, an excellent portrait lens. I decided to keep the images as portraits, instead of environments with models in them (in which I would use a wider angle lens). I absolutely love my 85 mm lens. However, in tight spaces, you can't really "zoom" out with your feet because there's not enough room to back up. Being in the Baldwin, there were many times I would have liked to have captured more of the environment. I would say this was poor planning on my part, but I achieved my goal. I created some fun portraits of the models at the shoot.