Caroline Allington
PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|September 2021
With four children to practice her portraits on Caroline has no shortage of subjects when she’s out capturing wonderful memories of her little ones in beautiful light
Caroline Allington

“My Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II is a stunning piece of glass and I take most of my portraits with it”

My photography journey began a long time ago, when I was a childcare provider, back in 2004. I would photograph the kid’s daily adventures, so their parents could see what they’d been up to while they were at work. But it wasn’t until my own fourth child was born many years later that I learned how to use a camera properly.

I took it upon myself to take full control of my settings and forced myself into Manual mode to get better pictures.

The real game changer for me was prime lenses, as they allow me to shoot very wide open and, in turn, have a fast shutter speed. This is a must for sharp shots of children who are constantly on the move! I also love the creamy soft background they give that draws the attention to my subjects. My Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II USM is a stunning piece of glass and I take most of my portraits with it. About a year ago I bought a Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, which is also now a lens that I cannot live without.

I’ve also upgraded my main camera to the Canon EOS R5 and I use an adaptor, so I can still use my EF lenses. When I go out on a shoot I take both my 5D Mark IV and my R5, usually with the 85mm on one and the 135mm on the other.

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