I TOOK STUNNING HEAD SHOTS WITH AN "OUT DATED" LENS
I recently was approached to do some head shots for an actor. He needed updated shots, so we picked a day and went downtown. I took my Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 macro with me and a bunch of gear. (3 Flashes, umbrellas, tripod, stool, reflectors etc.) I only ended up using the 70-200, the stool, and the reflector. I think the photos turned out absolutely great, and I took them all with an "old" lens. Thats the thing about camera gear, you don't NEED the newest, best gear to capture great photos. You just need to know how to take great photos with the gear you have. In this case, I needed to make sure that my shutter speed was fast enough to compensate for my shaky hands (because this lens doesn't have any vibration control). I also knew I needed to have a nice low aperture so I could blur out the background. Lastly, I needed to make sure I was hitting my focus properly. The Tamron 70-200 Macro is a bit soft when its stopped down to f/2.8 and used at 200mm. I had to be mindful of this, or it would result in a very soft image which is the last thing I'd be looking for in head shots of this nature.
TIP: If its really sunny outside, place your subject in the shade and use a reflector to bounce some ambient light back on to their face!
Here are some of the images that I personally like the most from the shoot.