planet5D interview Thursday 4-29 @9pm EDT – Lisa Bettany (@mostlyLisa)

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Wow, we're excited to continue our new planet5D chats with Canon EOS 5D Mark II users and this week, Lisa Bettany of fame will be joining us! I don't know exactly when I ran into Lisa, but I know it was several years ago, long before she started using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I found her on flickr I believe where she's got a large fanbase because she shoots some great portraits (yes, stills! LOL! We're still looking at stills around here!).

So, tune in on the planet5D UStream channel this Thursday (April 29th) at 9pm EDT (8 CDT, 6 PDT). And by using UStream, you will be able to participate in the discussion – all you have to do is register for a free account and you'll be able to make comments and post questions in the UStream chat room associated to the planet5D channel.

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Lisa has also been using the Canon EOS 5D Mark II's video capabilities to do some reporting during the recent winter olympics (we've posted her here before as well). So not only does she do great portrait work, but we'll ask her about moving into the video world!

As a reference, here's some of Lisa's work that will draw you in for sure!

5DMKII +85mm f/1.8, 1/200 @ f/3.5, ISO 100. Model: Pete Cashmore (@mashable) My current muse 😉 photographed with the same one strobe set-up I've been using during the windy, rainy spring months. (Hope the sun comes out soon!) Adding a lot more contrast and colour through post-processing. (All of my most recent shoots had boring grey backgrounds. I painted in the colour in PS.)

I photographed her in a bus stop as it was getting dusky and the lights of the cars driving were making lovely bokeh in the background. This is a really simple set up. One strobe, shot through an umbreall above and slightly right of camera. Just giving a nice soft light to her face and the catch light in her eyes. (I PSed the umbrella spokes in the catch light out). Yes, I've become that much of a retouching perfectionist.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)



  1. I find it hard to find appreciate anything Lisa has to say in the photography world these days. She claims to be a professional photographer – yet has complained time and time again about not being able (read: wanting) to shoot in unpleasant weather, and therefore she has lost her mojo. A working, professional photographer does not allow something we have no control over, such as the weather, stand in our way and dictate our shooting schedules. A true photographer welcomes the curveballs Mother Nature throws our way and we rise to the challenge.

    There is no way Lisa Bettany would be able to handle the type of photography myself or my colleagues choose to do, as we continue to face the unknown when working outdoors. I’m suspecting Lisa the Photographer is actually just a pretty face with a good camera, and little substance behind the lens. Rather disappointing, as I was cheering her on for the longest time. Now she comes across as whiny and spoiled. She makes it clear how much she not only utilizes Photoshop, but enjoys doing so. I think her time is best spent there – on her computer – and she can leave the ‘hard’ photography to the rest of us. No wonder photogs like Scott Bourne have left her behind in the dust of those long and windy dirt roads.

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