Leica M9 – Fashion Photographer
by Andy Lee
I’d like to share with you some of my work as a fashion and beauty photographer, and how I transitioned to shooting with a digital Leica M camera.
Most photographers are surprised when I tell them I shoot with a Leica M9 for fashion and beauty. I’m not sure why—In my eyes it’s a camera I really enjoy shooting with and it produces amazing files. Sure there are things about it I’d like to see improved, but no camera is ever perfect, and photography is a medium of constraints and compromises.
I started in the industry shooting film on a Mamiya RZ67 ProII medium format camera. I eventually moved to Canon digital SLRs. Canon’s are fantastic cameras to shoot with—super fast, rugged, versatile. But for some reason, I kept looking for something else…
I grew up learning photography shooting with an old rangefinder camera my parents had but never used—I guess what rangefinder cameras mean to me now is a certain familiarity and simplicity in approach to shooting I was first introduced to photography with. So when Leica announced their first digital M in 2006 (Leica M8), I *had* to own one! What followed was the realization of how much I missed shooting with a rangefinder and how few of the bells and whistles I actually used on digital SLRs. I kept shooting with the Leica M8 to the point where it was the only camera I reached for. Eventually I upgraded to a Leica M9 which has a full-frame sensor and delivers even better image quality!
I have been shooting with a digital Leica M camera as my primary camera system of choice since 2008, and am really excited about the new Leica M.
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