In this series, 10 Offset artists answer 10 questions about their approaches to visual storytelling. Each artist has a different style and subject matter, ranging from lively portraiture to stark architectural photography. Discover how their inspiration, techniques, and stories unfold.

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Question 6: What camera and lens do you use? And do you use natural lighting?

1. Devon Hall: Canon 5D Mark II, and my favorite lens to date is my Sigma 35mm f/1.4. I use natural light and studio light. 

kids-by-school
Image by Devon Hall

2. Ester Keate: I normally use a Nikon D800 with 50mm/85mm lens if on digital, or Hasselblad with 85mm lens if shooting film. I shoot both natural light and flash depending on the shoot. 

portrait-of-woman
Image by Ester Keate

3. Jen Huang: All natural lighting, Contax 645 medium format film camera, 80mm Zeiss lens, and Fuji 400H film.

old-steps
Image by Jen Huang

4. Jennifer Bogle: Right now I use a Canon 5D Mark III and a variety of lenses, though much of my portfolio was shot with a 6D. My top three lenses are my Canon 85mm 1.8 and 24mm 1.4L II, and my Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. I use a mix of natural light and added light. Flash can be incredibly useful for creating natural looking light while maintaining the clean, low-grain images needed for stock art.  

bubbles
Image by Jennifer Bogle

5. Kyle La Mere: Canon 5Ds and Canon L 50mm 1.2. I’m a hybrid portrait photographer. I love studio lighting and natural lighting all the same!

woman-painted-gold
Image by Kyle La Mere

6. Lisa Tichané: I’ve been a faithful Canon user since the very beginning of my photography journey (I had a Canon film SLR back in the 20th century!). Now I’m using a 5D Mark III and a variety of Canon L lenses, my most used one being the 24-70L 2.8II. 

kid-looking-through-floral-fence
Image by Lisa Tichané

7. Matt Armendariz: Phase One 645 with an IQ 180 back in studio and 120mm lens. On location usually Canon 5DS with a 24-70 lens.

Honey-on-flat-surface
Image by Matt Armendariz

8. William and Susan Brinson: We use a variety of cameras including Phase One and Canon and the gamut of lenses for the right situations. 

Cut-citrises
Image by William & Susan Brinson

9. Shana Novak: Strobes only. Hasselblad + Phase One.

shirt-floating-on-white
Image by Shana Novak

10. Benoit Florençon: Canon 5D2 and tilt shift lenses, on tripod or hand-held. I do use natural lighting a lot. 

brick-building-side-view
Image by Benoit Florençon

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Offset artists are visual storytellers with a deep passion for their craft. Images in the Offset collection are gathered from world-class and award-winning assignment photographers, illustrators, and agencies, with a focus on unique content with narrative, authentic, and sophisticated qualities.